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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
- Integrated teaching,an in-depth study and clinical apprenticeship
- Clinical work from the first few weeks of the programme
- Opportunity to work with other health professionals
Typical entry requirements
|GCSE||Please read this section in conjunction with our How to apply and Entry requirements pages. A minimum of seven GCSEs at grade B, including mathematics, English Language and double award science (or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).|
AAA, including chemistry and biology. 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.
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 an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).
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 an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University).
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.
Please visit our How to Apply page for details on 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
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.
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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).
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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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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.
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.
In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:
You will need to purchase a white coat for use in the Anatomy Laboratory. You can purchase this from any source. Lab coats are available from the SUSU Shop (price at September 2015).||£12.50|
|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 (cost at September 2015).||£44|
|Printing and copying||In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online 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:
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.||£100|
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||IT - 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.|
|Equipment||Medical equipment and materials, e.g. fob watch, 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 fob watch 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.|
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 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.|
|Conference expenses ||Accommodation: 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.|
|Other||Parking costs: See placements travel costs.|
|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.