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A101 BMBS Medicine (BM4, graduate entry) (4 years)

Start your journey to a rewarding career as a doctor with our four-year graduate entry programme for students who already have a degree. The course draws on your existing knowledge and skills with an intensive, bespoke first two years, before spending your final two years alongside our direct entry five-year Bachelor of Medicine students. With clinical experience from the start, you will graduate with the theoretical and practical skills required to provisionally register with the General Medical Council (GMC) and begin your Foundation training.

Introducing your degree

Southampton’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery graduate medicine course (BM4) condenses the traditional five-year BM medical degree into four years and is based at one of the UK’s leading medical schools with an internationally renowned reputation for its leading, translational research. You will be part of a small cohort of graduates on the BM4 programme and, as well as your theoretical study, you will also undertake clinical placements from the start of your course. These will take place across a range of locations, including weekly sessions at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, and fortnightly experience in a GP surgery.

 

You will join our friendly, ambitious undergraduate community where you will study a wide range of science and social science disciplines to gain an underpinning knowledge and understanding of medical practice. We welcome graduates from a wide range of degree backgrounds, not just science, onto our innovative four-year BMBS curriculum that has been developed to enable you to draw on the skills and training you acquired during your first degree. You will be based at a research-intensive University whose academics are leading on a wide range of areas including asthma, osteoporosis, antibiotic resistance, developmental origins of adult disease, liver disease and diabetes, as well as being home to the UK’s first Centre for Cancer Immunology. There are opportunities to take part in research activities over the summer.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

 

To Apply

All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) by 15th October in the year prior to entry. For more information see Entry requirements and How to apply.

Programme Structure

The curriculum in the first two years is based around clinical topics and you will get the opportunity to undertake clinical placements, group work and lectures that link directly to each of these clinical topics.

Your learning will be structured into three levels of organisation:

  • population and society
  • individuals and those close to them
  • systems biology 

There are also three themes that underpin the whole of the curriculum and relate directly to medical practice. These are:

  • communication
  • diversity and team working
  • leadership and patient safety

You will be supported throughout your studies, meeting on a regular basis with other students in a ‘Graduate Group’ to work on relevant clinical topics with a facilitator. At the beginning of each clinical topic you will discuss ‘trigger’ material to help you understand what you need to learn and why.

Clinical Experience

During your first 18 months you will have up to three clinical sessions a week in both hospital and community settings, where you will work with hospital-based and general practice staff. You will get the opportunity to observe medical care related to your current clinical topic and will also begin to develop your clinical skills.

You will start your full-time clinical attachments in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care after Christmas in Year 2.

Key Facts

  • Four-year programme with a clinical apprenticeship in the final year
  • Explicit links to clinical topics from year one
  • Clinical work from the start
  • Southampton medical students universally recommend Southampton as a friendly and effective educational experience that prepares them effectively for practice, GMC, March 2018
  • Based at a  leading UK medical school with more than 40 years of providing medical education
  • Part of a research-intensive University, with an international reputation for translational research

Dr Ben Chadwick

Programme Lead of the BM4 introduces the course.

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Photo of Priya Khetarpal
One of the main reasons I chose to study at the University of Southampton was the style of the graduate-entry (BM4) medicine course. The problem-based learning approach as well as the focus on clinical skills and early patient contact really appealed to me.
Priya Khetarpal

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
Typical GCSE entry requirements for BMBS Medicine (BM4, graduate entry)
QualificationGrade
GCSEPlease read in conjunction with our How to Apply and Entry Requirements pages. A minimum grade C in mathematics, English Language and either biology and chemistry, or additional science and science 
A Levels:
Typical A Levels entry requirements for BMBS Medicine (BM4, graduate entry)
QualificationGrade
GCE A-levelChemistry at grade C or above.  Alternatively, AS level chemistry and biology/human biology at grade C or above, where chemistry has not been taken to A2.
Degree

An upper second-class honours degree in any subject, in your first degree.

We expect graduate students to have developed effective study and academic skills which will enable you to complete an accelerated medical programme. This includes the ability to think critically.

Every graduate, whether with an arts or science degree, brings a unique set of knowledge, skills and understanding to the programme.

For example, graduates with science, arts and humanities degrees will share their knowledge and understanding in the discussion of an individual patient's experience of illness from a range of different but equally valuable perspectives.

All graduates on the BM4 and BM5 programmes are selected on the basis that they will have sufficient science knowledge and understanding to cope with their studies, and the science requirements are identical.

Non-academic entry requirements

In addition to academic entry requirements, you will be assessed against our non-academic criteria.

Applicants must be able to show they:

– Are self-motivated and resilient

– Have reflected on, and learnt from, life experiences (this may include, work experience, paid employment and personal experiences both in and outside health and social care settings)

– Can communicate effectively

– Are able to interact successfully with others

– Can demonstrate an understanding of the values of the NHS constitution

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

Applicants for BM4 and BM5 will be ranked by UKCAT score to determine who should be invited to a Selection Day.

The UKCAT score is reviewed again alongside performance at Selection Days to determine who will receive an offer.

All applicants will need to take the UKCAT test

Please note that the UKCAT score of those applicants attending a Selection Day varies year on year and as such it is not possible to give applicants an indication of the score that is required to attend a Selection Day.

For further information on the UKCAT please visit our UKCAT page

EU applicants

EU applicants are expected to fulfil the same academic and non-academic criteria as home applicants, and you can do so through a wide range of qualifications.

If you are an EU applicant and English is not your first language, you should offer one of the University of Southampton's recognised tests in English language. 

For further information please visit our Entry Requirements page.

