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University of Buckingham Medical School pathway

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

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

At a glance


  • Kings Bournemouth
  • Kings Brighton
  • Kings London
  • Kings Oxford

Start dates:

  • January 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024

Entry requirements:

  • Completed 11 – 12 years of schooling
  • Minimum IELTS 5.5
  • Completing the Medical Summer Programme first is highly recommended

Minimum age:

  • 16.5


  • 1 academic year (3 terms)


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

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 

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

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One-year Foundation pathway

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

You will study Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths. Very strong students may also opt to do Further Maths.

Buckingham Medical School entry criteria

Pre-Med entry

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

  • A-level: AAB
  • Foundation: Minimum 65% overall with no less than 65% in Disease, Medicine & Society module.
  • 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.

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The Kings Admissions Team