Phase 1a

Welcome and congratulations on joining Imperial!

This page is here to give you some insight into what you will be studying next year. However, there are extensive faculty resources coming your way with more detail about your course and assessments come October, so rest assured you will be given all the necessary (and supplementary) information. Some of this information might be subject to change based on the COVID regulations.

Should you have any questions, please email the Academic Officer for Early Years (Yasmin Baker) at

A word on your subjects this year:

Your curriculum in Phase 1a (Year 1) is composed of modules and domains.

Modules are individual topic-based subjects which take place at different times during the year. Domains are skills and knowledge based subjects which are embedded in all learning events throughout the year.

This might sound complicated, but don’t worry – it will all make sense once you start university.


Principles of Medicine

This is your first module which is intended to prime you with the scientific knowledge that will be useful for your further learning. It covers core topics in cell biology and metabolism, haematology, immunology and genetics. It consists of lectures, tutorials, lab based practicals and reading sessions.

Bioregulatory Systems

In the biggest module of the year you will be introduced to neurology and neuroscience, psychiatry, endocrinology and reproduction, respiratory and cardiovascular medicine, gastroenterology and urology. BRS is taught in many different ways, including lectures, tutorials, labs, practice exams, etc. This knowledge will be developed in later years of your degree.

Lifestyle Medicine and Prevention

Learning how to prevent diseases and support your future patients in making positive changes to their lifestyle is at the core of this module. You will start learning about population health and its determinants.

Clinical Science Integration

This is a case-based module in which you will learn about the diagnosis, management and professional implications of prominent conditions through patient scenarios and a group-teaching approach. This module is assessed cumulatively with a short team-based exam on each case.

Patients, Communities and Healthcare

In this module you will learn about the UK healthcare system, most notably by going on placement in both primary and secondary care in small groups. You will have your first practical experiences with real patients.


Professional Values and Behaviours

This domain embeds teaching about medical ethics and law, professional standards, student/doctor identity, and quality care in general into your curriculum.

Professional Knowledge

Throughout Phase1a (year 1) you will be learning about key aspects of health and medicine: Anatomy and Diagnostics, Population Health, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Development and Ageing. These will be integrated into your curriculum in various different ways, including cadaveric prosection and living anatomy.

Professional Skills

In this domain you will start developing the clinical skills (like assessing the function of different body parts), research skills and communication skills (most notably history taking) essential to a medical career.

If you are interested in more details about this, please view the faculty course page, or programme specification (click here!)

However, be aware that there are more comprehensive resources being developed with your understanding of the course as the main goal coming soon.