A career in medicine is one of the most demanding, rewarding and important paths you can follow.

As such you will be playing a crucial role in society. It is therefore not surprising that only the most able and committed people achieve this goal.

Kings is partnered with The University of Buckingham to offer a unique pathway to this new independent Medical School.

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About Buckingham

The University of Buckingham is the UK’s first independent medical school. As an independent school, it is open to both domestic and international students, with no cap on the latter.

The university offers a condensed 4.5-year MB CHB programme, with a one-year pre-med course on which Kings’ students are guaranteed a place.


Exceptional rankings

  • The Medical School was awarded the TEF Gold Award
  • The university is ranked by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 as:
  • 4th for Student-Staff Ratio
  • 8th for Teaching Quality
  • 8th for Student Experience

“We recognise Kings Education as a partner that shares our ethos of quality teaching, student experience and putting students first at the University of Buckingham.

They are well placed in preparing students to join us in the future onto some of our most competitive courses, such as Biomedical Science, Medicine and Podiatric Medicine.”

Kal Makwana
Director of Strategic Partnerships

General Medical Council

The University of Buckingham Medical school was granted General Medical Council (GMC) approval in 2019.

The GMC commented on the University’s “excellent professional, academic and pastoral support that extends throughout the University and clinical learning environments’ and ‘the robust systems that ensure the quality of all aspects of the MB ChB programme, including teaching and assessment”.

“We are committed to producing great doctors and allied health professionals at the University of Buckingham. Competition for places on these programmes is very keen throughout the sector and our partnership with Kings Education will provide another route to these exciting professions.”

Prof. John C. Clapham
Pro Vice Chancellor Health Sciences

Medical Foundation

You will follow the specialist Kings Advanced Level Foundation at Kings Dubai. This is based on A-level and taught by A-level standard teachers.

You will study Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics plus the ‘Core’ Communication & Study Skills and Data Handling & Statistics Modules.

Key facts

Entry requirements

  • Academic: Successful completion of at least 11 or 12 years of schooling (at least GCSE equivalent) 
  • English language: Minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent level Minimum age: 17
  • Completing the Kings Pre-sessional online medical course  first is highly recommended. Contact us for more information. 

Start dates

  • September and January


  • Average 21 hours per week, plus homework and private study 


  • 1 academic year (3 terms) 

Learning outcomes

  • Raise academic qualifications to UK university entrance level
  • Raise English to university level
  • Develop learning and self-study skills for degree level
  • Full preparation for participation in the MMIs
  • Develop relevant working experience required for entry into medical school

Progression to Buckingham

Pre-Med entry

After successfully completing your course at Kings you are guaranteed a place onto the one year pre-med at the University of Buckingham, after which you will progress onto the 4.5-year MB CHB programme.

  • Foundation: Minimum 65% overall
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.5 in each category)

Medical degree entry

Students gaining the following are guaranteed interview for entry to the medical degree:

  • 70% on the pre-med year
  • IELTS 7.0
  • Internal MMI (completed as part of the pre-med year)

Note: Students who do not achieve the above can move to the condensed 2-year BSC Biomedical sciences degree at the University of Buckingham. On completion of this degree (with minimum of 2:1) students are able apply to any Medical School in the UK.

MMI is required.

UCAT, BMAT not required.

Entry is direct: No UCAS entry required.

Other progression options

If you successfully complete the programme but decide to apply elsewhere your Kings UCAS Counsellor will help you find the best alternative course or university.

Our students have progressed onto some of the strongest medicine-related courses and universities in the UK.

  • Harriet Watkins, UK, A-level, University of Southampton
  • Ping Hei Cheng, Hong Kong, A-level, Queen's University Belfast, Medicine
  • Chun Yu Chan, Hong Kong, A-level, Queen's University Belfast, Medicine
  • Eunice Opoko Gyebi, Ghana, Foundation, Aston University, Medicine
  • Niyousha Mehrnoosh, Iran, A-levels ,Aston University ,Medicine
  • Anita Sedghi, Iran, 1-year A-level, UCLan, Medicine
  • Ho Kit Kennis Leung, Hong Kong, Foundation, Lancaster University, Biomedicine
  • Ingyoung Hwang, South Korea, Foundation, University of Leeds, Medical Sciences


Sadam studied the Foundation at Kings before starting a degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol.

"Since I was a young I was interested in Biology and Chemistry. I’m also interested in cancer biology and regenerative medicine, and this course in Bristol provides me with the chance to study and learn these things. Bristol is one of the few universities which has this course.

Kings, and especially the teachers, further increased my interest in Science, and really helped me in studying English as it’s not my first language”

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Chun Yu studied at Kings before starting a degree in /strong> Medicine at the Queen's University Belfast.

"At university no one will remind you what to study and when to study, you have to be independent. But thanks to Kings, I was prepared for that."

We also have a useful career guide:

Medicine and Health

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