Applying To Imperial College London School Of Medicine

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What this guide to applying to study Medicine at Imperial College London School of Medicine covers

Imperial College London School of Medicine, also referred to as ICSM, is one of the top Medical Schools in the world and one of the largest medical faculties in Europe. This Medical School profile gives an overview of information relating to applying to study Medicine at Imperial College London School of Medicine. First, we cover the various Medicine courses on offer at Imperial Medical School including details about Imperials Graduate Entry Medicine programme. We explain why the standard Imperial Medicine course is six years instead of five and exemptions to this. We cover Imperial Medical School’s entry requirements for studying Medicine. This includes how Imperial Medical School uses applicants BMAT results; recent BMAT cut off scores for Imperial Medical School; the role of the Medicine personal statement at Imperial Medical School and other crucial information that will help you to apply to study Medicine at Imperial Medical School. Then, we cover tips on how to write a Medicine personal statement for Imperial Medical School and tips on how to pass the Imperial Medical School panel interview.

Medicine courses offered by Imperial College London School of Medicine

  • Imperial Medical School Standard Entry Medicine Programme (6 years, 1 of which is an Intercalated BSc). UCAS course code A100

  • Imperial Medical School Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (5 years) – note for 2019 entry this programme is temporality suspended as the curriculum is being updated. A new Imperial School of Medicine Graduate Entry Medicine programme will be launched for 2020 entry.

International Applicants to study Medicine at Imperial Medical School

Imperial School of Medicine welcomes international applicants wishing to study Medicine at Imperial. Imperial Medical School accept a wide range of international qualifications. London is, of course, a major global city and a fantastic, albeit expensive, city for international students to study Medicine. For more information about studying Medicine in the UK as an international applicant see our free application guide [link]

Graduate Entry Medicine at Imperial Medical School:

The Graduate Entry Medicine programme at Imperial School of Medicine is currently temporality suspended for 2019 entry while Imperial are making changes to its curriculum. A new Graduate Entry Medicine programme at Imperial School of Medicine will be available for 2020 entry.

Visit our free guide to applying to Medicine as a graduate for more information including a detailed breakdown on deciding if applying to Medicine as a graduate is for you, fees, funding, choosing between accelerated programmes and standard entry Medicine programmes and much more. We also have a free guide on how to write an excellent Graduate Entry Medicine personal statement. This comprehensive guide takes you from the ideas phase with no plan or draft all the way to a finished Graduate entry Medicine personal statement ready for submission.

Intercalation at Imperial College London School of Medicine

An intercalated BSc degree is part of the course structure of the six-year Medicine degree at Imperial Medical School. Exceptional students will be given the opportunity to complete a PhD as part of their studies at Imperial Medical School.

Open days at Imperial College London School of Medicine

Imperial School of Medicine open days provide a great opportunity for students and parents to see the medical school and meet staff and students. An imperial School of Medicine open day is also a good opportunity to explore the campus and city.

Course structure at Imperial College London School of Medicine

The course structure and curriculum at Imperial School of Medicine is undergoing changes as part of a college wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. Currently the Imperial College School of Medicine course structure is fashioned around an integrated Medicine curriculum although there are strong elements of a traditional course structure. There is early clinical experience from the very first semester. The curriculum also contains an intercalated degree, taken in the fourth year of study. The intercalated degree at Imperial Medical school allows students to further develop their scientific and research skills by allowing students to take a supervised research project or specialist course in a scientific/medical subject of their choice. As with most UK Medical Schools, there is an elective towards the end of the course which gives Imperial medical students the chance to experience Medicine in another setting, with most students choosing to go abroad.

Entry Requirements for Imperial College London School of Medicine’s six-year Medicine programme

Applying to any UK Medical School is a very competitive process which necessitates meeting high academic and non-academic entry requirements. While sharing many common areas, Medical Schools still have very different entry requirements and policies from one another in specific areas. The entry requirements for Imperial Medical School are no different in this regard so you must carefully understand the entry requirements for Imperial Medical School when considering applying to Imperial College London School of Medicine. Below are some headline details about the entry requirements for Imperial College London School of Medicine for 2019 entry. You can see the full entry requirements for Imperial School of Medicine on their prospectus or website.

A-Level requirements for Imperial Medical School: Minimum of AAA to include A grades in Biology, Chemistry and a third subject. These must be achieved in one sitting. General studies and Critical thinking are not accepted. Typical offers are made at A*AA including A* in either Biology or Chemistry.

