The Graduate Entry MB BS Programme was instigated at Barts & the London in 2004. It was part of the first tranche of Graduate Entry Programmes developed by UK Medical Schools. The unique component of the GEP is the first foundational year. Following Year 1, the students are integrated into the 5-year course, starting the course at the beginning of the clinical Year 3. The total length of the course is 4 years. The philosophy of the GEP is to tailor learning styles and content to the existing experience and maturity of the student. To this end, the course contains a significant component of problem-based learning. The William Harvey Research Institute plays a major role in the organisation and teaching on the GEP programme.
The programme is led by Dr Martin Carrier from the Centre for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. All PBL tutors come from the WHRI as do all the mentors.