At a glance

  • Learn anatomy through hands-on experience at one of the few universities in the UK to offer full-body dissection*
  • Complete an integrated BMedSci**, allowing you to undertake a research project in an area you find interesting
  • Benefit from early interaction with patients through visits to general practices and hospitals

*5-year Medicine BMBS and 6-year Medicine with a Foundation Year BMBS courses based in Nottingham

**5-year Medicine BMBS and 6-year Medicine with a Foundation Year BMBS courses

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What is Medicine? 

Medicine is the study of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illnesses and diseases. Doctors must be patient-focused, caring and dedicated. It is a demanding yet extremely rewarding profession, giving you the opportunity to improve people’s health and even save lives.

There are a variety of career paths for qualified doctors. You could be working in the community as a GP or be based in a hospital working as a specialist doctor, consultant or surgeon. To find out more about the vast range of roles available, see the NHS health careers webpage.


How will I study?

There are three routes at Nottingham by which you can graduate as a doctor – the five-year course (A100 and A10L), the six-year course with a foundation year (A108 and A18L) and the graduate entry four-year course (A101). The objectives are the same, namely to equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviour to allow you to graduate with the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree and to practise as a new doctor on the foundation training programme. In addition, if you are on the five-year or six-year course, you will also obtain a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree.

You will learn from real-life patients and not exclusively from books or the internet. We have access to teaching hospitals in the region with more than 4,000 beds in total, and a catchment population of almost two million people for our teaching in primary care and community health services.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, visits to general practices and hospitals, and diverse clinical placements. 

Clinical phases

During the clinical phases, you will rotate through a series of placements at major teaching trusts in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, and in the community. Experiencing different sites across the counties is an educational and desirable feature of your training.

Currently the placements include the following hospitals:


  • Queen's Medical Centre, City Hospital, Highbury Hospital, Nottingham
  • Newark Hospital, Newark on Trent
  • King's Mill Hospital and Millbrook Hospital, Mansfield


  • Royal Derby Hospital, Derby
  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield


  • Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
  • Grantham and District Hospital, Grantham
  • Pilgrim Hospital, Boston

View a map of our placement locations and see what our students say

Transition to Practice

The final module of your course is Transition to Practice.  This module comprises careers events, Foundation Year 1 Preparation Course, Medical Assistantship (MAST) and Elective Period. MAST takes place over six weeks; students are allocated to a site, specialty and firm working with a current FY1 doctor. For the Elective period, a period of seven weeks is allowed, of which, a minimum of six weeks (which must include at least 240 contact hours) attendance at your approved elective institution(s) is required.


Progression is assessed by formal exams and your performance on clinical placements.

Visit our school website for more details on how you will study including an example of a first-year timetable. 


At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your BMBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification. This entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject to its acceptance that there are no fitness to practise concerns that need consideration. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved foundation year one posts. Successful completion of the foundation year one programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

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.


Study abroad

During the clinical phase two for the BMBS Medicine course, students undertake a special study module, which allows some students to spend this four-week period on a student-led exchange in a European country. Past destinations have included Croatia, Germany, Slovakia and Spain.

Students on all of our medical courses also have the opportunity to spend their compulsory elective period (situated in clinical phase three) abroad. Students travel all over the world for this, and recent destinations include Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, USA and Switzerland.

Some funding opportunities are available to support student travel.

For details of further opportunities the University offers please visit our study abroad web pages.


Application and interview

Applicants for BMBS Medicine or the Medicine with a Foundation Year course must complete the UKCAT. Interviews are arranged once candidates’ academic and non-academic criteria have been assessed. Offers are only made after interview. We accept applications from students who wish to defer entry but constructive experience will be expected (e.g. travel or work in a medicine-related field).

Applicants for graduate entry medicine (A101) are required to complete the GAMSAT. Applicants will be interviewed if they reach the GAMSAT cut off score and have relevant work experience. Applicants are asked to apply in the year they wish to study. We do not normally permit deferrals for the A101 programme.

Applications to the three courses must be made through UCAS.


Open days

BMBS Medicine applicants and the Medicine with a Foundation Year applicants will be invited for interview will be given a tour of the school.

Tours also take place during the University-wide open days, where you can talk to representatives and students from the school.

There are separate open days for graduate entry medicine applicants at the Royal Derby Hospital Centre. The dates for this year are:

  • Saturday 19 May
  • Saturday 6 October

See more details about Medicine Open Days.

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