Medicine BMBS


Fact file - 2017 entry

UCAS code:A100
Type and duration:5 year UG
Qualification name:Medicine
UCAS code
UCAS code
Medicine | BMedSci
5 years full time
A level offer
Required subjects
A in chemistry and biology at A level to include a pass in practical assessments where assessed separately; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking; at least six GCSEs at grade A including chemistry, physics and biology or double science. (Applied Science is not accepted); GCSE grade B in English and maths. Graduates: 2:1 degree in a science-related subject; A in chemistry and biology at A level; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies, critical thinking, citizenship studies and global perspectives.

UKCAT: candidates must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) test during the same year as an application is made. For more information, please refer to the UKCAT website 

Applications for 2017/18 should be made via UCAS between 1 September 2016 and the deadline of 15 October 2016.
IB score
36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component) 
Course location
The University of Nottingham Medical School, Queens Medical Centre and Hospital Trusts throughout the East Midlands 
Course places


As one of the most popular medical schools in the country, we can offer you extensive placement opportunities and first-hand experience in full-body dissection.
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2016/17 admissions cycle - the following were the minimum scores required to proceed to the next stage of the selection process:

GCSE applicants: at least 46 points (HEU) and at least 45 points (Overseas) to be considered at the personal statement stage and at least 56 points (HEU) and at least 51 points (Overseas) to proceed to interview.

Non-GCSE applicants (HEU and Overseas): at least 30 points to be considered at the personal statement stage and at least 38 points (HEU) and at least 32 points (Overseas) to proceed to interview.

The scores above are for guidance only and may differ for 2017/18.


Recruiting for Values

The School of Medicine values are linked to the NHS Constitution and underpin our courses.  We expect medical students and applicants to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes consistent with these values.

Our Course

This five-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree course makes school-leavers into practising doctors.

In the first two years, basic medical science is taught as a series of courses organised into four concurrent themes: molecular/cellular aspects of medicine; human structure and function; healthcare in the community; and early clinical and professional development. Integration of science and clinical practice starts at the beginning of the course. Through a series of lectures, seminars and visits to general practices and hospitals, you are familiarised with patient contact and learn the principles of clinical history-taking and examination. Student-selected components allow the study of topics in depth. 

In the third year, you will undertake a supervised research project of your choice, leading to the award of BMedSci. Following this, you will move into the clinical phases where you will rotate through a series of placements at major teaching trusts in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, and in the community. Experiencing different sites across the counties is an educational and desirable feature of your training. 

Find out more about our teaching, including an example first-year timetable on our school website

Current clinical phase placements

Currently the placements include the following hospitals: 


  • City Hospital
  • Queens Medical Centre
  • Kings Mill Hospital, Mansfield


  • Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield


  • Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
  • Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham
  • Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

View a map of the placement locations and read what our students say about their placement experiences.


Modules, years 1-3

Years one and two (Semesters 1-4) - Early Clinical Experience

Modules undertaken are: Structure, Function and Pharmacology of Excitable Tissues; Molecular Basis of Medicine; Public Health Epidemiology; Behavioural Sciences; Human Development and Tissue Differentiation; Early Clinical and Professional Development; Clinical Communication Skills; Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems; Haematology; Renal and Endocrine Systems; Human Development Structure and Function; Alimentary System and Nutrition; General and Biochemical Pharmacology; Functional and Behavioural Neuroscience; Using Epidemiology in Practice; up to two optional modules.


Year three (Semester 5) - Research Project

Modules undertaken are: Research Methods; Honours-Year Project; Infection; plus two taught modules.


Clinical Phases

The Clinical Phases (A100 + A101)

During the Clinical Phases, students rotate through a series of placements at major teaching hospitals within the region - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. These placements provide extensive experience of a wide range of clinical settings, as outlined above.


Clinical Phase 1

During this 17-week course, students from both A100 and A101 undertake modules in Clinical Practice (Medicine and Surgery), Community Follow-up, and Therapeutics. This period represents the start of intensive clinical teaching and experience.


