Taught course

Medicine (Graduate Entry)

Institution
Swansea University · Swansea University Medical School
Qualifications
MB BCh

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine, you must not have already pursued another medical degree (fully or in part). All applicants much have achieved, or be predicted to achieve: either an upper second (2.1) or first class degree** in any subject or a merit or distinction (equivalient to 2.1 or first) in an integrated undergraduate masters degree or a lower second (2.2) PLUS a Postgraduate Masters or PhD GCSE Mathematics and English/Welsh at grade C or above (or equivalent) You must also achieve a minimum overall GAMSAT score of 50, together with a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences) in order to be considered. Please see website for more details.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The stand alone Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (MB BCh) in Swansea is unique in Wales, and one of a small group of similar programmes of medical study in the UK. The Graduate Entry Medicine Programme is a fully independent four-year programme based primarily in Swansea and west Wales, although students may undergo placements in other parts of Wales if they wish. We have designed an integrated medical curriculum, where the basic biomedical sciences are learnt in the context of clinical medicine, public health, pathology, therapeutics, ethics and psycho-social issues in patient management. This, together with a high emphasis on clinical and communication skills, will provide you with everything you'll need to practise medicine competently and confidently.

The curriculum, with its learning weeks and clinical placements, is intentionally not structured in a conventional ‘body systems’ approach but is designed to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.

This innovative approach will help you to develop a way of thinking and of engaging with information that mimics that used in clinical practice. As you work your way through learning weeks, clinical placements and practical sessions, you will acquire knowledge and build up your repertoire of clinical understanding and skills. Themes and strands, which run longitudinally throughout the Programme, will help you make links with other aspects you are learning, and with things you have previously considered as well as how all this relates to clinical practice.

The Programme consists of Phase I (Years 1 + 2) and Phase II (Years 3 + 4). Each year is mapped onto GMC Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009 (TD09), where 3 Modules – Scholar and Scientist, Practitioner and Professional, reflect the TD09 outcome areas.

The programme involves a spiral, integrated curriculum structured around 6 body system ‘Themes’ - Behaviour, Defence, Development, Movement, Nutrition and Transport - with 96 clinical cases presented in 70 ‘learning weeks’ (65 in Phase I and 5 in Phase II).

There is a high level of clinical contact:

  • 39 weeks Clinical Apprenticeships
  • 35 weeks Specialty Attachments
  • 11 weeks Community Based Learning
  • 6 weeks Elective, 6 weeks Shadowing


Phase I
Learning Weeks (Case based, includes Integrated Clinical Method)
Community-Based Learning (CBL) in General Practice for one day every third week
LOCS - Learning Opportunities in the Clinical Setting
Early Apprenticeships (1-3)

Phase II
Case of the Week (Case Based Learning Weeks)
Clinical Apprenticeships
Intermediate Apprenticeships (4-6)
Assistantships (7-9) (Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care)
CBL in Year 3
Specialty Attachments in Years 3 and 4 – Seven 5 Week placements in Acute Medicine, Acute Surgery, Rehabilitation and General Medicine, Women’s Health, Child Health, Mental Health, Sub-Specialities of Medicine and Surgery
Elective at end of Year 3 (6 Week Clinical Placement mostly taken overseas)
Shadowing period at end of Year 4 prior to F1 (6 Week Clinical Placement where students “shadow” F1 doctors in their allocated post in Wales or join the all-Wales ‘shadow’ programme)

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration

MB BCh

full time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Swansea University Medical School
Email
medicine@swansea.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1792 513400