Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: b78
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 4000
Interviews: 800
Offers: 400
Places: 213
Academic entry requirement:

A levels

You will need to achieve AAA at A2 level including an A in Chemistry and one other laboratory based science subject (General Studies and Critical Thinking are not approved subjects and are not included in offers). They should be certificated at the same sitting, at the first attempt and completed in two years. You should be aware that if you are offering three A2 levels, the choice of subjects should avoid undue overlap of content. The following combinations are not accepted: Biology and Physical Education or Biology and Sports Science.

What AS level grades do you require?

We require a minimum of grade C to be achieved in the 4th AS level subject, but we do not otherwise look at the AS results. Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives and Independent Research (GPR) at grade M3 is acceptable in lieu of the 4th AS level

Medical School Website:
Medical School Contact Information: Faculty of Health Sciences
First Floor South
Senate House
Tyndall Avenue

Telephone:+44 (0)117 394 1642
Key attribute of medical institute: We aim to give you:
the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practise medicine; preparing you for your F1 year and equipping you for lifelong learning
opportunities to explore beyond the core curriculum, gaining wider knowledge and understanding within a research environment at several points throughout the curriculum
the skills to enhance the practice of medicine in the next generation, and to be an educator and leader of the future.
Course Structure:

Year 1

· Human Basis of Medicine (HBoM)
This unit examines the role of medicine, doctors and society in health care.
Elements: Society, Health and Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Ethics in Medicine, Whole Person Care, Introduction to Primary Care.
Introduction to Primary Care: during this element students visit patients at home and observe GP consultations.

· Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine
This unit will provide you with the science knowledge base necessary for later teaching and to bridge the gap between the courses you follow at school and the more applied studies involved in the MB ChB.  It will also enable you to acquire skills in the conduct and interpretation of experiments and develop your ability to solve problems related to medical science.
Elements: The Body and its Organisation, Cellular Activity, Excitable Membranes Nerve and Muscle, 1Metabolic Homeostasis, Intervention in Homeostasis, Genetic Disease, Nutrition and Metabolic Disease, Infection and Immunity, Cancer and Cell Proliferative Disease.

· Systems of the Body 1
Each of these elements provides a multidisciplinary approach to specific systems of the body in health and disease.
Elements: Cardiovascular System, Musculoskeletal System.

Year 2

· Systems of the Body 2
Each of the 'systems' elements provides a multidisciplinary approach to specific systems of the body in health and disease.
Elements: Respiratory System, Gastrointestinal System.

· Systems of The Body 3
Each of the 'systems' elements provides a multidisciplinary approach to specific systems of the body in health and disease.
Elements: Renal System, Nervous System, Integrated Physiology, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems.

· Introduction to  Clinical Skills
The main emphasis of these weeks is to teach you the basics of history taking, physical examination and communication skills in both hospital and primary care settings.

· Student Selected Component (SSC)
Approximately 25% of the curriculum time is set aside for project work. All students complete one project as a library based research project, the second project is often more practical and chosen from a range of options. Examples are: dissection, deaf studies, applied foreign languages (European).


Learning in the Hospital Environment (LiTHE) The

The educational aims are to provide a useful, functional, platform for students transitioning to the more clinical years, upon which they can build clinical learning in the remainder of the MB chB programme and to immerse students in the Academy system thus enabling them to: build upon their preclinical knowledge base and initial clinical experience; develop a deep understanding of patient-centred care; and to develop as self-directed reflective learners and medical praction


Medical students may be able to intercalate an extra year in order to study for an Honours BSc or BA degree. This is usually between Years 2 and 3, although some students intercalate later in the programme. Degree subjects include:

  • Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioethics
  • Cancer Biology and Immunology
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Childhood Studies
  • Global Health
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Humanities
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology and Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiological Science
  • Virology and Immunology

Year 3

This year marks a distinct shift in emphasis towards clinically-based teaching, and is intended to provide a firm basis for the development of core clinical skills, including history taking and clinical examination.  For the next three years students will spend the majority of their time based at hospitals and in general practice in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

· Medicine and Surgery A and B (a double unit).

  • "A" elements: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems, Vascular Surgery, Diseases of the Ear, Nose, Throat and Oral Cavity, Radiology of these systems.
  • "B" elements: Abdominal System, the Breast, Endocrine System, Renal/ Urological Systems, Neurological System, Radiology of these systems.

· Pathology and Ethics
Elements: Pathology: Histopathology, Haematology, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Ethics and Communication.

· Musculoskeletal Diseases,  Emergency Medicine and Ophthalmology
Elements: Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology.

· Year 3 External Student Selected Component (SSC)
A period of time given for students to undertake independent project work.

Year 4


· Community Oriented Medical Practice I
Elements: Child Health, Public Health and Evidence Based Medicine.

· Community Oriented Medical Practice II
Elements: General Practice, Care of the Elderly, Dermatology.

· Reproductive Health and Care Of The Newborn
Elements: Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Sexual Health and Care of the Newborn.

· Applied Clinical Sciences
Elements: Psychiatry: consits of a 6 week block.
Anaesthesia: Perioperative and critical care medicine.

· Year 4 External Student Selected Component (SSC)
A period of time given for students to undertake independent project work.

Year 5

 Year 5 has been designed to prepare students for their Foundation training and includes the following units:

  • Senior Medicine and Surgery (includes Neurology and Accident and Emergency Medicine; Palliative Care and Oncology are taught in both this unit and PPP).
  • Preparing for Professional Practice (PPP) (includes 10 week of student assistantship with F1 and F2 doctors and 2 weeks of GP placement).
  • Elective Period - 8 weeks
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