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Oxford University Medical School

The Medical Sciences Division

The Division comprises over 2200 academics and staff, 800 graduate students and 900 undergraduates; about 350 NHS Clinicians and GPs contribute to our teaching activities. In total over 2500 individuals are involved in research.

Medical sciences research at Oxford has maintained its pre-eminent standing, as demonstrated by the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Analysis of the preliminary results published in December 2008 places Oxford medical sciences research as being of the highest quality in the UK in four separate medical science disciplines.

The Times Higher Education has analysed the original data provided by HEFCE and has published a league-table style analysis that ranks the quality of the research submitted to each Unit of Assessment (UoA). In this analysis, Oxford is ranked highest in the UoAs of

* Cardiovascular Medicine,
* Infection and Immunity,
* Primary Care & Other Community Based Clinical Subjects,
* Pre-clinical & Human Biological Sciences.

Oxford achieved a second place ranking in the UoAs of

* Psychology,
* Biochemistry,
* Other Laboratory Based Clinical Subjects.

A three (pre-clinical) + three (clinical) -year course for:

those with the necessary A-level or equivalent
qualifications.
graduates with a degree (including
humanities). Graduates may complete this
course in five years by omitting the third year.
Graduates with a degree in an experimental
sciences subject (please see list of qualifying
degrees on our website) may alternatively
apply for the shorter, four-year course.

A four-year course for:
graduates with a degree in an experimental
sciences subject
This is an intensive course, the first two years
focus on the medical sciences with clinical
training integrated throughout. The final two
years of the course are the same as the fifth and
sixth years of the six-year course.

To the Pre-clinical Course (years 1 to 3)
Applications are made through UCAS. The UCAS
course code and title are A100 and BMBCh. The
closing date for applications is mid-October (in
common with all UK medical schools) and
interviews are held in mid-December. All
candidates, including overseas candidates, must
be prepared to travel to Oxford for interview at
the designated time.

To the Accelerated (4-year) Course
Applications are made through UCAS, with an
additional set of forms sent directly to Oxford. The
UCAS course code and title are A101 and BMBCh4.
The closing date for applications is mid-October.
The process includes a short test (the UKCAT –
details available at www.ukcat.ac.uk/home/) and a
set of interviews. The purpose of the test is to give
us a single common point of comparison between
all candidates: all candidates, including those who
have poor A-level or first-degree results, or who
graduated some years ago, will be on equal terms.

To the Clinical Course (years 4 to 6)
There is a joint admissions procedure for entry by
Oxford and Cambridge pre-clinical students to
the clinical schools of Oxford, Cambridge and
London Universities. A common application form
for candidates from Oxford or Cambridge is
available from the Medical Sciences Office and
must be submitted by 4 January in the intended
year of admission. Further details of the
admissions procedure are issued with the
application form. Interviews for all candidates are
held during January.

Fees

Six –year Course
Home and EU1                                       International1
Year 1     £3,290 per annum                                    £14,000 per annum
Year 2     £3,290 per annum                                    £14,000 per annum
Year 3     £3,290 per annum                                    £14,000 per annum
Year 4     £3,290 per annum                                   £25,500 per annum
Year 5     Fee is funded in full by the NHS          £25,500 per annum
Year 6     Fee is funded in full by the NHS          £25,500 per annum

Four-year Course
Home and EU1                                                     International1
Year 1     £3,290 per annum                                            £14,000 per annum
Year 2     Fee is funded in full by the NHS                  £25,500 per annum
Year 3     Fee is funded in full by the NHS                  £25,500 per annum
Year 4     Fee is funded in full by the NHS                 £25,500 per annum

Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM)

The Imperial College School of Medicine (ICSM) is the medical school of Imperial College London in England, and one of the United Hospitals.

Founded as a result of merging several notable hospitals in London, it now comprises core campuses at South Kensington, St Mary’s Hospital, London, Charing Cross Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world among medical schools on the THES QS 2009 rankings – Biomedicine & Life Science,[1] the school is especially known for its heart and lung transplant surgery skills lead by Sir Magdi Yacoub, rheumatology treatments by Marc Feldmann, and recent robot-assisted surgery techniques by world leading surgeon Baron Ara Darzi.

Undergraduate courses

The School runs 4 undergraduate courses.
Medicine
Six-year MBBS/BSc

UCL Medical School

UCL Medical School (formerly known as Royal Free and University College Medical School), is the medical school of University College London (UCL). It is one of the United Hospitals.

UCL has offered education in medicine since 1834 but the current school has developed from mergers between UCL and the medical schools of the Middlesex Hospital (founded in 1746) and The Royal Free Hospital (founded as the London School of Medicine for Women in 1874).

Clinical medicine is primarily taught at University College Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and the Whittington Hospital, with other associated teaching hospitals including the Eastman Dental Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, The Heart Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital.

