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King’s College London Medicine

King’s College London Medicine


Our Medicine MBBS programme provides an innovative and integrated curriculum to support your training and development as a medical professional.  This will equip you to become an oustanding doctor and also one of the next generation of medical leaders.

Key benefits

  • Integration of medical science with clinical teaching throughout
  • Focus on learning in close contact with patients
  • Partner hospitals include Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals – three of the most highly regarded 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 A100

Duration Six years (including an opt-out intercalated BSc)

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course detail


Course details

Our MBBS Programme 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 programme is divided into three ‘Stages’ with an intercalation year between Stages 2 and 3.  Although we offer four entry routes into Medicine, all our students follow the same core MBBS curriculum.

Stage 1 (Foundations of Medicine) provides you with a foundation in biomedical sciences and population sciences, along with the skills to begin to integrate them with clinical practice.

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.

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


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 34% including cadaveric dissection in anatomy 66%
2 42% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks 2% 56%
3 11% including small group and case-based teaching in clinical blocks 68% 21%
4 16% 56% 28%
5 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 which begins in Stage 1 and continues throughout the programme in preparation for professional life.
  • Written examinations at the end of Stage 1, becoming Progress Tests in Stage 2 and Stage 3
  • OSCEs (formative mid-stage, summative end-of-stage) in Stages 2 and 3
  • Project assessment in Stages 2 and 3, with prior formative experience in Stage 1

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 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

Year Written exam Practical exam Coursework
1 63% 37%
2 66% 16% 18%
3 44% 47% 9%
4 55% 29% 16%
5 42% 50% 8%

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

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

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)
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.

Career prospects

Further information coming soon.

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