Triangle

Course overview

Highlights of medicine at Nottingham

  • Learn anatomy through experience of full-body dissection
  • Complete an integrated BMedSci in your third year, allowing you to undertake a supervised research project in an area you find interesting without studying an extra year 
  • Gain early interaction with patients through regular visits to general practices and hospitals across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
  • Enjoy learning at the fantastic University Park campus and Medical School located in a leading teaching hospital

This five-year Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree will develop you into a practising doctor. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC) and begin work as a doctor on the UK Foundation Programme. 

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Selection Process

Course structure

Early years and BMedSci

Biomedical sciences are taught based on weekly themes which are clinical case-based, bringing a patient focus to the forefront. Each week concludes with an afternoon plenary, where an expert from the biomedical sciences and a clinician come together to discuss the clinical case in full.

The Early Professional Development Module is taught throughout years one and two and includes: early clinical placements in primary and secondary care; clinical skills training; communication skills; professionalism; ethics and wellbeing and safe practice principles. On successful completion, you will progress to year three and spend the first half of the year completing a BMedSci research project of your choice, then move on to the clinical phases of the course.

A major feature of the third year is the supervised research project in an area that you find interesting. Past students have covered diverse topics such as brains and behaviour, drug action, medical education, medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. This project will lead to the award of BMedSci.

Alongside the research project, there will be several taught modules which will cover research skills and management of infection. 

Clinical Phase

For the clinical phase, you will be based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. You will benefit from a new Clinical Phase course.

Please see more information below under 'Course content'.

Course location

The University of Nottingham Medical School, Queen's Medical Centre (University of Nottingham campus) and hospital trusts and general practices in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Student support

In Year One, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will remain your tutor throughout the course. There is also the support of Senior Tutors, Clinical Sub Deans and dedicated School Welfare Officers. MedSoc, the student-led society, also provide peer mentoring through a “parenting” scheme. New students are matched with a "student parent" who will offer a friendly face to support you throughout your course. 

International applicants

We welcome international applicants. Your application will be processed and assessed separately but using the same procedures as home and EU applications. All international applicants will be expected to attend for interview in the UK.

International offers are made to applicants who are classed as international for fee purposes. If you have accepted an international offer but provide evidence to support a reclassification to home fee status before the registration date in September, the offer will remain valid only if you achieved a threshold score for interview and an interview score equal to, or greater than, the score home applicants had to achieve to receive an offer. 

The School of Medicine offers a special induction for our international students with input from our international lead and current international medical students.

Please visit our international applicants page for further information.

Mature applicants

We encourage mature applicants to apply for this course if you have a 2:1 degree in any subject plus A levels as described above.

If you are a home or EU applicant and already have a 2:2 degree or above, you may be interested in our four year Graduate Entry Medicine course.

 


Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

UK entry requirements
A level AAA (or AAB contextual offer*)
Required subjects

Biology (or human biology) and chemistry at grade A (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third A can be in any subject except citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives. A levels must be taken within a two-year period.

At least six GCSEs at grade 7 (A). If you are taking sciences as individual subjects (Triple Science) then 7(A) is required in biology and chemistry, plus one of either physics or maths passed to grade 7 (A) with the other being grade 6 (B) and a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language. If you are taking the Double Science (or Combined Science), the requirement is 7,7 and maths and English language must both be passed at grade B (6). A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately.

 

*We will consider students applying with predicted grades of AAB if you are eligible for the University of Nottingham WP Flag, with at least one A in either Biology or Chemistry, OR IB 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component).

 

Graduates: 2:1 degree in any subject plus A levels as described above.

UCAT: candidates must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) during the same year as an application is made. For more information, please refer to the UCAT website.

Applications for 2020/21 should be made via UCAS www.ucas.com between 1 September 2019 and the deadline of 15 October 2019.

IB score 36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component) GCSEs as above (or equivalent)

No offers are made without interview.

When applying for medicine, please make sure you meet our academic requirements. 

A levels and GCSEs

A levels (or equivalent)

AAA; including biology (or human biology) and chemistry (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third A can be in any subject except citizenship studies, critical thinking, general studies and global perspectives. A levels must be taken within a two-year period.

