Undergraduates. The journey begins here
The Bachelor of Medicine (BM) degree provides a broad foundation for the study of health and disease, in the first stage of a lifelong career commitment. Our stimulating and supportive environment will give you the opportunity to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge you need to become a skilled practitioner in a modern, changing health service, capable of following a career in a wide range of specialities.
The comprehensive and balanced study programme will encourage you to think critically, learn independently and work effectively in multidisciplinary teams. Whether you aim to become a general practitioner, a surgeon, or follow any other route, the Faculty of Medicine will give you the best possible foundation for your future career.
Your learning experience is of prime importance to us, and wherever you are, you will have access to our support. You will continue learning independently throughout your career, while being supported by enthusiastic staff based at the University, in hospitals or in the community. Our teaching methods incorporate traditional and modern techniques, ranging from lectures and practical sessions to computer-assisted learning.
We select our students on the basis of the qualities we feel are essential in a doctor, and we place as much emphasis on non-academic skills and interests as we do on academic achievement.
All our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor. You will gain practical experience from the very beginning, having contact with patients in a variety of clinical settings from the first few weeks. You will continue to build your clinical expertise through NHS placements, developing your skills in the community and in NHS trust hospitals across southern England. Each placement will allow you to gain a genuine insight into the world of healthcare.
Upon graduation from our BM5 and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. BM5 students also have the possibility of gaining an intercalated master's degree by taking an additional year of study. Your degree can help you gain employment in the NHS and the Foundation Programme (a two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors).