King’s College London 4 Year Medical Degree

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King’s College London 4 Year Medical Degree

King’s College London 4 Year Medical Degree

Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme MBBS


The Graduate & Professional Entry Programme enables honours-degree science graduates and healthcare professionals with equivalent academic qualifications to study for a fast-track degree in medicine. The programme design enables you to by-pass the first stage of a conventional medical degree to achieve qualification in four rather than six years (assuming the intercalated BSc year is opted out).

Key benefits

  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching.
  • Focus on learning in close contact with patients.
  • Partner hospitals include Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals – three of the most renowned and busiest teaching hospitals in London.
  • Learn from some of the world’s most influential clinicians and scientists, who are global leaders in life sciences and medical research.
  • Teaching underpinned by high-quality online learning resources.
  • A multi-faculty university giving you access to a breadth of non-core subjects including humanities and social sciences.
  • Twinned with leading medical schools around the world, providing opportunities for clinical exchanges during your elective module.

UCAS code A102

Duration Four years (excluding the additional opt-out intercalated BSc year)

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours



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Course details

The MBBS programme at King’s aims to train students to become:

  • Critical scientific thinkers.
  • Collaborative leaders and innovators.
  • Outstanding patient-centred clinicians.
  • Excellent team-players.
  • Educators and life-long learners.
  • Resilient and adaptable professionals.

The MBBS curriculum is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an opt-out intercalation year between stages 2 and 3.

Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum

The Medicine Graduate & Professional Entry (GPEP) is our four-year fast-track entry route into medicine for science graduates and health professionals. We have been running this programme since 2004, and our GPEP has quickly become one of the most popular routes of its kind in the UK.

From the start of your programme you will be introduced to patients and clinicians. You will also work with other students destined for healthcare professions such as dentistry, nursing and midwifery. Inter-professional Education and team-based learning are an integral part of the programme, developing your teamwork, communication, and an awareness of your ethical and professional responsibilities.

As a graduate with professional experience you will by-pass the first stage of our conventional medicine degree and join us in the second stage. From this point you will follow the same programme as all our other medical students:

Stage 2 (Principles of Clinical Practice) brings together science and clinical practice in blocks organised around the human life-cycle and common pathological processes. It focuses on the care of patients with common conditions in a range of clinical settings. You will also follow patients for prolonged periods of time to learn how to deliver whole-person care. This stage is underpinned by study in biomedical and population sciences.

The intercalated degree is a one-year BSc programme which gives you the opportunity to study the subjects of your choice in greater depth across King’s and the university’s clinical partners. As a multi-faculty institution, we offer an unrivalled range of intercalated degrees from clinical and biomedical sciences to humanities subjects. The intercalated BSc is considered an opt-out year for MBBS and is taken between Stages 2 and 3 of the Programme. We anticipate that A102 students (GPEP) may choose to opt-out of this opportunity but it is available if desired.

Stage 3 (Integrated Clinical Practice) is oriented towards future practice, and includes the opportunity to undertake elective study abroad. You will also conduct quality improvement projects and develop skills to transform patient and population health at home and abroad. Inter-professional training and increasingly realistic simulation are important parts of the curriculum.

Outcome of the programme

At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your MBBS (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate programme through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed.

You will normally successfully complete Foundation Year 1 within 12 months, which is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, you should be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBS (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced you should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.


We will provide you with high-level teaching from experts, which you will put into practice on your placements.

Year Lectures, seminars & similar Placement Self-study time
1 30% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks 45% 25%
2 30% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks 45% 25%
3 16% 56% 28%
4 13% 67% 20%



Assessment is split between that which is formative (where the primary role is to give feedback to student, this does not contribute towards the overall module/degree score) and summative (where the primary role is to demonstrate competence to faculty, this does contribute towards the overall module/degree score). Formative assessment occurs through the years. Of note, there is an early formative learning assessment in Stage 1 to identify those who need extra support.


