MBBS Medicine

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(89.6% of our graduates confirmed that they were adequately prepared for their first foundation post. According to the General Medical Council’s State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK, 2006)

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The Norwich Medical School is a leader in preparing students to become highly competent and confident doctors. We are proud of our reputation as one of the very best schools of medicine in the country. We want you to be the best too -- by learning and developing first class clinical skills and nurturing excellence in scientific understanding.

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(National Student Survey 2016)

"Norwich Medical School prepared me for being a junior doctor perfectly."

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Ryckie Wade, 2011 graduate

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Dr Laura Bowater, Senior Lecturer at Norwich Medical School, UEA, has produced an informative video providing 10 essential tips for students applying to study medicine; for those students wanting to become a doctor.

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Discover more about our research into Antibiotic Resistance

University of East Anglia researchers are part of a new £2.5 million project to improve hospital treatment for patients with pneumonia and tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.

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(REF, 2014)

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A UEA project to solve the problem of antibiotic resistance has won a prestigious national research award.

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Studying Medicine at Norwich Medical School means that you will join an exceptional group of medical students studying in a thriving student-centred learning environment where students and staff share a passion for making a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Being a doctor is a privileged position which has at its heart a real and deep-seated vocation to help people. It’s a demanding and challenging profession but very rewarding. Our course focuses on relating your learning to real life, using scenarios and clinical problems from patients, with an emphasis on developing your practical experience as well as your theoretical knowledge from the start.

At Norwich Medical School we believe in learning in context. From the very first weeks of our course, your time is spent every week in clinical practice, ensuring that you are able to apply your learning to patients in the same week.

Overview

Our course has been carefully designed in conjunction with and has been approved by the General Medical Council.

Highlights of Medicine at Norwich Medical School:

  • Experience learning with and from patients from the very first month of your course
  • Explore anatomy linked to clinical practice in our anatomy facility, including undertaking dissection
  • Varied range of clinical placements on acute wards, specialist units and in general practice
  • Link theory with practice using small-group teaching, within primary care and Problem-Based Learning – a proven way to learn
  • Learn in facilities such as our awarding-winning Bob Champion Research and Education Building (opposite the university hospital)
  • Learn the art of communication through our excellent consultation skills programme supported by dedicated tutors and actors, enabling you to develop your consultation skills from year one to your final attachment
  • Take part in regular group work with students from a range of health disciplines.

 

Our graduates say they are the ‘best-prepared doctors’ in the UK

We are passionate about helping our students become highly competent and confident 21st century doctors. We get fantastic feedback from our graduates. 85% of our graduates say that they are ‘prepared for practice’, more than any other UK medical school (average was 70% across all medical schools) according to the General Medical Council’s State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK, 2014.

 

Patients are at the heart of what we teach

Our five-year MB BS degree, with patients at the heart of our course and the core of your study, provides rigorous training and an exciting range of placements that you’ll embark on almost immediately, so you’ll graduate with the confidence you need for modern medical practice.

 

Take advantage of our elective option

Gain extended experience with the opportunity to take a four-week placement anywhere in the world, at the end of year four, with a further six-week studentship in year five - putting you one step ahead of the competition when it comes to your application to specialty training.

 

Intercalation – strengthen your CV and study in more depth

You will have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated postgraduate (Master’s level) degree course after year three or four. Currently students can take a Masters in Clinical Research (MRes), in Clinical Education (MClinEd), in Molecular Medicine or in Health Economics (both MSc). 

 

Small group teaching

Much of our teaching in both the University and placements takes place in small groups of about 10 students. This enables you to experience excellent working relationships with academic tutors, clinicians and your peers, and develop your clinical knowledge and skills in a safe learning environment. You will also develop excellence in communication through our consultation skills tutorials supported by both clinicians and actors, enabling you to communicate effectively with patients and their families with compassion and understanding. Teaching at Norwich Medical School is further supplemented and supported by large group seminars (in groups of about 60 students) and whole class lectures. 

