Routes to medicine
To promote widening access to medicine for students from non-traditional backgrounds, we offer a six-year gateway to medicine course at both Nottingham/Derby (A108) and Lincoln (A18L) sites.
We offer our standard five-year course at both Nottingham/Derby (A100) and Lincoln (A10L). For graduates from any discipline we offer a four-year Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course (A101), the first 18 months of which are based at Derby.
If you are enrolled on one of the five-year or six-year courses, you will obtain a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) degree as well as the BMBS. Uniquely this provides our students with the opportunity to undertake a supervised research project in an area they find interesting, without the need to add a year of study to your medical degree.
- 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
All courses use a wide range of teaching methods including lectures, podcasts, small-group and individual tutorials, laboratory and project work, visits to general practices and hospitals and a diverse range of clinical placements. These placements enable students to develop their professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours incrementally.
During the early phase of the GEM course problem-based learning (PBL) is used in combination with a variety of other teaching methods Clinical case-based teaching is used during the early years of the BMBS Medicine and Medicine with a Foundation Year programmes. Progression on our courses is determined by being successful in end of year (and end of phase) exams, in-course assessments, by a satisfactory performance in all clinical placements. Students also undertake formative assessments at stages during all of the medicine courses, in order to receive obtain interim feedback. All exams prepare students for the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) (2022/2023).
The Clinical Course
For the clinical course, you will be based in Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire or Lincolnshire depending on the course pathway you are on. All students will benefit from the new revised Clinical Phase course.
Clinical Phase 1: Foundations for Practice
This phase provides students with the opportunity to acquire and develop professional knowledge, skills, values and behaviours through experiential learning in primary care settings, outpatient clinics, operating theatres, the emergency room and patients’ homes. This is combined with seminars and simulation-based learning. This phase will comprise of an introductory week followed by five sets of six-week placements in medicine, surgery, specialty skills, mental health and community-based medicine. Placements are integrated to allow students to maximise their learning in each setting. After two placements there will be a formative assessment week, and at the end of the five placements students will have summative assessments. Students will progress to a 12-week block involving a two-week junior assistantship and 10 weeks of two or four-week Student Selected Modules (SSMs). Students will choose from a wide variety of SSMs from across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
Clinical Phase 2: Advanced Practice
This final phase of the course is intended to prepare students for the transition to working as a Foundation doctor and enable appropriate preparation for the GMC Medical Licensing Assessment. Advanced Practice will consist of an introductory week followed by a series of clinical placements including a formative assessment mid-way through. Topics covered will include: Health Care of Later Life; Leadership and Management training; Intermediate Medicine including Rheumatology; Cancer and Palliative Care; Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Advanced Primary Care; Critical Illness; Advanced Medicine and Surgery. Upon completion of these clinical placements, a revision week will be held followed by the final summative examinations.
Transition to Practice
The Advanced Practice phase is completed with a six-week elective period and a six-week senior medical assistantship (MAST). Many students choose to travel abroad for the elective, but many others stay in the UK.