Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry (GEM)

Overview

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is the 2nd oldest medical school in the UK, with teaching at St Barts dating back to 1123. Currently ranked 1st in London for overall student satisfaction, and in 2017 being ranked 2nd for Medicine in the UK by The Guardian University Guide, it is a fantastic medical school to study at. However, with such high rankings Barts and The London is one of the most competitive medical schools to obtain a place in the UK. 

Within your application there is equal weighting put on your academic achievements as well as your UCAT performance, with a high cut off of the 3rd decile. Students will benefit from being taught by experts in their field as well as from the redevelopment of the Royal London Hospital, which includes London’s leading trauma and emergency care centre, as well as housing one of Europe’s largest renal services. Students also benefit from early patient contact, practical experience and the course teaching style of problem-based learning.

Key Points

  • High UCAT
  • Graduate entry only
  • Very competitive

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number020 7882 8478 or 020 7882 1302
Course Information
Teaching stylePBL
PBL is the central part of the curriculum, taught along with lectures, practical sessions, e-learning, communication skill sessions and project work.
Course length4 years
Graduate course - 4 years
BSCYes
Intercalating is not normal on the graduate entry course, however a select MSc and MRes courses are available for graduate students to intercalate in.
Courses offered2 Graduate courses offered
Graduate A101 - 4 years
Maxillofacial Surgery/Oral Medicine - A30X - 3 years
Graduate entryYes
Undergraduate course entry - minimum 2.1 required for entry onto undergraduate course as a graduate. As well as scoring in or above the 3rd decile in the UCAT.
Graduate course entry - minimum 2.1 required for entry. As well as scoring in or above the 3rd decile in the UCAT.
Maxillofacial Surgery/Oral Medicine - qualified dentists
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaLondon
Teaching is based at St Bartholemew’s and The Royal London Hospitals for Phase 1, with Phase 2 and 3 including clinical placements across North East London and Essex.
Social life1st year accomodation with all other medical students in Charterhouse Square, Farringdon. Barts and The London SU is in the old outpatients building at The Royal London, so not only offers a unique location, but a students union steeped in history. The medical sports teams, societies and clubs are very active, and a great thing to get involved with. The BLSA - medical student association are also very active and pride themselves on taking student issues to not just Barts and the London, but also to QMUL.
Interview
Interview stylePanel
Normal interview panels consist of 2 members of senior academic or clinical staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay selector.
Interview dates January - March
Overseas interviews in late February
Interview dates usually run from early January to March, and are held at the Whitechapel campus in London.
Overseas interviews are usually held in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore (2020/21 entry will only be held in Malaysia and Singapore), and take place in late February.
Interview topics
  • Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
  • Show initiative, resilience and maturity
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Be well organised and demonstrate problem solving abilities
  • Likely contribution to university life
  • Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations
Admissions Tests
UCATUCAT weighted 50/50 with academic ability (UCAS tariff or degree classification)
Top UCAT Score with offer: 3480
Lowest UCAT with offer: 2750
At Barts they use a threshold of the 3rd decile as a cut off for applicants, anyone scoring below the 3rd decile in the UCAT will not be invited to interview. As well as further weighting 50:50 you UCAT score with academic ability, this being either your UCAS tariff for school leavers or your degree classification for postgraduate applicants. Following this you are ranked and with comparative students (graduates against only graduates, and same for school leavers).
You can request a UCAT exemption from Barts and The London directly, for appropriate reasons. More information about this can be found here.
Please note, you will not be guaranteed an interview if you score above the third decile in the UCAT.
BMATNot used
GAMSATN/A
Academic Requirements
GSCENone
A-levelN/A
Retake policyN/A
Scottish highersN/A
Scottish advancedN/A
IBN/A
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 upper second class degree classification
Degree type: Bioscience graduate - where degree has sufficient Biology and Chemistry
Degree class: 2.1 (upper second class honours) or international equivalent.
Additional requirements: No further A or AS Level requirements.
Degree type: Science graduate - where degree has a lack of Biology or Chemistry
Degree class: 2.1 (upper second class honours) or international equivalent.
Additional requirements: A minimum A or AS level grade C for Biology and/or Chemistry (depending on what is lacking from your degree)
Degree type: Non-science graduate
Degree class: 2.1 (upper second class honours) or international equivalent.
Additional requirements: A minimum of grade B for A or AS level in Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science subject also at grade B or above.
Accepted science subjects are; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Psychology
Statistics
Applications in 19/20 1464
Graduate Entry Medicine (A101):
Total number of applicants: 1464
Number of Home/EU applicants: 1372
Number of Overseas applicants: 92
Interviews in 19/20 193
Graduate Entry Medicine (A101):
Total number of applicants interviewed: 193
Number of home/EU applicants interviewed: 185
Number of overseas applicants interviewed: 8
Offers in 19/20 40 graduate entry
Graduate Entry Medicine (A101):
Number of Graduate entry offers: 40
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 3.3
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: 1 in 4.8

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