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Medicine BM6 Widening Participation (BMBS)

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
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6 years
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About this course

We're reviewing this course as part of our regular quality assurance process.

This may result in some changes to course content or delivery of the course in 2025. 

In 2025,  BM6 Year 0 students will study an improved and updated course. This will have more clinical learning time and embedded research experience. The major change, to enable this, is the removal of the research project in Year 3 and the associated integrated BMedSc award.

This course is only open to UK applicants.

You'll study at one of the UK's leading teaching hospitals, Southampton General Hospital, and at our purpose-built life sciences facilities on campus. You'll gain clinical experience from the start of your course, meeting patients in hospital and primary care settings. You'll also benefit from our world-leading medical research groups, carrying out your own in-depth project.

This Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) Medicine BM6 course is designed to widen participation in medicine. For example, you may be able to apply if you or your parent or guardian receive benefits, or you are the first in your family to apply for a higher education course. 

As part of your degree you will:

  • attend shifts as a healthcare support worker to experience multi-professional teamworking
  • take a student assistantship module in year 5
  • benefit from teaching from our world-leading medical research groups, embedding research firmly in the curriculum

You can:

  • take your year 5 elective anywhere in the UK, or abroad
  • apply for a master's of medical science or a MSc at Southampton - or study for a iBSc or MSc at another university - between year 3 and year 4 (known as intercalation)
  • explore topics that interest you through our student selected units

You can get involved in research and entrepreneurship. We work on life-changing treatments and therapies in partnership with industry and with experts in the physical sciences, computing, engineering and mathematics fields. 

You'll meet patients in clinical settings and will learn from volunteer patients, simulated environments and prepared patient cases. 

In year 3 students may be placed in partner trusts including Portsmouth and Winchester as well as Southampton. In the final 2 years of the programme students are placed across the Wessex region.

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).


“Southampton’s BM6 programme offered me the independence I wanted alongside the support I needed to take full advantage of the wide range of educational and social opportunities available here.”
Jahangir Alom, 2018 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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