Medicine BMBS


Fact file - 2019 entry

Bachelor of Medical Scs w Hons Medicine
UCAS code
5 years full time
A level 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) including biology and chemistry, one of either physics or maths must also be passed to grade 7 (A) with the other being grade 6 (B) and a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language. (Double science requirement is 7,7 and triple science is 7,7,7). Graduates: 2:1 degree in any subject plus A levels as described above.

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

Applications for 2019/20 should be made via UCAS between 1 September 2018 and the deadline of 15 October 2018.
IB score
36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component) 

GCSEs as above (or equivalent)
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.

Or, the new University of Nottingham Lincoln Medical School in partnership with the University of Lincoln (University of Lincoln campus) and hospital trusts and general practices in Lincolnshire.
Course places
206 (there will be additional places for international students and 27 students also progressing from the A108 foundation course)

From September 2019, there will be 80 additional places to study at the new Medical School based at Lincoln. (This includes places for the six-year A108 course the number of which are to be confirmed.)


Join an experienced Medical School that offers innovative teaching and early interaction with patients, ensuring you learn from practical experience.
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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. 

Our course

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.

Year three

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?

Nottingham cohort

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.

Lincoln cohort

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
  • e-learning
  • full-body dissection (Nottingham cohort) / pro section (Lincoln cohort)
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • simulated clinical skills
  • small-group learning
  • tutorials
  • visits to general practices and hospitals

Assessment depends on the module but may include:

  • essays
  • coursework
  • log books
  • multiple choice exams
  • Objective Structured Clinical Exams
  • presentations
  • 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  


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 "mummy" or "daddy" who offer a friendly face to support you throughout your course. 


International applicants

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


Mature applicants

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.


Entry requirements

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


In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We consider applicants’ circumstances and broader achievements as part of the assessment process, but do not vary the offer from the grades advertised as a result of these. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.
No offers are made without interview.


A levels and GCSEs

A levels

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.


At least six GCSEs at grade 7 (A) including biology and chemistry, one of either physics or maths must also be passed to grade 7 (A) with the other being grade 6 (B) and a minimum of grade 6 (B) in English language (double science requirement is 7,7 and triple science is 7,7,7).



2:1 degree in any subject plus AAA at A level; including 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. If you are holding a place on a degree course, or are not due to complete the degree prior to joining the medical programme, your application will be unsuccessful. Failure to disclose this information will result in automatic withdrawal of your application.


Extenuating circumstances

Any extenuating circumstances that occur during GCSE's and A levels should be brought to the attention of the relevant examination boards.

We will consider extenuating circumstances that occur while applicants are holding a firm offer to study medicine at Nottingham. The Admissions team must be made aware, in writing, of the circumstances before 31 July.

Alternative qualifications

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

Fitness to practise
Becoming a doctor means more than acquiring knowledge and skills. Medical students cannot complete the undergraduate curriculum without coming into close, and sometimes intimate, contact with members of the public who may be vulnerable or distressed. It is essential that you do nothing to diminish the trust which sick people and their relatives place in you.  Read more
Rules after graduation

On successful completion of the BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree, students will be eligible to apply for the UK Foundation Programme.


English language requirements

  • IELTS 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 (minimum 55)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in English: Grade B

Candidates must sit the UKCAT test before making their application through UCAS. For more information, please refer to the UKCAT website.


If you have any further queries about our admissions policy, or accepted qualifications, please  visit our FAQ page or make an  enquiry

You are also welcome to attend one of the  University's Open Days.



The following is a sample of the typical modules that we offer as at the date of publication 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. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and the module information in this prospectus is provided for indicative purposes only.

Typical year one modules


Scientific Basis of Medicine

This module contributes to developing an understanding of the scientific basis of clinical practice. In particular the module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental biochemical, physiological and anatomical concepts and their relation to disease processes. This is delivered by lectures, popular topics, directed reading, private study, workshops and practical classes. The theme-based content will include: Cells, Biochemical Basics, Tissues of the Body, Muscle, Nerves, Pharmacology, Blood and Infection, Reproduction, Inflammation and Metabolism.

Professional Basis of Medicine

This module contributes to developing 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 concept of the patient as a whole person. They will be asked to consider challenging ethical scenarios. The module will provide students with some basic clinical skills and introduce them to theoretical and statistical approaches to understanding health.

Respiratory and Cardiovascular Medicine

This module provides an introduction to the basic anatomy and physiology of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems together with fundamentals in haematology, in terms of physiological control mechanisms, the pathophysiology and pharmacological approaches to treating common disease states. This is delivered by lectures, popular topics, directed reading, private study, workshops, practical classes and hospital and general practice clinical visits.

