BMBS Medicine

UCAS codeA100
Duration5 Years
Typical offerA*AA-AAA; IB:38-36
Discipline
  • Medicine
LocationTaught in Exeter
  • St Luke's (Exeter)
  • and clinical locations across the South West (Exeter, Truro Barnstaple and Torbay)

Overview

  • A bold and innovative approach to clinical education
  • Clinical experience from the first month of the programme
  • Graduates who are among the best prepared for safe and effective patient care
  • A broad-based curriculum
  • Study in a world-leading, internationally recognised research-rich environment
  • Opportunity to obtain an intercalated degree at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level

This five-year degree programme leads to the award of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS)* and draws on the strength of our partnership with the NHS in Devon and Cornwall to provide what we believe to be the most exciting and innovative medical undergraduate degree programme available today, delivering a unique learning experience in healthcare.

Our Medicine degree produces capable and confident Foundation doctors who are prepared for their role. Our graduates are equipped with the skills for lifelong learning and continue to develop in their professional careers. The importance of being able to work as a member of a multi-professional team, to know when to lead and when to follow, is designed into the programme. You will learn with, from and about other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients benefit from the best possible care.

We will work closely with you throughout your studies to ensure that you are properly advised about career development and that your learning experiences enable you to be competitive in any medical employment market you wish to work. The degree programme is carefully structured so that you will graduate with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe practice and entry into your first clinical job.

*subject to the approval of the General Medical Council.

Numbers

Entrants: 130 (with 10 places available to international students)
Applicants: 1817 (for 2014 entry)

If you have any questions relating to submitting an application for the BMBS programme we recommend that you review our frequently asked questions document‌ prior to contacting us via telephone or e-mail.

Information regarding registration with the GMC

To find out about registration information for the General Medical Council (GMC), please read our Information regarding registration with the GMC document.

Open Days

Join us at one of our Open Days .

I have really enjoyed my first term studying Medicine at The University of Exeter Medical School. I have already experienced so much: from learning how to suture and scrub up in clinical skills, to having a community placement at the Wonford Hospital Walk in Centre. The early exposure and emphasis on clinical practice was one of the reasons I chose to come here.

Yashna Nadkarni, Year 1 BMBS, St Lukes Campus.

Programme structure

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Throughout your degree programme you will study in a variety of clinical locations across the South West: in hospitals, general practice and the wider health community.

The core curriculum delivers the essential knowledge and skills for your role as a newly qualified doctor, whilst allowing you a degree of freedom in choosing a wide range of Student Selected Special Study Units that amount to approximately one-third of the programme. Exposure to the clinical environment begins in your first week and hands-on community experience increases throughout the degree. The programme integrates medical science and clinical skills so that your academic learning is applied to clinical practice throughout the five years.

Years 1 and 2 For your first two years you will be based at the St Luke’s Campus, Exeter, and you will experience university life to the full. The curriculum in the first two years is based on the human life-cycle, with emphasis on acquiring core knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours, and relating this to patients.

Years 3 and 4 The third and fourth years of the programme are delivered in locations across the South West. You will rotate through a series of hospital and community placements in six pathways of care, which provide extensive experience of a wide range of clinical settings.  Your learning is centred on patients and will continue to develop your problem solving skills and increase your experience with the widest possible array of clinical scenarios.

Year 5 In your fifth year, you will learn the job of medicine and start to develop your understanding of principles of practice in the NHS. You’ll undertake a series of apprenticeship attachments in hospitals across the South West. At this stage you will have developed the personal and learning skills required to analyse and evaluate patients’ conditions and to suggest forms of clinical management. You’ll also take a Student-Selected Elective which may involve clinical or research placements, or a combination of both. Many students take this opportunity to see the practice of medicine in another part of the world.

Foundation Year At the end of the undergraduate programme you will receive your BMBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). This entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate degree through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.

Intercalated Degree You may wish to interrupt your studies for 12 months to undertake an intercalated programme of study between years four and five. This is where you would undertake 120 credits of another degree programme (usually the final year of an undergraduate degree or a postgraduate qualification). It is up to you whether you study something which is related to medicine or not; the direction in which you choose is up to you.

Year 1

The first year of the programme is based on the human life-cycle, with emphasis on acquiring core knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours, and relating this to patients.

You will be based at the St Luke's Campus in Exeter.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
MDC1000BMBS Year One 120

Year 2

Year two builds further on the knowledge you learn in year one related to the human life-cycle.

