Medicine and Surgery MBChB Graduate Entry Course

Start date
September
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
A101
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught, Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20:
£9,250 (Home/EU) 
More details on fees and funding

Birmingham’s MBChB is a degree where heritage meets ground-breaking innovation: we create the knowledge and we deliver it. In addition to our five-year Medicine and Surgery MBChB programme, we have the four-year MBChB for graduates with a first degree in a life science.

At Birmingham Medical School you will learn from passionate researchers, academics and clinicians in world-class settings with a focus on hand-on, apprentice-style experience. You’ll learn alongside other health professions for the most comprehensive, real life, learning experience and have the unique opportunity to see a vast range of illness, learning from a diverse population of over five million people. Birmingham is also home to some of the UK's leading hospitals, including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital right next door.

This four-year degree programme is designed specifically for graduates and is an excellent opportunity to develop the skills you need to become a medical practitioner. Right from the start, you’ll experience the practice of healthcare in the community with an attachment to a general practice, allowing you to see how your studies translate into clinical practice.

With a strong community feel and award winning student medical society at its heart, at Birmingham Medical School we support you throughout your studies. Benefitting from some of the best clinical education settings in Europe, you will graduate as a smart, practical, compassionate, safe and ethical doctor, renowned for your professionalism and communication skills and excelling at making a difference to other people's lives.

We know that constant change and innovation are crucial to stay relevant and meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving NHS and that’s why Birmingham Medical School is proud to produce the doctors of the future. 

We consider applications from Home/EU students only. We also offer a three-year training programme for qualified dentists wishing to pursue a career in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Further information is given within the course details tab under ‘entry requirements’.

First year 

This phase begins with a programme covering biological sciences, anatomy and medicine in society, since you will have covered little of these in comparison with your knowledge of other life science subjects. You’ll work on problem-based case studies as part of a tutor-supervised group of about eight students, with each of you covering all aspects of the case studies. The problems are grouped into four six-week themed blocks covering basic science, anatomy (including prosection), ethics, medicine in society and behavioural science, with all these aspects integrated into each of the case studies.

Second year 

You will be based in the same Teaching Hospital Trusts that currently teach the third-year course for students on the five-year MBChB, spending the first semester in one teaching Trust and rotating to another in the second. You’ll also join our five-year MBChB students in their clinical science lectures, pharmacology teaching and special study modules in public health and epidemiology. In addition, as a GEC student you’ll continue with a small component of case-based learning to further your basic and behavioural science training. 

Students on the Maxillofacial Surgery training programme will commence their studies at this stage.

Third and fourth years

You will now move onto clinical attachments with attachments in medical, surgical and other speciality subjects, such as cardiology, neurology, psychiatry, bone and joint disease, oncology, ear, nose and throat and peri-operative care. Further attachments will cover obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and general practice. During your final year, you will be able to bring all of your learning and skills together through the Acutely Ill Patient attachment, which prepares you for dealing with the range of problems that you will encounter as a Foundation Doctor. 

During your third year, you will spend one month full-time on an elective placement where you can choose what you study and where. This could involve undertaking your own clinical research either at Birmingham Medical School, another centre in the UK or abroad, in a clinical setting (primary or secondary care), other healthcare setting or in a laboratory. Many of our students choose to undertake their elective abroad to experience a healthcare system in a different cultural context.

Learn more about electives at Birmingham Medical School including student experiences 

Hear from some of our current students about their experiences of the course so far

Modules

Modules in the first year

This phase begins with a programme covering biological sciences, anatomy and medicine in society, since you will have covered little of these in comparison with your knowledge of other life science subjects. 

The following must be taken:

  • Cells and Cancer
  • Clinical Competencies
  • Supply and Demand
  • Threats and Defence
  • Thinking and Doing
  • Loss and Renewal
  • Fuel
  • Complex Issues
  • Basic Life Support
  • Hospital Preparation Course

Modules in the second year

You will be based in the same Teaching Hospital Trusts that currently teach the third-year course for students on the five-year MBChB, spending the first semester in one teaching Trust and rotating to another in the second. 

The following must be taken:

  • Clinical Core 2 - hospital based medicine and surgery, clinical sciences (including pathology, clinical chemistry, haematology, microbiology, infections and clinical immunology), Community Based Medicine
  • Evidence Based Medicine and Research methods
  • Health Improvement Evidence Review (HIER)
  • Professional Development Activities
  • Clinical Procedural Skills 

Modules in the third year

Third and fourth year: you will now move onto clinical attachments with attachments in medical, surgical and other speciality subjects, such as Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Bone and Joint Disease, Oncology, Ear, Nose and Throat and Peri-Operative Care. You will also do attachments in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and General Practice.