Summative assessment includes:


  • Portfolio-based summative assessment continues throughout the programme in preparation for professional life.
  • Progress (written) Tests in Stage 2 and Stage 3


  • OSCEs (formative mid-stage, summative end-of-stage) in Stages 2 and 3


  • Project assessment



Progress between stages and at graduation is determined by the Progress Board, and depends on assessment results and, as appropriate, fitness to practice information and student views (where progress is halted).


There are also two external assessments in Stage 3, important for working as a Junior Doctor, but it is not essential to pass these in order to graduate.

Course stage Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities Percentage of time in guided independent study Percentage of time on placements Indicator of actual or estimated teaching methods
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

[CT: We have figures in a separate spreadsheet which will be inserted]

Course accreditation

Accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), this Primary Medical Qualification entitles the holder to apply to the GMC for registration to practise medicine in the UK.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.


We offer you unrivalled educational resources for studying medicine, including the Gordon Museum, which is the largest pathology museum in the UK. Our Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre is a state-of-the-art inter-professional undergraduate and postgraduate facility providing clinical classrooms. You will learn in a wide variety of hospital and community care settings; students undertake placements at general practices and district general hospitals mainly located in London, Kent and Surrey.

Other related courses:

  • Medicine Graduate/Professional Entry Programme MBBS
  • Medicine
  • Extended Medical Degree Programme MBBS
  • Dentistry BDS
  • Dentistry Graduate/Professional Entry Programme BDS
  • Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates BDS
  • Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme


GPEP students do not undertake Stage 1 of the 6 year MBBS programme. Instead you will have a four-week introductory module immediately before you start Stage 2, which includes elements of the Doctor and Society and Introduction to Clinical Skills module from MBBS Stage 1.

Required Modules

Stage 2 – years 1 and 2

  • From Science to Clinical Practice
  • Longitudinal placements
  • Doctor as teacher



Optional Modules

The following required Stage two modules involve the opportunity to choose which area is studied in further detail:

  • Student selected components (SSCs): SSCs are projects and short courses in medical, scientific and non-medical subjects that you choose according to personal interest. You may choose up to two of these.
  • Scholarly projects: You will undertake a scholarly project in an area of interest selected from across the multi-faculty university.
  • Taster module: Short clinical placements to explore a clinical specialty, to test career prospects and explore possible specialties.

The Intercalated BSc (year 3) must be taken between Stages 2 and 3. This is available to A102 students but they may choose to opt out.

Entry requirements

Required subjects

See below.

Preferred subjects

See below.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Compulsory subjects


  • A minimum 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a science subject*


  • a 2:2 (lower second class honours) undergraduate degree with a postgraduate degree (with at least a Merit) in a science subject*


  • Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing: Pass with at least two years’ nursing work experience and A Level Chemistry at grade A.
  • Degree in Nursing with 2.1 (or 2.2 with a postgraduate degree with at least a Merit), and A Level Chemistry at grade A. This rule is also applied to all similar allied health related topics (nutrition, physiotherapy, occupational health, dietetics, speech and language therapy). Applicants will also have to take Chemistry to A level IF they cannot demonstrate that 50% of their course was chemistry based.

* From 2018 we will require your degree subject to be specifically within biosciences – if you are planning on applying for deferred entry in September 2018, we would suggest that you contact the admissions office before submitting your application, to discuss whether your degree subject would be considered suitable.

** Please note that BSc or MSc Psychology programmes will only be considered suitable for entry to GPEP if it can be demonstrated that 50% of completed credits were chemistry-based

The UKCAT aptitude test


Please note that all applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) prior to applying to this programme. Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration and test dates.

King’s does not have a threshold UKCAT score in any particular year, but all candidates are still required to take the UKCAT examination for this course. The overall UKCAT score averaged across the four subtests is given more consideration than the individual subtest scores. The Situational Judgement Test (SJT) is also taken into account when shortlisting.

When considering those students which will be shortlisted for interview the selectors consider the following; GCSE (or equivalent performance), predicted or achieved A-level grades (or equivalent), the personal statement, the reference and the score in the UKCAT. These contribute to the shortlisting of candidates, and we do assess for this programme holistically, taking in to account all these factors and your performance in the context of your educational background. Examination results and the UKCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications. These are highlighted as they provide us with the fairest and most consistent method of assessing applicants.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15 October 2017.

