Nottingham University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Degree Type & Length: 5 Years
UCAS Code: A100
University Code: N84
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? No
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Academic entry requirement:

A in chemistry and biology at A level; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking; at least six GCSEs at grade A including chemistry, physics and biology or double science; GCSE grade B in English and maths. Graduates: 2:1 degree in a science-related subject; A in chemistry and biology at A level; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking.

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Medical School Contact Information: School of Medicine
The University of Nottingham
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Key attribute of medical institute: In 2014, 99% of first-degree graduates from medical courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,645 with the highest being £50,000.*
Course Structure:

Behavioural Sciences

This module aims to examine patients' responses to illness and treatment and to consider the impact of psychological and social factors on health and health-related behaviour. You’ll cover a variety of topics through lectures, self-directed learning and problem-based seminars.


Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Haematology

This module provides an introduction to the basic anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems together with fundamentals in haematology. The physiological control mechanisms, the pathophysiology and pharmacological approaches to treating common disease states are also discussed. There are practical classes and workshops which to complement the lectures.


Clinical Laboratory Sciences (I)

This module develops your understanding of the scientific basis of clinical practice. In particular, the module develops your knowledge of normal and abnormal structure and function and the natural history of human disease especially in reference to causation, genetic factors in disease and the body's defence mechanisms and response to disease. This is delivered by lectures, case studies, directed reading, private study, and workshops.


Clinical Communication Skills (I)

You’ll cover a variety of topics including verbal communication, social Interaction, non-verbal communication, how to write a reflective portfolio, interviewing skills, communicating with children, explanation skills and communicating with people whose first language is not English. These skills are a necessary pre-requisite for practising clinical medicine.


Early Clinical and Professional Development

This module aims to introduce you to the knowledge, skills and attitudes that you will require to practice clinical medicine. These are a necessary pre-requisite for practising clinical medicine; the OSCE exam and the module overall must be passed to continue your studies


Human Development: Structure and Function

You will develop a working knowledge of human development and clinical anatomy of the thorax, neck, upper limb and lower limb. In addition, you’ll consider the basic mechanism of disease development for some common conditions. The anatomy classes make use of dissection as a method for students to explore the structural, functional and clinical anatomy of the human body. Studies of surface anatomy and radiographic images will also be used to introduce you to some of the methods of clinical examination.


Human Development and Tissue Differentiation

This module will develop your working knowledge of cell biology, early human development and the differentiation of cells into the tissues of the body. Also the basic skills of light microscopy will be taught and some fundamental histological knowledge of tissues will be acquired to enable you to differentiate between the morphology of different normal tissues. In addition to looking at normal structure and function, there is an opportunity to consider the basic mechanism of disease development at the cellular and tissue level for some common conditions. This is a lecture based course, with supporting microscopy practicals. 


Molecular Basis of Medicine

This module considers the chemical basis of protein structure and factors that influence it. You’ll consider how enzymes function as biological catalysts, basic metabolism, with a focus on the role of ATP and the pathways related to its transduction. Other considerations made in relation to proteins structure including the metabolism of polysaccharides, lipids and amino acids, basic principles of control and integration of metabolism, structure and function of DNA, DNA replication structure, transcription mechanism and function of RNA as well as other factors that influence its structure.


Public Health and Epidemiology

This module introduces the basic concepts of public health,  epidemiology and statistical analysis. It looks at how these determinants affect the distribution of ill-health in the population, both from a UK and international perspective, and the range of interventions that may be used to tackle these issues. Key concepts in epidemiology, study design and basic statistical analysis are introduced.


Structure, Function and Pharmacology of Excitable Tissues

This module provides an introduction to the basic structure and function of the peripheral and autonomic nervous systems and the muscular and other organ systems they innervate. It includes cell-membrane physiology of excitable tissues (nerve and muscle), the organization of the nervous system and its target tissues and an introduction to action of drugs on excitable tissues, with emphasis on the automatic nervous system. This module includes both tutor-led and student-centred learning. There are practical classes, including an introduction to data collection, analysis and presentation, and report writing.


Typical Year Two modules.


Typical Year Three Modules

The third year begins with a research project and an accompanying Research Methods module, and two specialty advanced medical science modules usually chosen from subjects related to the project. Two modules will then prepare you for the first clinical phase which cover Infections and anti-microbials, and therapeutics before you begin clinical work in your Clinical Practice and Community follow-up modules.



