Medical Schools In London

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London’s Medical Schools are very highly regarded. Two of its schools are in the top 10 globally for Medicine, and a further one is in the top 20. We will focus here on the following five schools: UCL, Imperial, King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London (Barts) and St George’s.

Medicine at University College London (UCL)

UCL ranks eighth in the world for Medicine according to both the Times Higher Education World Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. It offers one of the widest range of integrated BSc opportunities in the UK.

UCL is highly competitive, with average BMAT scores for offer holders being 5.2, 4.8 and 3.2 for sections 1, 2 and 3 respectively in 2020, and 5.7, 5.8, 3.4 for offer holders in 2021. Average BMAT scores for applicants were 4.8, 4.8, 3.4 in 2021, and 4.3, 4.1, 2.9 in 2020.


There is no BMAT cut-off score. 3046 applications were made in 2019-2020, with 709 offers being made after 1063 interviews. Interviews are still done in a panel style rather than MMI.

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Medicine at Imperial College London

Imperial’s medical school is one of the largest in Europe, with more than 3600 students and 1400 academic or research staff. It is ranked 10th in the world in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Imperial College was ranked 4th in the world for Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health for 2021. It was ranked 9th in the UK for Medicine by the Complete University Guide for 2021.


3723 applications in 2018-2019 led to 417 students taking up places, and an application:admission ratio of 8.9:1. In the most recent cohort, the admissions ratio was 10:1.

A new spiral curriculum is being delivered that focuses on ‘professional values and behaviours, professional skills, and professional knowledge.’

Medicine at King’s College London

King’s is the single largest centre for the education of healthcare professionals in Europe, with more than 5000 students. Its students train at world-famous hospitals like Guy’s, St Thomas’ and King’s. Clinical placements may take place across the South-East of England however.


The Medicine course at King’s is ranked 20th in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.

The proportion of students who are offered a place varies from year to year, but is in the range of 10% to 25%. Around 30% of students will be invited to interview each year, and roughly half of those interviewed will be offered a place.

King’s requires A*AA at A Level, whereas UCL (for example) requires only AAA.

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Medicine at Queen Mary University of London (Bart’s)

Queen Mary University of London is home to one of the country’s oldest medical schools, Barts and The London. It is ranked first in London by the Guardian University Guide 2021, and first in London for overall student satisfaction by NSS 2020.

Teaching is held at the Royal London, St Bartholomew’s (also known as Bart’s) and at St George’s in Ilford.

More than 2500 applications are received each year, of whom 900 are interviewed, and 500 are given offers. This leads to around 300 students being admitted each year, of whom 276 are home students and 30 are overseas. Selection for interview is based 50% on UCAT score and 50% on UCAS tariff – which is expected to be (or be predicted) at least 152.

Medicine at St George’s, University of London

St George’s, University of London is the only UK university to exclusively offer medical and healthcare training or research (i.e. it is entirely health-focused). The school was founded in 1752, and the students of today benefit from clinical placements at St George’s Hospital. The school was the second in the UK to provide formal medical training, after Oxford. A particularly famous alumnus is Dr Edward Jenner, the developer of the smallpox vaccine.

The university explains that it is ‘the only UK university to share our campus with a major teaching hospital… which is both on the clinical frontline for a diverse local community and a centre of excellence for specialist conditions.’

The university ranks each category (home versus overseas, graduates versus undergraduates) and subjects them to a UCAT ranking. All those who achieve a set cut-off score will then be invited to interview.

In 2021, cutoff UCAT scores were 2620 for non-graduate home applicants, and 2710 for non-graduate overseas applicants. For graduate applicants, the scores were 2800 for home applicants and 2830 for those from overseas.

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