Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS


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UCAS code:A101
Type and duration:4 year UG
Qualification name:Graduate Entry Medicine
UCAS code
UCAS code
Graduate Entry Medicine | BMBS
4 years full time UG
A level offer
Required subjects
Candidates who will have the minimum of a lower second-class degree must apply through UCAS in the usual way to course code A101 (the closing date is 15 October 2016). In addition you must have sat the GAMSAT examination on or by 14 September 2016. Please note, the registration for GAMSAT and application to the School of Medicine via UCAS are separate processes and both are required for admission to the graduate entry course.
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Course location
Course places
87 (Home/EU)




Using skills gained from your first degree, you’ll be based in our purpose-built medical school in Derby, exploring clinical scenarios through problem-based learning.
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Please see our comprehensive FAQs page for further information on the application process and other queries. (Note: this course does not take international students. Please visit Medicine BMBS (A100) course entry for more information.)


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

The Graduate Entry Medicine course is delivered by The University of Nottingham in partnership with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is based in a purpose built medical school on the Royal Derby Hospital’s site. 

The four-year medical course commenced in September 2003 and is open to graduates of any discipline. There is an annual intake of 87 home/EU students who are based in Derby for the first 18 months of their course. For the Clinical Years, these students will combine with the students from the five-year course and whilst on placement will rotate around many of the teaching hospitals 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 placements

Currently our students are on placements at the following hospitals:


  • Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham
  • City Hospital, Nottingham
  • Kingsmill Hospital, Mansfield
  • Newark Hospital, Newark-on-Trent


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


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

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


The course aims to widen access to a broader range of applicants than school leavers with A levels. It is intended to build on the intellectual skills acquired by students who have undertaken a first degree.

After successful completion of the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (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.


Our curriculum covers basic and clinical sciences, as well as equipping you with all the skills you will need to effectively practice as a doctor.
There are two phases to the course:

The first 18 months

The first 18 months in Derby will be a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) course in which small groups of students use case studies to explore clinical scenarios, supported by taught classes – lectures, workshops and clinical skills sessions. Early Clinical Experience will be provided in clinical settings and personal and professional development will be encouraged in similar ways as in the five-year course.

The course is divided into nine modules, each of which examines a different system of the body. Working in groups, you will study the underlying science, physiology and wider issues presented by a case study each week.

You will also take part in:

  • Anatomy workshops – looking at how the body works
  • Pathology workshops – examining the processes of disease
  • Clinical skills sessions – introducing all the skills you will need to practise medicine
  • GP practice attachments – visiting a practice to see how your learning is applied in a clinical context

There are two types of assessment on this course:

  • Formative exams – these are taken at the end of each block and do not count towards your final result, but act as a guide to learning
  • Summative exams – these are taken at the end of each term in the form of clinical skills assessment. You will also take exams at the end of year 1 (July) and the end of the 18 months pre-clinical course (February), which allow you to move on to the next part of the course, provided a satisfactory mark is attained.   

Clinical training attachments

After you have completed your foundation phase, you will move on to a 17-week clinical practice course. This equips you with a core knowledge in the basic aspects of medicine and surgery, and helps you to become familiar with more common and important conditions.

You will then enter the final two years of your course. These consist of intensive training across a series of modules, based at major teaching hospitals within the region - Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Mansfield and Lincolnshire.

There are three main forms of teaching:

  • Clinical clerkships – rotating through different clinical attachments to gain first-hand experience of all the modules
  • Small-group teaching – providing basic instruction on specific topics
  • Central teaching – lectures, clinical demonstrations and clinico-pathological conferences complementing your practical experience, plus instruction in the legal and ethical aspects of medicine

Open days

The Division of Medical Sciences and Graduate Entry Medicine will hold open days throughout the year. This will enable you to have a taste of what you can expect when you start the GEM course.

Our popular open days offer a great opportunity to meet staff and current students and to take part in activities associated with the course.

On the day, you will be able to pick up information on the course and chat to staff and students about what it is like being a GEM student here at Nottingham.

We also run a series of talks to help you find out more about the essentials such as finding accommodation and applying for funding.


Entry requirements

No offers are made without an interview.

Graduates will need a minimum of a lower second-class degree and must apply through UCAS, course code A101.


A higher cut off score is employed where an applicant has a lower second class honours degree. 

Further information and costs are available at 

In addition you must have sat the GAMSAT examination (which is designed to ensure the entrants have the requisite knowledge and reasoning skills) on or by 14 September 2016.

NB: registration for GAMSAT and application to the School of Medicine via UCAS are separate processes and both are required for admission to the graduate entry course.

Work experience

A great deal of emphasis is placed on work experience, as we want to ensure that you are making a well-informed choice about your future career, something which a few days shadowing would not provide. Relevant experience could include volunteering in a care home, working as a healthcare assistant within a hospital.

Fitness to Practise

You also need to complete a satisfactory health check and criminal records checks - for more information see our "Fitness to Practise" information.  

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.


Flexible admissions policy

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.


Deferred entry

We do not normally offer deferred places for GEM. Permission to defer will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. 




Typical Year One Modules (first 18 months)

Problem-Based Learning Course

During the first 18 months in Derby, you will undertake a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) course in which you will work in small groups to explore clinical scenarios using case studies. Throughout this period, all students are based in a purpose-built medical school on the Royal Derby Hospital campus. Early Clinical Experience will be provided in clinical settings and personal and professional development is encouraged. Following the initial 18 months, you will progress onto the Clinical Phases of the course, combining with students from A100 and participating in the same modules and attachments across a variety of clinical sites in the East Midlands. 


Clinical and Professional Development 1 and 2

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.

In part II, you will practice basic clinical skills within the context of the professional settings and framework in which you 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.


Typical Year Two Modules

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.



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.


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.


Typical Year Three 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 - 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).



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.


Health Care 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.


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.


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 Four 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 (eight weeks), Senior Surgery (eight weeks), Musculo-skeletal Disorders and Disabilities (MDD)(eight weeks), Primary Care (General Practice) (four weeks)and a Critical Illness attachment (four 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.

Final exams take place after ACE.


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 15 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.

This module comprises Careers events, Foundation Year 1 Preparation Course, Medical Assistantship (MAST) and Elective Period. MAST takes place over six weeks; students are allocated to a site, specialty and firm working with a current FY1 doctor. For the Elective period, a period of seven weeks is allowed, of which, a minimum of six weeks (which must include at least 240 contact hours) attendance at your approved elective institution(s) is required.

You will 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 BM BS 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 a BM BS 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 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.

Please note: currently only first year Graduate Entry Medicine students are eligible to apply for the core bursary. 


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