Start date: October 2017
Duration: 6 years full-time
Locations: Distance Learning
The science of understanding, diagnosing, preventing and curing illness and damage to the human body and mind.
Our six-year Medicine degree is designed for those who do not yet have a first degree in a biological science subject, and leads to the award of both a BSc and an MBBS qualification.
*See Teaching and Assessment below for information on placement locations
Our Faculty of Medicine is among the largest in Europe, with a wide range of partners including NHS trusts, hospitals and clinics, both inside and outside of London.
This dual award degree is delivered through a range of innovative and traditional teaching methods, including lectures, computer workshops, laboratory classes and problem-based learning. You gain clinical experience from the very beginning of your degree, giving you direct contact with a large and diverse patient population, and ensuring a broad and balanced experience throughout your studies.
Those who successfully complete the course will graduate with:
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
The Bachelor of Science component of the course allows you to develop research skills, and the award title will reflect one of our intercalated options. The MBBS component of the course is the qualification required to become eligible to practice as a doctor.
There is a strong scientific emphasis throughout the degree, allowing you to develop skills in research techniques and methodology and an ability to apply evidence-based medicine wherever you practise.
Our course is accredited by the General Medical Council, and is aimed at those who do not already have a first degree. Those who already have a first degree in a relevant discipline and achieved at least a 2:1 can apply to MBBS Graduate Medicine (A109).
The curriculum of this course reflects the values of the NHS Constitution: “Working together for patients, respect and dignity, everyone counts, commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives”. Further research of NHS Values, the NHS Constitution and how you might organise some relevant work experience are essential to making a strong application.
Your first two years are spent forming a scientific basis for medicine and covering the foundations of clinical practice.
In the third year you can expect three 10-week clinical attachments with any of the healthcare providers associated with NU.
The fourth year is the BSc year, where you will take up one of the Intercalated BSc options (see 'Structure' below).
In the fifth year there is a dedicated pathology module, as well as the opportunity to select six clinical specialisms. You will complete your studies in the sixth year through a range of clinical attachments, professional work experience courses, specialised study modules and an elective period. The elective period lasts for eight weeks and can take place in the UK or overseas.
Graduates with an MBBS degree have a primary medical qualification (PMQ), which is what you will need to continue your training in medicine.
For more information on how to train to become a doctor, see the ‘What our graduates do’ section below.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
Years 1 and 2
During the first two weeks you will undertake an introduction and orientation to the undergraduate medical course and to the School of Medicine. This includes study skills and information technology sessions, and introductory sessions in the scientific basis of medicine and clinical practice.
You will undertake an integrated programme covering the three main elements of the core course: Scientific Basis of Medicine; Doctor and Patient; and Clinical Experience.
Molecules, Cells and Disease includes molecular and cell biology, genetics, blood and blood-forming tissues, metabolism, infection, immunity, cell pathology, and cancer.
Life Support Systems includes the skin, cardiovascular, respiratory, alimentary and urinary systems, and the anatomy of the thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum.
Life Cycle And Regulatory Systems includes the human life cycle, neuroscience and mental health, the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems, the anatomy of the head, neck, spine and limbs, as well as pharmacology and therapeutics.
Foundations of Clinical Practice includes communication skills, sociology, ethics, epidemiology in practice, and information technology. The initial element of clinical experience (the Patient Contact course) is also managed as part of this theme.
Science and the Patient integrates your learning from the first two years with the teaching of generic skills that will be particularly useful in your BSc e.g. critical appraisal and data analysis.
Teaching comprises lectures, clinical demonstrations, tutorials, seminars, computer workshops, laboratory practical and clinical skills classes, and some problem-based learning.
DOCTOR AND PATIENT
Doctor and Patient includes problem-based learning and personal and professional development and is taught in small groups throughout the first and second years.
Clinical experience in the first year is provided by the First Clinical Attachment. During the module, students will pay a number of visits to a patient in their home environment and in a clinic setting, in order to explore the module topics: illness, health and disease; the experience of health and social care; and living with a long term condition. Patient visits are supplemented by small group work with practising GPs or hospital consultants.
In the second year you progress to your first hospital-based clinical attachment where you begin to apply your knowledge and skills to the care of patients.
This year consists of three 10-week clinical attachments, which may be at any of the hospitals associated with the School.
You also continue to study the systems and topics component of the course via a programme of live lectures and interactive online learning delivered alongside the clinical attachments.
The emphasis throughout is on the acquisition of core skills and knowledge in general medicine (including cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, neurology, oncology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, haematology, rheumatology and medicine for the elderly), general surgery (including gastrointestinal, breast and vascular surgery, and urology), anaesthetics, and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.
CORE LEARNING IS BASED ON:
Medical or surgical takes
GP teaching: basic clinical skills/methods in general practice
Patient clerking: to clerk (take the history and examine) at least two patients each week and write up these case histories – students are assessed on two of these written clerkings during each attachment, separate from the case
· Consultant teaching: key cases relating to the attachment – you will be expected to present patients during these sessions and this forms part of your assessment
· Problem-based learning
· Lecture module: a continuation of systems and topics teaching
· Other teaching: this will depend on the nature of the clinical programme of the attachment, but should include outpatient clinic teaching, theatre sessions, endoscopy sessions, and anaesthetics sessions
· Reading and electronic resources
· You will also undertake the three-week Doctor, Patient and Disease module which will integrate all your clinical learning and introduce some pathology
You will spend this year working towards the BSc by undertaking a series of modules and a supervised research project or specialist module in an area of particular scientific/medical interest, leading to one of the degrees below.
BSC COURSES/TITLE OF AWARD
'Medical Science with' one of:
· Cardiovascular Science
· Gastroenterology and Hepatology
· Global Health
· Immunity and Infection
· Neurosciences and Mental Health
· Reproductive and Developmental Science
· Respiratory Science
· Surgery and Anaesthesia
There is a dedicated Pathology unit at the start of the fifth year which covers essential clinical pathology followed by ten clinical specialties:
· Obstetrics and Gynaecology
· Oncology and Palliative Care
· General Practice and Primary Health Care
· Infectious Diseases/GUM/HIV
· Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal Medicine
· Critical care
· Teaching skills
The final year consists of:
Seven three-week clinical attachments in:
· Emergency Medicine
· General Practice Student Assistantship
· Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT)
· Renal Medicine
· Two professional work experience attachments (one in medicine and one in surgery)
· One specialty choice module
· An eight-week elective period which may be spent in the UK or overseas
· Five weeks of private study
· A practical medicine course
· An integrated course in Medicine, Surgery and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Due to the unique nature of Medicine courses, which emphasise clinical placements, all students will be asked to sign an agreement upon entry which sets out the responsibilities of both the College and the student.
The agreement complements the College’s current policies and procedures, promoting a coherent understanding between students and the Faculty as to what is expected from each and improving the student’s learning experience.
Teaching and learning
Our course is traditional in nature for the first and second years. You will spend most of your time in lectures, tutorials and the laboratory, and also use problem-based learning. You cover the fundamentals during this time, focusing on science in a clinical context.
Patient contact begins as early as the first term, and there is an emphasis on communication skills, which are key to becoming an effective practitioner. As you progress to the third year, you will turn your focus to clinical attachments, general medicine and surgery, and building up essential clinical skills.
Your clinical attachments will take place at teaching hospitals, district general hospitals and in primary care. The essential clinical skills are history taking from patients, physical examination and ward procedures.
Your fourth year is the BSc year, where you study graded modules while working toward a separate and additional award of BSc Medical Science. Following successful completion of the year, including examinations, you receive the BSc award in your chosen area.
You will spend the fifth and sixth years on clinical placement, including the opportunity to undertake ‘speciality rotations’, which are a variety of specialised placements aimed at widening knowledge of different areas of medicine. There is also a block of pathology clinical attachments, where your focus will be diagnosis of disease from organs, tissues and bodily fluids.
Your performance will be assessed in all years. This is done through a combination of formal written and clinical examinations and continuous assessment.
Assessments contributing to the MBBS element of the programme will be pass/fail, while those which contribute to the BSc will be graded. In-course assessments and examinations relating to the science modules in Year 4 also contribute to the final classification for honours for the BSc element of the MBBS/BSc degree.
Placements and location of study
You complete a number of placements and clinical attachments throughout your degree.
The location of study will be our South Kensington campus, and your studies will take you off campus at various points in each academic year.
The fifth year clinical specialities, as well as other opportunities to specialise, may be located at other NU campuses.
The main clinical attachments or training away from Campus are in the third, fifth and sixth years:
Year 3 – three 10 week clinical attachments
Year 5 – dedicated pathology course and six clinical specialities
Year 6 – range of clinical attachments, work experience and elective period
Key Information Set (KIS)
Additional details about how this course is taught and assessed are provided in the KIS (Key Information Set).
The KIS is a set of statistics which all universities use to describe how their courses are taught and assessed. This allows students to compare similar courses at different institutions.
The KIS describes the percentage of time which students typically spend in timetabled activity and in independent study for each year of their course as well the percentage of assessment which is exams, coursework or practical. An overview of the KIS is shown in the widget at the bottom of the page and further detail (including a year-by-year breakdown) is available via unistats.
· A in Chemistry
· A in Biology
· A in any third subject (excluding vocational subjects, General Studies and Critical Thinking)
Please note that a standard offer is likely to be A*AA.
· a score of 4.5 in section 1
· a score of 4.5 in section 2
· a score of 2.5 and grade B in section 3
· have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in A and AS-levels, International or European Baccalaureate, or other acceptable qualifications that satisfy the School of Medicine’s academic criteria (see Entry requirements section, above)
· sit the BMAT examination
· apply by the deadline
· A/AS-level or equivalent predicted (or achieved) grades
· BMAT scores
· Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
· Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career
· Community activities
· Leadership and teamwork
· Extracurricular interests
· Referee’s report
· Motivation and realistic approach to medicine as a career
· Capacity to deal with stressful situations
· Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS constitution
· Evidence of working as both a leader and a team member
· Ability to multitask
· Likely contribution to university life
· Communication skills and maturity of character
· An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications
· Reserve list – meaning that if you remain unplaced at any other medical school, we may be able to reconsider you later in the admissions cycle should a vacancy occur
Applications should be made through the Common Application Scheme.
What our graduates do
Graduates from the School of Medicine enter a wide and diverse range of careers, including medical practice, biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific journalism and healthcare management.