- Anatomy sessions
- Clinical relevance sessions
- Clinical skills sessions
- Lab sessions
- Practical classes
- Problem-based learning
- Small group learning
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.
The early years
Based in Derby at the Royal Derby Hospital, the first 18 months of your course will see you develop your understanding of the professional and scientific foundations of medicine. Through problem-based learning, you’ll study clinically relevant topics and patient cases at our modern purpose-built medical school.
You’ll work in small groups to examine a case relating to a specific condition and work together to research the topic, gather relevant evidence and reach initial diagnostic conclusions and management plans. This approach allows you to develop clinical reasoning skills, identify connections between subjects, gain mastery in clinical skills and develop both your teamworking and individual study skills. From year one, topics studied in lectures, seminars, clinical skills, and anatomy suites are supplemented by early observations and patient interactions in primary care or hospital settings.
You'll learn from world-leading researchers and clinicians and benefit from being part of our dedicated Derby medical school and student-led medical society: Derby MedSoc. You can take part in their activities at any stage of your course. They organise various events throughout the year, including a musical, and provide you with additional support, for example, peer mentoring.
The later years
Also called the Clinical Phase, is where you’ll undertake a series of immersive placements in a range of hospitals and GP surgeries. You’ll cover a range of specialities and experience medicine in different clinical settings, giving you a broad understanding and experience of how differently the NHS functions and cares for patients. This part will see you graduate with a BMBS, enabling you to work as a doctor on the UK Foundation Programme after you graduate.
Our in-depth but highly rewarding course provides you with an excellent start on your journey to becoming a doctor.
We understand that applying for medicine can be complex. Please visit our applying to GEM guide for full information.
The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Modules (including methods of assessment) may change or be updated, or modules may be cancelled, over the duration of the course due to a number of reasons such as curriculum developments or staffing changes. This content was last updated on Thursday 23 March 2023.
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.
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
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.
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 on the Clinical Phase you will spend between 35 to 40 hours across five days every week studying and on placements. You'll spend around two to three days on ward, clinic or GP placement visits per week with one day of independent study and one to two days of teaching contact time. This will include some time on call and some out of hours work.
Your holidays will also differ during the Clinical Phase from the standard student timetable. You will get around the same holiday you would get on a regular job for each of your final years, approximately 6 weeks. This is usually taken as two weeks at Christmas, two weeks at Easter, and two weeks during the summer.
On graduating, you'll be able to provisionally register with the General Medical Council (GMC) for a licence 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.
Find out more about the GMC registration process
While most students continue in a traditional medical career to become doctors, a medicine degree can lead to careers in research, sales, journalism, illustration, communications, and economics and more.
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.
98.8% of medicine undergraduates from the School of Medicine secured graduate level employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £34,461.*
*HESA Graduate Outcomes 2020. The Graduate Outcomes % is derived 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).
We develop exceptional knowledge and skills in Derby. The support we receive provides a great foundation for a fulfilling career in medicine.
Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS