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RORY MORRIS BUTLER, (GRADUATE 2015)

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.

A highly ranked medical school for 'best prepared' junior doctors

We are passionate about helping our students become highly competent and confident 21st century doctors. Our graduates rated us in the Top 3 for all four aspects of preparedness for practice - the only UK Medical School to achieve this (General Medical Council National Training Survey 2017).

 

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. Read more about how our academic staff have developed the SSC curricula.

 

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 2018/9

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.

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INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 1

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

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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.

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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.

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Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

BLOOD AND SKIN

This module is about teaching Haematology and Dermatology, or more concisely "Blood and Skin". This is one module covering two specialties. This is divided into four weeks of Haematology lectures and seminars with two week secondary care placement of Haematology at the end of the teaching. Dermatology lectures and seminars are at the end of the module, after two weeks of placement- There is also one week of PBL and GP before dermatology placement teaching starts. At the end of each week there is a clinical relevance session to consolidate that week's teaching.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 3

The integrative period comprises 3 sections. Research protocol Portfolio report SSS (student selected Study) presentation Research protocol: during this part of the course you will write a research protocol aided by lectures and workshops. (This is separate from the clinical audit project in year 4) The assessment marking sheet is provided to students before they start their work to ensure they are aware of the standards of work expected. Portfolio report A portfolio is a journal or a private collection of thoughts and ideas based on personal experiences which you are encouraged to collect during this course. It is an important component of professional development forming the basis for self-directed learning and reflective practice. Developing skills in reflective practice during the course is an important part of a students professional development and will be useful to a future medical career since this is the model used both in the Foundation Programme (Year 1-2 after you have qualified) and the GMC's Revalidation process. creating a written record of memorable experiences. These experiences may be derived from any part of the course but clinical placements provide a particularly rich source of appropriate material. Students should also write some commentary on the contents of their student held record of assessments and any other feedback received from various sources such as tutors, patients, actors and student colleagues. Student Selected Studies Compulsory Student Selected Studies (SSS) is the part of our course where students develop academic skills such as literature review and critical thinking; presenting and teaching; and developing a clinical or research question. In year 3, students will be asked to choose 4 SSS themes of interest and will be allocated one of the 4. It is our aim to offer the majority of students their first choice topic. They will then be introduced to the tutor for the year. The topics available for the year Anatomy Biochemistry Clinical Biochemistry (yr. 2 and 3), Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Colorectal Surgery, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, Nutrition (Includes research option in years 2and3), Pathology, Physiology, Research in clinical, laboratory or population medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health (Includes research option in years 3), Ethics, Health Economics, Law, Medical Education, Psychology Health (Includes research option in years 3),, Sociology Health (Includes research option in years 3), At the end of their third year, students of most themes will have to prepare an abstract and a conference-style poster for their SSS. On the assessment days, students will not be giving a formal 10 minute presentation, instead posters will be displayed and each student will give a short oral summary of their poster (for approximately 5 minutes) and will then discuss it with the assessors and the other students. Students studying ethics in year 3 the assessment will be in the form of a 2000 word essay

