How to Get Into Imperial for Medicine

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses at Imperial College London. Just 1 in 11 applicants were successful in receiving an offer to study Medicine at Imperial in 2021 and the application process is designed to be very challenging.

If you’re thinking of applying for Medicine or just curious about what it takes to get into one of the top universities for Medicine in the UK, this guide contains everything you need to know – from entry requirements to tips on how to prepare from our expert medical admissions tutors.

The Profs’ medical admissions tutors have first-hand experience of the admissions process and what is required to succeed at each stage. More than 90% of students who work with The Profs receive an offer from their first or second choice university thanks to our dedicated support. Reach out to our team today to maximise your chances of success.

What is the Medicine course at Imperial like?

Imperial College London is ranked as the fourth best university in the UK for Medicine (behind only Oxford, Cambridge and UCL). Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine is also one of the largest in Europe, with medical campuses across north and west London and partnerships with a wide range of NHS Trusts, hospitals and clinics.

Studying Medicine at any university is a significant undertaking and is among the most rigorous degree courses. Imperial’s Medicine course lasts for 6 years (full-time) and includes three phases:

  • Phase 1 – during the first phase of the course, students focus on both the scientific basis of health and disease as well as the foundations of clinical practice, including early clinical exposure.
  • Phase 2 – during phase 2, students complete a series of modules and a supervised research project in a scientific/medical subject of their choice. This offers the chance to develop scientific knowledge and research skills, as well as gain exposure to the most up-to-date research.
  • Phase 3 – finally, in phase 3, a significant emphasis is placed on preparing students for clinical practice. Students will build on the knowledge, skills and behaviours developed in the first four years of the MBBS while working in hospital and community settings and experiencing how clinical teams work together to deliver patient care.

Studying on Imperial’s Medicine course will mean that you graduate with a primary medical qualification, which entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council and license to practice in approved Foundation Year 1 posts.

What are the entry requirements for Medicine?

Medicine is an extremely competitive course at Imperial and requires applicants to achieve excellent grades and show potential for being an outstanding medical professional. The table below shows the entry requirements for Medicine:

International Baccalaureate (IB)38 points overall6 in Biology at Higher Level
6 in Chemistry at Higher Level

QualificationGradesSubject requirements
A LevelsAAA overallA in Biology
A in Chemistry

Note that, although the minimum entry requirements are AAA at A level, more than 80% of applicants who received an offer in 2021 achieved A*AA (with the A* in Biology or Chemistry). Among IB applicants, more than 80% of successful candidates achieved 39 points overall. You should therefore be aiming for at least one grade above the minimum entry requirements to maximise your chance of an offer.

Worried that you won’t achieve the necessary grades to study Medicine at Imperial? The Profs’ A level and IB tutors can help. We have extensive experience helping students excel in their coursework and final exams and achieve the entry grades for this competitive course. Reach out to our team for support.

Which admissions test do you need for Medicine?

All applicants are required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) when applying for Medicine at Imperial. The UCAT is a medical admissions assessment that assesses your thinking skills, essay-writing skills, and scientific knowledge. It is among the most challenging of university admissions tests and requires lots of tailored preparation.

To find out more about what is included in the UCAT and how to prepare, check out our helpful guide via the button below. If you’re looking for more intensive support from a UCAT expert, reach out to our medical admissions team today.

Check out ‘How to prepare for the UCAT.’

How hard is it to get into Medicine at Imperial?

Getting into Imperial to study Medicine is no mean feat. For every 11 applicants that apply to Medicine at Imperial, only 1 received an offer in 2021, so places are extremely competitive.

Which interview is required?

Not only do you need to achieve the grade requirements and score highly in the UCAT, but you also need to perform well in the interview. Imperial uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) to assess its applicants, which involve taking part in a sequence of short scenarios and questions and require specialised preparation. Find out more about how to prepare for a Medicine interview in this helpful guide.

The Profs’ medical admissions tutors can help you improve your chances of getting into Imperial to study Medicine. Thanks to our network of experienced tutors, many of whom are top university graduates and ex-admissions officers themselves, we have the very latest and best knowledge on what Imperial is looking for in top Medicine applicants and how to excel in a medical interview. Get in touch with us today to chat with a member of our team about how we can help you.

What are the fees for Medicine at Imperial?

