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A100 BMBS Medicine and BMedSc (BM5) (5 years)

Get a head start on your medical career by studying at a leading UK medical school with an international reputation for research. You will be taught by academics who are renowned for their combined expertise in teaching and research and will gain 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 course

Southampton’s Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery medicine course (BM5) is a five-year, full-time, direct-entry undergraduate programme. You will be based at one of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – and the University of Southampton’s purpose-built, multi-million pound Life Sciences building. From the very start of your course you will gain clinical experience in a number of different settings both in hospitals and general practice.

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You will join our friendly, ambitious undergraduate community where you will study a wide range of science and social science disciplines to gain an understanding of medical practice, developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes you need to work as a doctor. You will be based at a research-intensive University with a 50-year history in training thousands of doctors and scientists. Our 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. You will undertake a research project in Year 3, leading to a final award of BMedSci (Honours), BMBS; and you have the option to intercalate to achieve a Masters in Medical Science degree.

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

Clinical experience

From the very start of your course, we relate your learning to future practice. You will meet patients both in hospital and general practice settings at regular intervals during your first two years and will begin your full-time clinical placements in Year 3.

In your first two years, you will learn the basic skills of history and examination. You will attend a birth in your first year, and will work with a health care support worker in Year 2 to gain experience of a ward environment.

After completing your research project in Year 3, you will embark on clinical placements across the Wessex region, and following your final exams in Year 5, you will get the opportunity to take part in an elective placement abroad.

Before you graduate you will benefit from a 4-week placement where you will work closely with a Foundation Year 1 doctor.

Years 1 and 2

In the first two years you will learn about the major body systems 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.

In Year 2 you will complete a Research into Medicine and Health module in addition to the systems-based modules that equip you with the basic tools to understand research methodologies as well as preparing you for your research project in Year 3.

Year 3

In your third year you will complete a research project on a topic of your choice from a wide variety of disciplines. Your project will have a basis in either clinical, biomedical, educational or social sciences, and you will have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including University research laboratories or in a clinical environment either in hospital or primary care. For the remainder of Year 3, you will be on clinical placement in hospitals in Southampton, Winchester or Portsmouth, and attached to local GPs. Successful completion of Year 3 will result in the award of a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci).

Years 4 and 5

In Year 4 you will extend your clinical experience through placements in a range of clinical specialities in hospitals and community settings. Clinical modules include Obstetrics and Gynaecology with Genito-Urinary Medicine, Psychiatry and Child Health. You will also study a new four-week Acute Care module that focuses on the management of an acutely unwell patient in the first 24 hours, as well as spending time on an intensive care unit and in an emergency department.

In your final year, you will consolidate your learning in the core specialities of Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care and will also have the opportunity to choose a student selected unit in a clinical area of your choice.  Alongside the clinical modules we run a Personal and Professional Development (PPD) module that allows you to explore and develop the professional skills essential for your postgraduate career.

You will undertake placements in hospital and GP settings all over the Wessex region extending to Guildford to the North, Portsmouth and Chichester to the East and Dorchester, Bournemouth, and Poole to the West. Some of our students travel as far afield as Jersey for clinical placements.

After your finals, you can take part in an eight-week elective placement abroad. You will gain apprentice-style experience in medicine and surgery by being attached to a Foundation Year 1 doctor for four weeks before graduating

Intercalated degree 

There are a limited number of places available for BM5/6 medical students who wish to take an intercalated classified honours Master in Medical Science. You will study for the degree between years 3 and 4, extending your BM programme by one year. This programme is particularly aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career as a clinical academic doctor, and applicants will be selected on the basis of their performance during the BM programme.

Key Facts

  • Clinical work from the start of your study
  • Part of a research-intensive University, with an international reputation for translational research
  • Based at a  leading UK medical school with 50 years of providing medical education
  • Southampton medical students universally recommend Southampton as a friendly and effective educational experience that prepares them effectively for practice, GMC, March 2018
  • World-class facilities at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals and the University’s multi-million pound Life Sciences building
  • Medicine at Southampton is in the top 100 global ranking for the fourth year running
    (QS World University Rankings, 2019)
  • Opportunity to work with other health professionals
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Southampton offers a very supportive environment in which to study and provides an intellectually stimulating and diverse course which allows you to develop the necessary skills to become a confident, competent and caring doctor.
Jack Stevens

Dr Jane Wilkinson introduces BM5

Dr Jane Wilkinson is the BM5 programme lead. Here Dr Wilkinson talks about the BM5 programme at Southampton.