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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. In more detail.. Module 7: The Senses. (ENT, Neurology and Ophthalmology) ENT:- ENT deals with all aspects of disease relating to the ear, nose and throat. This specialty evolved due to the close interconnection between these areas in terms of anatomy, physiology and functions and the disease processes that can result. Though primarily a surgical specialty we are also physicians looking after this unique area of a patient. The specialty is subdivided into Otology, Rhinology, Laryngology/Head and Neck and Paediatric ENT Otology includes hearing loss and balance disorders which are very common and involve a close liaison with Audiology. Rhinology includes nose and sinus problems which affect large numbers of the general population and are a common complaint in primary care. The senses of smell and taste also fall to ENT and disorders of smell, whilst very common, often go unrecognized. Laryngology/Head and Neck surgery covers voice disorders as well as benign and malignant tumours of the head and neck. There are also many paediatric cases which will give you an insight in to the care and management of children that you may not have experienced so far. Like other departments we rely on teamwork and you will begin to understand the role of audiologists, audiological scientists, physiotherapists, specialist nurses and speech and language therapists in the provision of care to our patients. The ears, nose and throat together with surrounding structures are frequently involved in both local and systemic disease. Our specialty works closely with the following departments: Maxillo-facial surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, oncology, haematology, respiratory medicine and paediatrics to name but a few. In your second year you will have covered some aspects of the specialty (nose and throat conditions) when doing respiration and this will be revisited during your time with us. For ENT it would help if you looked back at Year 2 Module 5 week 1 seminars on laryngeal pathology and hoarseness. Neurology:- Neurology deals with diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerve roots, peripheral nerve and muscle. Neurological symptoms and problems are common in primary and secondary care so a good understanding of neurology is important for most branches of medicine. Historically, neurology had a reputation for being one of the more difficult medical specialties, with comments like "rare," "intimidating" and "there are no treatments." We hope to dispel some of these myths during your time with us. During the module you will begin to master a number of skills required for neurology including being able to recognize when a patient has a neurological problem, evaluation of the common neurological presentations, performing a neurological examination and communicating the important aspects of the history and examination to other medical staff. You will also learn the principles of making a neurological diagnosis and how to recognize neurological emergencies and initiate treatment. The teaching will look at the common neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as the underlying neuroanatomy and physiology. This will include the main motor and sensory pathways, the concept of upper and lower motor neurons and the function of the basal ganglia, cerebellum and cranial nerves, and the effects various conditions have on them. During the primary and secondary care attachments you will have the opportunity to see a range of patients with common, and less common, conditions through structured patient teaching, booked sessions, ward teaching and on call shifts. Please use this time to see as many patients as possible, and practice your history taking, examination and case presentation skills. Ophthalmology:- Ophthalmology is unique amongst medical specialties. The eye, its surrounding structures and the visual pathway may be affected by a variety of clinical conditions. One of the fundamental properties of the eye is that many of its components are transparent, enabling details of its structure and any abnormalities to be observed directly. Disorders of the eye and visual system commonly cause reduction in vision and one of the major rewards of the profession is to be able to restore or improve sight. There are around two million people in the UK with a sight problem with around one million of these registered, or eligible to be registered as blind or partially sighted. Some people are born with sight problems whilst others inherit an eye condition that deteriorates with age such as retinitis pigmentosa. Others lose their sight as the result of an accident or conditions elsewhere in the body such as diabetes. In the UK, some form of glaucoma affects about two percent of people over the age of 40, and five percent over the age of 75. With screening and regular eye tests the condition can be detected early allowing treatment to reduce further sight loss. Age related eye conditions are the most common cause of sight loss in the UK and eighty percent of people with sight problems are over 65. Their eyesight is affected by conditions such as macular degeneration or cataracts. In recent years, ophthalmology has rapidly incorporated new technologies; developments in optical instruments have improved the clarity and magnification with which the components of the eye can be observed and imaged, and the use of lasers allows procedures that used to require admission to hospital to be performed on an outpatient basis

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MODULE 12 - ELECTIVE (AWAY)