Admission

Admission to the medical school, in common with all 32 medical schools in the UK, is extremely competitive. Prospective students must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Acceptable qualifications for entry include grades AAA at A-level, to include at least Chemistry and Biology, and a pass at AS-level. The International Baccalaureate (Full Diploma), although less common, is also an acceptable entry qualification. Additionally, applicants must sit an entrance exam, the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

Course

The course in medicine at UCL leads to the award of the MB BS and BSc (Hons) degrees and takes six years to complete: 2 years of preclinical medicine, 3 years of clinical medicine, and 1 year studying for the intercalated BSc degree, which at UCL is compulsory for all students except postgraduates. There is also the opportunity to intercalate a PhD, either by taking an ‘interruption of study’ directly after the intercalated BSc, or as part of the integrated MB PhD programme. The latter has been offered by UCL medical school since 1994 and allows students to be offered the MB BS, BSc and PhD degrees in eight years rather than nine if the PhD is undertaken separately.

MBBS Application

Applicants must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The application deadline is 15 October. Late applications are not considered.

All applicants must meet the Medical School’s minimum academic standard and they must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

BMAT is used to assess scientific aptitude, critical thinking and written communication skills. The test focuses on scientific and other abilities relevant to the study of medicine. The BMAT is used, along with other information in the UCAS application, to help us select candidates for interview.

BMAT information for 2011 entry

The BMAT is compulsory for all UCL Medicine applicants.

The test for 2011 applicants was held on 3 November 2010.

High scores in each section of the BMAT will strengthen an application and improve the likelihood of being selected for interview. BMAT scores that are below the average will disadvantage an application.

The average scores for UCL applicants this year in section 1, section 2 and section 3 respectively are: 4.8, 4.9, 3.0 A/B. We ask that candidates to keep in mind that BMAT scores are not the only factor that we consider during selection.

Please also keep in mind that until a decision is made about an application, it is still pending and there is nothing that we could tell you by phone or email. Therefore applicants are asked to please refrain from contacting us for status updates. As soon as there is information to give you we will send it. Status checking calls/emails only take up the time we could spend assessing and processing your application.

If you want to try some practice questions and get online feedback then go to www.ucl.ac.uk/lapt/bmat

For information about the BMAT and how/where to register, consult the BMAT website at http://www.bmat.org.uk.

School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge

The School of Clinical Medicine is the medical school of the University of Cambridge in England. According to QS World University Rankings 2010, it currently ranks as second best in the world.. The school is situated inside the internationally renowned Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which is a key component of the largest biomedical research centre in Europe.

Students from Cambridge University can enter the clinical school on completion of three years of pre-clinical training and a further interviewing process. Applicants from outside Cambridge University are also invited to apply providing they meet the entry requirements. The number of medical students leaving Cambridge after their pre-clinical studies is variable, but common destinations include Oxford and the London medical schools.

The majority of clinical medical training in Cambridge takes place at the School of Clinical Medicine located on the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site. The Clinical School was established in 1976 when construction of the new Addenbrooke’s building was underway. The opening of the Clinical School meant the beginning of a completely new medical course at Cambridge University.

Entry to the Clinical school requires a degree in pre-clinical medicine, usually obtained either at Cambridge, Oxford, London or St Andrews. The University typically gives offers conditional on obtaining a first or upper second class degree.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise results showed Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry joining Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London in the top 5 medical and dental schools in England for quality of research.

In the same exercise, the School was ranked first in London, ahead of University College, Imperial College and King’s College.

According to rankings published in the Times Higher Education, Barts and The London scored consistently in the top five:

* Dentistry was ranked 1st equal with Manchester out of 14 UK dental schools.

* In Cancer, we were ranked 3rd out of 14 submissions ahead of Oxford, Imperial, Kings College London and University College London.

* The Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, returned in Hospital Subjects, was ranked joint 1st with Cambridge and Edinburgh ahead of Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton.

* The Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, returned in Epidemiology and Public Health, was 2nd out of 21 ahead of Oxford, University College London and Bristol

* In Health Services Research, we were ranked 4th overall out of 28 ahead of Oxford, University College London and Kings College London

* The William Harvey Research Institute, returned in Preclinical and Human Biological Sciences, was ranked 3rd out of 13, ahead of Kings College London, Bristol and Nottingham.

The School runs two programmes in medicine and two in dentistry.

* A five-year MBBS programme (A100)
* A shortened (four-year) graduate-entry MBBS programme (A101)
* A five-year BDS programme (A200)
* A shortened (four-year) graduate-entry BDS programme (A201)

There is also a range of taught medical and dental postgraduate programmes and numerous postgraduate research opportunities.

Toefl (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English-language test in the world, recognized by more than 7,500 colleges, universities and agencies in more than 130 countries.

About the Test

There are two formats for the TOEFL Test. The format you take depends on where your test center is located. Most people take the Internet-based Test (iBT). Test centers in locations where Internet-based testing is not available administer the Paper-based Test (PBT).

Who Takes the TOEFL Test?

