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Teaching methods

There are a range of teaching methods implemented at Nottingham.

As a medical physiology and therapeutics students you will learn through:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory sessions
  • workshops




Personal tutors

All first-year students are allocated a personal tutor who remains their tutor throughout the course.

Personal tutors are members of academic staff in the school and they will:

  • monitor your academic progress and check on your wellbeing
  • help you reflect on feedback
  • act as a first point of contact for any guidance on academic or personal matters


Modules are assessed at the end of the semester or year. Assessment methods include coursework and/or exams.

Coursework formats include:

  • practical write-ups of experiments
  • essays
  • poster production
  • oral presentations

Find out more about preparing for assessment on the University's webpage.  



Online learning

At Nottingham, we use an online learning environment called Moodle. This provides you with course material anywhere, any time.

The type of materials available depend on your modules and may include lecture notes, presentations and recordings of lectures.

Increasingly, assignments are submitted electronically through Moodle and in many cases, you will receive feedback through Moodle as well.

Studying effectively 

Studying at The University of Nottingham will present new demands on you because it is likely to be different from your previous experience of school or college. You will be expected to organise your own time and manage your own work. You will also gain greater levels of independence to study what you're most interested in and in a way that suits you. 

We support our students through this process and further guidance can be found on the University's studying effectively webpage



Learning resources

At Nottingham, you will benefit from access to an extensive collection of printed and online library resources. In addition, you will have both on and off-campus access to a wide range of databases, ejournals and ebooks.

For students studying at Derby, you can join use the NHS Library and Knowledge Service on level 2 of the Education Centre. Here you can borrow up to 20 books at a time, use printing services and access the University's computer network. There are individual study desks and group study rooms available. Students also have access to a large dedicated computer suite in the Medical School. 



Example timetable

Example first-year timetable for medical physiology and therapeutics
  9-10am 10-11am11am-12pm  12-1pm1-2pm  2-3pm3-4pm  4-5pm
Mon   lecture  lecture  lecture  lunch    tutorial   
Tues  lecture  lecture  lab practical  lunch   lab practical   
Wed    lecture  lecture  lunch no teaching - sport/leisure time    
Thurs  lecture    lecture  lunch tutorial   lecture   
Fri  lecture  lecture    lunch lab practical     



School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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