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 within the region and in the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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; Special Study Module.
In your final year, you undertake the 36-week Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) course comprising the following subjects: Medicine; Surgery; Musculoskeletal Disorders and Disability; Primary Care (General Practice); Critical Illness and Medical Assistantship (MAST).
In both Clinical Phases 2 and 3, you continue to develop your clinical skills and knowledge and to apply these to disease management.
Elective period of study (nine weeks)
This period is an opportunity for you to gain insight into medical practice in a different setting within the UK or overseas.
Preparation and Shadowing Courses for New Doctors (three weeks)
These courses take place at the end of the final year, just before new doctors start working in August. The main aim of this is to support the transition from student to foundation training as a new doctor.
When applying for medicine, please make sure you meet our academic requirements.
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.
No offers are made without interview.
A in chemistry and biology at A level; 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.
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.
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 conditional 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.
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.
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.
If you have a general enquiry relating to International students, please visit the homepage at www.nottingham.ac.uk/international
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.
You will require a tier 4 visa to study in the United Kingdom. To successfully apply for a student visa/entry clearance you must be able to show that you have sufficient money to cover your tuition fees (£16,570 for Year 1) and living expenses (£800 per month) in the United Kingdom for up to one year. Our International Office has more detailed information on funding.
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)
TOEFL iBT 109 (no less than 25 in each element)
Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade B
Candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS. For more information, please refer to the UKCAT website: www.ukcat.ac.uk
If you have any further queries about our admissions policy, or accepted qualifications, please visit our FAQ or contact the Admissions Officer, B Floor Medical Course Office, Medical School, The University of Nottingham, Derby Road, Nottingham NG7 2UH
t: +44 (0) 115 823 0000
You are also welcome to attend one of the University's Open Days.
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 consieration. 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.
This course is recognised by the General Medical Council.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 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 £28,000 with the highest being £42,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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.
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.
There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.
To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.
* 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.
The International Office provides support and advice on financing your degree and offers a number of scholarships to help you with tuition fees and living costs.