Barts and the London


Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry is the second oldest medical school in the UK, with teaching at St Bartholomew’s Hospital dating back to 1123! Your placements will cover two very different parts of London, the City and the East End. This means you’ll meet a wide variety and diversity of patients and come to understand different health needs within these populations.

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.

Barts place equal weighting on UCAT score and academic grades when selecting candidates for interview. This means it’s great for all-round strong applicants, or applicants who did very well in either category as an exceptionally strong component can make up for a slightly weaker UCAT or academic score.

Key Points

  • UCAT-focused
  • Problem Based Learning
  • London University
  • Optional Intercalation

About the university Compare

Key Information
Email[email protected]
Phone number020 7882 5533
Course Information
Teaching stylePBL
Problem Based Learning is the central part of the curriculum, taught along with lectures, practical sessions, e-learning, communication skill sessions and project work.
Course length5 years
BSCYes, optional
There are options to intercalate at both BSc and MSc level
Courses offered2 courses offered:
A100 Standard Entry Medicine - 5 years
A101 Graduate Entry Medicine - 4 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaLondon (East)
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. The medical school is based in Whitechapel which is about a 20 minute bus ride away from the main university campus in Mile End. Being in London means you're never far from the best restaurants, clubs or events no matter where you are!
Social lifeFirst year students typically live with other medical and dental students in Charterhouse Sqaure, Farringdon which is an amazing way to meet the other students in your cohort and experience living away from home together for the first time.
Barts has lots of its own societies linked to the medical school but you're also free to join any of the societies at Queen Mary too. You also have the benefit of belonging to both unions which means you can drink at both unions - two places with student-budget friendly pints in London!
Interview stylePanel
Interview panels consist of 2 members of senior academic or clinical staff, a medical student and sometimes a lay selector.
Interview datesJanuary-March
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 Required
    For shortlisting for interview the UCAT is weighted 50:50 with academic score/
    Min UCAT Score for interview for 2020: 2300
    Max UCAT Score for interview for 2020: 3280
    Academic Requirements
    GSCEGCSEs not used for shortlisting beyond minimum requirements
    Minimum requirements: 3 GCSEs at grade A/7 and 3 at grade 6/B including Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics
    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 policyBarts does not consider applications from students who are re-sitting their final school years. If there are extenuating circumstances please follow the procedure cited on our website.
    Scottish highersAAA
    Subjects required: Biology and Chemistry
    Advanced Highers must also be offered
    Scottish advancedAA
    Subjects required: Biology and/or Chemistry
    IB38 points
    6,6,6 for Higher Level Subjects
    Subjects required: Chemistry, Biology plus one other science subject at Higher Level
    Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 upper second class degree
    Degree subject: Biosciences - degree must have sufficient biology and chemistry content, a list of acceptable degree titles is available on their website
    Some degree titles will have additional A-Level requirements
    Applications in 19/201748
    Interviews in 19/201136
    Offers in 19/20834
    Success rate in 19/20approx 1 in 2


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