The University of Southampton
Medicine

A101 BMBS Medicine (BM4, graduate entry) (4 yrs)

Introducing your degree

Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery 4 year degree course (BM4) enables graduates in any subject to achieve a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) in four years, drawing on existing knowledge, skills, understanding and life experiences. Whether you choose to be a physician or a surgeon, a general practitioner or a clinical scientist, or you follow any other path, our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree course represents the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor.

Overview

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

To Apply

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.

Programme Structure

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.

Clinical Experience

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.

Key Facts

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSEPlease 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 an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).
A Levels:
QualificationGrade
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.

Degree

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

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.

Selection process:

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.

Modules

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

Year 1

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.

Semester One

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.

Core
MEDI2038
BM4 Y1 Foundations of Medicine
MEDI2039
Clinical Medicine 1
MEDI2040
Integration of Knowledge & Clinical Medicine 1

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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:

TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: 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.
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentMedical 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.
EquipmentIT: Hardware 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 copyingIn 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.
PlacementsAccommodation: You will need to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective.
PlacementsInsurance: You will need to pay for insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsMedical insurance: You will need to pay for medical insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsTravel costs: 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.
PlacementsImmunisation/vaccination costs: 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.
PlacementsDisclosure 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.
TravelIn 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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Whether you choose to be a physician or a surgeon, a general practitioner or a 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 knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviours that you will need as a newly qualified doctor.

Outcome of the course

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your BMBS  degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed a BMBS degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant them Registration with a Licence to Practise.

Learning & Assessment

Clinical topics in the first two years

In the first two years the curriculum has been designed around a series of clinical topics and these form the framework for learning. You will undertake clinical placements, group work (Graduate Groups), lectures and practical sessions which directly link to each of the clinical topics. Four levels of biological organisation, running from cells and molecules to the population and society, aim to help you structure your learning around and between clinical topics. Four themes, communication, ethics and law, working with diversity and leadership and team working underpin the whole of the curriculum and relate directly to medical practice.

Substantial clinical experience in the first two years

You will have 2-3 clinical sessions each week in both hospital and community settings.
There is a clinical base for BM4 students in the hospital at Winchester where there are identified clinical teaching staff, and a range of general practices is also involved. The clinical sessions allow you to observe medical care related to the relevant clinical topic, and also to begin to develop your clinical skills. You are also able to follow up areas of interest and take advantage of other learning opportunities.

Graduate Groups

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.

Learning with BM5 students

In the first two years you will attend some lectures and other teaching sessions with the BM5 students. In the third and fourth years you will work alongside the BM5 students on all your clinical attachments, and will take the same examinations.

Dispersed final year attachments and work shadowing

In your final year you will attend, in rotation, clinical attachments based in a variety of NHS Trusts outside Southampton. After your final examination, prior to starting work as a Foundation Year 1 doctor, you will have an opportunity to shadow a doctor already in this post.

Inter-professional learning

Another innovative theme of this programme is leadership and team working which includes interprofessional learning. The New Generation Project Common Learning Programme (CLP) involves medical students learning alongside other student health and social care professional groups including nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, social work, radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry. There are three Interprofessional Learning (IPL) Units which are positioned and integrated across the five year programme.

The learning structured around clinical topics has some features in common with problem-based learning (PBL) courses; for example, you will work in Graduate Groups focusing on the learning outcomes. However, unlike most PBL programmes, not all learning about the clinical topics is triggered by cases outlined on paper: some may use actual patients or video material. A range of resources are available to help you; for example, people who are available to support your learning, and web-based resources.

Support

All students are allocated a personal tutor, in addition to a pastoral tutor associated with each cohort. A range of learning and web-based resources are available to support you in your academic work.

Responsibilities of Southampton Medical Students

A medical student is studying not only for a university degree but also a professional qualification. Upon successful completion of the training he/she will not only have the BMBS degree but also be able to practise as a doctor. The training, therefore, is conducted in an environment that requires medical students to behave throughout their training in ways that are consistent with the principles of medical professional practice. Find out more

Study Locations

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Winchester

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