You will be based at the St Luke's Campus in Exeter.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
MDC2000BMBS Year Two 120

Year 3

The third and fourth years of the programme are delivered in locations across the South West. You will rotate through a series of hospital and community placements in six pathways of care, which provide extensive experience of a wide range of clinical settings.  Your learning is centred on patients and will continue to develop your problem solving skills and increase your experience with the widest possible array of clinical scenarios.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
MDC3000BMBS Year Three 120

Year 4

The third and fourth years of the programme are delivered in locations across the South West. You will rotate through a series of hospital and community placements in six pathways of care, which provide extensive experience of a wide range of clinical settings.  Your learning is centred on patients and will continue to develop your problem solving skills and increase your experience with the widest possible array of clinical scenarios.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
MDC4000BMBS Year Four 120

Year 5

In your fifth year, you will learn the job of medicine and start to develop your understanding of principles of practice in the NHS. You’ll undertake a series of apprenticeship attachments in hospitals across the South West. At this stage you will have developed the personal and learning skills required to analyse and evaluate patients’ conditions and to suggest forms of clinical management. You’ll also take a Student-Selected Elective which may involve clinical or research placements, or a combination of both. Many students take this opportunity to see the practice of medicine in another part of the world.

Compulsory modules

CodeModuleCredits
MDC5000BMBS Year Five 120

The BMBS course structure allows students to develop a biomedical science, anatomy and physiology foundation in Years 1 and 2, which prepares us for clinical medicine in later years, with a good understanding of how the human body should work.

Praveena Deekonda, Year 1 BMBS, St Luke’s Campus.

Entry requirements 2017

Typical offer

A*AA-AAA; IB:38-36

Required subjects

GCE AL Biology and Chemistry at grade A or IB Biology and Chemistry at HL6. General Studies is not included in any offer.

Completing your application form

The deadline for applications to UCAS is 15 October. No more than four choices should be used for clinical programmes. Please note meeting the typical offer range does not guarantee being shortlisted for an interview.

Additional entry requirements

Further information on entry requirements and the application process can be found on our additional entry requirements page.

Further information

Please read the important information about our Typical offer.

For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.

Learning and teaching

Our learning and teaching are based around a patient-centred education and a culture that is sensitive to the needs of our students. A patient-centred education means that you will become a clinically skilled graduate with a strong knowledge of contemporary science, an awareness of research and excellent professional behaviour. You will benefit from structured small group learning and an intensively supported learning environment and be taught to challenge, stretch, reward and empower yourself.

On graduation you will be able to approach clinical problems holistically, have excellent communication skills, be empathetic and a good listener. You will be confident working in multi-professional teams, be able to seek and appraise the best evidence to inform your practice and be capable of meeting the health care needs of society.

Most of your learning will take place in small groups which will prepare you for working in a multi-professional clinical team in the NHS. Time for independent study is built into the timetable, enabling you to take advantage of the wide array of resources available to support your learning. You will have access to excellent amenities; at the University and NHS sites there are extensive library and learning facilities.

In the early part of the programme you will study in a very well supported environment which includes expert tutor-facilitated sessions in the Life Sciences Resource Centre on the St Luke’s Campus, and the Clinical Skills Resource Centre at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital site, community placements, case based small group tutorials, reflective/feedback small group sessions and workshops, all allowing for group interaction, discussion and feedback.

Our curriculum includes the whole health community not just hospitals. This recognises the community role in chronic illness and prevention whilst providing the social context, giving you a wider perspective and understanding. The community placements provide experience of the multi-professional nature of medicine and the importance of the healthcare team.

State-of-the-art IT and e-learning resources are a key tool to help support your learning. You will also have a small number of large group sessions (in which a year group is brought together for teaching sessions). In the later years of the programme your learning occurs predominantly within the clinical environment with extensive opportunities for learning from patients as you move through the pathways of the patient care programme.

Outcome of the programme

At the end of the undergraduate programme, which will be subject to General Medical Council (GMC) approval, you will receive your BMBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the GMC. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate degree through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an excessive number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Academic tutor

All students are allocated an academic tutor who oversees your academic progress and personal and professional development. Your tutor is the first point of contact for academic support for the duration of the programme. You will change tutors each year.

Assessment

Assessment is an important part of the learning process: it demonstrates the standard you are achieving as well as that to which you are working.

Your progress is assessed in relation to your knowledge and your work in clinical practice and you will be provided with continuous feedback, enabling you to identify strengths as well as areas for improvement.

The Applied Medical Knowledge Progress Test is one of the key features of our approach to assessment. The Progress Test, which is delivered in a multiple-choice question format, is designed to assess long-term and functional knowledge rather than detailed and easily forgotten ‘facts’. It is a measure of how much you are learning, not how good you are at revision, cramming or rote memorisation. Following every test that you take, four per year in total, you will receive your grade and percentage score as well as the mean percentage of each test.

Academic review

Your performance in assessment is formally reviewed each term to ensure that any problems that you may be experiencing with your learning can be identified early. We seek to support students whose performance may be a cause for concern. If you need support you will be referred to trained staff and receive a confidential report containing recommendations on how changes to individual learning styles, techniques, assessment strategies and attitude to work may improve performance.

In addition, at the end of the academic year all aspects of your performance are reviewed to ensure you are ready to move onto the next year of study or receive your primary medical qualification at the end of year five. If you are not ready to progress, you might be asked to repeat a year, but we never ask students to leave the programme on academic grounds without giving them plenty of opportunity to reflect on, review and remediate their performance.

I really enjoy the course because the structure is designed to stimulate our curiosities in learning and teaches us how to observe, think and behave like a medical professional through case studies and clinical skills.

I was not sure of how I would cope with the problem-based learning style and it seemed unfamiliar to be before coming here, but i'm glad that I have made the right decision to study here as the staff are very approachable and willing to help whenever I have any issues.

Dean Dang, 1st year BMBS.

Careers

There is a broad spectrum of careers within clinical practice across medical, surgical and other specialities. Whilst many of these have historically been hospital-based, healthcare is moving towards a more community-centred model of delivery and consequently doctors will be increasingly expected to deliver healthcare in a range of settings.

The range of placement opportunities throughout the programme will help to develop your skills and experience of working in different healthcare settings and enable you to understand how organisations operate.

This, alongside tailored careers advisory sessions and events provided in partnership with the Health Education South West (formerly the South West Peninsula Deanery) will also help you to make informed career choices.

Clinical placements

You will gain placement experience throughout your studies. In the later years of the programme you will be immersed in the clinical environment with extensive opportunities for learning from patients as you move through the pathways of the patient care programme.

Our curriculum includes the whole health community, not just hospitals. This recognises the community role in chronic illness and prevention and provides the social context, giving you a wider perspective and understanding.

The community placements provide experience of the multi-professional nature of medicine and the importance of the healthcare team.

Contact us

Email: medicine@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500

Website: Visit the Medical School website

Intercalation

During an intercalated year students take a one-year interlude in the Medicine programme to study a subject of their choice at either Bachelor’s or Master’s degree level. This optional opportunity enables selected students to pursue a subject of their choice in depth supplementing the vigorous education that they receive as part of the Medicine programme. An intercalated degree may be particularly beneficial to those considering a career in research or academic medicine.

When can students undertake an intercalated degree?

Currently, the University of Exeter offers students the opportunity to undertake an intercalated degree between years 4 & 5 of the Medicine programme.

Can students undertake an intercalated degree at another institution?

Yes - In exceptional circumstances if the student can provide a good academic justification AND the course, or one similar, is not currently available at the University of Exeter. Currently, we only allow students to intercalate at external institutions within the UK.

Can external students apply to intercalate at the University of Exeter?

Yes - The University of Exeter welcomes applications from medical, veterinary and dental students from across the UK who have completed at least two years of their course (or three years for applications to Master’s level programmes), who have permission to undertake an intercalated degree from their home institution and will return to their home institution upon completion of the course.

If you are an external student interested in pursuing an intercalated degree at the University of Exeter, please visit the External Intercalations Applicants page or contact ICD@exeter.ac.uk.

What intercalated programmes are available at the University of Exeter? 

Bachelor’s Degree programmes

The University of Exeter offers a number of different intercalated Bachelor’s degree programmes. Unless stated otherwise these courses are taught at the Exeter based campuses.

Intercalated BSc:

  • Biosciences
  • Conservation Biology (Cornwall Campus)
  • Evolutionary Biology (Cornwall Campus)
  • Exercise & Sports Science
  • Human Biosciences
  • Infectious Disease
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medical Sciences – Environment and Human Health (Cornwall Campus)
  • Medical Sciences – Human Genomics
  • Medical Sciences - Neuroscience
  • Medical Sciences - Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Molecular & Cellular Science
  • Psychological Studies
  • Zoology (Cornwall Campus)

Intercalated BA (via the flexible combined honours programme):

  • Bioarchaeology 
  • Medical Humanities

All programmes listed are subject to availability.

Flexible Combined Honours Programme

The University of Exeter also offers flexibility in its Bachelor’s degree courses through the Flexible Combined Honours programme, which enables students to combine modules from different subjects e.g. Biosciences and Music, to form their own bespoke degree programme, provided module pre-requites are met.

Master’s Degree programmes

The University of Exeter offers numerous different 1-year Master’s degree programmes (both taught and/or research based). These are listed below - For further details click on the name of the course.

For further information, or if you are an external student interested in pursuing an intercalated degree at the University of Exeter, please contact ICD@exeter.ac.uk.