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Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
Typical GCSE entry requirements for BMBS Medicine and BMedSc (BM5)
QualificationGrade
GCSEPlease read this section in conjunction with our How to apply and Entry requirements pages - six GCSEs at grade A or above, including either maths, biology and chemistry, or maths, additional science and science. English language is required at a minimum of grade B.
A Levels:
Typical A Levels entry requirements for BMBS Medicine and BMedSc (BM5)
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAA, including chemistry and biology. General studies and critical thinking are not accepted. Subjects with material that overlaps (e.g. human biology/sports studies/physical education) may not be offered in combination at A level.

Graduate applicants

Degree: An upper second-class honours in your first degree in any subject. For further information regarding your first degree, please visit our BM4 page.

A levels: Chemistry 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 the full A Level.

GCSEs or equivalent: GCSE English language and either maths, biology and chemistry, or maths, additional science and science.  All at grade C.

Mature non-graduate applicants

Non-graduate applicants over the age of 21 are expected to offer the following:

GCSEs: A minimum grade C in mathematics, English Language and either biology and chemistry, or additional science and science. 

A levels: AAA, including chemistry and biology.

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)

All applicants are required to take the UKCAT test. For further information, please visit our UKCAT page.

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.

EU and international applicants

EU and international 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 international or 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.

Offers to EU students are made from the UK quota.  

Selection process:

Please visit our How to Apply page for details on 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

The programme is split into four distinct phases. The Fundamentals of Medicine phase takes place over the first two years and is made up of four University semesters; the Progression into Clinical Practice Phase takes place in year 3 and occupies 41 weeks. The Developing Clinical Practice phase takes place through Year 4 (37 weeks) and the first half of Year 5 and ends with the Year 5 examinations. The final phase - Preparing for Independent Practice - takes place in the second half of Year 5 and finishes with Graduation. Year 5 is of 47 weeks total duration.

The programme is modular; modules are assigned credits for the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS). The programme is totally integrated to award the BM and BMedSc degree. The BMedSc degree can only be awarded alone as an exit degree. There are defined exit points with appropriate academic awards after successfully completing each year of the programme, which you may apply for if you leave the programme. All modules on the programme are core and must be passed in order to progress and graduate. There cannot be compensation between any modules in any part of the programme.

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI1031Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
45
MEDI1032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI1034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI1030Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI1032Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI1033Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI1034Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI2041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI2044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI2045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI2046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI2041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI2042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI2043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI2045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3048Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
45
MEDI3049Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
MEDI3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
MEDI3049Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3050Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MEDI3051Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 5

The following modules are taught across the entire academic year:

MEDI6111 Elective
Credit: 30

MEDI6112 Year 5 Assessment and ILS
Credit: 30

MEDI6113 Medicine Year 5
Credit: 30

MEDI6114 Personal Professional Development
Credit: 15

MEDI6115 Primary Medical Care
Credit: 15

MEDI6116 Student Selected Unit 4
Credit: 15

MEDI6117 Surgery
Credit: 30

MEDI6118 Assistantship
Credit: 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
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Medicine and BMedSc (BM5)BMBS2018Full-time£9,250£20,320, Clinical years £40,230
Medicine and BMedSc (BM5)BMBS2019Full-time£9,250£20,970, Clinical years £41,517
Medicine with Intergrated MedSc (BM5)BMBS2019Full-time£9,250£20,970, Clinical years £41,517
View the full list of course fees

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.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
ClothingLab coats: You will need to purchase a white coat for use in the Anatomy Laboratory. You can purchase this from any source. Lab coats are available from the SUSU Shop (price at September 2015).£12.50
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
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online 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£0.05-0.50
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.£100

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

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.
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.
EquipmentMedical equipment and materials, e.g. fob watch, 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 fob watch 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.
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.
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.
Conference expenses Accommodation: 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.
OtherParking costs: See placements travel costs.
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.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching is integrated so that the natural, social and behavioural scientific disciplines are taught together in a clinical context. Three themes run through the programme: Communication, Diversity, and Team Working, Leadership and Patient Safety.

Specific teaching and learning methods used include: lectures, tutor led tutorials, practicals, guided self-study, problem solving scenarios, role play, projects, group work, portfolios, study packs, eLearning, patient-based learning.

Clinical teaching takes place from the start of the programme, and occurs in groups and singly in a wide variety of NHS and non-NHS settings.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used depending on the learning outcomes being assessed.

Coursework will include: essays, reports, posters, project reports and presentations. Examinations will include written tests and tests of clinical performance.

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

 

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage12345
Scheduled learning & teaching study38%33%31%1%10%
Independent study62%61%47%39%10%
Placement study0%6%22%60%80%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage12345
Written exam assessment75%84%8%20%45%
Practical exam assessment4%0%8%80%45%
Coursework assessment21%16%84%0%10%

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