UK NARIC can also provide more information on qualifications.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Selection process:

Please visit our How to Apply page for details of our Selection Process.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

You will study on the programme over four years full-time which leads to a qualification that will allow you to gain provisional registration as a medical practitioner with the GMC.

 

Year 1

The first two years are made up of four university semesters (30 weeks) with three additional weeks in year two for a full-time clinical attachment and an ethics and law course. Years three and four occupy 44 and 40 weeks respectively.

The curriculum is made up of core material and other areas where you have some choice over what you study. These are called Student Selected Units (SSUs) and appear in years two, three and four.

The programme is not modular but does attract credits for the Credit Accumulation and Transfers Scheme (CATS) for successful completion of each year of the programme. There are defined exit points with appropriate academic awards after successfully completing each year of the programme. You may apply for these if you leave the programme.

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI2038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MEDI2039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MEDI2040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 2

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI2047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI3039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI4021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 3

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI3052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI3053Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI4022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6103Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 4

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI6111Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6112Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6113Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6114Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6115Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6116Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI6117Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI6118Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Medicine (BM4, Graduate Entry)BMBS2018Full-time£9,250Not offered
Medicine (BM4, Graduate Entry)BMBS2019Full-time£9,250not offered
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
TypeDescription
EquipmentApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570. This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentMedical equipment and materials, e.g. fobwatch, stethoscopes: You will need to purchase a stethoscope. No specific make or model is required. You can purchase this from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction. Prices start from £39. You will need to purchase a fobwatch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required. You can purchase this from any source. Prices start from £1.50.
EquipmentIT: Hardware Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Students may wish to purchase their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies. This is entirely optional.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page.
PlacementsAccommodation: You will need to pay for any accommodation required as part of your Elective.
PlacementsInsurance: You will need to pay for insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsMedical insurance: You will need to pay for medical insurance if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsTravel costs: You will need to pay £100 per annum towards travel costs associated with clinical placements. You will need to pay for any travel costs required as part of your Elective.
PlacementsImmunisation/vaccination costs: You will be expected to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs required to ensure you have a complete immunisation/vaccination history prior to commencing the programme. Further information on required immunisations/vaccinations is provided to those applicants made an academic offer of study. You will need to pay for any immunisation/vaccination costs associated with overseas travel if you chose to undertake your Elective outside of the UK.
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: You are expected to pay for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance check. This is payable on induction only (cost at September 2019). £60
Conference expenses Students may have the opportunity to attend an academic conference during their studies. Attendance is optional. You would be expected to pay for the costs of any accommodation and travel associated with the conference if you chose to attend.
TravelIn your final year you will need to return to Southampton from clinical placement in order to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). This test is required as part of the application process for The Foundation Programme, which follows directly after graduation. You will normally be required to pay for your travel costs back to Southampton to sit this exam.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Clinical topics in the first two years

In the first two years the curriculum has been designed around a series of clinical topics and these form the framework for learning. You will undertake clinical placements, group work (Graduate Groups), lectures and practical sessions which directly link to each of the clinical topics. Four levels of biological organisation, running from cells and molecules to the population and society, aim to help you structure your learning around and between clinical topics. Four themes, communication, ethics and law, working with diversity and leadership and team working underpin the whole of the curriculum and relate directly to medical practice.

Substantial clinical experience in the first two years

You will have 2-3 clinical sessions each week in both hospital and community settings.
There is a clinical base for BM4 students in the hospital at Winchester where there are identified clinical teaching staff, and a range of general practices is also involved. The clinical sessions allow you to observe medical care related to the relevant clinical topic, and also to begin to develop your clinical skills. You are also able to follow up areas of interest and take advantage of other learning opportunities.

Graduate Groups

You will meet on a regular basis with other students in a Graduate Group, working on the relevant clinical topics with a facilitator. A substantial amount of work will take place in these groups. At the beginning of each clinical topic you will discuss 'trigger' material to help you understand what you need to learn and why, agree in the group on the learning outcomes to be worked on, and then organise your learning around these.

Learning with BM5 students

In the first two years you will attend some lectures and other teaching sessions with the BM5 students. In the third and fourth years you will work alongside the BM5 students on all your clinical attachments, and will take the same examinations.

Dispersed final year attachments and work shadowing

In your final year you will attend, in rotation, clinical attachments based in a variety of NHS Trusts outside Southampton. After your final examination, prior to starting work as a Foundation Year 1 doctor, you will have an opportunity to shadow a doctor already in this post.

Inter-professional learning

Another innovative theme of this programme is leadership and team working which includes interprofessional learning. The New Generation Project Common Learning Programme (CLP) involves medical students learning alongside other student health and social care professional groups including nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, social work, radiography, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry. There are three Interprofessional Learning (IPL) Units which are positioned and integrated across the five year programme.

The learning structured around clinical topics has some features in common with problem-based learning (PBL) courses; for example, you will work in Graduate Groups focusing on the learning outcomes. However, unlike most PBL programmes, not all learning about the clinical topics is triggered by cases outlined on paper: some may use actual patients or video material. A range of resources are available to help you; for example, people who are available to support your learning, and web-based resources.

Support

All students are allocated a personal tutor, in addition to a pastoral tutor associated with each cohort. A range of learning and web-based resources are available to support you in your academic work.

Responsibilities of Southampton Medical Students

A medical student is studying not only for a university degree but also a professional qualification. Upon successful completion of the training he/she will not only have the BMBS degree but also be able to practise as a doctor. The training, therefore, is conducted in an environment that requires medical students to behave throughout their training in ways that are consistent with the principles of medical professional practice. Find out more

Study Locations

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