University College London

Policy, Communication, and Ethics (PCE) provides an opportunity to approach modern medicine through the lens of collaborating activities: (1) ethics and philosophy of science, (2) science policy and governance, and (3) science communication and engagement. It offers a package of modules rich with real-world knowledge set firmly within core academic frameworks. It also delivers key skills associated with original research, critical thinking, analysis, and reflection.

Medicine doesn’t operate in a vacuum. It is surrounded, shaped, and enabled by collaborating activities. The primary aim of our programme is to prepare medical students for careers in which these subjects are encountered on a regular basis. The secondary aim is skill-development. Medicine, as a professional domain, includes many careers other than clinical practice and life at the research bench. Policy makers and regulators, journalists and funders, technology developers, ethicists and analysts all play key roles. Skill development in these areas can add complementary assets to an otherwise standard portfolio. It also can open firm new career possibilities should clinical or research medicine lose their appeal.

Entry requirements

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 open in February and close at the end of March.