University College London

This Intercalated degree is designed to introduce medical students to the basic physical principles and techniques involved in the technology employed in health care. An understanding of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is valuable to doctors in both understanding the benefits and limitations of equipment encountered daily in hospitals, and in medical research where improvements in patient care often go hand in hand with the development of new equipment or computer software. Elsewhere in Europe, where Medicine courses are longer, Medical Physics is considered to be an essential part of the curriculum. For example in Italy, 100 hours of Medical Physics is taught during their 6 year course. This intercalated degree is an opportunity to study a very relevant subject that is not currently part of the Medicine curriculum in this country. Because medical imaging forms a large part of the syllabus, our degree is of particular relevance to medical students who are considering an eventual specialisation in radiology.

Entry requirements

It is strongly recommended, but not required, that students have already studied physics and mathematics up to A-level (or equivalent) standard.

You must be:

  • enrolled on a UK MBBS course.
  • successfully completed or about to complete 2 years of a UK MBBS course. If you are currently in your second year of study and you are successful in getting a place to study with us, a condition of your offer will be to pass your 2nd year of study.
  • It is at the discretion of individual iBSc programmes if they wish to accept students where they have completed more than two years of MBBS training. If you are made an offer, then successfully passing your current year of study will be made a condition of offer.
  • hold GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5.
  • have achieved a minimum of ABB in your A levels or equivalent.

Closing date

Applications for external students will usually open in February and close at the end of March.