Muskuloskeletal and Trauma

The module develops a working knowledge of the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. In addition to looking at normal structure and function, there is an opportunity to study the basic pathophysiology of disease development, related clinical skills, some potential treatments and the basic principles of drug therapy in some common diseases. In clinical visits, students will focus on musculoskeletal examination, developing clinical skills of assessing a patient with a potential fracture and examination of the musculoskeletal system.

Students will receive an introduction to sports medicine and physiotherapy and explore the factors that lead to error, including appreciation of human fallibility and performance influencers. Students will also learn more about evidence-based medicine. The module is taught through lectures, workshops, practicals and dissection classes and hospital and general practice clinical visits. There is also a requirement for private study to attain the knowledge and understanding specified in the module.


This module contributes to developing an understanding of the scientific basis of clinical practice. In particular the module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of disease processes associated with cancer; the anatomy of the neck shoulder and upper limbs; clinical skills associated with examination of the cardiovascular system. This is delivered by lectures, case studies, directed reading, private study, workshops, anatomical dissection and clinical skills training sessions. 

The theme-based content will include:

  • Anatomy – triangles of the neck; axilla and shoulder; mammary gland; lymphatics; nerve plexuses
  • Molecular medicine – molecular basis of the control of cell cycle and cell growth; the biology, pathology and genetics of cancer; respiratory failure
  • Pharmacology – Biologics as novel therapeutics
  • Physiology – Nutrition and cancer
  • Professional development – Health beliefs and culture; examination of the cardiovascular system; communicating with distressed people
  • Public health – interpreting and communicating risks; screening and diagnostic testing

Students will be introduced to the concept of randomized controlled trials. Students will reinforce their learning during further general practice clinical visits.


Typical year two modules


Gastrointestinal Medicine

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental biochemical, physiological, pharmacological and anatomical concepts and their relation to gastrointestinal disease processes. The module will provide an introduction to the alimentary system, and important aspects of nutrition and metabolism. This is to be delivered by lectures, practicals, workshops and private study. The theme-based context will include topics related to malnutrition, luminal gastroenterology and liver disease. The students will be continuing their general practice clinical visits, with a special focus on patients with gastrointestinal conditions. They will also be taught the skills of history taking and examination for patients with abdominal/ alimentary conditions. Students will also 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.


This module provides an introduction to the renal system, a key system involved in whole body homeostasis. The introduction to the renal system covers basic physiology, pharmacology, anatomy and histology. It includes 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. The module is delivered by lectures, workshops, practical classes, case studies, directed reading, private study, and clinical visits to general practice. Problem solving classes examine the use of diuretics and disorders of acid-base balance. Two plenary clinical sessions deal with the consequences of renal failure. Students will continue their general practice visits. They will also explore the role of non-technical skills in healthcare with a focus on teamwork, communication, decision making and situation monitoring. 

Endocrine and Reproduction

This introduction to the endocrine system will cover basic physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, histology and outline clinical features. This 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. This introduction to the reproductive system will cover basic physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, histology and outline clinical features. This will provide the knowledge base for management of disease. This module will include 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.

The students will be continuing their general practice clinical visits, with a special 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. 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. Having previously considered why errors occur they will explore the steps and role of incident analysis in healthcare, including Duty of Candour.  

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 finally serious mental illness (including sessions on neurotransmission, attention, language, and schizophrenia). 

Integrated Module

The module is designed to enable students to develop a knowledge of disease presentation, diagnosis and treatment. To develop an understanding and knowledge of the natural history of human disease to provide a knowledge of terminology used to categorise and describe disease processes and to introduce pathophysiology of relevance to therapeutics. To gain knowledge upon which study of systemic pathology will be developed in BM BS degrees. 



Students have the opportunity to take a 10 credit optional module in each of semester two, three and four. This enables them to study topics of specific interest in a bit more depth.

Some examples of the optional modules include:

Semester two
  • Clinical Toxicology
  • Narratives & Health
  • History of Anatomy & Medicine
  • Cancer staging and grading
  • Risky Business (preventing medical error)
  • A closer view of the eye
  • Introduction to psychiatry
  • Molecular medicine
  • Medical microbiology
  • Creative clinical communication
  • Translational neuro-oncology
Semester three
  • Sport and exercise medicine
  • Advanced anatomical sciences
  • Physics of the body
  • Lymphatic organs and antigen presentation
  • Molecular immunology and autoimmunity
  • Molecular medicine
  • Creative medicine
  • Drugs of abuse
  • No research about me, without me
  • Pre-clinical drug screening
Semester four
  • Pain
  • Exploring bones
  • Defects in development
  • Cranial nerves revisited
  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Complementary and alternative medicines
  • Neuron connectivity
  • Hearing healthcare
  • Introduction to sensory neuroscience
  • Introduction to R*
  • Improving your chances of publication

Typical year three modules

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.


