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Academic programme

The University of Exeter Medical School is highly regarded in the UK for its innovative curriculum which prepares students to work in an increasingly integrated, internationalised health environment and who are able to address the health and social care challenges of the 21st century.  

Our five-year degree in Medicine provides what we believe to be the most exciting and innovative medical undergraduate degree programme available today.  Medical Imaging is a facet of precision medicine, using diagnostic radiology to identify the site and extent of disease throughout the body. Our Medical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences programmes prepare students for a career to address the needs of both clinicians and patients.

By taking our two-week summer school programme you will gain knowledge, skills and experience which will help you to make a successful UCAS application to study Medicine or other subject allied to Medicine.  You will gain a valuable insight into life as a medical and medical sciences student and discover more about clinical and academic training through a mix of classroom-based teaching plus sessions in the clinical skills resource centre, laboratories and a visit to a hospital.

Teaching is from clinicians and scientists who teach on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.  Additional sessions about careers and the range of undergraduate medical degrees will help you understand the wide range of professional pathways available within the field of Medicine.

Monday – AM

Overview of careers and undergraduate degrees in Medicine, Medical Imaging and Medical Sciences in the UK

Monday - PM

University Campus life in the UK

Tuesday – AM

Performing Clinical and Communication Skills 

Tuesday - PM Performing Clinical and Communication Skills: Practical demonstrations and hands-on activities including:

Skills on basic life support, monitoring of blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, oxygen saturations and airway management techniques including Sim Man asthma simulation.

Wednesday  – AM Small Group Learning and Teaching
Wednesday  - PM What it takes to study Medicine, Medical Sciences and Medical Imaging in the UK including Teaching and Learning Methods
Thursday – AM

Understanding the UK National Health Service (NHS):  The Patient’s Journey

You will learn about how the UK healthcare system functions and how patients get to be seen by a doctor for treatment.

Thursday – PM Understanding the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and Biomedical Aptitude (BMAT), including discussions on answers to sample test questions
Friday – AM

Studying and Working in a Clinical/Hospital Environment 

Friday - PM

Studying and Working in a Clinical/Hospital Environment

You will learn about how students use, and are taught in, the clinical/hospital environment to learn about medical practice.  You will also learn about how different healthcare professionals work as a team to provide clinical care to patients.
Monday – AM

Scientific and Clinical Laboratory Sessions: Guided tour of the Laboratories

Monday - PM

Scientific and Clinical Laboratory Sessions: Demonstrations of  clinical lab tests

You will observe demonstrations on how some clinical experiments are performed in the lab and gain an insight into how laboratory findings contribute to patient care and treatments.

Tuesday – AM

Tips on Good Presentation Skills

Tuesday - PM

Preparing for Admission Interviews, including Mini-multiple interviews (MMI), the application process, personal statement and interview techniques

Wednesday  – AM

Diagnostic Medical Imaging 

You will learn about how imaging techniques are used in diagnosis and investigation to determine and sometimes treat disease in the body.  This allows doctors to visualise structures in 3-D within the body without having to perform surgery.

Wednesday  - PM

Diagnostic Medical Imaging: Practical demonstrations

Thursday – AM

Understanding Medical and Anatomical Language

You will learn about the language and descriptive terms used by doctors and medical scientists to communicate with each other.  This is a very important part of the curriculum as it establishes a common language understood by medical doctors and allied health professionals all over the world.

Thursday - PM Preparation for group presentations
Friday – AM Preparation for group presentations
Friday - PM

Group Presentations followed by leaving event

The presentations would bring together what students have learned and be open to parents in person or via Skype

Dr Tudor Chinnah

PhD (Sheffield, UK), MScClinEd (Exeter, UK), MSc (Calabar, Nigeria), BMedSc (Port Harcourt, Nigeria), SFHEA, UK.
Senior Lecturer, Human Anatomy and Clinical Education, and UEMS International Students’ Tutor.

Dr Nicky Saulsbury

Consultant in HIV/GUM, Associate Clinical Dean for Cornwall, Director of Faculty Development


All students will be required to take part in the preparation and group presentation tasks at the end of the module.

Course delivery

Classes take place every day and there will be a minimum of 40 contact hours. Teaching takes place on our St Luke's campus.  The University Shuttle Bus will take you to and from the Streatham campus each day.

The course will have an interactive approach.  You will be able to ask questions in lectures and you will take part in problem based learning, working collaboratively in small groups, which will replicate undergraduate teaching and help develop your ability to work as part of a team. 

Practical sessions in the Clinical Skills Resource Centre will give you the opportunity to put clinical and communication skills into practice using a number of the clinical skills stations.