 

Support - every step of the way

We understand that Medicine is a demanding degree, but our excellent course and staff enable us to support you throughout your learning and professional development. The weekly small group work in problem based learning and primary care means you have access to excellent academic support, coupled with a dedicated personal adviser who supports you from year one to five.

 

Course structure

  • 15 modules based primarily on body systems, with elective and student assistantship components in the fourth and final year (for more information on the modules download our school brochure)
  • Study the core sciences in a clinical context, alongside your clinical placements
  • Student Selected Components (SSCs) are delivered in a number of contexts including our student selected studies programme (described in this poster), studies allied to medicine, electives and selected clinical placements.

 

Teaching methods

We use a range of teaching methods to support your learning of the essential skills required to become a competent doctor:

 

  • Keynote lectures, seminars and anatomy practical classes delivered by expert academics and clinical educators
  • Problem-based Learning – this allows you to apply the theory you have studied to clinical patient scenarios
  • Consultation skills tutorials – promoting excellent communication (which is at the heart of any doctor-patient relationship) by providing regular, dedicated consultation skills sessions with tutors and actors throughout the course
  • Clinical placements allowing you to integrate theory with practice, with patient contact most weeks of our course from the first month onwards
  • Shadowing – in your final year you will spend ten weeks, equally divided between medicine and surgery, working one-to-one with a recently qualified junior doctor. You’ll integrate the knowledge and skills accumulated over the previous four years of study, giving you a real insight of what will be expected of you as a qualified doctor.
  • Developing professionalism – guidance throughout primary and secondary care placements, encouraging the development of values and behaviours enabling you to become a safe, respected and trustworthy doctor.

Teaching and Assessment

Your progress will be regularly assessed throughout the course in order to support your learning and development towards becoming a qualified medical practitioner. At the end of each module, you will be assessed through an ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE) - a practical test of your knowledge and clinical ability.
Other assessments include: annual written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ format; assignments on research methods, and an audit project; and assessments of presentations, usually to fellow students, for your ‘Student Selected Study’ component.

Throughout your time with us, you will keep a portfolio and write a short essay each year, reflecting on your personal and professional development, thereby demonstrating that you are developing towards your goal as a member of the medical profession.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 1

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

MEDF4004Y

1

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 1

To consolidate and integrate what has been learned in the first year of the MB BS degree programme.

MEDB4003B

30

LOCOMOTION

You will examine the underlying science behind the system, as a basis for exploring the examination, diagnosis and treatment of patients with locomotory impairments.

MEDA4001B

60

THE HUMAN LIFECYCLE - A HOLISTIC APPROACH

You will be introduced to a broad range of skills: topics include the human life-course, biological and behavioural sciences, consultation skills, and research methods. The science and behavioural science material will often relate to your week's PBL case.

MEDA4002A

60

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

BLOOD AND SKIN

You will find out how to recognise and treat many of the diseases that routinely affect people; including the commonest cancer, the most frequent causes of infection in developed and less developed countries, and the common diseases that affect children and adolescents. You will become confident with the interpretation of high and low blood counts, the mechanism of coagulation and bleeding disorders, and management of haematological malignancies.

MEDB6002Y

40

CIRCULATION

You will study adult cardiology, vascular surgery and stroke medicine. The focus of the teaching is to enable you to understand and manage patients with circulatory disorders.

MEDB6003Y

40

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 2

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

MEDF5001Y

1

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 2

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

MEDB6001B

30

RESPIRATION

You will learn how to take a history and examine a patient with lung disease; to understand the pathophysiology, presentation; the management and psychosocial impact of common lung diseases, and gain experience of respiratory related clinical skills.

MEDB6004Y

40

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

DIGESTION/NUTRITION

You will learn about digestive diseases in all settings, over all ages. This encompasses both medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract. This is a key opportunity for you to gain general surgical experience as well as developing your gastroenterological knowledge.

MEDC6008Y

40

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 3

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

MEDF6018Y

1

HOMEOSTATIS AND HORMONES

You will study the concept of hormone regulation on growth and metabolism and recognise features of hormone overproduction and deficiency and their management.

