School of Medicine
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What's the difference between our Medicine courses?

We have five different medicine courses. Here are the main differences to help you figure out which course is right for you.

This information is accurate for 2022 entry.

Our courses mainly differ in the following areas:

Location

Our courses take place across three different regions: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire. Each of them will give you a slightly different experience when it comes to where you'll be studying.

Locations of medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Early years location Nottingham Derby and Nottingham Lincoln Lincoln Derby
Clinical phase location Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Lincolnshire Lincolnshire Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

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Qualification

In order to become a doctor, you need a General Medical Council accredited degree. However, some of our courses also allow you to gain an extra degree without the need to study for an additional year. 

Qualification of medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Qualification BMedSci and BMBS BMedSci and BMBS BMedSci and BMBS BMedSci and BMBS BMBS

The BMedSci is a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. It is equivalent to a BSc (Bachelor of Science).

The BMBS is a Bachlor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. This is referred to differently by different universities in the UK like MBBS or MB ChB. In the United States a BMBS is the equivalent of an MD or Doctor of Medicine.

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Length of study

The standard length of a medical degree is usually around 5 years, however this will vary depending on if a student has a foundation year or is on a graduate entry programme.

As most of our courses feature an integrated BMedSci, you will not need to do any extra studying to get an additional degree, and so we offer some of the fastest routes to becoming a doctor.

Length of study of medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Length of Study 5 Years 6 Years 5 Years 6 Years 4 Years

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Offer requirements 

Typical offer requirements of medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
A level AAA BBC AAA BBC N/A
IB  36 28 36 28 N/A
Degree 2:1 N/A 2:1 N/A 2:2
Contextual A level AAB N/A AAB N/A N/A
Contextual IB 35 N/A 35 N/A N/A
Our courses with foundation years and any contextual offer requirements are only available to applicants who meet our contextual admissions criteria. Please check that you meet the criteria before applying.


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Test

All of our courses require a test to be taken as part of the application process, this will be either the UCAT or the GAMSAT depending on the course.

Required tests
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Length of Study UCAT UCAT UCAT UCAT GAMSAT

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Places for international students

Most of our courses are open to international students, however, some are not so please make sure you check before applying.

Places for international students on medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Open to international applicants Yes No Yes No Yes

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Learning method

There are different ways of teaching medicine, at most medical schools this will either be problem-based learning or case-based learning. It is a good idea to look into which method most suits the way you learn.

Method for learning medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Learning Method Mainly case-based learning Mainly case-based learning Mainly case-based learning Mainly case-based learning Mainly problem-based learning
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Learning anatomy

Anatomy is one of the most important elements of studying medicine, so you need to make sure you learn it in the best way for you. All of our courses have access to dedicated anatomy suites, some courses will study using prosection only and others use full-body dissection and prosection. 

Method for learning anatomy on medicine courses
CourseMedicineMedicine with a Foundation YearMedicine at LincolnMedicine at Lincoln with a Foundation YearGraduate Entry Medicine
Anatomy Method Full body dissection and prosection Prosection and full body dissection Prosection Prosection Prosection

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Our courses

 
 
 

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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