The main objective of this elective is to provide an additional and more autonomous opportunity for the student to undertake a placement that fits with their own interests and professional development; to do something different; and to take responsibility for the planning and delivery of this experience. During this period, you are expected to engage in self- directed learning, reflect on your professional development, and experience medical practice in a context that is different from that provided by the Norwich Medical School and its teaching hospitals. It can be undertaken anywhere in the world as long as your choice does not incur excessive risk - assessing this is part of the learning process, and the tutors will help you with this aspect. There will be lectures and seminars on how to prepare for an elective, how to stay healthy during the placement, and related topics of global public health and mental resilience. Many students use the elective as a chance to experience medicine in a different setting, often overseas, with all the new cultural and clinical challenges that this involves. Others use it to deepen their understanding of a particular area of knowledge, or to develop new academic and technical skills. The main domains that students can consider are: Clinical - a new speciality, or further in-depth experience of a known speciality but in a different service, geographical or cultural context Research - a placement in an environment with an academic focus - for example, undertaking a community project, an epidemiological survey, or a lab-based study Service development and delivery - an internship or similar attachment to a unit offering management input, educational, strategic or technical development to the health system. Involvement with publishing, community projects, and exchanges can also be considered under this heading. The generic aims are that the elective will assist the student to:- #develop greater ownership of the learning process #challenge and improve your organisational skills, including risk appraisal #facilitate further development of attitudes appropriate to the practice of medicine #broaden your minds and refresh you as you approach the final year of MB BS!

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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.

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Students must study the following modules for 121 credits:

Name Code Credits

EMERGENCY CARE

How do we deal with seriously ill patients that need emergency medical care? What are the fundamental ways of managing airways, giving anaesthetics, and delivering critical care? Module 13 is an opportunity for you to apply skills and knowledge developed over the previous 4 years and build upon them in an emergency setting. Though different from the apprenticeship module, you will be taking on some responsibility in helping the team assess and treat patients in a hands-on manner. During placement you will get to experience a variety of environments where emergency medicine is used. From primary care and the AandE department to the intensive care unit and theatres, you will have opportunities to learn from a variety of specialists. The Module will equip you to manage with patients who are seriously ill, and to recognize who and when to seek help from. It will enable you to perform practical procedures and gain other skills that are relevant to the role of a foundation doctor.

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FINAL INTEGRATIVE PERIOD

M13 is emergency medicine, M14 is student assistantship M15 an internal (home elective)

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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.

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MB/BS: INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 5

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MODULE 15 - ELECTIVE (HOME) / CLINICAL REMEDIATION

Module 15 - UK Elective / Clinical Remediation Module 15 has been developed to give students the opportunity to explore or further develop an aspect of their future medical career. It is six weeks long and will consist of experience in one or more of the following: #clinical placement #research #management #patient safety and effectiveness #Public Health For students needing to resit finals, M15 will consist of a placement at the NNUH/JPUH hospitals together with revision tutorials organised by MED. These students will need to inform their intended placement supervisor that their planned elective will no longer be taking place.

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PREPARATION FOR F1

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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. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level AAA including Biology/Human Biology and either Physics or Chemistry. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 36 points with HL 6 in three subjects to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry or Physics.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAA inc Biology and one other science from Chemistry or Physics plus a minimum of grade B in a fourth standard Highers subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAAA at Higher level including Biology and a second science from Chemistry/Physics
  • Access Course See below for a list of accepted courses and grade requirements.

Entry Requirement

Please view the information below along with our FAQs page

GCSEs

All applicants must have a minimum of six GCSE (or EU / International equivalent) passes at grade A or above to include English, Mathematics and two Science subjects. GCSE short courses are not accepted. When considering your application we will usually review your best 9 results (to include English, Mathematics and two sciences). We will include only one maths, up to two English and up to three single science subjects or a double science award. Repeat GCSEs are accepted.

EU / International accepted equivalents are shown on the charts below under 'Alternative Qualifications'.

Applicants who have not sat GCSE (or EU/International equivalent) should include details of all formal qualifications taken up to age 16 (e.g. Middle Year Programme), in addition to your school leaving exam results (pending or achieved),  together with current/completed studies on your UCAS form.

Please see FAQ 9 for additional information. 

A Levels

Applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve AAA at A level. These A levels must include Biology/Human Biology, one further science (Chemistry or Physics), with a third A level subject of the applicant’s choice. 

Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element. 

A Level Resits

A level resits will be considered if a minimum of ABB was obtained at first sitting, plus a fourth AS at grade B.