Clinical Phase 2

This 40-week period comprises integrated rotation in the following modules: Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Child Health; Healthcare of the Elderly; Psychiatry; Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology ('Ear, nose and throat'), Dermatology; Primary Care (General Practice); Special Study Module.


Clinical Phase 3

In your final year, you undertake the 32-week Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) course comprising the following subjects: Medicine; Surgery; Musculoskeletal Disorders and Disability; Primary Care (General Practice) and Critical Illness. 

Final exams take place after ACE. 

The final module is Transition to Practice. This module comprises Careers events, Foundation Year 1 Preparation Course, Medical Assistantship (MAST) and Elective Period. MAST takes place over 6 weeks; students are allocated to a site, specialty and firm working with a current FY1 doctor. For the Elective period, a period of 7 weeks is allowed, of which, a minimum of 6 weeks (which must include at least 240 contact hours) attendance at your approved elective institution(s) is required. This period is an opportunity for you to gain insight into medical practice in a different setting within the UK or overseas. 

In both Clinical Phases 2 and 3, you continue to develop your clinical skills and knowledge and to apply these to disease management.



Foundation doctor training

After successful completion of the BM BS degree, graduates are required to undergo a further two years of foundation doctor training. Full registration is granted by the GMC at the end of the first year of this training. Non-British nationals graduating from UK medical schools are subject to work-permit restrictions. 


Entry requirements

When applying for medicine, please make sure you meet our academic requirements. 

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.


No offers are made without interview.

A levels (and resits)

A in chemistry and biology, including a pass in practical assessments where are assessed separately; a third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking; at least six GCSEs at grade A including chemistry, physics and biology or double science; and GCSE grade B in English and maths. A levels must be taken within a two-year period.


During your A level years we will accept one module re-sit in each full A-level subject you are studying, over the two year period. Once you have achieved an A level grade we will not accept any further re-sits. If any adverse factors occur during your A levels, including dyslexia, ill-health or bereavement, you should ensure that the relevant examination board is aware of these so they can be taken into consideration when grading your exams.



2:1 degree in a science-related subject; A in chemistry and biology at A level; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking.

If you are holding a place on a degree course, or are not due to complete the degree prior to joining the medical programme, your application will be unsuccessful. Failure to disclose this information will result in automatic withdrawal of your application.


Alternative qualifications

School leavers and applicants who are not graduates (and are not holding an offer to study a degree elsewhere)

Extended Project:

Whilst studying the extended project is worthwhile, it does not form part of our selection process.

Scottish qualifications:

Offers will be made based on A grades in biology and chemistry at Advanced Highers plus AAAAB achieved at Highers (including the sciences, maths and English language, with A grade passes in biology and chemistry).

Irish Leaving Certificate:

Pre 2017 - Higher level AAAAB including A in biology and chemistry. You must also provide a transcript for the end of the previous year.

Post 2017 – We require H1 in four subjects including biology and chemistry and H2 in one subject.

Welsh Baccalaureate:

AAA is required including biology and chemistry. If the Welsh Baccalaureate Core is taken this can make up the third A grade. Otherwise the third A grade is accepted in any subject excluding general studies or critical thinking. GCSE requirement is as above.

Cambridge Pre-U:

Offers will be made on the basis of D3 (Distinction) being achieved in biology and chemistry and a third subject. GCSE requirement is as above.

Graduates (or students in their final year of a degree course)

Applicants must meet the requirement at degree AND A-level shown below to be considered for the 5-year programme. If you do not meet the A-level requirements you may be eligible to apply for the A101 4-year graduate entry programme.


Predicted or achieved 2:1 honours degree in a science based subject, AND A-levels AAA including biology and chemistry. Subjects other than general studies or critical thinking are accepted as the third subject.

Please note: If you are applying while studying a different degree, you must be in your final year or have completed the degree when you apply. Your application will not be considered if you leave a degree course before completion.

