The University of Southampton

Find a course

Planning your medical career
Planning your medical career

Southampton has one of the leading medical schools in the UK, providing a broad education for the study of health and disease. Whether you choose to be a physician, surgeon, general practitioner or clinical scientist, or you follow any other path, our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor.

Programme choice

Each programme provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum to enable you to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge that you will need as a newly qualified doctor. Our programmes are an excellent choice for anyone serious about pursuing a career in medicine.

We have five Bachelor of Medicine programmes*. BM5 is the standard five-year programme. If you already have a degree, our four-year BM4 programme will allow you to draw on your existing knowledge and experience as you begin your training as a doctor. If you are able to meet our eligibility criteria specifically designed to widen access to medicine, our BM6 six-year programme may be the right degree for you.  The BM(EU) is a European programme run in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany, and our fifth programme, the BM(IT), is for students who wish to transfer into Year 3 after successfully completing the Advanced Diploma in Medical Sciences at the IMU in Malaysia or UBD in Brunei.

Early clinical contact

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 clinical placements, developing your skills in the community and in NHS trust hospitals across southern England. As a medical student, you will be able to take advantage of opportunities for multi-professional learning, which will be essential as you prepare to join the healthcare teams of the future.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation from our BM5 and BM6 programmes, as well as a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree, you will be awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc) degree. You will also have the possibility of gaining an intercalated masters degree.

BM4 students graduate with a BMBS degree and do not have the opportunity to intercalate.

Once you have successfully completed your programme, you can register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC) and progress to employment in the NHS and the Foundation Programme, a two-year training programme for newly qualified doctors.

Our BMBS degrees are the equivalent of MBBS and MBChB, and are recognised by the GMC in line with all other medical qualifications from UK medical schools.

Find out more about our programmes

Find out more about each of our BMBS programmes by clicking on the links below.

European BM Medicine and BMedSc (BM(EU)) (5 years)

The BM(EU), is a European programme run in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany. Applications for this course cannot be made via UCAS. For further information and an application form go to

Visit the programme specification document for this course

Contact us

To find out more please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)23 80594408 or email us.

Useful Downloads

Need the software?PDF Reader

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.