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Medicine (Graduate Entry) MBBch

Course Description

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. It is an innovative, 4-year accelerated medical degree open to graduates of any discipline.

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 Medicine (Graduate Entry) 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 Medicine (Graduate Entry) 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 three modules reflect the TD09 outcome areas:

• Scholar and Scientist
• Practitioner
• Professional

The Medicine (Graduate Entry) 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)

How to Apply

All applications are made via UCAS. For Home/EU applicants, this is twelve months in advance of the intended study period. International applications will be welcome during early May 2016.

All applications are scrutinised and considered on their own merits and selection is based upon three main factors:

Your academic achievements
GAMSAT score
Performance at interview

You must sit the GAMSAT in advance of applying through UCAS. Only those who meet the eligibility criteria explained above are eligible for consideration.

About the Medical School

Established in 2001, Swansea University Medical School aims to be an internationally-recognised centre of excellence in research and medical education. It is dedicated to equipping tomorrow's doctors and life scientists with the necessary skills and experience to address the major healthcare challenges faced globally.

Visit the Medicine (Graduate Entry) MBBch page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine, you must not have already undertaken another medical degree (fully or in part). All applicants much have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the following by 31st July 2016: either an upper second (2.1) or first class degree** in any subject; or a merit or distinction (equivalent 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). Please see website for more details.

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