Imperial Medical School: An Overview

Everything you need to know about Imperial's Faculty of Medicine. As a Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) university, Imperial College has a renowned reputation in medicine. In this post, we'll describe the course on offer at Imperial's medical school, what life is like at this London university and the entry requirements for admission.

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Everything You Need to Know About Imperial Medical School

As a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) university, Imperial College has a renowned reputation for medicine. For 2019 entry, Imperial medical school was ranked 5th in the UK by the Complete University Guide on student satisfaction, entry standards, research, and graduate prospects. In this post, we’ll describe the course offered at Imperial medical school, what life at this London university is like, and the entry requirements for admission.


How is the course structured?

For undergraduate admission, Imperial medical school is a 6-year course. The structure of the course is largely traditional which means that most teaching over the first two years is academic and focuses on the scientific basis of medical knowledge. This is done largely through lectures, tutorials, and practicals. However, first-year also includes home visits to patients whilst the second year involves a hospital attachment.

Third-year acts as the initial clinical year, where students are introduced fully to the wards and have placements in general medicine and general surgery. This takes place at world-leading London hospitals including St Mary’s, Hammersmith and Charing Cross.

At Imperial, an intercalated BSc is compulsory. This means that students get an extra degree by completing modules and a research project in a medical or non-medical subject such as management. This takes place in the fourth year.

The final two years are both clinical. Fifth-year involves rotations in various specialties from paediatrics to psychiatry, whereas the final year consists of placements in preparation for becoming a foundation doctor. Given the hospitals are based in London, Imperial medical school offers exceptional experience in the management of the vast numbers of patients being seen each day.

For more information on the Imperial medical school course structure, by visiting the university’s programmes.


Life at Imperial medical school and in London

Imperial College has a vibrant, active community with many societies to get involved in outside of work. Living in London offers an incredibly diverse range of things to do, from inter-university sports and social events to experiencing London music, theatre, and arts. Students at Imperial medical school are also part of the Imperial College School of Medicine Union, and so benefit from both communities.

One point to make is that costs of living in London can be high. Imperial College estimates that for a 39-week term over first-year in halls, annual living costs can be up to £11,788.


Entry to Imperial medical school

Imperial medical school has high academic entry requirements with competitive entry. Applicants are required to have studied A-Level Biology and Chemistry, with the standard offer being A*AA (to include A* in either Biology or Chemistry).

After submitting a personal statement through UCAS, entry to Imperial medical school involves completing the BMAT exam. Generally, a score of 50% on each of the three sections is required for interview.

The interview at Imperial medical school is a ‘standard’ medical school interview. Roughly 20 minutes in length and involving a panel of 4-5 including doctors, members of the public and a medical student. How can applicants prepare for their medicine interview? They should first get to grips with the types of questions that will be asked. Applicants will be asked questions such as evidence of their commitment to studying medicine such as through work experience, about their interpersonal skills, ethical questions, and how they can contribute to Imperial life.


As one of the top medical schools in the UK, Imperial medical school offers a largely traditional course, including an intercalated year, with excellent teaching and a one-of-a-kind clinical experience in its London hospitals.

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