St George’s University of London

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery MBBS4 (Graduate Stream)

For further information, please see the St George's, University of London website.

The MBBS4 is a four year medical degree course open to graduates in any discipline.

Course outline

St George’s was the first to introduce this course in 2000 in response to the need to train more doctors in the UK. The course widens access to allow people other than traditional A Level school-leavers with science qualifications to qualify as a doctor.

2009 saw the introduction of a revised curriculum for the 4 year route at St George’s. The course remains tailored for graduates, but is now more integrated with MBBS5, our course for school leavers.

Methods of teaching

As a graduate student you will have the same amount of practical clinical teaching and experience as your colleagues on the five year programme, but your course will be structured around Problem Based Learning (PBL). In PBL you will be presented weekly with scenarios (real patient case histories) which you will explore with a tutor.

By covering the knowledge base needed to understand different aspects of the problem, you will gradually acquire all the knowledge needed for the practice of medicine. Small groups of students learn together in their own ‘base room’ with a designated tutor who is available to meet regularly with the group and guide their studies. We believe that St George’s is an ideal setting for this type of programme, with adjacent bioscience and clinical departments with an extensive patient base, excellent IT and library facilities and well-equipped Clinical Skills laboratories and several state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Structure of the course

Four main themes underpin the course and feature throughout the four years

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Community and Population Health
  • Patient and Doctor
  • Personal and Professional Development 

Teaching is based around six modules

  • Life Control
  • Life Cycle
  • Life Maintenance
  • Life Protection
  • Life Structure
  • Life Support

In addition students will have the opportunity to study a range of Student Selected Components (SSCs) to study a subject of their own choosing. Students on the MBBS4 course can expect to gain clinical experience from the outset of the course from GP visits in the first week to completing their first full time attachment in year two.

Clinical attachments will take place in a range of hospital and community settings to ensure that students receive a broadly based education, up to two-thirds of clinical training will take place away from the main Tooting site. The intranet at St George’s will provide students with key resources, regardless of where they are studying. The second, third and fourth years of the programme are integrated with the transitional, penultimate and final year of the five-year MBBS.

St George’s has a strong network system, and computer suites containing 120 open access PCs. The ‘base rooms’ of each PBL group are also connected to the network.

Methods of assessment

The emphasis will be on regular assessments with detailed feedback throughout. The format of the assessment will include but is not limited to: SSC (Student Selected Components), clinical attachments (including practical procedures), written examinations, Progress Tests, mini-cases (assessments of clinical reasoning in a variety of patient-based scenarios) and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations).

Entry Requirements for A101

  • Have or be predicted to gain at least a 2.1 honours degree or a higher degree (e.g. MSc, MPhil or PhD) in any discipline. Please note that a 4-year integrated Masters degree (e.g. MSci Honours) is not considered to be equivalent to a higher degree.Those with a non-UK degree should refer to our website
  • Be classed as a Home student (which includes nationals of EU countries). International students are currently not accepted. This is due to a government quota on the number of international students studying medicine in the UK
  • Work experience in a medical or health related field and ability to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine
  • Sitting and gaining a satisfactory score in the entrance exam GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test)
  • Applicants must have satisfactory health and police screening including screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and C 

Please note there is no upper age limit on this course nor are there any GCSE or A level subject or grade requirements.

You may apply if you are in the final year of a degree course, but will be offered a place only on condition of obtaining an acceptable degree classification.

Admission to MBBS4 (Graduate Stream) will be in three stages:

  1. Application through UCAS www.ucas.com Applications should be made by 15 October 2016.
    UCAS code A101
    Institution code name SGEO
    Institution code S49
  2. Application for GAMSAT (please note you will need to complete a separate application form available from UCAS). Applicants will need to sit GAMSAT on 14 September 2016 for 2017 entry.
  3. GAMSAT is a professionally designed and marked written entrance test based upon that developed for Australian graduate-entry medical schools. GAMSAT will be used to select candidates for interview. This tests knowledge, reasoning skills and communication across a range of disciplines.
  4. Those performing well in GAMSAT will be invited for interview. We require a minimum score of 50 in all three sections.

Offers

Offers will be made at the beginning of March.

Places

Places available in 2014: 50
Places available in 2015: 50
Places available in 2016: 50

Entry requirements for A901

  1. Have or be predicted to gain at least a 2.1 honours degree or a higher degree (e.g. MSc, MPhil or PhD) in any discipline or a minimum GPA 3.0 (N American) or equivalent. Please note that a 4-year integrated Masters degree (e.g. MSci Honours) is not considered to be equivalent to a higher degree.Those with a non-UK degree should refer to our website
  2. Be classed as an International student.
  3. Work experience in a medical or health related field and able to demonstrate a broad awareness of the scope of medicine
  4. Sitting and gaining a satisfactory score in the entrance exam GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admission Test)
  5. Applicants must have satisfactory health and police screening including screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and C

Please note there is no upper age limit on this course nor are there any GCSE or A level subject or grade requirements. You may apply if you are in the final year of a degree course, but will be offered a place only on condition of obtaining an acceptable degree classification.

Admission to MBBS4 (International Graduate Stream) will be in three stages:

  1. Application through UCAS www.ucas.com Applications should be made by 31st May 2017.
    UCAS code A901
    Institution code name SGEO
    Institution code S49
  2. Application for GAMSAT (please note you will need to complete a separate application form available from UCAS). Applicants will need to sit GAMSAT on 14 September 2016 for 2017 entry.
  3. GAMSAT is a professionally designed and marked written entrance test based upon that developed for Australian graduate-entry medical schools. GAMSAT will be used to select candidates for interview. This tests knowledge, reasoning skills and communication across a range of disciplines.
  4. Those performing well in GAMSAT will be invited for an interview. We require a minimum score of 50 in all three sections. A higher GAMSAT cut-off score is required for applicants with a lower 2nd class degree; up to 5 points higher than the cut-off score for applicants with 1st or upper 2nd class degrees.

Work experience

You will need to show insight into medicine through relevant work/voluntary experience at interview.

Undertaking relevant work experience and gaining insight from those activities helps you to learn about yourself and to decide whether medicine is the right choice for you.

You are expected to have a combination of experience in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings and be able to demonstrate why these experiences are relevant to an application for medicine. Experience could include, but is not limited to:

  • paid/unpaid voluntary placements
  • school, college or university societies
  • full or part time employment
  • the Guides, Scouts, Red Cross or similar
  • shadowing a healthcare professional
  • gap year experience
  • caring for a sick relative or first-hand experience of illness

It is good to have a broad range of experience in a variety of settings, including hands on healthcare experience, in order to gain insight into different aspects of the skills and qualities needed in a medical student and future healthcare professional.

We will ask you to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of your own abilities and limitations
  • explain what you have learned and what you have contributed

We also expect you to show insight into transferable skills, such as communication, patience, accuracy, team work, leadership and perseverance and to be able to relate those to your application for medicine.

Evidence that you have made a consistent effort to gain these experiences as a regular commitment is preferred.

If invited to interview, you will be asked to provide references for any formal work experience you have carried out (dates, hours worked and duties undertaken) within the last two years.    

Interviews

Interviews for applicants having taken GAMSAT will, normally start in February each year.

Please visit our website during summer 2016 for full details regarding entry requirements for 2017 entry. A101 - http://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-courses/medicine-mbbs-graduate-entry

A901 - http://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/international/undergraduate-courses/international-graduatemedicine-mbbs-four-years

 

Contact

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