Course Structure

The MBChB equips you with the valuable attributes and attitudes required for modern medical practice and your future clinical career

Foundation of Medicine

In Year 1, you will be based primarily at the University. Through eleven 2-week PBL modules, you will be introduced to key concepts in biomedical and social science, and learn about normal structure and function of the human body. You will receive a thorough grounding in basic clinical skills (examinations, procedures and techniques) and undertake extensive communication skills training to prepare you for patient contact in Years 2-5.

Each PBL module spans a two week period and a typical timetable for each PBL module looks like this: 

  • Monday: Lecture, PBL, Self-study
  • Tuesday: Lecture, CALC, Self-study
  • Wednesday: Lectures, Self-study
  • Thursday: Lecture, Clinical Skills, Self-study
  • Friday (Week 1): Lecture, CMP, Self-study
  • Friday (Week 2): Lecture, PBL, Self-study
  MonTuesWedThursFri
Week 1 Lecture
PBL
Self-study
Lecture
CALC
Self-study
Lectures
Self-study
Lecture
Clinical Skills
Self-study
Lecture
CMP
Self-study
Week 2 Lecture
PBL
Self-study
Lecture
CALC
Self-study
Lectures
Self-study
Lecture
Clinical Skills
Self-study
Lecture
PBL
Self-study

PBL: Problem Based Learning

CALC: Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre

CMP: Communication for Medical Practice

SSM1

In Year 1, you will complete your first Special Study Module. Over the course of 4 weeks, you will explore a subject area beyond the normal core curriculum, developing key skills in information retrieval, critical appraisal of information sources and report-writing. You can choose the topic to study from a wide range of possible SSM titles. You will be assigned a convenor, an expert your chosen field, to guide and support you through your SSM.

Community Attachment

In year one students get early patient contact in primary care when they visit several local GP practices. Under the supervision of GP tutors, they meet expert patients to discuss experiences of healthcare, considering the implications of multimorbidity and chronic disease in the community, and deepening their understanding from previous learning in PBL sessions.