Highlights of medicine at Nottingham
- Learn anatomy through experience of full-body dissection, an aspect of the course many students feel privileged to do
- 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
- Have access to a catchment population of almost two million people across seven teaching hospitals and three counties, giving you contact with a wide-ranging patient community
- 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 course enables new students to develop into practising doctors. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC) and begin work as a doctor on the Foundation Programme (UKFPO).
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.
In your third year you will undertake a 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 and surgery, and psychiatry. This project will lead to the award of BMedSci. Alongside the research project, there will be a 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.
Years four and five
The clinical phases continue in years four and five. Clinical phase two is 40 weeks and includes more specialities such as 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.
Clinical phase three is a 32 week Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) course which includes further experience in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care, and attachments in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care and Orthopaedics.
Final exams take place after ACE, then you will begin your final module – Transition to Practice. This includes 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 to 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 Lincolnshire. 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 week three of year one, 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
Teaching and assessment
We use traditional and electronic teaching methods to give you a varied learning experience. Typically you can expect:
- small-group learning
- case-based learning
- visits to general practices and hospitals
- full-body dissection
- simulated clinical skills
Assessment depends on the module but may include:
- multiple choice exams
- written exams
- Objective Structured Clinical Exams
- viva (spoken exam)
- log books
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.
Example first-year timetable
To give you an idea of how your time will be divided, see our example first-year timetable
When you start your course, you will be assigned a personal tutor who is your first point of contact when you need support of any kind. They may be able to help you themselves or refer you to the wider support services the University offers.
The School of Medicine also has four dedicated welfare officers who can support you with more significant or complex issues.
In addition, there is a school Disability Liaison Officer who can offer advice and guidance to students about disability issues and support.
Peer support is available through MedSoc, the Students’ Union for medicine and healthcare students, who run 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 and have a fixed HEFCE quota of 25 international students a year (ie not home/EU applicants). International applications will be processed and assessed separately but using the same procedures as home and EU applications.
To find out more about being an international student, including visa requirements and living costs, please visit the International Office website.
International offers are made to applicants who are classed as international for fee purposes. If an applicant who has accepted an international offer provides evidence to support a reclassification to home fee status before the student registration date in September, the offer will remain valid only if the applicants 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 and it is open to UK applicants only.
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-British nationals graduating from UK medical schools are subject to work-permit restrictions.
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.