University College London Medical School has a total intake of 350 students per year. It consistently ranks in the top 3 in league tables, and its central London location is a draw for many prospective students. The teaching style is Traditional, with lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and lab work comprising the bulk of the curriculum in the first years.
Dissection, prosection and computer simulation also play a part. In the later years, clinical experience is gained through attachments to consultants and doctors in locations across London. The options for Student Selected Components are broad, including courses in the arts, languages, humanities and teaching. Selection to go on to study for a PhD, also at UCL, takes place in the third year of the course.
The goal of the MBBS programme at UCL is to produce The UCL Doctor: a highly competent and scientifically literate clinician, equipped to practise person-centred medicine in a constantly changing modern world, with a foundation in the basic medical and social sciences.
Teaching takes place at hospitals, including: University College Hospital (Bloomsbury campus), The Royal Free Hospital (Hampstead), and the Whittington Hospital (Archway).
Clinical teaching also takes place in many other prestigious Foundation Trusts, Associated University Hospitals, District General Hospitals, and in a range of general practice and community settings.
Highlights of studying medicine at UCL:
- One of the top ranking universities in the UK for research in basic medical sciences and clinical medicine
- Experiencing research-led teaching from current leaders in basic medical science and clinical medicine
- Clinical teaching in some of London’s world famous hospitals, by leading healthcare professionals
- A medical school truly integrated into the multi-faculty institution of UCL with all the associated benefits in terms of sports, cultural and social facilities
- The widest range of integrated BSc opportunities in the UK
- Strongly supportive environment with student support clinics to address medical students’ concerns
- Opportunity to practise your clinical skills in fully equipped clinical skills centres
6 year Traditional course with integrated BSc in the third year.
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- Website URL:
- +44 (0)20 7679 0841
- Year of Study:
- 4th Year (First Clinical Year)
What are the best things about your medical school?
- The variety of BScs available to us and the opportunities we have to get involved with so many specialties before we even start studying in the hospital.
- The variety of patients we see as we cover such a large area of London/Hertfordshire.
- The rivalry of RUMS (the medics) against UCLU sports teams!
What are the hardest things about your course?
- The lack of gaps between days of full contact (for example, 8am-6pm) and exams.
- The sheer amount of things to learn.
- Trying not to compare yourself to what everyone else seems to know.
What’s the social side of your medical school like?
Loud! With masses of sports teams, a performing arts team, a choir and several bands as well as a massive MedSoc, there’s always something going on and chances are it involves a lot of people, a lot of noise, and beating UCL at something.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your medical school?
- Be yourself – interviewers can tell when you’re lying.
- Be enthusiastic!
- Play on any extra-curriculars or outside interests you have- UCLMS loves people who aren’t just cookie cutter medics (i.e. Biology/Chemistry/Maths A levels, plus Duke of Edinburgh and some volunteering).