Applicants who are repeating their AS year, or all or part of any A level (thus taking their A levels over more than 2 years) are expected to achieve A* in at least one of the subjects as follows:

  • Applicants who are wishing to re-sit one subject will be required to have a predicted A*
  • Applicants re-sitting two A-Level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*A
  • Applicants re-sitting three A-Level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*AA

Please note: for any subject repeated, the result should be at least one grade higher than that originally achieved.

Resit AS modules. Your full A level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. This may include resitting modules. Any additional study outside this period will be subject to our resit policy as above.

For resits of other Level 3 qualifications (eg - International Baccalaureate) - see EU entry requirements chart under 'Alternative Qualification's below.

 

UK Clinical Aptitude Test

ALL applicants are required to take the UKCAT Medical Admissions Test in the summer prior to submitting their application, i.e. in June-October 2016. See www.ukcat.ac.uk for full details. While we include consideration of your Cognitive UKCAT score within our selection process WE DO NOT HAVE A CUT OFF VALUE.  However, from our experience, it is unusual for an applicant with a UKCAT score lower than the 3rd decile to be invited to interview.  In 2015 this was a score in the region of 2400.  In 2016 the Decision Analysis sub section is being replaced by a Decision Making sub section.  The score for this element is not being released in 2016.  Therefore we expect that it will be unlikely for an applicant to be invited to interview with a UKCAT score of less than 1800.  Please note that we do not currently use the SJT banding within the selection process.

UKCAT have launched an ITunes app for IOS device which you can download here .

All Applicants

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have achieved successful academic study within the past three years.

Applicants who have previously studied, or are currently studying, at another Medical School (UK/EU or International) will not be considered for entry.

We are not able to accept transfer students onto our Undergraduate Medical Degree due to the integrated nature of the course. Applicants currently studying in higher education, irrespective of prior experience/qualifications, are required to have completed their current course of study prior to commencing their medical studies at UEA.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database. Details of these requirements will be provided within the offer information. Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health)  should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have for the following reasons:

  • Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health.
  • Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty.
  • A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

There may be other selected English Language tests we can accept. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Selected applicants are invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). During the interview, each applicant rotates through a series of rooms, known as 'stations', They will spend 5 minutes at each of the 7 stations, with a 1 and a half minute changeover/preparation time between each. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

We will individually email invitations to applicants who are selected for interview. If you are invited to interview you are required to complete and bring with you this completed Work Experience Form.

Intakes

September

Alternative Qualifications

EU / International Qualifications

Please see this chart for EU requirements.

Please see this chart  for International requirements (please note this chart only shows our A-level equivalent requirements. International applicants also need to meet our GCSE equivalent requirements in order to be considered)

Graduates and Other Higher Degree Qualifications

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have studied within the past three years.

Graduate applicants should hold or be in the final year of their undergraduate degree and predicted to achieve a First class or 2.1 classification, in addition to meeting the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above. We are unable to accept an application with a 2.2 or below classification anywhere in their educational history. An Access to Higher Education or a Master's / PhD qualification does not negate this requirement.

We require proof of sound knowledge of science at A level. Therefore:

  • Graduates who have studied A-levels must have achieved the minimum grades of ABB in their 13th year of study (upper sixth).  If A-Level Biology/Human Biology and one other science subject from Chemistry or Physics are not taken in the original sitting at Sixth Form, these need to be studied and a minimum of a grade A achieved.
  • General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
  • Only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-Level will be considered.
  • Graduates who repeated A level study prior to University entry will not be considered.

Applicants studying for a Master’s degree at the time of application must meet the undergraduate degree requirements outlined above. The Master’s degree must be fully and successfully completed with satisfactory verification by 31 st August 2016. If you are in this situation, please check that you are able to meet this deadline before applying for a place on this MB BS course.