MEDC6006Y

40

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 3

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

MEDC6005B

30

THE SENSES

You'll examine three linked but separate specialities: neurology, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat (ENT). These specialities are all centred round the physiological receptors and processes that allow us to sense the environment in which we live.

MEDC6007Y

40

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 4

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

MED-4FPY

1

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

You will develop a broad understanding of child health and consider the wider issues of children's place in our society, and the value society places on childhood.

MEDD6025Y

40

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 4

The learning objectives are: to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units and to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

MEDD6028B

20

MODULE 11 - THE MIND AND BODY

This module will cover the following elements: #The Mind #Palliative Care #Medicine for the Elderly #Oncology The Mind addresses biological and psycho-social aspects of mental health and illness. It aims to equip students' with knowledge and clinical skills to recognise mental health problems and identify evidence-based methods for their management. The Mind Module places emphasis on transferable skills and professional attitudes, such as working within a multidisciplinary team, respecting patient individuality and reducing stigma, that are prominent in mental health care but also relate to all other areas of clinical practice.

MEDD6026Y

40

MODULE 12 - ELECTIVE (AWAY)

The elective gives you the opportunity for an four-week extended placement at the forefront of health provision anywhere in the world# from Papua New Guinea, to Potsdam to Plymouth, you have the chance to plan your elective destination and learn from and contribute to medical provision in a thoroughly immersed way.

MEDD6027B

10

REPRODUCTION

Your focus will be on reproduction and female health. Human reproduction is a fascinating subject; obstetrics is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery; gynaecology is the science of the physiological functions and diseases of women. It is essential you have a good grasp of knowledge in basic anatomy and physiology concerning human reproduction to understand childbirth and its complications and manage diseases in women at different stages of their life.

MEDD6024Y

40

Students must study the following modules for 121 credits:

Name Code Credits

EMERGENCY CARE

MED-7151Y

30

FINAL INTEGRATIVE PERIOD

MED-7154B

40

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 5

All MB BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practise' by the end of year meeting of the School's Professionalism Committee. Progression to the next year, or graduation in Year 5, can only occur once the Professionalism Committee has confirmed a student as being Fit to Practise. If the Professionalism Committee does not believe that a student is Fit to Practise, it will inform the relevant Examination Board and recommend relevant remediation. Further details of Professionalism / Fitness to Practise are available within the 'Professionalism and Fitness to Practise (FtP)' section of the MB BS General Information Black Board site.

MED-5FPY

1

MB/BS: INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 5

MED-7150A

10

MODULE 15 - ELECTIVE (HOME) / CLINICAL REMEDIATION

Module 15 - UK Elective / Clinical Remediation

MED-7153B

10

PREPARATION FOR F1

MED-7152Y

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Fees and Funding

UK/EU Students

Tuition Fees

The five-year Medicine degree course is offered on a self-funded basis with students paying the standard rate of tuition fees. Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.

Students may be eligible to apply for low interest loans, to cover fees and maintenance, from the Student Loans Company. Further information is available from: www.slc.co.uk

Medical students may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary during their final year of studies. For further details please see the NHS Student Grants website at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students.aspx

To see if you are eligible for a UKCAT Bursary and how to apply for this, please go to www.ukcat.ac.uk/registration/bursaries/

Due to the integrated nature of our Medicine degree course, fees are the same in each year of the course (apart from inflation increases). When comparing UEA fees with those of other universities, applicants are advised to consider the total cost over the whole five years of the course.

Please note that tuition fee rates are reviewed annually to take account of inflation increases.

Additional information is available from: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.

Scholarships

We do not currently offer any scholarships for international applicants applying for this course.

Due to the integrated nature of our MB BS course, fees are the same in each year of the course (apart from inflation increases). When comparing UEA fees with those of other universities, applicants are advised to consider the total cost over the whole five years of the course.

Please note that tuition fee rates are reviewed annually to take account of inflation increases.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS Institution Code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

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