GCSE requirements for Imperial Medical School: Minimum grade of B/6 in GCSE English or equivalent.

Admissions tests – how does Imperial School of Medicine use BMAT scores for its Standard Entry Medicine programme?

Imperial Medical School uses the BMAT in the admissions process.

For 2018 entry, the BMAT cut off scores for Imperial College London School of Medicine were:

  • a score of 4.1 in section 1
  • a score of 4.2 in section 2
  • a score of 2.5 and grade C in section 3

These BMAT cut off scores change yearly depending on data for that application cycle. Successful candidates are likely to have much higher BMAT scores than the above Imperial Medical School BMAT cut off scores. Imperial Medical School consider all sections of the BMAT (and a candidates UCAS form) when deciding which candidates to invite for a Medicine interview at Imperial School of Medicine. For more information about the BMAT and how to prepare for the BMAT, see our free BMAT guide and FAQ.

How Does Imperial Medical School use the Medicine personal statement?

Both the personal statement and the reference form part of the admissions process at Imperial School of Medicine. What Imperial state their admissions panel are looking for are common to most Medical School personal statements. Imperial medical school state they look for evidence of a candidates motivation to study Medicine, their understanding of a career in Medicine, evidence of certain values, community activities, leadership qualities, ability to work in a team, extracurricular and general interests.

Tips on how to write a successful Medicine personal statement for Imperial Medical School

  • Read our comprehensive free guide on how to write a medical school personal statement in 10 steps. This guide takes you from step 1 – with no draft, plan or anything written down, all the way to step 10 – a completed and excellent medical school personal statement ready for you to submit to UCAS
  • We have listed some of the things that the Imperial School of Medicine are looking for in a Medicine personal statement. Remember, when describing your experiences and achievements it is the meaning and insight that you have gained from these things which is the most critical thing admissions tutors are looking for, even more so then what you actually did. Merely making long lists of achievements or diary accounts of activities is not what admissions tutors at Imperial School of Medicine or any other medical school are looking for. It is up to you to make the most of what you have done and show the Medical School admissions panel how your experiences will make an excellent candidate to study Medicine. Our free article: How to display the attributes of self-reflection and personal insight into your Medicine application will help you to write in the manner that admissions tutors are looking for.
  • You can consider a Medicine personal statement review service. Various companies offer these. They are not essential, so do not believe any company that tells you otherwise. However, services by competent providers can add real value to your Medicine application. When looking at providers ensure that they are by experts in Medicine admissions and have professional skills in editing and reviewing. By wary of services offered by generalists, not specialising in medical school applications and also of companies that use students and non-professionals. Medicine Answered provide an excellent Medical School personal statement review service with a unique level of expertise. A professional editor and then a doctor (who received all four offers to study Medicine) will examine the personal statement line by line and make the appropriate corrections. After making sure the grammar and writing are flawless, they will also comment on the overall strength of the application and make suggestions of things which may be asked at your Medicine interview based on your Medical School personal statement.

What type of interviews does Imperial College London School of Medicine?

Imperial School of Medicine use traditional panel Medicine interviews. Most Medical Schools have switched to using MMI Medicine interviews, leaving Imperial Medical School as one of the few Medical Schools still using traditional panel interviews. The Imperial Medicine interview panels normally consist of a chairperson, two members of the selection panel, a senior medical students and frequently a lay observer.

Tips for passing a traditional panel interview at Imperial Medical School

Success at an Imperial School of Medicine interview or any other Medical School interview is not random. It involves a tried and tested set of steps that you can also follow:

  • A strategic plan on how to prepare for your Medical School interview – We cover this in detail in our entirely free guide on how to prepare for your Medical School interview in seven steps.
  • Learning critical Medical School interview strategies – We have a wealth of free articles covering Medicine interview strategies. We also have a free database of real Medicine interview questions with full competent answers, analysis, and advice on how to answer these Medical School interview questions. We also have a free guide to Medical Ethics and free blog articles such as answering opinion questions, dealing with rude or hostile interviewers/ MMI actors and many more topics
  • Avoiding common Medical School interview pitfalls – See our free guide on common Medicine Interview pitfalls and how to prevent them.
  • Intelligent, reflective Medical School interview practice – Use our free exclusive database of Medical School interview questions and answers.
  • Execution on the Medicine interview day – Preparation and practice are one part of success. The other part is peak performance and execution on the day. Read our free article about dealing with nerves.

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