The following must be taken:

  • Clinical Core 3 – Speciality Medicine, Surgery and perioperative care, psychiatry and neurology, Community Based Medicine
  • Learning and teaching
  • Conference Poster Presentation
  • Clinical Procedural Skills
  • Elective preparation

Modules in the fourth year

During the final year, you will be able to bring all of your learning and skills together through the Acutely Ill Patient attachment, as you prepare to become a medical practitioner.

The following must be taken:

  • Ethics and Law in Clinical Practice: a reflective case study
  • Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)
  • Written Professional Communication
  • Clinical Procedural Skills
  • Immediate Life Support
  • Clinical Core 4
  • Selected Career Experience
  • Student Assistantship

In addition, although this is not a module, you also complete an Elective and a SCE Report, and sit an SJT exam.

You will also have rotations of Obstetric & Gynacology, Paediatrics, Community Based Medicine and Acutely Ill Patient placements as part of the Clinical Core Module.


Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Tuition fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 are as follows:

  • Home/EU: £9,250

For UK students beginning their studies in September 2019, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information.  


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.

Additional costs

When you apply for the course, it is important that you also take into account living costs and that you will have sufficient funds to finance the full duration of your studies. Please also note that during the last three years of the programme you will be required to be in attendance for most of each year and the costs of subsistence and travel will accordingly be much greater. 

 Average additional course costs (approximate costs by car):

  • Travel for Year 1: £50
  • Travel for Year 2: £352
  • Travel for Year 3: £621
  • Travel for Year 4: £550
  • Text books and equipment: £510
  • Average total cost of an overseas elective (not inc cost of living): £1,590 (UK placements costs will be lower).

The UK Government Health Authorities recommend that all medical students are screened and immunised against the hepatitis B virus. Because it can take up to six months to complete the vaccination requirements all applicants who accept an offer are advised to commence the process. This is likely to incur a cost.

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences will reimburse students with financial hardship for the cost of their vaccinations. If you meet the eligibility criteria for a Chamberlain Award from the University of Birmingham, you are advised to obtain receipts for any health checks that you have had to pay for. Once you commence the MBChB programme at the University of Birmingham, you may then apply for reimbursement from the College.

Students will be required to complete a successful Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before admission to the programme. International Students are required to submit a Police Check Letter before admission and must apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on joining the programme. The cost of the check is £46.

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University or other sources. The Graduate Entry MBChB programme does not offer any additional scholarships.

For further information on tuition fees, living costs and available financial support, please see our pages on undergraduate fees and funding

How To Apply

Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com  
Learn more about applying

For a full breakdown of our medicine admissions process, including entry requirements for all applicant categories, how we select for interview as well as a description of our interview process itself, please visit our Applying to Medicine website.


All applicants must:

  • Apply through UCAS
  • Offer acceptable academic qualifications (see below) 
  • Sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in year of application
  • Attend for interview if invited

In summary an applicant must offer a Life Science degree. The degree result is important but we will also consider secondary school qualifications as well as the development of personal qualities in our assessment of an application. Furthermore, we will take into account certain contextual information.

Visit our Applying to Medicine website for a full breakdown of our medicine admissions process, including entry requirements for all applicant categories, how we select for interview as well as a description of our interview process itself.

Applying to Medicine website

International Students

This full 4-year course is open to home/EU students only.

Applicants must have excellent written and spoken English. In line with the requirements for applicants from the UK, normally we expect grade A in English at GCSE (or equivalent). Please note that the university’s Standard English language requirements are minimum standards, which are likely to be raised through competition.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

As a student at Birmingham Medical School, you will learn from passionate researchers, academics and clinicians in world-class settings to support you throughout your studies.

Your learning will take place in a variety of forms: lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, bedside demonstrations, clinical experience and a small component of problem based learning (PBL). We adapt our methods to the subject matter, for example, offering role-play and video feedback on patient–doctor communication.

Much of the student selected component uses enquiry based learning, a form of active, student-led, learning which asks you to find answers to problems through your own research rather than being given information and memorising facts. This learning style is supported by group work which develops your skills in team work and will provide you with the vital skills required to practice as a doctor in a lifelong learning environment.

