Course Overview

Your degree course will help you develop independent learning skills, through problem-based learning, as well as communication and clinical skills. You will experience early patient contact and can choose to study abroad during your Elective or take a year out from the programme (between Years 4 and 5) to study a medicine-related topic at BSc, MSc or MPhil degree level.

In addition to studying the core medical curriculum, you can pursue your own areas of interest through four Special Study Modules (SSMs). SSMs allow you to broaden your experience while developing skills in retrieving and critically appraising information from a variety of sources. These skills are essential for applying scientific rigour in your future medical practice.

You'll begin your degree with the Foundation of Medicine, where you will learn key concepts in biomedical and social science. You'll also choose the first of four SSMs to study.

For the next three years, you'll continue your studies learning how to diagnose and manage illness. You will develop your knowledge and skills through interaction with patients, spending time on clinical placement for most of your second year and throughout your third and fourth years.

In your second and third years, you will continue to pursue your own areas of interest through three more SSMs. At the end of your fourth year, you'll undertake your Elective, which includes the opportunity to study abroad.

Throughout your final year you will gain intensive clinical experience in hospitals and the community to prepare you for your future career as a doctor. You'll undertake five different rotations, two of which are Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice (SAMPs). You can choose to follow SAMPs in a wide variety of clinical specialities, giving you the opportunity to explore different potential medical careers during the course of your undergraduate degree.

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