International and European Union Accepted Qualifications:

International Baccalaureate: 36 points in total with 666 at higher level, including biology and chemistry, excluding the core component. GCSE or Middle Year qualifications will also be considered.

European Baccalaureate: 85% in total with at least 85% in biology and chemistry. We also require a copy of your end of Year 10/11 academic transcript.

French Baccalaureate:

Baccalaureate de l’Enseignement du Second Degre – a score of at least 16 overall with at least 18 in biology and chemistry. We also require a copy of your end of Year 10/11 academic transcript.

Option International du Baccalaureat (OIB) – a score of at least 13 overall with at least 15 in biology and chemistry. We also require a copy of your end of Year 10/11 academic transcript.

International applicants are advised to contact the School of Medicine Education Centre for further information regarding other academic qualifications.



Extenuating Circumstances

Any extenuating circumstances that occur during GCSE's and A levels should be brought to the attention of the relevant examination boards.

We will consider extenuating circumstances that occur while applicants are holding a firm offer to study medicine at Nottingham. The Admissions team must be made aware, in writing, of the circumstances within seven working days of the examination that was affected.


Fitness to Practice

Becoming a doctor means more than acquiring knowledge and skills. Medical students cannot complete the undergraduate curriculum without coming into close, and sometimes intimate, contact with members of the public who may be vulnerable or distressed. It is essential that you do nothing to diminish the trust which sick people and their relatives place in you.

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International Students

We have a fixed HEFCE quota of 25 international students a year (i.e. not home/EU applicants). International applications will be processed and assessed separately but using the same procedures as home and EU applications. 

To find out more about being an international student, including visa requirements and living costs please visit the International Office website.


International offers are made to applicants who are classed as international for fee purposes. If an applicant who has accepted an international offer provides evidence to support a reclassification to home fee status before the student registration date in September, the offer will remain valid only if the applicants achieved a threshold score for interview and an interview score equal to, or greater than, the score home applicants had to achieve to receive an offer.

Rules after graduation

On successful completion of the BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, students will be eligible to apply for the Foundation Programme.


English language requirements

  • IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade B

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.

Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.



Candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS. For more information, please refer to the UKCAT website: 


If you have any further queries about our admissions policy, or accepted qualifications, please visit our FAQ or make an enquiry

You are also welcome to attend one of the University's Open Days.



Typical Year One Modules


Behavioural Sciences

This module aims to examine patients' responses to illness and treatment and to consider the impact of psychological and social factors on health and health-related behaviour. You’ll cover a variety of topics through lectures, self-directed learning and problem-based seminars.

Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Haematology

This module provides an introduction to the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems together with fundamentals in haematology. The physiological control mechanisms, the pathophysiology and pharmacological approaches to treating common disease states are also discussed. There are practical classes and workshops which to complement the lectures.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (1)

This module develops your understanding of the scientific basis of clinical practice. In particular, the module develops your knowledge of normal and abnormal structure and function and the natural history of human disease especially in reference to causation, genetic factors in disease and the body's defence mechanisms and response to disease. This is delivered by lectures, case studies, directed reading, private study, and workshops.

Clinical Communication Skills (1)

You’ll cover a variety of topics including verbal communication, social Interaction, non-verbal communication, how to write a reflective portfolio, interviewing skills, communicating with children, explanation skills and communicating with people whose first language is not English. These skills are a necessary pre-requisite for practising clinical medicine.

Early Clinical and Professional Development

This module aims to introduce you to the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you will require to practice clinical medicine. These are a necessary pre-requisite for practising clinical medicine; the OSCE exam and the module overall must be passed to continue your studies

Human Development: Structure and Function

You will develop a working knowledge of human development and clinical anatomy of the thorax, neck, upper limb and lower limb. In addition, you’ll consider the basic mechanism of disease development for some common conditions. The anatomy classes make use of dissection as a method for students to explore the structural, functional and clinical anatomy of the human body. Studies of surface anatomy and radiographic images will also be used to introduce you to some of the methods of clinical examination.