Students planning to study at a higher education institution
English language learning program admissions and exit
Scholarship and certification candidates
English-language learners who want to track their progress
Students and workers applying for visas

Who Accepts TOEFL Test Scores?

More than 7,500 colleges, agencies and other institutions in over 130 countries accept TOEFL scores. Other organizations rely on TOEFL scores as well:

Immigration departments use them to issue residential and work visas
Medical and licensing agencies use them for professional certification purposes
Individuals use them to measure their progress in learning English

TOEFL iBT™ Test

The TOEFL iBT™ test, administered in an internet-based format.

TOEFL iBT™ test cost

The cost of the test can range from US$150 to US$225 and varies between countries.

TOEFL iBT Test Sections

Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Listening 60 – 90 minutes 34 – 51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Reading 60 – 100 minutes 36 – 70 questions Read passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.

TOEFL® PBT

The TOEFL® PBT, administered in a paper-based format, takes about three and one-half hours to complete. There is also a 30-minute writing test, called the TWE® test (Test of Written English™), which is required of everyone who takes the paper-based test. The total time to take both tests will be about four hours.

The cost of the TOEFL PBT test is US$160

Test Section Description Time Limit No. of

Questions

TOEFL PBT Listening Comprehension Measures the ability to understand spoken English 30-40 minutes 50
TOEFL PBT Structure and Written Expression Measures the ability to recognize language appropriate for standard written English 25 minutes 40
TOEFL PBT Reading Comprehension Measures the ability to understand non-technical reading material 55 minutes 50
TWE Test of Written English Measures the ability to write in English 30 minutes 1 topic

Test Centers and dates

http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/TOEFL/tclists/IBT_a.html

Register for the TOEFL iBT™ Test
http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/register/

Register for the TOEFL® PBT Test
http://www.ets.org/toefl/pbt/register/

TOEFL® Paper-based Test (PBT) Scores

Your TOEFL test fee includes:

one score report for you
up to four official score reports sent by ETS directly to universities, agencies or other institutions you select

Score reports are mailed approximately five weeks after your test date. Learn more about how to Get Scores.

TOEFL iBT™ Test Scores

Your scores are based on your performance on the questions in the test. You must answer at least one question each in the Reading and Listening sections, write at least one essay, and complete at least one Speaking task to receive an official score. For the Internet-based test, you will receive four scaled section scores and a total score:

Reading Section (Score of: 0 – 30)
Listening Section (Score of: 0 – 30)
Speaking Section (Score of: 0 – 30)
Writing Section (Score of: 0 – 30)

Total Score (0 – 120)

Preparation:

http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/prepare/

Top medical schools in Canada

The University of Toronto was also ranked as the nation’s best medical and doctoral university in Maclean’s magazine, followed by UBC (2nd) and Queen’s (3rd). However in the 18th Annual Ranking of Canadian universities by Maclean’s magazine, McGill won the distinction of being called the top medical school in Canada, ranked 1st in the nation and ahead of Toronto (2nd).

List of leading medical schools in Canada (by Province):

Alberta:
University of Alberta – Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Faculty of Medicine of the University of Calgary

British Columbia:
University of British Columbia – Faculty of Medicine

Manitoba:
University of Manitoba – Faculty of Medicine

Newfoundland and Labrador:
Memorial University of Newfoundland – Faculty of Medicine

Nova Scotia:
Dalhousie University – Faculty of Medicine

Ontario:
McMaster University – Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Queen’s School of Medicine
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at University of Western Ontario
University of Ottawa – Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto – Faculty of Medicine

Québec:
Université Laval – Faculté de Médecine
McGill University – Faculty of Medicine
Université de Montréal – Faculté de Médecine
Université de Sherbrooke – Faculté de Médecine et des sciences de la santé

Saskatchewan:
College of Medicine – University of Saskatchewan

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

“Medicine is learned by the bedside and not in the classroom … See and then research, compare and control. But see first.” – William Osler, the first chief of medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the founder of the institution’s residency program.

More than a century ago, Baltimore merchant Johns Hopkins left behind $7 million after his death, along with a mandate that would change the face of medical education throughout the United States and beyond. The money should go to build a hospital and a university of the highest stature in the heart of Baltimore, Md., a place where all patients—rich or poor, black or white, male or female—could receive care.

From the institution’s beginnings in 1876, Hopkins leaders have understood that to practice medicine, young physicians need frontline training alongside veteran physicians whose knowledge and experience provides the best means of fighting disease. Our faculty believes that to best grasp illness, our student-physicians must also understand the patients who are afflicted and constantly be searching for better treatments, newer answers and greater ideas. It is a crucial aspect of improving health across the world, and it’s what medical education at Johns Hopkins is all about.

About the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Founded in 1893
  • Located in Baltimore, Md.
  • 2,448 full-time faculty
  • 1,249 part-time faculty
  • 9,504 employees
  • 482 medical students
  • 85 percent of students receive financial aid
  • Consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the country