A100 BMBS Medicine and BMedSc (BM5) (5 yrs)

Our BM5 programme is an established undergraduate degree course, which is taught full-time over five years and leads to a qualification that allows graduates to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC). The BMBS degree (equivalent to MBBS and MBChB) is recognised by the GMC in line with all other medical qualifications from UK medical schools.

Programme Overview

Our integrated, systems-based BM5 and BMedSc course is distinctive in many ways.  You will learn from contact with patients in a variety of clinical settings from the first few weeks of your course.

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 the Entry requirements tab above (on this page) and our How to apply page.

Programme Structure

In the first two years you will learn about the major physiological systems of the body and within each system, you will integrate your learning of anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, physiology, pharmacology, the social sciences and public health medicine in a clinical context.

You will undertake student selected units in medical humanities and public health interventions, and a Research module to prepare you for your year 3 research project. In Year 2 you will undertake a placement as a Healthcare Support Worker to gain insight into multi-professional team working in hospitals

In year three you will undertake a research study; choosing a topic from a wide variety of disciplines, with either a clinical, biomedical, educational or social sciences basis, working in the University research labs, hospital wards, general practices or in the community. You will then undertake clinical placements in hospitals and general practice in the Southampton, Portsmouth and Winchester areas. The focus will be on the effects of clinical disorders on patients and their families, continuing the development of your clinical abilities and the reinforcement of systems courses and social science teaching.  On successful completion of this year you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSc) award

In year four you will undertake placements in a range of clinical specialities in Southampton and a range of hospitals around the region.  

In your final year you will gain experience in a wide range of hospitals, communities and general practices in the south of England and have an opportunity to undertake an elective placement in an area of your choice. You will be attached to a variety of clinical teams on an apprenticeship basis, learning the skills required to begin your Foundation Programme. Your Final examination will be taken in the spring, after which you will undertake a compulsory "preparing for practice" phase of the programme to ensure you are ready to start work before graduation.

We provide many opportunities for medical students to work and learn alongside other health professional students during their clinical placements.

Clinical experience 

In years one and two you will have contact with patients in hospitals, in general practices and in their own homes, and you will learn to take a medical history and examine patients as part of the Medicine in Practice course. In year two you will be on a regular placement working as part of the healthcare team as a Healthcare Support Worker. In years three, four and five, clinical attachments form a significant part of the programme.

Intercalated degree 

In addition there are a limited number of places available for BM5/6 medical students who wish to take an intercalated classified honours master's level degree (Master in Medical Science). Studying for the intercalated master's degree takes place between years three and four, extending the BM programme by one year. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their performance during the BM programme. This provides a particular opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career as a Clinical Academic doctor.

Key facts

    • Integrated, systems-based method of teaching
    • Clinical work from the first few weeks of the programme
    • Opportunity to work with other health professionals
    • An in-depth study
    • Clinical apprenticeship

Entry requirement

Typical entry requirements


Please read this section in conjunction with our How to apply and Entry requirements pages.

A minimum of seven GCSEs at grade A, including 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:

AAA, including chemistry and biology, plus either grade A at AS Level in a subject not studied at A2 or grade A in the Extended Project Qualification. General studies and critical thinking are not accepted. Subjects with material that overlaps (e.g. human biology/sports studies/physical education) may not be offered in combination at A2 level.

Graduate applicants

Degree: An upper second-class honours in your first degree in any subject. For further information regarding your first degree, please visit our BM4 page.

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.

GCSEs or equivalent: 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).

Mature non-graduate applicants

Non-graduate applicants over the age of 21 are expected to offer the following:

GCSEs: 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 [SA1] or contact the Medicine Admissions Office for further information).

A levels: AAA, including chemistry and biology. If you are offering nursing qualifications, you must also offer at least two A levels at grade A, to include chemistry and biology.

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, please visit our UKCAT page.

EU and international applicants

EU and international 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 international or 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.

Offers to EU students are made from the UK quota.  

Selection process:

Please visit our How to Apply page for details on our Selection Process.

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


Typical course content

The programme is split into four distinct phases. The Fundamentals of Medicine phase takes place over the first two years and is made up of four University semesters; the Progression into Clinical Practice Phase takes place in year 3 and occupies 41 weeks. The Developing Clinical Practice phase takes place through Year 4 (37 weeks) and the first half of Year 5 and ends with the Year 5 examinations. The final phase - Preparing for Independent Practice - takes place in the second half of Year 5 and finishes with Graduation. Year 5 is of 47 weeks total duration.

The programme is modular; modules are assigned credits for the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS). The programme is totally integrated to award the BM and BMedSc degree. The BMedSc degree can only be awarded alone as an exit degree. There are defined exit points with appropriate academic awards after successfully completing each year of the programme, which you may apply for if you leave the programme. All modules on the programme are core and must be passed in order to progress and graduate. There cannot be compensation between any modules in any part of the programme.

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

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