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Study with us because:

  • We are one of only four universities in the UK to offer full-body dissection – meaning that you will be familiar with ‘the real thing’ throughout  your course.
  • We have a strong practical philosophy and you  will benefit from early interaction with patients through visits to general practices and hospitals.
  • You will benefit from studying medicine in a  catchment population of almost two million people, with access to five teaching hospitals.
  • Awarded a top 15 position in The Guardian University Guide 2015: league table for medicine.
  • In The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014/5, we were placed in the top 100 of the world’s elite institutions.
  • We are placed 41st worldwide for Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy according to Academic Ranking of World Universities 2014.

How will I study?

There are three routes at Nottingham by which you can graduate as a doctor – the five-year course (A100), the six-year course with a foundation year (A108) and the graduate entry four-year course (A101). The objectives are the same, namely to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviour to allow you to graduate with the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree and to practise as a new doctor on the foundation training programme. In addition, if you are on the five-year or six-year course, you will also obtain a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree.

Essentially, we want our junior doctors to learn from real-life patients and not exclusively from books or the internet. We have access to five teaching hospitals in the region with over 4,000 beds in total, and a catchment population of almost two million people for our teaching in primary care and community health services.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, visits to general practices and hospitals, and a diverse range of clinical placements. Towards the end of your course you will undertake an intensive revision programme to support your transition from student to foundation training as a new doctor. The course covers areas such as management of acute medical and surgical emergencies; practical aspects of prescribing; dealing with complaints; the doctor as a patient; and the doctor and the law. A further two weeks are spent ‘shadowing’ the year-one foundation physician or surgeon post which you will start after graduation.


Progression is assessed by formal exams and your performance on clinical placements.

Career prospects and employability

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your BMBS degree, which is a primary medical  qualification. This entitles you to provisional registration with  the General Medical Council, subject to its acceptance  that there are no fitness to practise concerns that need  consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only  practise in approved foundation year one posts. Successful  completion of the foundation year one programme is  normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the  award of a Certificate of Experience. You will need full  registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised  medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

In 2013, 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 £28,252 with the highest being £50,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2012/13.

The University of Nottingham is the most targeted university by Britain’s leading graduate employers according to The Graduate Market in 2014, High Fliers Research.

Application and interview

Applicants for A100 or A108 must complete the UKCAT. You will then be asked to complete an online questionnaire. Interviews are arranged once candidates’ academic and non-academic criteria have been assessed. Offers are only made after interview. We accept applications from students who wish to defer entry but constructive experience will be expected (eg travel or work in a medicine-related field). Applicants for A101 are required to complete the GAMSAT. Applications to the three courses must be made through UCAS.

Open days

A100 and A108 applicants invited for interview will be given a tour of the School. Tours also take place during the University-wide open days, where you can talk to representatives and students from the School – for details, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/opendays

The A101 course also runs regular open days, email gem@nottingham.ac.uk for more information.



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