Human Development and Tissue Differentiation

This module will develop your working knowledge of cell biology, early human development and the differentiation of cells into the tissues of the body. Also the basic skills of light microscopy will be taught and some fundamental histological knowledge of tissues will be acquired to enable you to differentiate between the morphology of different normal tissues. In addition to looking at normal structure and function, there is an opportunity to consider the basic mechanism of disease development at the cellular and tissue level for some common conditions. This is a lecture based course, with supporting microscopy practicals. 

Molecular Basis of Medicine

This module considers the chemical basis of protein structure and factors that influence it. You’ll consider how enzymes function as biological catalysts, basic metabolism, with a focus on the role of ATP and the pathways related to its transduction. Other considerations made in relation to proteins structure including the metabolism of polysaccharides, lipids and amino acids, basic principles of control and integration of metabolism, structure and function of DNA, DNA replication structure, transcription mechanism and function of RNA as well as other factors that influence its structure.

Public Health and Epidemiology

This module introduces the basic concepts of public health,  epidemiology and statistical analysis. It looks at how these determinants affect the distribution of ill-health in the population, both from a UK and international perspective, and the range of interventions that may be used to tackle these issues. Key concepts in epidemiology, study design and basic statistical analysis are introduced.

Structure, Function and Pharmacology of Excitable Tissues

This module provides an introduction to the basic structure and function of the peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and the muscular and other organ systems they innervate. It includes cell-membrane physiology of excitable tissues (nerve and muscle), the organisation of the nervous system and its target tissues and an introduction to action of drugs on excitable tissues, with emphasis on the automatic nervous system. This module includes both tutor-led and student-centred learning. There are practical classes, including an introduction to data collection, analysis and presentation, and report writing.


Typical Year Two Modules



Ailmentary System and Nutrition 

This module provides an introduction to the alimentary system, and important aspects of nutrition and metabolism. You’ll cover basic physiology, pharmacology, anatomy and histology including several anatomy and histology sessions. The lecture programme follows the processing of food from the mouth to anus with individual lectures describing clinical problems found in the gastrointestinal system and their treatment. In addition, practical workshops will reinforce information about the physiology of gastric acid production and the pharmacology of gastrointestinal motility. 

Applied Public Health

This module introduces the science of epidemiology and the principles of public health by exploring how these are applied within the three key domains of professional public health practice. You will explore the foundations of health protection, including prevention of communicable disease, outbreak management and aspects of emergency planning and response. You’ll learn how evidence derived from research and health economics is used to prioritise scarce healthcare resources and plan health improvement interventions, and you’ll develop practical skills in critically appraising such evidence.

Clinical Communication Skills (2)

This module builds upon and develops the skills acquired in ‘Communication Skills I’. The topics include: how to write a reflective portfolio, communicating with children, explanation skills, communicating with people whose first language is not English and communicating with people who are hearing impaired.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences (2)

This module helps you develop an understanding of the scientific basis of clinical practice. In particular the module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of normal and abnormal structure and function, the natural history of human disease focusing on causation and the body's defence mechanisms and response to disease. The main themes covered include: healing, cancer, genetic factors in disease, pathology of the vascular system, infective diseases, disorders of immunity, diseases of the blood, and failure of organ systems. This is delivered by lectures, case studies, directed reading, private study, and workshops.

Early Clinical and Professional Development (2)

This module continues the process of personal and professional development for future doctors. It comprises instruction and practice in basic clinical skills within the context of the professional settings and framework in which they will work. Clinical attachments in primary and secondary care are supported by regular seminars and practical sessions in order to introduce, rehearse and reinforce relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Functional and Behavioural Neuroscience

This module provides a basic introduction to key aspects of the central nervous system including a general introduction to brain anatomy and function, the motor systems in health and disease, the somatosensory system and psychology and pharmacology of pain. You’ll cover many topics such as consciousness, sleep, arousal, use of anaesthetics and the neurobiology of epilepsy and its treatment among others.