Research Methods

In this module some topics will be taught centrally to all third year students and others within the homebase where your research project is located. The module includes the following topics: literature retrieval and creation and management of a bibliography; scientific writing including the presentation of research data; study methods and study design including formulating and testing hypotheses; evidence based medicine; human and animal research ethics; critical analysis of a scientific paper; statistical analysis of research data. 


Honours Year Project

In your chosen area for your research, you’ll spend Year Three working on your Honours Year project in which you will carry out your project to test the hypothesis formulated in the research methods module. The form of the project can vary and may be based on laboratory work, audit, patient studies or an extended literature review with proof of critical engagement. A submission of around 10,000 words is expected as your project write-up. A range of optional modules related to Research Project are shown at the bottom. 


The Treatment and Prevention of Infection

In this module you’ll build on previous learning to acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes of direct clinical relevance for the management of infection, particularly in a hospital setting. The module is divided into three parts; the general properties of antimicrobial agents, the general principles of the management of infection and antimicrobial chemotherapy in practice. You’ll have around nine hours per week of lectures, the majority of which are delivered by consultant microbiologists, or an antimicrobial pharmacist, from a local partner hospital.


Clinical Phase 1 -- Clinical Practice

This 17-week intensive module is delivered via a combination of ward-based placements in NHS Trusts within the East Midlands and University-based teaching delivered centrally. You’ll be building on previous learning whilst acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of patients with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions. This will predominantly be within a hospital setting (wards, out-patients, and operating theatres) but also some in community practice (GP surgeries).


Clinical Phase 1 -- Community Follow-up Project

The community follow-up project provides a unique opportunity for students to evaluate medical care across the primary/secondary care interface by focusing on the individual experiences of one particular patient. During clinical phase I (Clinical Practice) pairs of students will choose one patient to evaluate their health care experience. You’ll be expected to discuss the patient's total experience of illness, its psychological, social and physical effects, and how the process of care has affected them and their family. This will provide you with information to compile a written project and presentation based on your learning from patients’ experiences. 


Clinical Phase 1 -- Therapeutics

In this module you’ll have some generic sessions relating to pharmacology and prescribing/drug choice covering six key areas: hypertension and Ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, respiratory diseases, gastrointestinal and hepatic disorders, metabolic disorders and central nervous system disorders. Therapeutics (THP) enables students to acquire an understanding of core disease management. You’ll study clinical pharmacology to build on previous knowledge and studying for this module will be via online resources and independent study.


Optional Modules for Year Three Research Project

Antibiotics: origins, targets and the bacterial resistome

This module will focus on antibiotics that target two essential cell processes in bacteria: DNA replication and gene transcription. Lectures will cover the fundamental principles of these processes, and the origins, structures and functions of antibiotics developed against them. You’ll then assess how bacteria gain resistance to these antibiotics through mutation and selection, and the known mechanisms of how resistance spreads through microbial communities.


Anti-cancer therapies and cardiovascular disease

This module focuses on how cancer therapies have developed in recent years, and how the long-term cardiovascular effects of these treatments in cancer survivors should be considered. Six lectures will cover:  an introduction to cancer therapy, the role of VEGF in tumour angiogenesis, anti-VEGF cancer therapies, cardiovascular consequences of anti-cancer treatment, the role of alternative splicing and molecular targeting in cancer and future strategies for cancer therapy.



This module provides a clinical overview of cancer including: the molecular biology of cancer, cancer angiogenesis, pre-clinical modelling of cancer, clinical Trials and Adjuvant Treatments in Cancer, and breast cancer: biology and treatment and new biological treatments for cancer. You’ll have nine hours of direct teaching with further home-based reading assignments and self-directed learning.


Clinical Microbiology

This module will explore microbiology in the clinical environment, in particular: medical virology in the context of cancer, pathogenesis, the clinical consequences infections and their management, and prevention and management and control of hospital-acquired infections. You’ll have seven 1-hour taught sessions although the module is largely self-directed learning


Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

In this module you’ll cover key topics including a revision of functional neuroanatomy and understanding functional connectivity between brain regions, focussing specifically on brain circuits underlying cognitive function and an introduction to imaging methods (EEG,MRI, fMRI). You’ll build your knowledge and understanding of major neuropsychiatric disorders and current research in these fields including schizophrenia, attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, depression and, autism and disorders of social cognition.


