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MedicineUndergraduate study

Study Options

In Medicine, we offer a high quality learning experience and tailored programmes to build your understanding of the scientific basis of medicine in the clinical context. Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery programmes provide a comprehensive and balanced curriculum to enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes and behaviours that you will need as a newly qualified doctor.

Studying Medicine at Southampton
Studying Medicine at Southampton

The emphasis is on the patient from the first weeks of your programme. 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.

Each placement will allow you to gain a genuine insight into the world of healthcare. Your learning experience is of prime importance to us and, wherever you are, you will have access to our support.  


We currently run four programmes:

BM5; A100 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery five-year programme

Our integrated, systems-based BM5 and BMedSc programme is our established and distinctive long-standing five-year programme. You will learn from contact with patients in a variety of clinical settings, beginning in the first few weeks of your course; and in Year 2 you will undertake a weekend shift placement as a Healthcare Assistant to gain insight into multi-professional team working in hospitals.

Key features:

BM4: A101 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery four-year graduate entry programme

Our BM4 degree programme enables graduates in any subject to achieve a BMBS degree in four years, drawing on existing knowledge, skills, understanding and life experiences. The programme leads to a qualification that allows graduates to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC).

Key features:

BM6: A102 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery six-year widening access programme with year zero

We have developed our BM6 programme to widen access into the medical profession. The course has achieved national recognition as an example of good practice. It involves studying for an extra year on a specially designed year zero course before studying alongside students on the BM5 and BMedSc programme.

Key features:

Photo of Jahangir Alom
Southampton’s BM6 programme offered me the independence I wanted alongside the support I needed to take full advantage of the wide range of educational and social opportunities available here.
Jahangir AlomBM6


BM(EU): European Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery five-year programme

The BM(EU) is a five-year bilingual programme designed for German students which follows a similar curriculum to the BM5 programme. Students spend the first two years in Southampton then continue their studies in Kassel, Germany. Further information and an application form can be found at


Key facts

Opportunities for inter-professional learning will be invaluable as you prepare to join the healthcare teams of the future. Our comprehensive study programme will encourage you to think critically, learn independently and work effectively in multidisciplinary teams.

Continue learning independently throughout your career while being supported by enthusiastic staff based at the University, in hospitals or in the community.

Access a full range of Medicine and University facilities throughout your training including a well-resourced Centre for Learning Anatomical Sciences, clinical skills areas, computer suites and refurbished lecture theatres with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. 

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