A significant part of your learning experience will take place on clinical placements. These are structured to allow you the maximum number of contact hours with patients as this experience is vital to your learning. You will have regular time with your Senior Acadaemy Tutors (clinical tutors) as part of your placement experience where feedback on the development of your clinical skills and knowledge base is given in small groups. This form of learning is in addition to your formal structured teaching sessions.

Our Academic Skills Centre also offers you support with your learning. The centre is a place where you can develop your mathematical, academic writing and general academic skills. We aim to help you to become a more effective and independent learner through the use of a range of high-quality and appropriate learning support services.

A typical week in year one might involve:

  • A period of self-directed learning
  • Presentations to the group of the results from the previous week’s problem and discussing the problem for the next week
  • Group work in anatomy, clinical skills and basic science
  • Time for meeting experts and meeting your group tutor
  • Lectures covering the context and concepts that underpin the themes of the blocks
  • Time in primary care with direct patient contact to obtain the necessary communication and clinical skills  

A typical week in year two might involve:

  • Lectures
  • Small-group clinical teaching sessions
  • Clinic sessions
  • One day in primary care
  • Attendance with the on-call medical or surgical team
  • A period of self-directed learning  

After your first clinical year, you have the same knowledge and skills – having achieved the same learning objectives – as students who have completed the third year of the five-year MBChB programme. From this stage both routes share an identical programme.  

Find out more about learning at Birmingham Medical School and see example timetables

Facilities

You’ll have access to excellent physical facilities and technologies and will also benefit from the considerable learning resources of the Medical School, including our extensive library (electronic and physical) and information technology-based material.

Learn more about our facilities

Teaching staff for this course

At Birmingham Medical School you'll learn a hands-on approach delivered by our passionate researchers, academics and clinicians. During your placements, you will be taught by senior clinicians and dedicated Clinical Teaching Fellows (junior doctors) to ensure you receive excellent training in each speciality. You’ll also work with Senior Academy Tutors who will be a senior doctor, to ensure that you are fully supported in your learning.

For more information about staff in the school, their qualifications, publication history and specific areas of interest, visit the Birmingham Medical School key staff page.

Student support

We work hard to support you through good times and bad through our welfare services. You’ll have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors, mentoring programmes, welfare tutors and wellbeing officers who can help with both academic and welfare issues. If there are particular areas where you need support, rest assured that we will be here for you.

Discover more about the support available at Birmingham Medical School

Assessment Methods

As a Medicine student you will be assessed in a variety of ways, and these may be different with each module that you take. These assessment methods may include:

  • Single Best Answer Multiple Choice Questions (SBA MCQ)
  • Short Answer Questions (SAQ)
  • Written Examinations
  • Oral Examinations
  • Clinical Competency Examinations
  • Appraisal of Professional Behaviour and Attitudes
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Conference Poster presentations
  • Teaching session and report
  • Reports

At the beginning of each module, you’ll be given information on how and when you’ll be assessed for that particular area of study. You will receive feedback on each assessment within four weeks, so that you can learn from and build on what you have done. You’ll also be given feedback on any exams that you take. If you should fail an exam we will ensure that particularly detailed feedback is made available to enable you to learn for the future.

Throughout the programme there will be opportunities to meet with your personal tutor to see how you are getting on and if there are particular areas where you need support.

As a Birmingham Medical School graduate, you will thrive in the workplace as you to apply your knowledge and skills to ensure that patients are cared for safely, effectively and with compassion.

Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Birmingham degree, Birmingham Medical School and our outstanding Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

After graduating from Birmingham Medical School and completing two foundation years, you’ll be in a position to apply for posts in your chosen speciality. For most of our graduates, these are hospital and primary care posts in the NHS, however there are also opportunities in laboratory-based disciplines, research and commercial fields such as the pharmaceutical industry, politics and medical journalism and the media.

At the end of your undergraduate course you will receive your MBChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Find out more about the General Medical Council registration and licensing.

The GMC has introduced a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA – for all students graduating from 2023 onwards to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

For further information on the Medical Licensing Assessment please visit the GMC website

An advantage you will have as a Birmingham student is access to our unique careers guidance service where we help you to develop your career from the moment you arrive. Working closely with academics, alumni, Royal Colleges and the NHS, Careers Network focus on providing you with advice and guidance on the recruitment process for both the Foundation and Academic Foundation Programmes, including support with applications and interview preparation. Find out  more about Careers Network.

In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

To see what some of our students have gone on to do after completing their degree, visit our alumni profile page

Professional Accreditation

Our graduates are entitled to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that their fitness to practise is not impaired.