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Newcastle University Medical School
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: N21
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
Applicants: 1000
Interviews: 850
Offers: 400-450
Places: 220
Academic entry requirement:

AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. If only one of Biology and/or Chemistry is offered at A or AS level, the other should be offered at GCSE grade A (or Dual Award Science grade A).

Medical School Website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/mbbs/
Medical School Contact Information: Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
NE1 7RU
T: +44 (0) 191 208 6000
Key attribute of medical institute: We are a Regional Medical School, with partnerships with Durham University and the Northern Region NHS, so you will also have access to excellent training opportunities offered by the large patient population (3.5 million).
Course Structure:

Phase 1 (Stages 1 and 2)

You can apply to spend Phase I either at Newcastle University or Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton. 

Whilst there are certain differences of emphasis between the course at Newcastle and Durham, the two separate Phase I pathways share common outcomes. The quality of teaching is also excellent at both institutions. You will be registered as a student of the university you apply to or are allocated to. 

Watch a video about the first two years of study on the Medicine at Newcastle website.

Key subject areas
  • Patients, doctors and society
  • Clinical skills and communication
  • Clinical sciences and investigative medicine
  • Nutrition, metabolism and endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular, respiratory and renal medicine
  • Thought, senses and movement
  • Life cycle
  • Molecules to disease
  • Induction and student support
  • Clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and prescribing 
Clinical experience

- People as ‘patients’ play an active role in Phase I, and you come into contact with them from the very beginning through a link with a GP:

  • In Stage 1 you are attached to a family for the Family Study project
  • In Stage 2 you undertake an in-depth study of a patient with a chronic illness

- During Phase I students can take up the opportunity to gain additional early clinical experience by selecting from our bank of clinical experiences.

Study time
  • In Phase I your timetable is planned in such a way as to ensure that you spend no more than 50 per cent of your time in scheduled teaching sessions, including the acquisition of early clinical skills.
  • The remainder of your time will be focused on self-directed learning and in gaining early clinical experience.

Regardless of whether you spent Phase I in Newcastle or at Durham University's Queen's Campus in Stockton, all students are integrated into a single common pathway for the three years of Phase II training, delivered in partnership with the NHS.

You spend Stages 3 and 5 in one of four Clinical Base Units in the region. Find out more in theClinical Placements section, and on the Medicine at Newcastle website.

Stage 3

During Stage 3 you undertake an initial introduction to clinical practice and a series of essential junior rotations, which provide you with clinical experience in a range of specialities. The essential junior rotations in Stage 3 are:

  • Child health
  • Chronic illness, disability and rehabilitation
  • Infection and clinical practice
  • Mental health
  • Women's health

During this time you will also spend a half day each week in general practice.

Stage 4

In Stage 4 you undertake the following Units of Study:

  • Clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and prescribing
  • Clinical sciences and investigative medicine
  • Patients, doctors and society

You follow this with an 18-week period of Student Selected Components and an eight-week Elective. See the Student-Selected Components section for more information. 

Stage 5

You are based in a different Base Unit from the one you were in during Stage 3. In Stage 5 you undertake a series of senior clinical rotations as below:

  • Child health
  • Patients, doctors and society: preparing for practice
  • Primary care
  • Mental health
  • Women’s health

This is followed by a 16-week block called Hospital-based practice.

 Newcastle University Medical School