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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 gives you the opportunity to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to become a skilled practitioner in a modern, changing health service, capable of following a career in a wide range of specialities.

The comprehensive study programme encourages 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.

National Student Survey 2015

92% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with overall quality.

93% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with teaching.

95% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with our learning resources.

Learning experience

Your learning experience is of prime importance to us, and wherever you are, you will be able to access 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.


Students are selected on the qualities we feel are essential in a doctor, and we place as much emphasis on non-academic skills and interests as academic achievement.

Early patient contact

All our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor. You will gain practical experience from the very beginning, having patient contact 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. With each placement youwill gain a genuine insight into the world of healthcare.


Upon graduation from our BM5, BM(EU) and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Sciences. BM5 and BM(EU) students also have the possibility to gain an integrated undergraduate 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).

Open Days

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Course information

Find out more about the application process by reading answers to frequently asked questions
Find out more about research and scholarly activities in Medical Education

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 is needed.

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