Southampton has one of the leading medical schools in the UK, providing a broad education for the study of health and disease. Whether you choose to be a physician, surgeon, general practitioner or clinical scientist, or you follow any other path, our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor.
Each programme provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum to enable you to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that you will need as a newly qualified doctor. Our programmes are an excellent choice for anyone serious about pursuing a career in medicine.
We have four Bachelor of Medicine programmes*. BM5 is the standard five-year programme. If you already have a degree, our four-year BM4 programme will allow you to draw on your existing knowledge and experience as you begin your training as a doctor. If you are able to meet our eligibility criteria specifically designed to widen access to medicine, our BM6 six-year programme may be the right degree for you. The fourth programme, the BM(EU), is a European programme run in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany.
Early clinical contact
You will gain practical experience from the very beginning, having contact with patients in a variety of clinical settings from the first few weeks. You will continue to build your clinical expertise through clinical placements, developing your skills in the community and in NHS trust hospitals across southern England. As a medical student, you will be able to take advantage of opportunities for multi-professional learning, which will be essential as you prepare to join the healthcare teams of the future.
Upon graduation from our BM5 and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) degree. You will also have the possibility of gaining an intercalated masters degree.
BM4 students graduate with a BMBS degree and do not have the opportunity to intercalate.
Once you have successfully completed your programme, you can register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC) and progress to employment in the NHS and the Foundation Programme, a two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors.
Our BMBS degrees are the equivalent of MBBS and MBChB, and are recognised by the GMC in line with all other medical qualifications from UK medical schools.
Find out more about our programmes
Find out more about each of our BMBS programmes by clicking on the links below.