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Medicine (MBChB) (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Medicine at Warwick?

  • Our MB ChB programme is the largest all-graduate entry programme in the UK, with over 170 graduate places available each year.
  • Teaching takes place in both our modern learning facilities on campus and in many of our partner hospitals and GP practices in the Coventry and Warwickshire area. We offer state-of-the-art facilities for teaching anatomy and clinical skills such as plastinations, libraries and study rooms, including our Biomedical learning grid.
  • Our staff are nationally and internationally renowned for their excellent teaching reputations and research at the forefront of their subjects.
  • Warwick Medical School also has a large number of students on campus each year, allowing numerous opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and social interaction.
  • During your course you will learn many transferable skills, including written and verbal communication, leadership, time management and theoretical analysis.
  • We emphasise values-based medicine and we appreciate the important contribution that a range of professionals bring to health and medical teams.

Warwick Medical School Overview

MB ChB Curriculum Overview

What will I learn?

This challenging, rewarding programme will develop your medical knowledge, clinical and research skills, attitudes, awareness of and enthusiasm for many fields of medicine, helping you to become a highly competent, compassionate and strongly motivated doctor. Our accelerated, graduate entry programme is the largest of its kind in the UK, providing first-class training facilities in local hospitals, early clinical experience and one-to-one supervision in clinical placements.

The course emphasises values-based medicine and global health, with teaching delivered by expert academic staff who are committed to your learning and development. You will benefit from cutting-edge anatomy teaching using plastinated specimens and 3D imaging, and will build your clinical skills through supervised day-to-day work with patients. The second-year Core Clinical Education programme develops your experience of the principles of clinical practice in various hospital and community-based clinical settings. An additional six-week elective in a setting of your choice enables you to observe how medicine is practised in another country or in a different social, cultural and physical environment. Our graduates emerge committed to the highest standards of clinical practice, professionalism and patient care.

The integrated course ensures that clinical practice and underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours are
developed together. Phase one comprises five blocks predominantly delivered on campus. Phase two introduces
greater clinical complexity and builds learning opportunities in different clinical practice settings. Phase three explores clinical subject areas in more detail and prepares you for your first job and Foundation training following graduation – 95.5% of our graduates were awarded a foundation placement in one of their top five choices in 2013.

Overarching themes include: personal and professional development; clinical skills; and values, law and ethics.
On graduating, you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. This is a primary medical qualification (PMQ), which entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (subject to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns).

For module information please visit the MBChB website.

How will I learn?

The MB ChB programme is divided into three phases. The first phase spans a one-year period and focuses on the scientific basis of medicine, meaning that you will primarily learn through case-based and problem-solving study, attending lectures and working in small groups.

The second, year-long phase gives you an understanding of primary and secondary care settings as well as the expectations of patients and carers. You will be introduced to a series of more complex medical cases, to expand your knowledge and skills. Throughout the programme you will progress from directed-student learning in a structured environment to student-directed learning in the clinical environment. The third phase sets learning
in the context of a series of specialist blocks, further enhancing knowledge around core subject areas and developing professional skills.

Throughout your studies you will have access to a great deal of support and guidance, both academic and pastoral, to help prepare you for your medical career. From the beginning of your course you will have a personal tutor, and a clinical educational supervisor as you move into clinical-based training. You will be additionally supported by Warwick Medical School academic and pastoral staff, your small learning group, and University of Warwick support services.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of written and clinical examinations. At the end of each year you will be assessed through written examinations, which have multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions; and clinical examinations will be conducted with simulated patients. In the final phase of the programme you will perform clinical examinations with real patients in the local NHS trusts.

Entry Requirements

This is a graduate entry course. You will need to have or expect to obtain a first class or upper second class honours degree. We accept honours degrees in any subject and we welcome candidates with Master’s and/or
PhD qualifications.

International applicants must have equivalent qualifications and grades.

Check out more information on our entry requirements and the dates to remember, including UKCAT registration deadlines, open days, testing and interview timeframes.

Interviews If you apply for the MB ChB and your UCAS application is successful, you will be invited to a selection centre day where you will take part in an interview and group activities.

Departmental Open Days Warwick Medical School holds several MB ChB Open Days each year between January and September. These events offer potential students an opportunity to hear about the application process, course curriculum and teaching facilities in more depth, alongside a chance to experience the topics taught on the course through taster classes and workshops.

Download our online prospectus and find out more about our MB ChB.

Where can my course take me?

At the end of the MB ChB, graduates will be able to provisionally register with the General Medical Council and begin their Foundation posts. Successful completion of the Foundation programme is usually achieved within one year and enables you to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council as a doctor and to practise medicine within the NHS or in private practice.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
This is a graduate entry course. You will need to have or expect to obtain a first class or upper second class honours degree. We accept honours degrees in any subject and we welcome candidates with Master’s and/or
PhD qualifications.

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website
Warwick Medical School

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and hospital and community-based clinical practices in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.