*Only if you are eligible for the University of Nottingham WP Flag,

  • you will be considered with predicted grades of AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry
  • or IB 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component).
  • If you are successful at interview, you may then be made an offer of AAB with at least one A in either biology or chemistry or IB 35 (6,6,5 at Higher Level including 6 in either biology or chemistry, excluding core component). However, this offer will be conditional on you accepting the University of Nottingham as your Firm choice for medicine.

Criteria for the WP Flag at the University of Nottingham are

  • students who have spent more than 3 months in care

OR

  • students who are attending a state school at the time of application and meet any one of the following criteria:
    • have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme*
    • live in a low participation neighbourhood and disadvantaged area at the time of application (see Postcode checker)
    • are Refugees at the time of application

*This includes Nottingham Potential Summer School / Sutton Trust / Realising Opportunities or UNIQ)

GCSEs (or equivalent)

At least six GCSEs at grade 7 (A).  If you are taking sciences as individual subjects (Triple Science) then 7(A) is required in biology and chemistry, plus one of either physics or maths passed to grade 7 (A) with the other being grade 6 (B) and a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language.  If you are taking the Double Science (or Combined Science), the requirement is 7,7 and maths and English language must both be passed at grade B (6).

We do not accept GCSE resits.

Alternative qualifications

For details on other alternative qualifications, please make an enquiry.

Work experience

You should have ongoing voluntary work experience in a care related setting in your 'home' country or to have ongoing volunteering experience helping disadvantaged groups or paid employment in a job working with the general public.

English language requirements

Medical students need to be fluent in English, both to understand the course and communicate with patients. 

International applicants

If English is not your first language, we only accept one of the following:

  • IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 73 (minimum 67)
  • Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced test (from January 2015) 191 with no element below 185
  • International Baccalaureate diploma: either GCSE English language grade B(6) or IB standard English language grade 5.

Notes:

  • Applicants who are studying their curriculum (i.e. all subjects) in the English medium are required to have GCSE English (first) language grade B (6).  IELTS will compensate for a grade lower.
  • Applicants who are studying their curriculum in their home language can take IGCSE English however they must have IELTS as well

Former international students living in the UK

For 2020 entry, if your home country is not the UK but you are now living in the UK (with indefinite leave to remain) having moved here after 1 September 2016 from an international country where you were not studying the full curriculum (ie all subjects) in the English language:

If you have NOT achieved level 6 (Grade B) GCSE English language, we will accept one of the following:

  • IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 73 (minimum 67)
  • Cambridge Proficiency/Advanced test (from January 2015) 191 with no element below 185
  • International Baccalaureate diploma: IB standard English language grade 5.

Note:

Applicants who are studying their curriculum in their home language can take iGCSE English Language, however they must have IELTS 7.5 as well.

Health note

Offers are subject to meeting the following criteria for clearance:

  • Health questionnaire clearance
  • At least two doses of Hepatitis B vaccine OR evidence of immunity
  • At least one dose of MMR vaccine OR evidence of immunity to measles and rubella
  • At least one dose of Varicella vaccine OR evidence of immunity to varicella
  • Tuberculosis screening and vaccination where required
  • Exposure Prone Procedure (EPP) screening (where required you will need to be screened for HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B surface antigen)
  • In addition, once you have been made an offer, you will be required to have an occupational health assessment

Students with disabilities

If you have a disability, please seek advice from the School of Medicine before applying. The school welcomes students who have a disability but also has a responsibility to ensure all candidates admitted to the course will be eligible for registration by the General Medical Council on graduation. The GMC document ‘Gateways to the professions’ provides further guidance.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Offers are subject to satisfactory DBS clearance. The University is required to use the DBS to assess the suitability of applicants for medicine. Information held by the DBS will be considered on an individual basis and will be handled and disposed of securely in compliance with legislation. The GMC document ‘Outcomes for graduates’ sets out expectations for newly qualified doctors.

Conduct/Fitness to Practise

All UK medical schools have a duty to ensure that no member of the public is harmed as a consequence of participating in the training of medical students.

If we have any serious concerns we will not offer you a place, and reserve the right to revoke offers should serious concerns arise before starting the course.

If your conduct as an offer holder falls below the high standards of behaviour that the public has a right to expect, your offer may be subject to a review through the School of Medicine’s professionalism and fitness to practice processes. Students will also be expected to comply with regulations and policies required by the University of Nottingham.

