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The University of Southampton

Our approach

Medicine is a thriving and ambitious, multidisciplinary faculty – a national leader in medical education, with an outstanding reputation for our combined expertise in research and teaching.

In the 2011 to 2012 academic year we celebrated our 40th anniversary.  In 1971 the new medical faculty enrolled 40 students and became renowned for a novel curriculum that introduced clinical contact at an early stage. We have maintained our ethos of innovative education.

Early patient contact continues, but we now admit 250 new students annually to one of three Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery programmes, which include a four-year graduate-entry course and a nationally-acclaimed widening access programme for students who would not normally have the opportunity to study medicine.

All our programmes embrace the concept of inter-professional learning, so that you will have the opportunity to study alongside students from nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy and other allied health professions to enhance understanding of the multi-disciplinary team approach to modern clinical practice

Learning and teaching strategy

We are committed to providing academic leadership in clinical, research and teaching activities and to enhance our position as a first-class research faculty and national leader in medical education.

Our aim is to enable students to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required for clinical practice and a range of other related roles. We are committed to providing a friendly, open, supportive and enabling environment in which all students are able to achieve their potential, with a commitment to life-long learning.

We seek to adopt a flexible approach to learning, using a range of methods designed to encourage multi-faceted, integrative, deep learning. Excellence is encouraged at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and students are offered appropriate challenges according to the stage and context of their learning.

Maintaining our national position in medical education with distinctive BM programmes requires the continuous enhancement of the quality of our students' learning environment. It also involves maintaining a supportive and rewarding environment for staff. The challenges are ever more demanding, but we are confident that we have the right components to provide an outstanding experience in studying medicine and the biomedical sciences.

Teaching excellence

In the latest assessment by the Quality Assurance Agency, which monitors standards of teaching in the UK, the University was awarded the highest level of achievement for the standard of our teaching and education.

By blending innovative approaches with established techniques, we offer a variety of specialist teaching and learning methods, all of which are supported by virtual learning environments.

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