The role of the limbic system in health and disease with particular reference to emotion and mood, the various mechanisms of memory attention and perception, causes and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, and the mechanisms and effects of drugs of abuse will also be explored. There are practical classes on brain dissection, memory and neurophysiological assessment. The course will conclude with clinical neurological demonstrations and a course review that will include feedback on the two private study assignments.

General and Biochemical Pharmacology

This module provides an introduction to the processes of absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs in both a descriptive and mathematical (pharmacokinetics) manner. You’ll supplement this by considering the mechanisms of drug action and toxicity. The module will develop a working knowledge of the processes involved in the disposition of drugs from narrative and mathematical standpoints. You’ll learn practice in drug dose calculations and form an understanding of mechanisms of drug action, and an appreciation of important principles of drug toxicity. This module is mainly lecture-based, with a supporting workshop.

Human Development Structure and Function (2)

This module will deepen and extend the knowledge gained in human development structure and function (1) in year one. You’ll cover topics such as referred pain, introduction to the pelvis and perineum and its general organisation, the back and spinal cord, head injuries and cranial haemorrhages, the reproductive system among others. A clinical review of the spine, abdomen and pelvis, and head and neck will be carried out on this module. The teaching for this module includes lectures, tutorials, review sessions, practicals (including cadaveric dissection) and workshops.

Renal and Endocrine Systems

This module provides an introduction to both the renal and endocrine systems, key systems involved in whole body homeostasis. The introduction to the renal system will cover basic physiology, pharmacology and histology. Problem classes will examine the use of diuretics and disorders of acid-base balance and a clinical session will be included to deal with the consequences of renal failure. The introduction to the endocrine system will include the non-reproductive endocrine system with particular attention on pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and pancreatic function. The endocrine component of this module will include a problem-solving workshop on functional/clinical issues, histology CAL workshop (Virtual Microscope) and will include a review workshop. You’ll have 31 tutor-led classes for this module.



Defects in Development

This module will discuss different areas of development of the unborn baby, and give an overview of how development can go wrong. Important congenital defects and the impact that abnormal development can have later will be discussed. Topics covered include infertility, placentation, fetal growth, skeletal muscle development, heart development and teratogenesis. You’ll have a series of lectures at the start of the module followed up with workshops/seminars to assist your learning.

Diagnostic Imaging and Interpretation

In this module you’ll explore the imaging technologies available to the clinician and learn how to explain their interpretation and you’ll gain an appreciation of how such techniques are applied. In particular endoscopy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, plain X-rays, CT and MRI scans will be studied in a practical context. In addition, the topics of histopathology/histocytology will be introduced. You’ll have lectures plus supporting practical classes in microscopy and imaging.In this module you’ll explore the imaging technologies available to the clinician and learn how to explain their interpretation and you’ll gain an appreciation of how such techniques are applied. In particular endoscopy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, fluoroscopy, plain X-rays, CT and MRI scans will be studied in a practical context. In addition, the topics of histopathology/histocytology will be introduced. You’ll have lectures plus supporting practical classes in microscopy and imaging.

Introduction to Psychiatry

This module is designed to encourage you to learn more about psychiatry before your Year Four placement. The course aims to unravel the field and considers how psychiatric practice differs relative to the traditional medical models of medicine and surgery. You’ll also consider the media portrayal of the specialty, the political mental health agenda, and ethical dilemmas arising in psychiatric practice and a snapshot of the remits of different sub-specialties during this module.  You’ll have two field trips to psychiatric hospitals, where you’ll be given a tour of the ward and introduced to a patient by a clinician and you’ll participate in 13 hours of seminars.

Medical Microbiology

In this module you will build on your knowledge to extend and deepen your understanding of the variety and properties of infectious agents, the laboratory procedures used in isolation and identification of pathogens and antibiotic sensitivity testing, and how these can be applied to diagnosis, treatment and management of infection.  This will predominantly be within a laboratory environment employing practical exercises and tutorial sessions based around additional demonstration materials. 

Molecular Diagnostics

This module will extend your knowledge of the role that molecular diagnostics plays in modern healthcare. This will enable you to appreciate the development of novel approaches to understand the mechanisms of disease. Topics covered include molecular genetics and disease real-time PCR, chips and microarrays, Mass Spectrometric Approaches (MSA), infectious diseases pharmacogenetics, SNP analysis and wave technology. You’ll also explore mutation detection, genotype/phenotype correlations and proteomic aspects of disease gene therapy. Activities consist of interactive lecture sessions including a discussion of the particular technology followed by practical applications illustrated using clinical data.

Molecular Immunology and Autoimmunity

This module builds on previous learning allowing you to extend and deepen your understanding of molecular and cellular aspects of adaptive immunity. You’ll also gain knowledge and understanding of the mechanistic basis of autoimmunity. This will also enable you to appreciate the development of novel forms of immunotherapy for autoimmune and other diseases. You’ll cover a variety of related topics including adaptive immunity and autoimmunity, MHC and antigen presentation, genetic factors in autoimmunity and immunotherapy of autoimmune disease among others. There will be 12 hour-long lectures for this module.

Molecular Medicine

This module addresses the basic mechanisms of signal transduction by which either classical hormones or more recently discovered cytokines can, through their specific receptors, regulate events inside cells. The clinical conditions and diseases considered in this section of the course have been chosen because there is a good molecular understanding of the events underlining the pathological conditions to be studied. Many of the conditions described are common to physicians in all hospitals. The lectures provide an insight into how modern molecular medicine has helped in the diagnosis, understanding and treatment of these common conditions.

Problem-Based Learning

This module consists of 11 Problem-Based Learning (PBL) seminar/workshops to consider three clinical cases. The cases encompass clinical scenarios and basic medical science covered in semesters one to three. You’ll be divided into groups and each group will be given a case to investigate, you’ll then present the findings and clinical reasoning in a group presentation.


Typical Year Three Modules

The third year begins with a research project and an accompanying Research Methods module, and two specialty advanced medical science modules usually chosen from subjects related to the project. Two modules will then prepare you for the first clinical phase which cover infections and anti-microbials, and therapeutics before you begin clinical work in your Clinical Practice and Community Follow-Up modules.


Research Methods

In this module some topics will be taught centrally to all third year students and others within the homebase where your research project is located. The module includes the following topics: literature retrieval and creation and management of a bibliography; scientific writing including the presentation of research data; study methods and study design including formulating and testing hypotheses; evidence based medicine; human and animal research ethics; critical analysis of a scientific paper; statistical analysis of research data. 

Honours Year Project

In your chosen area for your research, you’ll spend Year Three working on your Honours Year project in which you will carry out your project to test the hypothesis formulated in the research methods module. The form of the project can vary and may be based on laboratory work, audit, patient studies or an extended literature review with proof of critical engagement. A submission of around 10,000 words is expected as your project write-up. A range of optional modules related to Research Project are shown at the bottom. 

The Treatment and Prevention of Infection

In this module you’ll build on previous learning to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes of direct clinical relevance for the management of infection, particularly in a hospital setting. The module is divided into three parts; the general properties of antimicrobial agents, the general principles of the management of infection and antimicrobial chemotherapy in practice. You’ll have around nine hours per week of lectures, the majority of which are delivered by consultant microbiologists, or an antimicrobial pharmacist, from a local partner hospital.

Clinical Phase 1 - Clinical Practice

This 17-week intensive module is delivered via a combination of ward-based placements in NHS Trusts within the East Midlands and University-based teaching delivered centrally. You’ll be building on previous learning whilst acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of patients with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions. This will predominantly be within a hospital setting (wards, out-patients, and operating theatres) but also some in community practice (GP surgeries).

