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

Our BM4 course enables graduates in any subject to achieve a BMBS degree in four years, drawing on existing knowledge, skills, understanding and life experiences.

Programme 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
    • Explicit links to clinical topics from year one
    • Clinical work from the outset, in a dedicated hospital clinical base
    • Regular group work in the first two years
    • Clinical apprenticeship in the final year

“The BM4 course contains all the best elements from a problem-based learning course, with additional lectures and integrated clinical experience from day one. My study at Southampton and Winchester has been a wholly positive experience, as they are both friendly, welcoming places with excellent resources, and help is available whenever it’s needed.”

Susan Baker, BM4 student

Entry requirement

Typical entry requirements


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.

A Levels:

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

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.

Visit our International Office website or the NARIC website for further information on qualifications.


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.

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