Learning and assessment

How you will learn

How you will be assessed

We use traditional and electronic teaching methods to give you a varied learning experience. Typically you can expect:

  • case-based learning
  • e-learning
  • full-body dissection
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • simulated clinical skills
  • small-group learning
  • tutorials
  • placements in general practices and hospitals

Assessment may vary across the course and can include:

  • essays
  • coursework
  • log books
  • multiple choice exams
  • Objective Structured Clinical Exams
  • presentations
  • viva (spoken exam)
  • written exams

Summative assessments will take place at the end of each year or each clinical phase of the course. Formative assessments happen at regular intervals throughout the course to provide practice, information on progress and feedback for students.

Throughout the course, you will be expected to undertake personal study in addition to timetabled classes and work individually as well as in groups. 

Medical Licensing Assessment

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA - to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

The MLA will be in two parts: there will be a knowledge test, which will be set and run by the GMC, and an assessment, delivered by medical schools, that will evaluate students’ clinical and professional skills.

Modules

Compulsory

Medicine 1: Scientific and professional basis of medicine

This module contributes to developing an understanding of the scientific and professional basis of medicine.

In particular the module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental biochemical, physiological and anatomical concepts and their relation to disease processes.

The theme-based content will include:

  • Cells
  • Biochemical Basics
  • Tissues of the Body
  • Muscle
  • Nerves
  • Pharmacology
  • Blood and Infection
  • Reproduction
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolism

Students will also be taught the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the assessment and management of patients. Students will be introduced to the patient as a whole person. They will be asked to consider challenging ethical scenarios and will receive an introduction to ethical frameworks as well as considering issues such as information governance and confidentiality.

The module will provide students with some basic clinical skills and introduce them to theoretical and statistical approaches to understanding health. They also will receive training in first aid for mental health. This is delivered by lectures, popular topics, directed reading, private study, workshops, e-learning, practical classes and hospital and general practice clinical visits to both primary and secondary care.

Medicine 2: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Cancer, and Musculoskeletal

This module provides an introduction to the basic anatomy and physiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, cancer biology and the musculoskeletal system, together with fundamentals in haematology.

The module teaches physiological control mechanisms, the pathophysiology and pharmacological approaches to treating common disease states. It also aims to develop knowledge and understanding of cancer biology and the anatomy of the neck shoulder and upper limbs.

In terms of professional development and communication, health beliefs and culture and communicating with people who are distressed are taught as well as how to interpret and communicate risks and screening and diagnostic testing. Students will be introduced to the concept of randomized controlled trials.

This module is delivered by lectures, seminars, practical classes, podcasts, directed reading, private study, workshops and clinical visits.

Integrated Medicine 1

This module enables development and assessment of the student’s capacity to integrate knowledge across all body systems to assess patient and symptom presentation permitting differential diagnosis.

The module will include understanding of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology as well as clinical testing and patient communication and treatment and will build upon knowledge and skills obtained from the case studies that overarch each week.

Biomedical Skills 1

This module provides students with the background to anatomy, radiology and imaging, coupled with a basic understanding of clinical measurements (biochemical, physiological, pharmacological and numerical) that will be essential for progress in clinical medicine.

Optional

In order for us to ensure that we can deliver your core modules to enable you to meet the learning outcomes prescribed by the General Medical Council, we are unfortunately not running any optional modules for Year 1 and 2 students during the 2020/21 academic year.

We do not yet know how modules may change in future years of this course, as a result of the coronavirus situation or other factors, such as developments in the curriculum. Where we have to make material changes to modules, we will let you know as soon as we can.

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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on Thursday 13 August 2020.

Compulsory

Medicine 3: Gastrointestinal medicine, endocrine physiology, reproductive systems and kidneys

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental biochemical, physiological, pharmacological and anatomical concepts and their relation to gastrointestinal disease processes, endocrine physiology, the reproductive system and the kidney.

The module will provide an introduction to the alimentary system, and important aspects of nutrition and metabolism.

In addition, endocrine system teaching will provide the knowledge base for management of disease. This module will include the non-reproductive endocrine system with particular attention on pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and pancreatic function. As the endocrine system is a key system involved in whole body homeostasis, principles of control and integration of metabolism will be re-visited.

The reproductive system will cover the male and female reproductive system and pregnancy with particular attention on function of the ovary and testes, endometrial, cervical epithelial and prostate gland changes, placental physiology, problems in pregnancy and hormonal control of the reproductive system.