28 places are available on A102 and applications from Channel Island and overseas fee paying graduates will be considered.

The interview

GPEP interviews follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) system. Interviewees circulate from one timed station to another. At each station candidates meet an interviewer who asks structured questions and marks the responses to the questions independently. MMI is similar in style (but not content) to the short objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) used in medical school assessment. The MMI interviews will be held in early January 2016, see here for information updates. No alternative dates can be offered.

Performance at interview will determine whether a four or five year offer is made. To fill 28 places, approximately 42 offers are made for GPEP to the highest scoring interviewees. Further offers will then be made for the five year programme if places are available. Any candidates accepting this alternative offer act as a reserve for any four year GPEP places which become available later. If places do not become available, they enter the five year programme in the normal way.

Can I apply for the four-year A102 and the five-year A100 programme?

As applicants to Medicine are only allowed to list four medical choices on their UCAS form, we encourage all graduate applicants to apply for the shortened four-year programme A102 in the first instance. Suitably qualified applicants to A102 who are invited to interview may also be considered for our five-year programme A100. It is also possible for graduate applicants to apply both for the A102 and A100 programme at the same time through UCAS.

Applicants for A102 only who are not invited to interview, unfortunately cannot be considered for A100. As only 28 places will be available for September 2016 entry on the A102 programme, we expect many graduates to be considered by the standard A100 programme.

Do I need specific A- or AS-level passes or a particular class of degree to be accepted?

There are no specific GCSE or A/AS-level requirements for A102. You are required to have an upper second class honours science degree (or equivalent) to enter this programme. Holders of honours degrees in sciences and equivalent degrees in health-sciences related subjects are encouraged to apply. No preference will be given to graduates of a particular subject, all will be considered equally.

Applicants with a lower second class honours science degree (including four-year undergraduate degrees, eg MSci, MEng, MPharm etc) and a master’s degree (with at least a merit) or with a PhD, will be considered. Health service professionals with an honours science degree, master’s degree, PhD or equivalent qualification will be considered. Nurses qualified with a Diploma of Higher Education and at least two year’s work experience as a nurse will also be considered. Health service professionals without an honours degree but with appropriate post-qualification experience may be considered.

Any applicant offering a postgraduate master’s degree or PhD must ensure that they will be able to satisfactorily complete their studies by the August before entering the medical programme.

Criminal conviction disclosure

All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.

EU and Overseas applicants

Applicants from outside the UK are welcome to apply for this programme, though they will need to be available to come to London for an interview – we will aim to give sufficient notice of interview dates to allow applicants to make suitable arrangements.

Non academic requirements

Occupational Health clearance: Required for successful applicants.

Enhanced criminal conviction check: Required for successful applicants.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £33,000 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.


Additional costs/expenses

Item Description
Clothing Students will need to purchase a white coat for laboratory work from any source. Cost at August 2016: £15.00
Course-related conferences Conferences are optional. If you attend a conference you will need to pay for all costs associated e.g. accommodation, travel, food & beverages and appropriate clothing.  If the conference includes travel abroad, you will need to budget for travel insurance and, if necessary, passport renewal and visas
Disclosure and Barring certificates /clearance Students have to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check. This is payable on induction only (cost at August 2016 £26.00)
Electives Students have to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective. You will need to pay for travel insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK and if necessary, passport renewal and visas.
Equipment Approved calculators. Across all King’s campuses computer workstations are available. Students may wish to buy their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies (optional). For medical equipment and materials for Stage 2 onwards, you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction from £39. Students will need to buy a fob watch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not

permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required.

Health checks/immunisations/   vaccinations Students pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/ vaccination history prior to commencing the course. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study. You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK
Insurance Students need to pay for insurance and medical insurance if you choose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK
Travel Students need to pay for travel to and from clinical placements


In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.


Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.


Career destinations

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