Course overview


This course is open to UK applicants only. Applicants must normally be UK citizens, classed as a home student for fees purposes and satisfy one of our widening participation conditions. Please see further entry requirements below.

Highlights of medicine at Nottingham

  • Learn anatomy through experience of full-body dissection
  • Complete an integrated BMedSci, 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

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The Foundation Year

This gateway to medicine course is available to encourage access to medicine as a career to students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Foundation Year covers all the important elements of human biology to reinforce your prior knowledge. You will also follow a module in Professionalism and Communication, which will help to understand the demands and the role of being a doctor, and maintain an assessed reflective portfolio of personal and professional development.

In addition, you will have enrichment experiences to allow you to participate in medical school educational activities and to develop your study skills.

Progression after year one onto BMBS Medicine (A100 five-year course)

Students who successfully meet the progression requirements of the foundation year will then join year one students on the five-year A100 Medicine course.

Course location

The foundation year is taught at the Royal Derby Hospital Education Centre which is based on the site of one of the biggest hospitals in the East Midlands. It is a modern, purpose-built facility.

Graduate entry medicine and medical physiology and therapeutics students also study here, creating a multidisciplinary community.

There is a hopper bus service that runs on a continual circuit between the Royal Derby Hospital Centre and main campus, University Park, throughout the day, every day (except bank holidays). This gives you the option of living in Nottingham or Derby.

For years one to three of the five-year course, you will spend the majority of your time studying in our Medical School based within the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham. The Medical School is adjacent to the main campus of University Park and the two campuses are linked by a pedestrian footbridge giving easy access to University Park’s facilities. Clinical placements will be in general practices and hospital trusts in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

Student support

There is a lot of support available to medicine students. You will be supported by your own personal tutor and you will be helped to develop your study skills. Alongside a personal tutor who will support you and advise on wider University services, there are dedicated school Welfare Officers. You’ll also be able to receive peer-to-peer support from MedSoc, the student-led medicine society. Alternatively, you can access the Students’ Union Advice Centre.  

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 BBC
Required subjects

Biology (or human biology) and chemistry at grade B (a pass is required in science practical tests, where assessed separately). The third grade 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 five GCSEs at grade 6 (B), to include biology, chemistry, and physics (or Triple Science or Double Science); English language and maths. Applied science is not accepted. We do not accept GCSE resits.

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

Additional criteria apply. Please see more under the 'Entry requirements' tab below.

IB score 28 (5, 5, 5 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry) including a minimum of five subjects at grade 6 (B) GCSEs to include biology, chemistry, physics (or dual science), maths and English language

Additional criteria

  1. You must be a United Kingdom student living in the UK. If your home country is not the UK but you live in the UK, you must have indefinite leave to remain at the time you make your application, or have refugee status (a letter from the home office is required).
  2. To be eligible to apply for this course students:

    must have spent more than 3 months in care
    currently attending a state school and who meet one of the following criteria at the time of application:

    (i) Live in an area which is of low progression to higher education and/or a disadvantaged area - see our online postcode tool.

    (ii) Have successfully completed a specified sustained widening participation scheme (eg, Nottingham Potential Summer School, Sutton Trust, Realising Opportunities or UNIQ).

    (iii) Be a refugee.

  3. Applicants for this course must not meet the full A level and GCSE requirements for the five-year BMBS Medicine course. For example, if you meet the requirements for the University of Nottingham's Widening Participation Flag AND have predicted A level grades of AAB or higher (including one A in Biology or Chemistry) AND you meet the full GCSE requirements for the five year BMBS Medicine course, you should apply for the five year course.
  4. So if you meet the conditions of points 1 and 2 and you do not meet either the contextual A level requirements or the full GCSE requirements (or both) of the five year course, you should apply for the Medicine with Foundation Year BMBS course.
  5. Students who have already attended university are not eligible to apply for this course. If you are studying for a degree, or have completed a degree, you should apply to the A101 graduate entry medicine course.

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.

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.


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

In the foundation year, sessions are delivered mainly in small groups incorporating lab sessions, tutorials and workshops and gross and micro-anatomy sessions in the anatomy suite or using the virtual microscope. Assessment is tailored to give you experience of the format used in subsequent years. 

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.


Typical year zero (foundation year) modules

Human Genetics

This module considers aspects of medical genetics. You will consider many issues in genetics including genetic variation, inheritance, mutation, human karyotyping, dominance and co-dominance, cloning and gene therapy.

You will consider human inherited conditions such as cystic fibrosis, colour blindness, sickle-cell disease and others. For this module you’ll have a combination of taught classes, completion of workbooks and e-learning.

Cells and Tissues

This module considers the particulars of cell and tissue biology. You will explore a number of topics including: prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, organelles, biological membranes, cell division, transport across membranes, and tissue types.

For this module you will have a blended mix of taught classes, laboratory practicals, independent study exercises and e-learning.

Biological Molecules

This module is concerned with biological molecules. The content covered in this module includes: water, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, protein, nucleic acids, vitamins, and minerals.

For this module you will have a mix of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning.

Professional and Communication Skills

This module begins to introduce the process of personal and professional development of future doctors by requiring regular reflection, action planning and documentation of their progress through the Foundation Year. It also comprises an introduction to the areas of basic communication and clinical skills and professionalism through exploring lifestyle factors and their influence on health, the NHS and topical medical and ethical issues, health psychology and health promotion. The module develops research and study skills, academic writing, building resilience, communication and counselling skills, clinical skills, record keeping and information governance.

Body Structure

This module is concerned with body structure. You will be introduced to anatomy, organs and organ systems including alimentary canal, blood vessels, brain and spinal cord, heart including changes that occur at birth, kidney, liver, and lungs. You’ll also be taught about the peripheral nerves, reproductive organs, and the skeleton and muscles. For this module you will have a blended mix of taught classes, completion of workbooks, e-learning and self-directed learning.

Biochemical Processes

This module is concerned with biochemical processes. For this module you will consider proteins including primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure and function, enzyme structure, enzyme function and activity, DNA replication, protein synthesis, and cellular respiration. For this module you will have a combination of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks and e-learning. 

Body Processes

This module is concerned with body processes. You will cover topics including: absorption, filtration and reabsorption in the body, chemical digestion, gaseous exchange, immune response such as the innate and acquired immunity, muscle contraction, and nerve impulses and how they are transmitted and their coordination. In this module you will have a combination of taught classes, laboratory practicals, completion of workbooks and e-learning.

Introduction to Microbiology

This course will provide an introduction to basic microbiology. It will cover fundamental aspects of the structure, growth, replication and significance of major groups of microbes with emphasis on bacteria and viruses. Nutritional and physical requirements for growth, propagation and measurement of growth as well as procedures for killing microbes will be dealt with. Students will also be introduced to the topics of infectious disease and the significance of microbiology to industry. In practical sessions students will learn aseptic technique, routine light microscopy, basic skills in handling, growing, isolating and identifying bacteria, and general safe laboratory techniques.

See modules for years one to five of the five-year BMBS Medicine course 

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 Monday 10 August 2020.

Fees and funding

UK students

Per year

International students

To be confirmed in 2021*
Keep checking back for more information
*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.

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.


At the end of the six year undergraduate course you will receive your BM BS 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 (1,125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire. 

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 a BM BS degree.  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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" I chose the University of Nottingham for my six year course because it offered everything I wanted: beautiful scenery, an integrated BMedSci degree that keeps me competitive, and full-body dissection which allows me to integrate my knowledge with practical skills. What I like about studying in Nottingham is the opportunities it has provided me with to become what I have always wanted! "
Daniel McDonald-Smith, Medicine with a Foundation Year BMBS

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