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Bachelor of Medicine European - BM(EU)

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,  BM(EU) Year 1 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.

Graduate with the theoretical and practical skills to work in both the UK and Germany with Southampton's innovative Bachelor of Medicine BM(EU) programme. This programme is delivered in partnership between the University of Southampton and Gesundeit Nordhessen Holding (GNH) .

On successful graduation, you will receive a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree. After satisfactory completion of Foundation Year 1 (FY1) in Germany, you will be able to qualify for full General Medical Council (GMC) registration.


Southampton's Bachelor of Medicine European course is a 5-year, full-time undergraduate programme that is delivered across 2 countries - the UK and Germany. You will be part of a small cohort studying a wide range of science and clinical disciplines to gain an understanding of medical practice and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes you need to work as a doctor.

From the very start of your course you will gain clinical experience in several different settings, both in hospitals and general practice.

For the first 2 years you will be based at the University of Southampton's purpose-built, multi-million pound Life Sciences building, and one of the UK's leading teaching hospitals - University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. We have a 50-year history in training doctors and scientists, and our academics are leading on a wide range of areas including:

For the last 3 years you will study with our partner, the Kassel School of Medicine in Germany, where you will gain clinical experience of a different healthcare system.

You will graduate with a UK, GMC-approved, primary medical Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree. On successful completion of the first 3 years, including the research project, you will also receive a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc).

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants (PDF, 266KB)

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022.

We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page .

Key features

Photo of Munkhtsetseg Altankhuyag, BM (EU) graduated 2018
The course has offered me so many opportunities to meet new people and learn from inspirational academics. I have been able to learn about a totally different health care system, which has helped me to appreciate and understand the good aspects as well as the bad aspects of healthcare.
Munkhtsetseg Altankhuyag, BM (EU) graduated 2018

Programme structure

The BM(EU) follows the traditional Bachelor of Medicine 5-year programme (BM5) , but is delivered across 2 countries in 2 languages, allowing you to compare and contrast 2 successful healthcare systems. It is 1 year shorter than traditional German medical programmes.

In the first 2 years at Southampton, you will learn about the major body stems and how they work, both in health and disease. Your learning will be embedded in a clinical context. You will also undertake student selected units in medical humanities and public health interventions. Year 2 includes a Research into Medicine and Health module, as well as systems-based modules to equip you with the basic tools to understand research methodology and prepare you for your research project.

In your final 3 years in Kassel, you will complete your research project, as well as a bespoke German Medical Practice module. The majority of your final years are almost exclusively clinical in a range of healthcare settings. During these 3 years, you will remain a University of Southampton student.

To apply

The BM(EU) application process is separate from UCAS, with students applying directly to Southampton/Kassel School of Medicine. The application period is April to June/July for the following September intake.

See entry requirements and how to apply

Fees are paid directly to the Kassel School of Medicine, therefore this programme is not eligible for UK student loans.


Year 1 - Semester 1

Year 1 - Semester 2

Year 2 - Semester 1

Year 2 - Semester 2

Year 3 - Semester 1

Year 3 - Semester 2

Year 4

Year 5

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