Medical students need to study a wide range of science and social science disciplines that underpin medical knowledge, understanding and practice. The BM4 curriculum has been designed to encourage students to link their knowledge and understanding across disciplines and to integrate the theory and practice of medicine. The additional skills and life experience bought by graduates to the course have enabled the development of an innovative curriculum which will enable achievement of the BMBS degree in four years.
View the programme specification document for this course
All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by 15th October in the year prior to entry. For more information see Entry requirements and How to apply.
Clinical topics comprise the focus of the curriculum in Years 1 and 2.
The curriculum in the first 18 months is designed around a series of clinical topics which form the framework for your learning. You will have the opportunity to undertake clinical placements, group work (in graduate groups) and lectures, which link directly to each of the clinical topics. Learning outcomes considered within three levels of organisation (systems biology, individuals and those close to them, and population and society) are used to help you structure your learning.
Three themes (Communication, Diversity and Teamworking, Leadership and Patient Safety) underpin the whole of the curriculum and relate directly to medical practice.
The learning structured around clinical topics has some features in common with problem-based learning (PBL) courses. You will meet on a regular basis with other students in a Graduate Group, working on the relevant clinical topics with a facilitator. A substantial amount of work will take place in these groups. At the beginning of each clinical topic you will discuss ‘trigger’ material to help you understand what you need to learn, and why, agree in the group on the learning outcomes to be worked on, and then organise your learning around these.
You will have two or three clinical sessions each week in both hospital and community settings during the first 18 months of the course. There is a clinical base for BM4 students in a hospital in Winchester where there are identified clinical teaching staff, and a range of general practices are also involved. Clinical sessions allow you to observe medical care related to the relevant clinical topic, and also to begin to develop your clinical skills.
Full time clinical attachments then start after Christmas in year 2, you will undertake placements in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care before joining the BM5 students for a common final two years for both programmes (see BM5 Programme for details of these years). Prior to joining with BM5 students there will be a common clinical examination.
- Four-year programme with a clinical apprenticeship in the final year
- Explicit links to clinical topics from year one
- Clinical work from the outset, in a dedicated hospital clinical base
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||Please read in conjunction with our How to Apply and Entry Requirements pages.
A minimum grade C in mathematics, English Language and double award science (or equivalent). You may offer qualifications which are equivalent to GCSE. Please view the Acceptable Qualifications section in our Prospectus or contact the Medicine Admissions Office for further information.|
|GCE A-level||Chemistry at grade C or above. Alternatively, AS level chemistry and biology/human biology at grade C or above, where chemistry has not been taken to A2.|
An upper second-class honours degree in any subject, in your first degree.
We expect graduate students to have developed effective study and academic skills which will enable you to complete an accelerated medical programme. This includes the ability to think critically.
Every graduate, whether with an arts or science degree, brings a unique set of knowledge, skills and understanding to the programme.
For example, graduates with science, arts and humanities degrees will share their knowledge and understanding in the discussion of an individual patient's experience of illness from a range of different but equally valuable perspectives.
All graduates on the BM4 and BM5 programmes are selected on the basis that they will have sufficient science knowledge and understanding to cope with their studies, and the science requirements are identical.
Non-academic entry requirements
In addition to academic entry requirements, you will be assessed against our non-academic criteria.
Applicants must be able to show they:
– Are self-motivated and resilient
– Have reflected on, and learnt from, life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)
– Can communicate effectively
– Are able to interact successfully with others
– Can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
Applicants are ranked by UKCAT score and a certain number are invited to a Selection Day, provided they meet our academic criteria.
Please note that the UKCAT score of those applicants attending a Selection Day varies year on year and as such it is not possible to give applicants an indication of the score that is required to attend a Selection Day.
For further information on the UKCAT please visit our UKCAT page.
EU applicants are expected to fulfil the same academic and non-academic criteria as home applicants, and you can do so through a wide range of qualifications.
If you are an EU applicant and English is not your first language, you should offer one of the University of Southampton's recognised tests in English language.
For further information please visit our Entry Requirements page.
UK NARIC can also provide more information on qualifications.
International applicants are not eligible to apply for this programme.
Please visit our How to Apply page for details of our Selection Process.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
You will study on the programme over four years full-time which leads to a qualification that will allow you to gain provisional registration as a medical practitioner with the GMC.
Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
View the language modules on offer for this course
The first two years are made up of four university semesters (30 weeks) with three additional weeks in year two for a full-time clinical attachment and an ethics and law course. Years three and four occupy 44 and 40 weeks respectively.
The curriculum is made up of core material and other areas where you have some choice over what you study. These are called Student Selected Units (SSUs) and appear in years two, three and four.
The programme is not modular but does attract credits for the Credit Accumulation and Transfers Scheme (CATS) for successful completion of each year of the programme. There are defined exit points with appropriate academic awards after successfully completing each year of the programme. You may apply for these if you leave the programme.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable
from the University:
Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570. This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo. |
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Equipment||Medical equipment and materials, e.g. fobwatch, stethoscopes:
You will need to purchase a stethoscope. No specific make or model is required. You can purchase this from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction. Prices start from £39.
You will need to purchase a fobwatch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required. You can purchase this from any source. Prices start from £1.50.|
Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Students may wish to purchase their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies. This is entirely optional.|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour)
A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour).
Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page.|
You will need to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective.|
You will need to pay for insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. |
You will need to pay for medical insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. |
You will need to pay £100 per annum towards travel costs associated with clinical placements.
You will need to pay for any travel costs required as part of your Elective.|
You will be expected to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/vaccination history prior to commencing the programme. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study.
You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK. |
|Placements||Disclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance:
You are expected to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check. This is payable on induction only. The cost is £44 (cost at September 2015).|
|Conference expenses ||Students may have the opportunity to attend an academic conference during their studies. Attendance is optional. You would be expected to pay for the costs of any accommodation and travel associated with the conference if you chose to attend.|
|Travel||In your final year you will need to return to Southampton from clinical placement in order to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). This test is required as part of the application process for The Foundation Programme, which follows directly after graduation. You will normally be required to pay for your travel costs back to Southampton to sit this exam. |
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.