Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry


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
  • Very competitive
  • PBL
  • A*AA

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 length4-5 years depending on course
Undergraduate course - 5 years (with option to do iBSc)
Graduate course - 4 years
BSCYes - this is an optional iBSc
9 intercalating BSc options as well as 16 MSc options to choose from, a list of BSc options is available here. With the highly competitive Pre-Hospital Medicine iBSc option available.
There are also places available for 25-30 external medical school students to intercalate at Barts and The london.
Courses offered2 medical courses offered
  • Undergraduate (standard entry) A100 - 5 years
  • 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 life
  • 1st 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.
  • Sports teams, societies and clubs (very active)
  • BLSA - medical student association
  • Link to large university in london 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: 3410
    Lowest UCAT with offer: 2300
    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.
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSE’s not used beyond minimum requirements
    Grades required: grades AAABBB or 777666 or above, and must include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). A Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
    These are the minimum grades required to be eligible to apply. GCSE grades are not used further in the decision of candidates application status.
    Chemistry or Biology + another science needed
    Subjects required: for results from 2017 onwards: Chemistry or Biology plus another science (Chemistry, Biology or Physics) or Maths.
    Additionally any A-level except Critical Thinking or General Studies, or Further Maths if Maths is taken too
    Grades required: A*AA
    Subjects required: for results from 2016 or earlier: Two science A levels from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths. Both Chemistry and Biology at AS to a minimum of grade B if not taken at A-level Grades required: A*AAb
    Retake policyNo (Yes for results gained in 2016 or earlier)
    No application for students re-sitting their AS or A-level year, thereby taking 3 years to completed their qualifications, will not be considered by the university.
    The university do understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances, and allow for this. More information about extenuating circumstances for prospective applicants and information about how to submit supporting evidence can be found here.
    For results gained in 2016 or earlier: Resits are accepted, however, in year 13, 3 of the accepted A levels must be taken over no more than 2 years of study
    Scottish highersAAA - Not accepted without Advanced Highers
    Subjects required: Three Scottish Highers at grades AAA, including Biology and Chemistry. Advanced Highers must be offered by the candidate to be eligible to apply.
    Grades required: AAA
    Scottish advancedAA
    Subjects required: Two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology
    Grades required: AA
    IB3 Higher Level subjects including Chemistry or Biology and another Science or Maths
    Subjects required: Three subjects including Chemistry or Biology, and one other Science or Mathematical Subject. The three subjects at Standard Level must include Chemistry or Biology if not offered at Higher Level.
    Grades required: 38+ points in total with a minimum of 6 points in both the Higher Level science subjects taken and 6 points in the Third higher Level subject
    Additionally, if there is no English offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE grade B or above, or acceptable equivalent.
    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
    Applications in 19/202500
    Standard Entry Medicine (A100):
    Total number of applicants: 2029
    Number of Home/EU applicants: 1597
    Number of Overseas applicants: 432
    Graduate Entry Medicine (A101):
    Total number of applicants: 1464 Number of Home/EU applicants: 1372 Number of Overseas applicants: 92
    Interviews in 19/20800
    Standard Entry Medicine (A100):
    Total number of applicants interviewed: 1134
    Number of home/EU applicants interviewed: 989
    Number of overseas applicants interviewed: 145
    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 19/20440 standard entry
    40 graduate entry
    Number of Undergraduate standard entry offers: 440
    Number of Graduate entry offers: 40
    Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
    Offers per applicant: 1 in 4.6
    Interview success rate:
    Offers per interview: 1 in 2


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