Access/Pre-Medical Programmes

We welcome applications from students holding or studying for one of the following Access/Pre-Medical qualifications

  • The College of West Anglia (Access to Medicine)
  • Lambeth College (Access to Medicine & Biomedical Science)
  • Lancaster University (Pre-Medical Studies)
  • City and Islington College (Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences)
  • The Manchester College (Access to Medicine)
  • Bradford University (Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine)
  • Sussex Downs University (Access to Medicine)
  • City of Liverpool University (Access to Science)

Applicants must also meet the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above.

  • For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds A levels, these must be at ABB, and attained at first sitting irrespective of subjects (excluding General Studies,Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.
  • For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds a degree, this must be at 2:1 or higher.

The University reserves the right to make academic judgements outside these published guidelines in complex and exceptional cases.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • A Level AAA including Biology/Human Biology and either Chemistry or Physics. Science A Levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 36 points with HL 6 in three subjects to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry or Physics. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AA in Secondary Six Advanced Highers in Biology and either Chemistry or Physics, plus an additional Higher Level grade A taken in Secondary Six. Also AAAAB in Secondary Five at Higher Level including Biology and either Chemistry or Physics.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate H2 in 6 subjects to include Biology and either Chemistry or Physics. Junior certificates are accepted in lieu of GCSE's. Please email admissions@uea.ac.uk for more information.
  • Access Course See below for a list of accepted courses and grade requirements.
  • BTEC Not accepted.

Entry Requirement

For September 2018 Entry

GCSEs

ALL applicants must have a minimum of six GCSE (or EU / International equivalent) passes at grade 7 or grade A or above to include English Language, Mathematics and two Science subjects. GCSE short courses are not accepted.  When considering your application we will usually review your best 9 results (including English Language, Mathematics and two Science subjects).  We will include only one Mathematics, up to two English and up to three single science subjects or a double science award.  GCSE resits are accepted.

Applicants who have not sat GCSE (or EU/International equivalent) should include details of all formal qualifications taken up to age 16 (e.g. Middle Year Programme), in addition to your school leaving exam results (pending or achieved),  together with current/completed studies on your UCAS form.  Transcripts may be requested.

Further information will be updated here shortly, in the meantime please contact the Admissions Service if you have any questions.

 

A Levels

Applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve AAA at A level. These A levels must include Biology/Human Biology, one further science (Chemistry or Physics), with a third A level subject of the applicant’s choice.  General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. 

Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element. 

A Level Resits

A level resits will be considered if a minimum of ABB was obtained, or equivalent with no less than a grade C, at the first sitting.

Applicants who are repeating their AS year, or all or part of any A level (thus taking their A levels over more than 2 years) are expected to achieve A* in at least one of the subjects as follows:

  • Applicants who are resitting one subject will be required to have a predicted grade of A*
  • Applicants resitting two A level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*A
  • Applicants resitting three A level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*AA

Please note: for any subject repeated, the result should be at least one grade higher than that originally achieved.

AS module Resits

Your full A level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. This may include resitting modules. Any additional study outside this period will be subject to our resit policy as above.

Further details of A level requirements.

For resits of other Level 3 qualifications (eg - International Baccalaureate) - see EU entry requirements chart under 'Alternative Qualification's below.

Graduates and Other Higher Degree Qualifications

Graduate applicants should hold or be in the final year of their undergraduate degree and predicted to achieve a 2.1 classification or above, in addition to meeting the GCSE, A level and UKCAT requirements. We are unable to accept an application with a 2.2 or below classification anywhere in their educational history. An Access to Higher Education or a Master's / PhD qualification does not negate this requirement.

We require proof of sound knowledge of science at A level. Therefore:
Graduates must have achieved the minimum grades of AAB, including Biology/Human Biology and either Chemistry or Physics at AA, in the first sitting.  If A level Biology/Human Biology and one other science subject from Chemistry or Physics are not taken in the original sitting at Sixth Form, these need to be studied and a minimum of a grade A achieved in the first attempt. 