The table below shows the fees for Imperial’s Medicine course for both home (UK) and overseas students:

Student statusCourse fees (per year)
Home£9,250
Overseas£46,650

You can find out more information about what fees you will pay on Imperial’s fee status page. You can also use Imperial’s fees and funding page to see the funding options available to you.

4 tips on how to get into Medicine at Imperial

1. Prepare thoroughly for each stage of the admissions process

When applying to study Medicine at Imperial, there are many stages of the medical admissions process to consider, and you should prepare for each one thoroughly.

  • Your grades – preparation for your Medicine application really starts from the moment you start studying for your A-levels (or equivalent). Excellent grades are essential in order to be considered for a place at Imperial, so you should be aiming for A*AA in your A-levels (or equivalent) as a minimum.
  • Your UCAS application – the first official stage of your Medicine application is completing your UCAS application online. As well as your grades, this includes your personal statement. This is the first chance you’ll get to showcase your suitability for Medicine and prove to Imperial that you are interested and committed to the subject areas.
  • The admissions test – Imperial requires applicants to take the UCAT. Just like any other exam, the UCAT is a test of your knowledge and skills and requires lots of preparation. Find out more about how to prepare for the UCAT in our helpful guide, or simply get in touch with one of The Profs’ UCAT experts to find out how we can help.
  • The interview – Imperial uses Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) to assess its Medicine applicants. This is a unique style of interview that you are unlikely to have encountered before, so it’s important to seek professional help to prepare effectively.

Note that all students applying to university for 2023, 2024 or 2025 will still be required to submit a UCAS personal statement as normal. However, from January 2025 onwards (October 2024, for Oxbridge applicants), there will be changes to the UCAS application process and students will no longer be required to write a personal statement. Instead, all applicants will answer a series of shorter, more tailored questions provided by UCAS.

2. Make sure you’ve got work experience

Work experience is an essential part of your Medicine application. Not only does work experience show your passion and commitment to the profession, but it also gives you valuable real-life experience and skills necessary to succeed in the application process and on a medical degree course.

It can take some time and effort to secure medical work experience placements, however if you do your research, there are plenty of opportunities available. Some ideas for finding work experience in the medical industry include:

  • Visiting local charity shops or GP surgeries, handing in your CV and enquiring about placements
  • Using Google to find the necessary contact information for nearby labs, charities or care homes
  • Signing up to volunteer websites and filling in as many application forms as possible

If possible, aim to get a range of work experience, including at least one week in a primary healthcare setting, such as a GP surgery, and another couple of weeks in a secondary healthcare setting, such as a hospital. You’ll need to start early and plan your time well, as you will largely be limited to school holidays, some weekends, and after school.

Once you secure one placement, ensure you make a good impression by dressing the part and getting stuck in. You should also try to make additional connections while on your placement, as this may help you to line up further placements in the future.

3. Read widely and stay up to date with medical news

Throughout each stage of your application, Imperial’s admissions officers will ultimately be looking to see if you would make a great medical student and an outstanding medical professional. Part of this assessment is to ensure that successful applicants are genuinely passionate and tuned in to the medical industry.

Ahead of writing your personal statement and attending your MMI interview, make sure that you keep up to date with news in the medical community, especially updates about the NHS and health policy. This will allow you to keep up with discussions and debates you may be asked about in your MMI and offer valuable insights. Some resources that will help you do that include the New Scientist and the BMJ.

Medical ethics are also a key area that you will likely be asked about in an MMI. Ethics are important when it comes to managing relationships with patients and making difficult decisions as a doctor. Make sure you have read about key ethical concepts in Medicine and what it takes to be a good doctor ahead of your interview.

4. Seek help from an expert Medicine admissions tutor

Medicine is one of the most competitive courses at Imperial and requires you to perform well in multiple stages to be in with a chance of securing an offer. Unfortunately, schools and colleges are oftentimes not equipped to provide specialist Medicine preparation due to a lack of experience, expertise or resources. As a result, we advise seeking a professional medical admissions tutor to help you through the process.

The Profs’ medical admissions tutors have many years of experience helping students develop their academic profiles, tailor their application to Imperial’s admissions criteria, prepare for the admissions exam, and excel in the interview. By working with an expert, you’ll also gain invaluable independent study skills that will prepare you for a Medicine course at an elite UK university, as well as a deeper and broader understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to study and pursue a career in Medicine. Reach out to our experienced team today to get started.