The University of Southampton

Undergraduates. The journey begins here

The Bachelor of Medicine (BMBS) degree provides a broad foundation for the study of health and disease, in the first stage of a lifelong career commitment. Our stimulating and supportive environment gives you the opportunity to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed to become a skilled practitioner in a modern, changing health service, capable of following a career in a wide range of specialities.

The comprehensive study programme encourages you to think critically, learn independently and work effectively in multidisciplinary teams. Whether you aim to become a general practitioner, a surgeon, or follow any other route, the Faculty of Medicine will give you the best possible foundation for your future career.

National Student Survey 2017

89% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the teaching of their course.

95% of students agreed that the course is intellectually stimulating.

97% of students agreed their course has provided them with the opportunities to apply what they have learnt.

90% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning resources.

90% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the learning opportunities. 

Learning experience

Your learning experience is of prime importance to us, and wherever you are, you will be able to access our support. You will continue learning independently throughout your career, while being supported by enthusiastic staff based at the University, in hospitals or in the community. Our teaching methods incorporate traditional and modern techniques, ranging from lectures and practical sessions, to computer-assisted learning.


Students are selected on the qualities we feel are essential in a doctor, and we place as much emphasis on non-academic skills and interests as academic achievement.

Early patient contact

All our degrees represent the first stage in a rewarding career as a doctor. You will gain practical experience from the very beginning, having patient contact in a variety of clinical settings from the first few weeks. You will continue to build your clinical expertise through NHS placements, developing your skills in the community and in NHS trust hospitals across southern England. With each placement youwill gain a genuine insight into the world of healthcare.


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. As a successful BM4 graduate you will gain a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree.

Once you have successfully completed your programme, you can register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC) and apply for 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.

Information regarding our fourth programme, the BM(EU), can be found at Applications are made through the Kassel School of Medicine.

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Course information

Find out more about the application process by reading answers to frequently asked questions
Find out more about research and scholarly activities in Medical Education

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