Renal teaching will provide descriptions of the intrarenal circulation and its relation to tubular elements, the processes located to the proximal tubule, loop of Henle, distal tubule and collecting duct, and the integration of these systems in the control of extracellular fluid volume and osmolality (including hormonal mechanisms) and in acid-base balance.

Students will be continue their general practice clinical visits. They will also be taught the skills of history taking and examination for patients with abdominal/alimentary conditions and they will be taught how to clearly explain information to patients. They will also focus on patients with an endocrine condition and will be taught diversity in sexuality and how to challenge attitudes of prejudice. Students will examine eyes and ears using an otoscope and ophthalmoscope.

Students will revisit the concept of safety, considering foresight, hazard awareness and risk. Students will also be introduced to measures of disease frequency and its relevance in clinical medicine. Physical and psychological changes and health behaviours that occur during adolescence will be explored. They will also be introduced to the concepts of systems and basic quality improvement approaches in healthcare. Further epidemiological analysis and the basis of evidence-based medicine will be introduced.

Topic specific communication skills will be explored. Having previously considered why errors occur they will explore the steps and role of incident analysis in healthcare, including Duty of Candour. They will also explore the role of nontechnical skills in healthcare with a focus on teamwork, communication, decision making and situation monitoring.

Delivery will predominantly be via lectures, podcasts, workshops, anatomical dissection classes, clinical visits, e-microscope histology and directed private study.

Medicine 4: Central Nervous System

This module provides an introduction to the basic anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and psychology of the central nervous system.

The module aims to develop knowledge of these fundamental principles within the context of relevant weekly themes. The theme-based content will begin with a focus on depression and anxiety.

Students will be provided with a general introduction to the relevant brain anatomy followed by an in depth examination of the system physiology and pharmacology. The depression and anxiety theme will include individual sessions on the limbic system, emotion and mood, and treatment strategies. Ultimately, this will provide the basis for understanding theme based functions and the production of behaviours.

Subsequent weekly themes include:

  • pain (including sessions on neuropsychology of pain, the use of anaesthetics, and pain management)
  • movement disorders (including sessions on the anatomy and pharmacology of movement, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and executive function)
  • dementia (including sessions on Alzheimer’s disease, neuropsychological assessment, and memory)
  • sensory disorders (including sessions on the visual and auditory systems and epilepsy)
  • and serious mental illness (including sessions on neurotransmission, attention, language, and schizophrenia).

Content will be delivered through lectures, podcasts, and practical classes on brain dissection, clinical neurological demonstrations and plenary lectures. Furthermore, the module also continues to consider the themes of patient safety and human factors as well as continuing with their primary care visits. Students will be expected to engage in directed reading and private study.

Integrated Medicine 2

This module enables development and assessment of the student’s capacity to integrate knowledge across all body systems to assess patient and symptom presentation permitting differential diagnosis.

The module will include understanding of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology as well as clinical testing and patient communication and treatment and will build upon knowledge and skills obtained from the case studies that overarch each week.

Biomedical Skills 2

This module provides students with further background to anatomy, radiology and imaging, coupled with a basic understanding of clinical measurements (biochemical, physiological, pharmacological and numerical) that will be essential for progress in clinical medicine.

Clinical Medicine

This module contributes to further development of an understanding of the doctor as a professional. Students will be taught the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes required for the assessment and management of patients. Students will be introduced to the patient as a whole person.

They will be asked to consider challenging ethical scenarios and will be taught how to communicate sensitively and empathetically with different patients in various scenarios.

The module will provide students with some basic clinical skills (e.g. taking a patient history, assessing gastrointestinal function) and introduce them to theoretical and statistical approaches to understanding health.

This is delivered by lectures, popular topics, directed reading, private study, workshops, practical classes and hospital and general practice clinical visits to both primary and secondary care.

Optional

In order for us to ensure that we can deliver your core modules to enable you to meet the learning outcomes prescribed by the General Medical Council, we are unfortunately not running any optional modules for Year 1 and 2 students during the 2020/21 academic year.

We do not yet know how modules may change in future years of this course, as a result of the coronavirus situation or other factors, such as developments in the curriculum. Where we have to make material changes to modules, we will let you know as soon as we can.

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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The third year begins with a research project and an accompanying Research Methods module, and two specialty advanced medical science modules usually chosen from subjects related to the project. Two modules will then prepare you for the first clinical phase which cover infections and anti-microbials, and therapeutics before you begin clinical work in your Clinical Practice and Community Follow-Up modules.