Research Methods

In this module some topics will be taught centrally to all third year students and others within the homebase where your research project is located. The module includes the following topics: literature retrieval and creation and management of a bibliography; scientific writing including the presentation of research data; study methods and study design including formulating and testing hypotheses; evidence-based medicine; human and animal research ethics; critical analysis of a scientific paper; statistical analysis of research data. 

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 at the bottom. 

The Treatment and Prevention of Infection

In this module you’ll build on previous learning to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes of direct clinical relevance for the management of infection, particularly in a hospital setting. The module is divided into three parts; the general properties of antimicrobial agents, the general principles of the management of infection and antimicrobial chemotherapy in practice. You’ll have around nine hours per week of lectures, the majority of which are delivered by consultant microbiologists, or an antimicrobial pharmacist, from a local partner hospital. 

Clinical Phase 1 - Clinical Practice

This 17-week intensive module is delivered via a combination of ward-based placements in NHS Trusts within the East Midlands and University-based teaching delivered centrally. You’ll be building on previous learning whilst acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of patients with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions. This will predominantly be within a hospital setting (wards, out-patients, and operating theatres) but also some in community practice (GP surgeries). 

Clinical Phase 1 - Community Follow-Up Project

The community follow-up project provides a unique opportunity for students to evaluate medical care across the primary/secondary care interface by focusing on the individual experiences of one particular patient. During clinical phase I (Clinical Practice) pairs of students will choose one patient to evaluate their health care experience. You’ll be expected to discuss the patient's total experience of illness, its psychological, social and physical effects, and how the process of care has affected them and their family. This will provide you with information to compile a written project and presentation based on your learning from patients’ experiences.  

Clinical Phase 1 - Therapeutics

In this module you’ll have some generic sessions relating to pharmacology and prescribing/drug choice covering six key areas: hypertension and Ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders, metabolic disorders and central nervous system disorders. Therapeutics (THP) enables students to acquire an understanding of core disease management. You’ll study clinical pharmacology to build on previous knowledge and studying for this module will be via online resources and independent study.


Optional modules for year three research project

Antibiotics: Origins, Targets and the Bacterial Resistome

This module will focus on antibiotics that target two essential cell processes in bacteria: DNA replication and gene transcription. Lectures will cover the fundamental principles of these processes, and the origins, structures and functions of antibiotics developed against them. You’ll then assess how bacteria gain resistance to these antibiotics through mutation and selection, and the known mechanisms of how resistance spreads through microbial communities.

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.


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, and breast cancer: biology and treatment and new biological treatments for cancer. You’ll have nine hours of direct teaching with further home-based reading assignments and self-directed learning.

Clinical Microbiology

This module will explore microbiology in the clinical environment, in particular: medical virology in the context of cancer, pathogenesis, the clinical consequences infections and their management, and prevention and management and control of hospital-acquired infections. You’ll have seven 1-hour taught sessions although the module is largely self-directed learning.

Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

In this module you’ll cover key topics including a revision of functional neuroanatomy and understanding functional connectivity between brain regions, focussing specifically on brain circuits underlying cognitive function and an introduction to imaging methods (EEG,MRI, fMRI). You’ll build your knowledge and understanding of major neuropsychiatric disorders and current research in these fields including schizophrenia, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression and, autism and disorders of social cognition. 

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. You’ll have six hours of direct contact time.


Current typical year four modules 

The school is currently conducting a curriculum review to ensure that we continue to prepare to meet the challenges of healthcare in the future.


Clinical Phase 2 - Community Based Medicine attachment (CBM)

This attachment involves a student being ‘attached’ to a GP tutor for a 4-week block. During the attachment students will learn about the management of self-limiting illnesses and long term conditions, develop written and computer based clinical record keeping skills, learn about the role of other healthcare professionals in the Multi-Disciplinary team and develop an understanding of significant event recording. Students may be placed at a GP practice anywhere across Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. We work with over 100 GP practices in the region and we allocate based on GP availability and information gathered from our student pre-allocation questionnaire which asks about transportation and any special circumstances. 

Clinical Phase 2 - Child Health

During this module you’ll be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of children with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions. This will predominantly be within a hospital setting (wards, outpatients, operating theatres) but will also spend time in a community setting (clinics, schools, and nurseries). You’ll have a two-day introductory course before you begin your paediatric placements. These will consist of a clinical attachment with a consultant led firm in a paediatric unit, a one week attachment with paediatricians based in the community and a one week attachment with paediatric surgeons.  