Clinical Phase 1 - Community Follow-Up Project

The community follow-up project provides a unique opportunity for students to evaluate medical care across the primary/secondary care interface by focusing on the individual experiences of one particular patient. During clinical phase I (Clinical Practice) pairs of students will choose one patient to evaluate their health care experience. You’ll be expected to discuss the patient's total experience of illness, its psychological, social and physical effects, and how the process of care has affected them and their family. This will provide you with information to compile a written project and presentation based on your learning from patients’ experiences. 

Clinical Phase 1 - Therapeutics

In this module you’ll have some generic sessions relating to pharmacology and prescribing/drug choice covering six key areas: hypertension and Ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders, metabolic disorders and central nervous system disorders. Therapeutics (THP) enables students to acquire an understanding of core disease management. You’ll study clinical pharmacology to build on previous knowledge and studying for this module will be via online resources and independent study.


Optional Modules for Year Three Research Project

Antibiotics: Origins, Targets and the Bacterial Resistome

This module will focus on antibiotics that target two essential cell processes in bacteria: DNA replication and gene transcription. Lectures will cover the fundamental principles of these processes, and the origins, structures and functions of antibiotics developed against them. You’ll then assess how bacteria gain resistance to these antibiotics through mutation and selection, and the known mechanisms of how resistance spreads through microbial communities.

Anti-Cancer Therapies and Cardiovascular Disease

This module focuses on how cancer therapies have developed in recent years, and how the long-term cardiovascular effects of these treatments in cancer survivors should be considered. Six lectures will cover:  an introduction to cancer therapy, the role of VEGF in tumour angiogenesis, anti-VEGF cancer therapies, cardiovascular consequences of anti-cancer treatment, the role of alternative splicing and molecular targeting in cancer and future strategies for cancer therapy.

This module provides a clinical overview of cancer including: the molecular biology of cancer, cancer angiogenesis, pre-clinical modelling of cancer, clinical Trials and Adjuvant Treatments in Cancer, and breast cancer: biology and treatment and new biological treatments for cancer. You’ll have nine hours of direct teaching with further home-based reading assignments and self-directed learning.
Clinical Microbiology

This module will explore microbiology in the clinical environment, in particular: medical virology in the context of cancer, pathogenesis, the clinical consequences infections and their management, and prevention and management and control of hospital-acquired infections. You’ll have seven 1-hour taught sessions although the module is largely self-directed learning

Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

In this module you’ll cover key topics including a revision of functional neuroanatomy and understanding functional connectivity between brain regions, focussing specifically on brain circuits underlying cognitive function and an introduction to imaging methods (EEG,MRI, fMRI). You’ll build your knowledge and understanding of major neuropsychiatric disorders and current research in these fields including schizophrenia, attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression and, autism and disorders of social cognition.

Developmental Neuroscience

This module will provide you with a conceptual framework relevant to embryonic, foetal, neonatal, childhood and adolescent growth and development. You’ll be introduced to the pervasive concept of human development as a programmed evolution in structure and function of the brain. You’ll explore the need for development in human neuroscience with reference to brain embryology; pre-term birth, brain tumours; and epilepsies, and other current clinical research areas, from new-borns to teenagers. You’ll have six hours of direct contact time.


Typical Year Four Modules



Clinical Phase 2 - Community Based Medicine attachment (CBM)

This attachment involves a student being ‘attached’ to a GP tutor for a 4-week block. During the attachment students will learn about the management of self-limiting illnesses and long term conditions, develop written and computer based clinical record keeping skills, learn about the role of other healthcare professionals in the Multi-Disciplinary team and develop an understanding of significant event recording. Students may be placed at a GP practice anywhere across Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. We work with over 100 GP practices in the region and we allocate based on GP availability and information gathered from our student pre-allocation questionnaire which asks about transportation and any special circumstances. 

Clinical Phase 2 - Child Health

During this module you’ll be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of children with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions. This will predominantly be within a hospital setting (wards, outpatients, operating theatres) but will also spend time in a community setting (clinics, schools, and nurseries). You’ll have a two-day introductory course before you begin your paediatric placements. These will consist of a clinical attachment with a consultant led firm in a paediatric unit, a one week attachment with paediatricians based in the community and a one week attachment with paediatric surgeons. 

