Barts (Queen Mary, University of London)

Located in Whitechapel in East London, Barts Medical School ranks highly on university league tables. It consistently ranks highly in terms of student satisfaction, as well as being part of a Russell Group University with an excellent reputation for teaching and research. Barts makes about 300 MBBS offers every year. You can also apply for Dentistry or a BSc in Global Health, Pharmacology or Neuroscience. Problem-Based Learning is the main teaching style, with an emphasis on practical sessions, learning communication skills and working in the local community. Lectures play a relatively small role.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, which was the first purpose-built medical school in England and Wales, founded in 1785, the oldest medical school in England and Wales. The hospitals lie in two very different parts of London, the City and the East End, exposing you to a greater diversity of people and their health problems than at almost any other medical and dental school in the UK.

You will be taught by experts in their field who are passionately engaged with their subject. The programme places considerable emphasis on developing your expertise in a range of practical areas, including: clinical, communication, observation, team work and management skills.

Course structure:

5 years, Integrated and Problem-Based learning. No pre-clinical: you see patients from Term 1, with the opportunity to intercalate based on your academic performance.

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Case Study

Jay Stanley
Year of Study:

What are the best things about your Medical School?

  1. The sense of camaraderie between all students. Although there is a healthy amount of competition, everyone is there to support one another through our medical school journey.
  2. The satisfaction from learning new things and being able to meet patients with some of the conditions you are learning about quite early on in the course.
  3. The huge range of society and sports activities you can be involved in.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. The volume of information that you have to remember, but this is probably the same for all medical degree courses.
  2. Keeping on top of the workload and extra-curricular activities at the same time. It can get quite intense, particularly in the lead up to in-course assessments throughout the year.
  3. Adapting to a new style of working where you are expected to do quite a bit of independent learning. It is a significant step up from A-Levels and even other degree courses.

What’s the social side of your Medical School like?

It is absolutely fantastic. Whether you are an avid sports-person, interested in academic medicine or just like to volunteer with friends doing something fun, there is something for everyone to get involved with and enjoy with other students.

Barts and The London is known for the friendly atmosphere between students and I’ve definitely experienced this first-hand since I started.

You will always have someone to look out for you, which is important when you are studying a challenging subject like medicine. If all else falls through, there is always our beloved Griff Inn where you will find many of your fellow medical students kicking back and enjoying the precious time we have before we become doctors.

What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?

  1. Know how the course is organized as this will help in answering questions about why you want to study here.
  2. Think of something that you have that you could contribute to the student body at Barts and The London. It is always nice to see students that are well rounded.
  3. If you want to be a doctor because you like helping people, remember to think of ways in which you have showed this and be able to reflect on those experiences.


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