This is a unique one year programme, primarily for students who do not meet the academic entry requirements for direct entry into the degrees offered at our affiliate medical schools in the Caribbean and mainland Europe. The programme also provides a suitable route for students who wish to enter a medical school in the UK or other countries.
This programme will be taught on the campuses of Birkbeck College, University of London and Albion College.

Key features of the programme:

We currently have direct entry agreements with the following medical schools: St Matthew's University, Grand Cayman (SMU), the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland (MUG), Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, Saba University School of Medicine, and the Medical University of the Americas (MUA).

The Pre-Med programme offers three (non-exclusive) routes on completion:

An opportunity to obtain the credits needed for entry to one of our affiliate medical schools in one year – this means that you will not have to commit three years to an undergraduate degree, which may or may not lead to medical school. Students who successfully complete the Pre-Med will have met all necessary academic requirements as part of their application to these universities.

An opportunity to apply (or re-apply) for a place at another medical school and use one of our affiliate medical schools as a back-up option, should their other applications be unsuccessful.

Over the past 4 years, 24% of students who successfully completed the M&D Pre-Med were made an offer by a UK medical school (about 1 in 4 applicants).

An opportunity to apply for entry to the second year of Bachelor degrees.
Please see the Progression Routes page for more information
Students have the opportunity to receive specialist preparation from experienced advisors about applying to UK and overseas medical schools. This includes work experience at hospitals, interview practice and optimising personal statements for applications.

The central London location at Birkbeck College, University of London, enables students to benefit from the experiences of university of London student life – something they would not experience at a school, college or access course.

Programme outline
In 20010/11 the teaching term begins on 27th September 2010 and ends on 24th June 2011.

Students must ensure that they arrive at the University on this date.

For this reason, and depending on the student's academic background, the exact course content may vary from student to student.

M&D Pre-Med modules and term dates*

*subject to change

TERM 1: 27 September 2010 - 17 December 2010

Module name: Cellular biology

Module description:
This module will explain the fundamentals of cell interactions and enable students to understand cell differentiation, cell adhesion, cell growth, gene regulation and cell signalling.
Module name: Organic chemistry
Module description:
This module will explain the structure, function, properties and reaction mechanisms of key organic molecules, and provide students with an understanding of how subtle changes in structure result in different molecular behaviours.
Module name: SSC 1: Simulation
Module description:
This module will introduce students to the key roles of different biomedical professions in practice so that they can understand the different techniques of diagnostics and treatment in a clinical situation.
Module name: Biostatistics
Module description:
In this module students will familiarise themselves with statistical tools for biological analysis.
TERM 2: 10 January 2011 - 25 March 2011
Module name: Respiratory system
Module description:
This module will increase students’ understanding of the function and control of the respiratory system. They will be able to apply this knowledge to comprehend the changes in abnormal physiological and pathological conditions.
Module name: Circulatory system
Module description:
This module will provide students with an introduction to the physiology and anatomy of the circulatory system, as well as to some major diseases affecting the circulatory system.
Module name: Pathology
Module description:
This module will cover various concepts involved in pathology, including organ physiology and disease, cytology and forms of diagnosis and assessment of disease and progression.

TERM 3: 11 April 2011 - 24 June 2011

Module name: Digestive system

Module description:
This module will provide students with an introduction to the physiology and anatomy of the digestive system, as well as to some major diseases affecting the digestive system.

Module name: SSC 2: Ethics
Module description:
This module will introduce students to the importance of ethics, law, and professional regulation to biological and human research.

Module name: Non-communicable disease

Module description:
This module will provide an introduction to non-communicable diseases including the concept, the global burden, common diseases and strategies for prevention, detection and cure.
Module name: Spanish (optional)
Module description:
This module is optional for students wishing to pursue their studies of medicine or dentistry further at University Cardenal Herrera-CEU, Spain. Clinical practice at UCH-CEU is conducted in Spanish, therefore prospective students will be required to acquire the basics of Spanish in advance of enrolling on their degree course.

Entry requirements

UK applicants must have three A Levels, with at least two of those being science-based (i.e. Biology, Chemistry or Physics). The remaining A Level can be in any subject, or made of two separate A/S Levels. Our minimum A Level grade requirement is B, C, C, however due to demand for places, the average A Level grade of our Pre-Med students is usually higher.

Equivalent qualifications, such as the Irish leaving Certificate, the I.B. Diploma or Scottish Highers are also accepted. Prospective international applicants with other qualifications should contact us for an individual assessment. Some students may be advised to take A levels in the UK, a foundation course or a course in the International Summer School before starting the Pre-Med.

International students requiring a foundation course are recommended to take the M&D Foundation Programme offered at Albion College, Central London.
If English is not your native language, you are normally expected to have passed a recognised test in English to the level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (with not less than 6.0 in the writing and listening sections).

Student housing and private halls are widely available in London

Programme costs

The tuition and administrative costs of the programme for all students (including EU nationals) in 2010/11 are £12,000.
The above figure does not include living expenses.
If you fail a module you are entitled to one re-sit attempt, free of charge. This is normally scheduled at the end of the academic year.