Imperial College School of Medicine

March 13, 2014

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Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM) is the medical school of Imperial College London in England. Established in 1997 through the merger of several historic medical schools, Imperial College School of Medicine has core campuses at Westminster Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, South Kensington, Charing Cross Hospital, London and Chelsea.

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ICSM was ranked second in the UK and fifth in the world in 201. Imperial College School of Medicine is especially well known for its rheumatology treatments, heart and lung transplant surgery skills and recent robot-assisted surgery techniques.

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Imperial College School of Medicine is organised into six sections: Institute of Clinical Sciences, Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Department of Surgery & Cancer, National Heart and Lung Institute, School of Public Health and Department of Medicine.

Unlike most other medical schools in the UK which are usually part of a Life Sciences Department, ICSM belongs to its own Faculty of Medicine. The Faculty of Medicine offers postgraduate MSc, MRes and PhD programmes. The Imperial College School of Medicine also runs numerous other medical courses in addition to the standard MBBS degree programme. All of the teaching hospitals of the School are a part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

The school receives approximately 2000 applications from medical students every year, interviews 600, accepts 400 and matriculates 277 each year. 

MBBS/BSc Medicine at Imperial College London

The MBBS/BSc program at Imperial College London is a 6 year program. Grades for entry are AAAb. The minimum requirements for entry into this course are three A-levels, including Chemistry and/or Biology and one science or mathematics subject, and one additional subject at AS-level.

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

To be considered for interview all candidates applying to the six-year course must take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application

Graduate students

Graduate students with appropriate science degrees can apply for the four-year course A101 Graduate Entry Medicine, MBBS. This does not include a BSc Year.

There is no financing available for graduate applicants. All graduate applicants are required to commit to financing themselves for the duration of their study.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

All candidates applying for Medicine (Graduate Entry) must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test in summer of the previous year to be considered for interview. Note- candidates for the six-year medical course need to take the BMAT test instead.

Registering with UKCAT assessment centres before the test date is a mandatory requirement.

Interview offers will be based on the content of your application as well as your ranked performance in the UKCAT


Students will not be accepted for transfer from other Imperial courses or from other institutions, with the exception of Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) applicants

Age requirements

To be admitted to the course candidates have to be 18 years old or above on the first day of the course.