Clinical Phase 2 - Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology (Specials)

During this module you’ll be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of patients with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions, in each specialty. This will take place within the hospital setting, predominantly in speciality clinics.  The clinics will be based in dermatology, ophthalmology and ear-nose-throat departments.

Clinical Phase 2 - Healthcare of the Elderly

During this module you will have an intensive block of learning in the speciality fields of geriatric medicine, old age psychiatry (OAP) and gerontology. You’ll have a three-day class-based introduction to the specifics of the field before your three-week clinical attachment begins. You’ll cover clinical problems, ethical issues and multidisciplinary working. There is a community focus, from a rehabilitation perspective and you’ll deal with complex disability and continuing care.

Clinical Phase 2 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

In this module you’ll build your knowledge from previous learning on human reproductive biology and on some of the epidemiological and behavioural patterns of human sexuality and reproduction. You’ll be provided with an opportunity to study in and experience a clinical environment, observing the normal and abnormal processes of child bearing and the disorders both functional and organic of the human reproductive system. The teaching of genito-urinary medicine is also incorporated into the attachment. This module will take place in a 10-week block of learning predominantly within wards, out-patients, and operating theatres, but also some in community practice (at community gynaecology clinics and some community midwifery clinics).

Clinical Phase 2 - Psychiatry 

This module teaches you the knowledge and skills relating to psychiatric theory and practice. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning in a clinical environment on your placement following an intensive introductory programme. In addition, you’ll develop appropriate attitudes and approaches to respond to individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. This will be achieved through the clinical attachment, weekly central teaching, problem-based tasks and small group teaching.

Special Study Module

This module is designed to allow you to choose an area of specialty that you are interested in. Special Study Modules (SSM's) are an integral part of the Nottingham curriculum, enabling you to demonstrate certain mandatory competences while allowing choice in studying an area of particular interest to them. The purpose of the SSM's is the intellectual development of students through exploring in depth a subject of their choice. They also offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate attainment of professional behaviour. You’ll be based predominantly be within clinical settings (eg clinic, ward, emergency department, operating theatre, multidisciplinary team meeting) and in some cases there will be time spent in clinical and/or research laboratories, small group teaching and tutorials, depending on the nature of individual SSMs.


Typical Year Five Modules

Clinical Phase 3 - Advanced Clinical Experience

The ACE module takes place over a 32-week period of four 8-week blocks of learning in Clinical Phase 3 of the medicine course. It comprises attachments in Senior Medicine (8 weeks), Senior Surgery(8 weeks), Musculo-skeletal Disorders and Disabilities (MDD)(8 weeks), Primary Care (General Practice) (4 weeks)and a Critical Illness attachment (4 weeks). The main focus is on prevalent symptoms and diseases that target the major body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinogenital, lymphoreticular, endocrine, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Because of common co-morbidity, the opportunity to assess patients with prevalent conditions of all major systems is afforded by each Clinical Attachment. Learning is intended to centre more on the patient than the specialty.

Clinical Phase 3 - Transition to Practice

This purpose of this module is to prepare you for professional life by linking you final academic year of BMBS to you becoming a first year Foundation Doctor. This experiential 17 week period covers the clinical assistantship, elective study period, Foundation Year 1 preparation course and shadowing an F1 doctor at the hospital in your first post as a junior doctor. During the transition to the practice module you’ll be applying previous learning in the assessment and management of patients. The level attained will be that expected of an FY1 doctor at the start of their employment. This will be workplace-based learning with assessment by portfolio and logbook review. 


The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council.  You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an BMBS degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

In addition the GMC has announced that from 2022, the students graduating in that year onwards will be required to undertake the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (UKMLA). 

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the General Medical Council.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 100% of first-degree graduates from medical courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,462 with the highest being £65,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home first degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Postgraduate medical education

Find out more about medical training opportunities in the East Midlands region after graduation.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.


Students attend 8 placements during the first two years 

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