  • General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
  • Only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level will be considered.
  • Graduates who repeated A level study prior to University entry will not be considered.

Applicants studying for a Master’s degree or PhD at the time of application  must meet the undergraduate degree requirements outlined above. The Master’s degree or PhD must be fully and successfully completed with satisfactory verification by 31st August 2018.  If you are in this situation, please check that you are able to meet this deadline before applying for a place on this MB BS course.

Further details of Degree requirements.

Access/Pre-Medical Programmes

We welcome applications from students holding or studying for one of the following Access/Pre-Medical qualifications who are 19 years or over;

· The College of West Anglia (Access to Medicine)

· Lambeth College (Access to Medicine & Biomedical Science)

· City and Islington College (Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences)

· The Manchester College (Access to Medicine)

· Bradford University (Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine)

· Sussex Downs University (Access to Medicine)

· City of Liverpool University (Access to Science)

We require 75% overall and 75% in each module or Distinction in 45 credits at level 3.

Applicants must also meet the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above.

For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds A levels, these must be at ABB, and attained at first sitting irrespective of subjects (excluding General Studies,Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies).  We do not usually consider Access applicants who have previously taken two or more science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).  Applicants who have taken only one science A level will usually be expected to have achieved a grade A in this subject.  Applicants who resat A levels prior to their Access course will be considered on a case by case basis.

For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds a degree, this must be at 2.1 or higher.  They must also meet the GCSE, A level and UKCAT requirements.  These applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.

Further details of Access requirements.

The University reserves the right to make academic judgements outside these published guidelines in complex and exceptional cases.

 

UK Clinical Aptitude Test

ALL applicants are required to take the UKCAT Medical Admissions Test in the summer prior to submitting their application, i.e. in June-October 2017. See www.ukcat.ac.uk for full details. While we include consideration of your Cognitive UKCAT score within our selection process WE DO NOT HAVE A CUT OFF VALUE.  However, from our experience, it is unusual for an applicant with a UKCAT score lower than the 3rd decile to be invited to interview.  In previous years this was a score in the region of 2400.  Please note that we do not currently use the SJT banding within the selection process.

UKCAT have launched an ITunes app for IOS device which you can download here .

Essential Information For All Applicants

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have achieved successful academic study within the past five years.  Any applicant who has been out of education for more than 5 years is advised to contact the Admissions Office prior to making an application.

Applicants who have previously studied, or are currently studying, at another Medical School (UK/EU or International) will not be considered for entry.

We are not able to accept transfer students onto our Undergraduate Medical Degree due to the integrated nature of the course. Applicants currently studying in higher education, irrespective of prior experience/qualifications, are required to have completed their current course of study prior to commencing their medical studies at UEA.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database. Details of these requirements will be provided to the applicants at interview and if they are successful in receiving an offer. Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards is available. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health)  should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have, and may be subject to an early occupational health check, for the following reasons:

  • Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health.
  • Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty.
  • A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course.
  • Read more on Essential Information for Medicine Applicants

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall (minimum 7.0 in any component)

There may be other selected English Language qualifications that we can accept. Please contact the Admissions Service for further details.

Interviews

Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Selected applicants are invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). During the interview, each applicant rotates through a series of rooms, known as 'stations', They will spend 5 minutes at each of the 7 stations, with a 1 and a half minute changeover/preparation time between each. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

We will email invitations to applicants who are selected for interview from December onwards. If you are invited to interview you are required to bring with you this completed Work Experience Form.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The school's annual intake is September.

Alternative Qualifications

EU / International Qualifications

Information on International Baccalaureate, Scottish and Irish qualifications.

Information on European Union (EU) member qualifications.

Information on International (non-EU) qualifications. Please note that this information only includes our A level equivalent requirements. International applicants will also need to meet our GCSE equivalent requirements in order to be considered. Please contact the Admissions Service if you have any questions.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

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. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

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.

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed.

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.

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