Clinical Phase 2 - Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology (Specials)

During this module you’ll be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of patients with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions, in each specialty. This will take place within the hospital setting, predominantly in speciality clinics.  The clinics will be based in dermatology, ophthalmology and ear-nose-throat departments.

Clinical Phase 2 - Healthcare of the Elderly

During this module you will have an intensive block of learning in the speciality fields of geriatric medicine, old age psychiatry (OAP) and gerontology. You’ll have a three-day class-based introduction to the specifics of the field before your three-week clinical attachment begins. You’ll cover clinical problems, ethical issues and multidisciplinary working. There is a community focus, from a rehabilitation perspective and you’ll deal with complex disability and continuing care.

Clinical Phase 2 - Obstetrics and Gynaecology

In this module you’ll build your knowledge from previous learning on human reproductive biology and on some of the epidemiological and behavioural patterns of human sexuality and reproduction. You’ll be provided with an opportunity to study in and experience a clinical environment, observing the normal and abnormal processes of child bearing and the disorders both functional and organic of the human reproductive system. The teaching of genito-urinary medicine is also incorporated into the attachment. This module will take place in a 10-week block of learning predominantly within wards, out-patients, and operating theatres, but also some in community practice (at community gynaecology clinics and some community midwifery clinics).

Clinical Phase 2 - Psychiatry 

This module teaches you the knowledge and skills relating to psychiatric theory and practice. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning in a clinical environment on your placement following an intensive introductory programme. In addition, you’ll develop appropriate attitudes and approaches to respond to individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. This will be achieved through the clinical attachment, weekly central teaching, problem-based tasks and small group teaching.

Special Study Module

This module is designed to allow you to choose an area of specialty that you are interested in. Special Study Modules (SSMs) are an integral part of the Nottingham curriculum, enabling you to demonstrate certain mandatory competences while allowing choice in studying an area of particular interest to them. The purpose of the SSMs is the intellectual development of students through exploring in depth a subject of their choice. They also offer an opportunity for students to demonstrate attainment of professional behaviour. You’ll be based predominantly be within clinical settings (e.g. clinic, ward, emergency department, operating theatre, multidisciplinary team meeting) and in some cases there will be time spent in clinical and/or research laboratories, small group teaching and tutorials, depending on the nature of individual SSMs.


Typical year five modules

Clinical Phase 3 - Advanced Clinical Experience

The ACE module takes place over a 32-week period of four 8-week blocks of learning in Clinical Phase 3 of the medicine course. It comprises attachments in Senior Medicine (8 weeks), Senior Surgery (8 weeks), Musculo-skeletal Disorders and Disabilities (MDD) (8 weeks), Primary Care (General Practice) (4 weeks)and a Critical Illness attachment (4 weeks). The main focus is on prevalent symptoms and diseases that target the major body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinogenital, lymphoreticular, endocrine, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Co-morbidity is common, therefore the opportunity to assess patients with prevalent conditions of all major systems is afforded by each Clinical Attachment. Learning is intended to centre more on the patient than the specialty.

Clinical Phase 3 - Transition to Practice

This purpose of this module is to prepare you for professional life by linking you final academic year of BMBS to you becoming a first year Foundation Doctor. This experiential 17 week period covers the clinical assistantship, elective study period, Foundation Year 1 preparation course and shadowing an F1 doctor at the hospital in your first post as a junior doctor. During the transition to the practice module you’ll be applying previous learning in the assessment and management of patients. The level attained will be that expected of an FY1 doctor at the start of their employment. This will be workplace-based learning with assessment by portfolio and logbook review. 

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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.

Foundation Year 1 

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved UK Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a UK Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the UK Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the UK Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

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 UK Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

In addition the GMC has announced that from 2022, the students graduating in that year onwards will be required to undertake the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (UKMLA). 

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by the General Medical Council.

Average starting salary and career progression 

In 2016, 99.6% of undergraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,958 with the highest being £40,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates, 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Postgraduate medical education

Find out more about medical training opportunities in the East Midlands region after graduation.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the 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 by:

  • assisting with job or course applications
  • searching for appropriate work experience placements
  • 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.  


Fees and funding

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 £2,000 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.

International students

Find out about scholarships, fees and finance for international students, including our range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected countries, schools and colleges.


Key Information Sets (KIS)

KIS is an initiative that the government has introduced to allow you to compare different courses and universities.


Students attend 8 placements during the first two years 

How to use the data

This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.


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