Compulsory

Evidence Based Medicine

The aim of this module is to introduce the concept of evidence based medicine and review in depth many of the research methodologies, which underpin this. This will include ethical issues in animal and human research studies.

During the evidence based medicine course students will be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes that link to aspects of the Outcomes for Graduate specified by the GMC. They will learn about the design of biomedical studies of various kinds, and the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, how to search for scientific information and how to critique biomedical studies and research papers. They will develop an understanding of the ethical considerations in medical research and the principles of academic integrity.
Students will attend lectures and will be required to engage in private study, including the reading of scientific research papers.

It will be essential to demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes and behaviour.

Honours Year Project

In your chosen area for your research, you’ll spend year three working on your Honours Year project in which you will carry out your project to test the hypothesis formulated in the research methods module. The form of the project can vary and may be based on laboratory work, audit, patient studies or an extended literature review with proof of critical engagement. A submission of around 10,000 words is expected as your project write-up. A range of optional modules related to Research Project are shown below. 

Optional modules for year three research project

Anti-Cancer Therapies and Cardiovascular Disease

This module focuses on how cancer therapies have developed in recent years, and how the long-term cardiovascular effects of these treatments in cancer survivors should be considered.

Six lectures will cover: an introduction to cancer therapy, the role of VEGF in tumour angiogenesis, anti-VEGF cancer therapies, cardiovascular consequences of anti-cancer treatment, the role of alternative splicing and molecular targeting in cancer and future strategies for cancer therapy.

GPCR polymorphisms, disease and personalised medicine

This module aims to facilitate:

  • an understanding of the major class of receptors in man, GPCRs, and their varied roles as drug targets
  • awareness of the range of genetic polymorphisms in GPCRs and associated proteins linked with disease and drug action, backed by specific examples
  • and critical evaluation of the ability to target such polymorphic variants therapeutically to deliver future medical advances.

This will predominantly be within the home base and there is a requirement for students to carry out significant private study including reading advanced texts, review articles and research papers on specialist medical science topics.It will be essential to demonstrate appropriate professional attitudes and behaviour.

Models and Approaches in Mental Illness

The module will explore theoretical, research and clinical approaches to the understanding of theaetiology and treatment of common mental illness/disorders such as mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. It will draw upon international as well as local research in these fields at the University of Nottingham.

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of the following in common mental health:

  • Models and approaches that are being used to understand how mental health problems are caused and/or maintained and how they can be treated
  • Link between brain and cognitive function and underlying psychological and/or clinical problems.Methods used in research and clinical practice to study and/or manage the psychopathology of mental illness.
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Mental Health Research

The module 'Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Mental Health Research' is designed so that students can acquire the concepts, skills and knowledge required to conduct and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative research in mental health and explore concepts and principles of psychiatry and applied psychology to enhance their evidence-based practice.

Critical Thinking Skills in Epidemiology and Public Health

This module is intended to prepare students for interpreting the literature they will read as practising physicians.

This involves teaching them critical thinking skills and includes examination of three medical topics covered by the assigned papers.

These will include the following study designs:

  • case control studies
  • randomised controlled trials
  • cross-sectional population surveys
  • cohort studies

Important issues in epidemiological research such as ethics and clinical constraints, case definition, research methods, power, bias and confounding and strength of evidence will be discussed, as relevant, for each paper.

Systematic reviews and national clinical guidelines will also be studied to understand the process of how these contribute to evidence based medicine. This will provide understanding of how individual research studies are brought together, evaluated for their quality. and combined to provide the recommendations and guidance that is used by healthcare professionals in practice.

Cancer

This module provides a clinical overview of cancer including:

  • the molecular biology of cancer
  • cancer angiogenesis
  • pre-clinical modelling of cancer
  • clinical trials and adjuvant treatments in cancer
  • breast cancer: biology and treatment
  • new biological treatments for cancer.
Principles of Surgical Infection

The module includes the following topics:

  • Basic surgical microbiology revision
  • Operating theatre rituals and their scientific basis (if any)
  • Surgical aspects of various surgeries, for example: vascular graft surgery, orthopaedic surgery,neurosurgery, and gastro – intestinal surgery, with emphasis on infection prevention
  • Scientific, pathological and microbiological aspects of the above. Identification and discussion of period of risk (different in each) and logistic/patient risk factors
  • Prevention of surgical infection: identification of the problem and practical solutions. Relative contributions of hospital vs community pathogens, and of theatre vs ward sources.
  • Treatment of surgical infection: therapeutic choices and their pharmacokinetic aspects
Methods in Public Health and Epidemiology

This module builds on previously taught techniques and principles that distinguish epidemiological research from true experimental research. It also provides an introduction to commonly used planning and decision making tools in public health practice.

Students will develop an understanding of how epidemiological research principles can be applied to public health medicine. Students are also introduced to statistical software packages and will learn to carryout basic statistical tests including chi-squared tests, t-tests and correlation.

They will also be introduced to advanced statistical methods such as logistic regression, multivariable analysis and meta-analysis. Students will develop an understanding of some of the core activities of public health practice and methodological approaches underpinning public health practice.

Developmental Neuroscience

This module will provide you with a conceptual framework relevant to embryonic, foetal, neonatal, childhood and adolescent growth and development. You’ll be introduced to the pervasive concept of human development as a programmed evolution in structure and function of the brain.

You’ll explore the need for development in human neuroscience with reference to brain embryology; pre-term birth, brain tumours; and epilepsies, and other current clinical research areas, from new-borns to teenagers.

The Molecular Pathology of Cancer

This module uses colorectal cancer as a paradigm of neoplastic disease and covers the molecular basis of cancer, the clinicopathological manifestation of disease and translational research.

Innate Immunity and the Immunopathology of Inflammation

You will be build on previous learning and acquiring knowledge to extend and deepen your understanding of molecular and cellular aspects of innate immunity and gain knowledge and understanding of the mechanistic basis of inflammatory diseases.

This will also enable you to appreciate the development of novel forms of therapy for inflammatory diseases.

Clinical Applications of Current Neuroglia Research

The module will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to neuroglia cells including historical perspectives and description of roles of neuroglia (astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and microglia) in CNS physiology
  • The role and potentialuse as clinical targets of neuroglial cells in the following conditions will be described: insulininduced hypoglycaemia, demyelinating diseases, brain tumours, epilepsy and CNS regeneration
Respiratory Medicine

The course focuses on the clinical knowledge and basic research approaches to investigate:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung cancer and infection.
Clinical Renal Physiology and Therapeutics

Kidney disease is relatively common and its incidence is increasing because of the ageing population and increases in the incidence of obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension.

This module focuses on the pathology and treatment of kidney diseases. This will predominantly be within an overview of renal structure and function, the clinical features of, and diagnostic tools used in, kidney disease, the pathology,assessment and management of kidney diseases such as glomerular disease,vascular disease, nephrotic syndrome, and chronic kidney disease.

Patient safety, human error and avoiding harm in healthcare

This module considers:

  • the epidemiology of harm in healthcare
  • theories of what safety means in healthcare
  • models of how errors and harm occur
  • the role of investigation in reducing harm
  • the evidence for safety initiatives
  • the role of human factors in delivering safe healthcare
Malignant Haematology

This module will provide an overview of normal haematopoiesis and current concepts in normal and cancer haematopoietic stem cell biology.

It will also:

  • enable students to develop an appreciation of the causes, pathogenesis and molecular mechanisms of haematological malignancies
  • provide an insight into the laboratory tests important in the diagnosis, stratification and prognosis of specific malignant haematological conditions
  • provide an overview of the diagnosis, treatment and management of haematological malignancies
  • develop an appreciation of the rationale behind the national leukaemia trails
  • give students an overview of the principles of stem cell transplantation
  • demonstrate the new research findings (drugs, mutations, biomarkers etc) in malignant haematology which are improving management and outcome of patients and allowing the advancement of targeted therapy.
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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

The Clinical Phase begins in the second half of the third year.  

For the clinical course, you will be based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. You will benefit from a new Clinical Phase course.

Please see more information below.

Clinical Placements

Placements are organised around Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Clinical Hubs. Students will rotate across both hubs for each phase of the clinical course. Students may be placed at the following locations:

  • Nottingham: Queen’s Medical Centre; Nottingham City Hospital; Highbury Hospital
  • Mansfield: King’s Mill Hospital
  • Derby: University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust Derby; Royal Derby Hospital
  • Chesterfield: Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • GP practices across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

Compulsory

Clinical Phase 1: Foundations for practice

This phase provides students with the opportunity to acquire and develop professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours through experiential learning in primary care settings, outpatient clinics, operating theatres, the emergency room and patients’ homes. This is combined with seminars and simulation-based learning.

