Highlights of medicine at Nottingham
- Learn anatomy through experience of full-body dissection (Nottingham), or pro section (Lincoln)
- 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
- Explore a speciality you find interesting in a Special Study module, allowing you to tailor your studies to your own career aspirations
- Study and travel with an elective placement in your fifth year, with opportunities for you to go anywhere in the world
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.
Years one and two
The course will begin with basic medical science taught as a series of courses organised into four concurrent themes:
- modular/cellular aspects of medicine
- human structure and function
- healthcare in the community
- early clinical and professional development
A full list of modules you may study are available under the modules tab.
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.
“Reflecting on my experience of my project, I found that it was a valuable experience as I could do hands-on tasks, be familiar with how research works and be able to write up a dissertation which will be a very important skill for the future.” Hayley Cheung.
Read Hayley’s full blog post about her BMedSci experience
Alongside the research project, there will be several taught modules which will cover research skills and management of infection.
The clinical phases also begin during this year. This is where you will rotate through a series of placements at major teaching hospitals and general practices within the region and in the community. This is your chance to put what you’ve learned into practice.
Years four and five
The school is currently conducting a curriculum review to ensure that we continue to prepare to meet the challenges of healthcare in the future.
Currently the clinical phases continue in years four and five. They include more specialities such as Primary Care, Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Psychiatry.
You will also undertake a Special Study module which offers you the chance to further explore a speciality you are interested in. You will predominately work in a clinical setting, although there are some opportunities to spend time in research laboratories too.
The final year of the course will include further experience in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care, and attachments in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Orthopaedics.
The Transition to Practice programme will include shadowing a Foundation Year 1 doctor, where you will apply previous learning to the practical management of patients. This provides good preparation for your own Foundation Year training.
You will also undertake a six or seven week elective placement which you will organise yourself. It 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 placement provides you with a chance to expand your skill set and overcome new challenges. Past countries that students have gone to include Fiji, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Peru, and United States.
Where will I study?
For the first three years, you will spend the majority of your time studying in our Medical School based in 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.
To give you a breadth of experience during your clinical placements, you may be placed at any of the hospitals or general practices we work with across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.
Students will learn in modern facilities including the new £19 million Sarah Swift Building at the University of Lincoln. The building offers a modern and flexible teaching and learning environment, equipped with specialist clinical suites.
You will access a wide-ranging catchment population across greater Lincolnshire, from the city of Lincoln, to larger towns and smaller rural communities. Find out more information about the course in Lincoln.
For both cohorts we believe it is essential you gain clinical experience in a range of settings as it prepares you with the transferable skills needed for when you qualify. It is also helpful to experience working in hospitals of different sizes and in different locations so that you have contact with various patient populations.
From early in your first term, you will regularly shadow a GP at one of our partner practices. Students are assigned a GP tutor with usually only one or two students to each tutor. This ensures you have enough time with them to build a relationship and benefit from their support.
Current clinical phase placements
Currently the placements include the following hospitals:
- City Hospital, Nottingham
- Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
- King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield
- Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
- Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield
- Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
- Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham
- Pilgrim Hospital, Boston
Please note: The Lincoln cohort will only be placed at the above Lincolnshire hospitals and general practices.
View a map of the placement locations and read what our students say about their placement experiences
Teaching and assessment
We use traditional and electronic teaching methods to give you a varied learning experience. Typically you can expect:
- case-based learning
- full-body dissection (Nottingham cohort) / pro section (Lincoln cohort)
- simulated clinical skills
- small-group learning
- visits to general practices and hospitals
Assessment depends on the module but may include:
- log books
- multiple choice exams
- Objective Structured Clinical Exams
- viva (spoken exam)
- written exams
Assessments will take place at the end of each year rather than each module.This is to help reduce your exam workload.
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 - from 2022 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.
Example first-year timetable
To give you an idea of how your time will be divided, see our example first-year timetable
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 "mummy" or "daddy" who offer a friendly face to support you throughout your course.
We welcome international applicants. You’ll be processed and assessed separately but using the same procedures as home and EU applications.
Please visit our international applicants page for further information.
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.
What our international students say
We encourage mature applicants to apply for this course.
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. If you haven’t studied at higher education level before and don’t have the required GCSE or A level grades for the five-year BMBS course, you may wish to look at our foundation year course.
Please note there are additional criteria applicants must fulfil for the foundation course. Applicants must use the postcode tool
to check their eligibility for the course, and it is open to UK applicants and those who have 'indefinite leave to remain' in the UK, or refugee status. You must also have evidence of academic study within three years of application.
Find out more about being a mature student at Nottingham
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.
Recruiting for values
The School of Medicine values are linked to the NHS Constitution and underpin our courses. We expect medical students and applicants to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes consistent with these values.