Graduate Entry Medicine

Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK

Course overview

There is no set pathway to commencing your medical journey. If you’ve always considered becoming a doctor but decided to study a different subject at degree level, this course is ideal for you. Our four-year Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course has been designed specifically for graduates who are ready to embark on a career in medicine.  

Indicative modules


Year 1

Cardiovascular sciences


Year 1

Respiratory sciences


Year 1

Endocrine system


Year 1

Limbs and back


Year 1

Alimentary system


Year 1

Personal and professional development 1


Year 1

Personal and professional development 2


Year 1

Urogenital system


Year 1

Integrative module


Year 1

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics


Year 4

Foundations for Practice


Year 4

Advanced Practice


Year 4

Transition to Practice

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Friday 26 April 2024.

First 18 months

Building on the intellectual skills of your previous degree, your first 18 months will see you work in small groups to examine clinical scenarios using case studies, and study the various different systems of the body.

In the final months of your second year, you'll begin the Clinical Phase which will see you rotate through a series of placements at major teaching hospitals and within primary care across the region.


Final years

Your final two years form the Clinical Phase of the programme. You'll focus on full-time clinical training and rotate through a series of placements at various teaching hospitals, community, and partnership trusts and within primary care settings across the region. These years will provide you with the professional knowledge, skills, values, and behaviours to succeed through direct experience.

The first component is a 47-week Foundations for Practice (FFP) phase, covering specialities such as junior medicine, junior surgery, mental health and primary care. This concludes with two four-week student-selected modules and a four-week junior assistantship (JAST).

The second component is our Advanced Phase (AP), which is broken down into a 26-week Advanced Practice phase 1(AP1), comprising obstetrics and gynaecology, child health, integrated medicine, palliative care and healthcare of later life. This leads into a 24-week Advanced Practice phase 2 (AP2), covering senior medicine, senior surgery, critical illness and senior primary care.

The final component of the course is a Preparation for Practice (PFP) phase, which includes a

  • Five-week elective placement of your choice, which can be at home or abroad 
  • Five week medical assistantship (MAST) to prepare you for the UK Foundation Programme. 

The clinical phase is taught using a blended learning approach of clinical placement activities, self-directed learning (supported by extensive learning resources provided on our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle), clinical tutorials and clinical skills/simulation training.


Teaching and learning

Teaching methods

  • Anatomy sessions
  • Clinical relevance sessions
  • Clinical skills sessions
  • eLearning
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Placements
  • Practical classes
  • Problem-based learning
  • Prosection
  • Self-study
  • Seminars
  • Small group learning
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Case studies
  • Clinical exams
  • Coursework
  • Examinations
  • Formative assessments
  • Logbooks
  • Objective structured clinical exams
  • Portfolio (written/digital)
  • Poster presentation
  • Practical exams
  • Presentation
  • Short project
  • Workplace-based assessment

During your first 18 months you will have approximately 14 to 15 hours of teaching contact time with around eight hours of independent study per week. You will also spend around four hours on placement every five weeks.   

During your time in the Clinical Phase, you'll spend between 35 to 40 hours across five days every week studying and on placements. You'll spend around three to four days on ward, clinic or GP placement visits per week plus 8 hours of independent study time. This will include some out of hours work.   

Your holidays will also differ during the Clinical Phase from the standard student timetable. You'll have about six weeks' holiday in each of the clinical phases. This is usually taken as two weeks at Christmas, two weeks at Easter, and two weeks during the summer. 


When you graduate with your BMBS degree,  you should  usually be able to provisionally register with the General Medical Council (GMC) for a license to practice medicine in the UK. We'll help you through this process and provide support as you transition to the UK Foundation Programme.     

To fully register with the GMC and be able to practice medicine unsupervised in the NHS or as part of a private practice, you will need to complete a Medical Licensing Assessment and complete the UK Foundation Programme.  

You can find out more on the UK Foundation Programme and the GMC on their  websites. 

Average starting salary and career progression

A doctor on the UK Foundation Programme can expect to start at £27,689 to £32,050.

As you gain experience as a doctor and develop your professional skills, you may progress on to senior clinical posts and earn up to £107,688 depending on your role and years of service.

96.50% of undergraduates from the school of Medicine secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual starting salary for these graduates was £35,089.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017- 2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

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 consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

Visit us

Come and join us for our open day at the Royal Derby Hospital. Find out more about your course, meet our staff and students and view our facilities. You will have the opportunity to join workshops, activities and listen to talks.

When booking your open day place please note that the Graduate Entry Medicine open day is being held on Saturday 29 June 2024.

This course is based at the Royal Derby Hospital

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We develop exceptional knowledge and skills in Derby. The support we receive provides a great foundation for a fulfilling career in medicine.

Joshua Valverde

Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS

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Open Day June 2022