This phase will comprise of an introductory week followed by five sets of six-week placements in medicine, surgery, specialty skills, mental health and community-based medicine.

Placements are integrated to allow students to maximise their learning in each setting. After two placements there will be a formative assessment week, and at the end of the five placements students will have summative assessments. Students will progress to a 12-week block involving a two-week junior assistantship and 10 weeks of two or four-week Student Selected Modules (SSMs). Students will choose from a wide variety of SSMs from across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

Clinical Phase 2: Advanced Practice

This final phase of the course is divided into two components: Advanced Practice 1 and Advanced Practice 2.

This part of the course is intended to prepare students for the transition to working as a Foundation doctor and enable appropriate preparation for the GMC Medical Licensing Assessment.

Advanced Practice will consist of an introductory week followed by a series of clinical placements including a formative assessment mid-way through between Advanced Practice 1 and 2. Topics covered will include: Health Care of Later Life; Leadership and Management training; Intermediate Medicine including Rheumatology; Cancer and Palliative Care; Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Advanced Primary Care; Critical Illness; Advanced Medicine and Surgery. Upon completion of these clinical placements, a revision week will be held followed by the final summative examinations.

Transition to Practice

The Transition to Practice programme is embedded in within the Advanced Practice phase. This is completed with a final 12-week period incorporating a six-week elective and a six-week senior medical assistantship.

The elective period is an opportunity for you to gain insight into medical practice in a different setting within the UK or anywhere in the world. The elective holds an exciting opportunity that will provide you with a chance to expand your skill set and overcome new challenges.

During the medical assistantship you will apply previous learning to the practical assessment and management of patients by workplace based learning. You will be expected to attain the level of practice of an FY1 doctor at the start of their employment being assessed by portfolio and logbook review. It will include shadowing a Foundation Year 1 doctor, and provides an excellent preparation for your own Foundation Year training.  

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. Please refer to the module catalogue for information on available modules. This content was last updated on

Fees and funding

UK students

£9250
Per year

International students

£24990*
Per year
*For full details including fees for part-time students and reduced fees during your time studying abroad or on placement (where applicable), see our fees page.

If you are a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland starting your course in the 2021/22 academic year, you will pay international tuition fees.

This does not apply to Irish students, who will be charged tuition fees at the same rate as UK students. UK nationals living in the EU, EEA and Switzerland will also continue to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status at UK universities until 31 December 2027.

For further guidance, check our Brexit information for future students.

Additional costs

As a student on the course you should factor in some additional costs alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You will be asked to cover the following costs for the medicine programme:

  • DBS check on application to the programme (approx. £50)
  • Stethoscope cost (approx. £65 upwards)

You may need to buy some smart clothes to wear in the clinical work setting. You can access text books and electronic resources through the libraries but you may want to purchase some of your own copies.

Other optional costs may also include access to online question banks- such as passmedicine/pastest and deposits for use of specialist medical equipment during specials rotation.

To help students with the financial cost of studying, the School of Medicine will cover costs for:

  • A laboratory coat
  • A travel bursary (provided for students on placement in the clinical years of the programme)
  • The Medical School provides printer credit to the value of £200 for students

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

International students

Find out about scholarships, fees and finance for international students.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £1,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

Careers

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the General Medical Council.

Foundation doctor training

After successful completion of the BMBS degree, graduates are required to undergo a further two years of foundation doctor training. Full registration is granted by the GMC at the end of the first year of this training. Non-UK/non-EEA nationals graduating from UK medical schools will need to ensure they meet additional visa requirements.

UKFP Foundation Programme

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time. 

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an BMBS degree. However, it should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current UKFP Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

In addition the GMC has announced that graduating students will be required to undertake the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (UKMLA). 

Average starting salary and career progression

100% of undergraduates in the School of Medicine secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £30,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment 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).

General Medical Council (GMC)

This course is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC). Upon graduation, you will be able to register provisionally with the GMC and begin the UK Foundation Programme. 

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" There are so many unique features to studying medicine at Nottingham - the integrated BMedSci degree, the impressive range of teaching hospitals, the amazing city, and the huge amount of student activities on offer. You’re never short on opportunities to learn, so your five years can really be what you want to make of them! "
Holly Richardson, Medicine BMBS

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