Developmental Neuroscience

This module will provide you with a conceptual framework relevant to embryonic, foetal, neonatal, childhood and adolescent growth and development. You’ll be introduced to the pervasive concept of human development as a programmed evolution in structure and function of the brain. You’ll explore the need for development in human neuroscience with reference to brain embryology; pre-term birth, brain tumours; and epilepsies, and other current clinical research areas, from new-borns to teenagers. You’ll have six hours of direct contact time.


Typical Year Four modules



Clinical Phase II - Child Health

During this module you’ll be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of children with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions. This will predominantly be within a hospital setting (wards, outpatients, operating theatres) but will also spend time in a community setting (clinics, schools, and nurseries). You’ll have a two-day introductory course before you begin your paediatric placements. These will consist of a clinical attachment with a consultant led firm in a paediatric unit, a one week attachment with paediatricians based in the community and a one week attachment with paediatric surgeons. 


Clinical Phase II -- Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology (Specials)

During this module you’ll be building on previous learning and acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes required for assessment and management of patients with a core spectrum of clinical presentations and conditions, in each specialty. This will take place within the hospital setting, predominantly in speciality clinics.  The clinics will be based in dermatology, ophthalmology and ear-nose-throat departments.


Clinical Phase II -- Health Care of the Elderly

During this module you will have an intensive block of learning in the speciality fields of geriatric medicine, old age psychiatry (OAP) and gerontology. You’ll have a three-day class-based introduction to the specifics of the field before your three-week clinical attachment begins. You’ll cover clinical problems, ethical issues and multidisciplinary working. There is a community focus, from a rehabilitation perspective and you’ll deal with complex disability and continuing care.


Clinical Phase II -- Obstetrics and Gynaecology

In this module you’ll build your knowledge from previous learning on human reproductive biology and on some of the epidemiological and behavioural patterns of human sexuality and reproduction. You’ll be provided with an opportunity to study in and experience a clinical environment, observing the normal and abnormal processes of child bearing and the disorders both functional and organic of the human reproductive system. The teaching of genito-urinary medicine is also incorporated into the attachment. This module will take place in a 10-week block of learning predominantly within wards, out-patients, and operating theatres, but also some in community practice (at community gynaecology clinics and some community midwifery clinics).


Clinical Phase II -- Psychiatry 

This module teaches you the knowledge and skills relating to psychiatric theory and practice. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your learning in a clinical environment on your placement following an intensive introductory programme. In addition, you’ll develop appropriate attitudes and approaches to respond to individuals with psychological distress and mental disorders. This will be achieved through the clinical attachment, weekly central teaching, problem-based tasks and small group teaching.


Special Study Module


Typical Year Five Modules

Clinical Phase 3 -- Advanced Clinical Experience

The ACE module takes place over a 32-week period of four 8-week blocks of learning in Clinical Phase 3 of the medicine course. It comprises attachments in Senior Medicine (8 weeks), Senior Surgery(8 weeks), Musculo-skeletal Disorders and Disabilities (MDD)(8 weeks), Primary Care (General Practice) (4 weeks)and a Critical Illness attachment (4 weeks). The main focus is on prevalent symptoms and diseases that target the major body systems: cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinogenital, lymphoreticular, endocrine, musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Because of common co-morbidity, the opportunity to assess patients with prevalent conditions of all major systems is afforded by each Clinical Attachment. Learning is intended to centre more on the patient than the specialty.


Clinical Phase 3 -- Transition to Practice

This purpose of this module is to prepare you for professional life by linking you final academic year of BMBS to you becoming a first year Foundation Doctor. This experiential 17 week period covers the clinical assistantship, elective study period, Foundation Year 1 preparation course and shadowing an F1 doctor at the hospital in your first post as a junior doctor. During the transition to the practice module you’ll be applying previous learning in the assessment and management of patients. The level attained will be that expected of an FY1 doctor at the start of their employment. This will be workplace-based learning with assessment by portfolio and logbook review. 

Nottingham University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences