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UCAS Course Code

A104

Attendance

Full Time

Award

Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

School of Study

Norwich Medical School

Course Organiser

Dr. John Winpenny


“Throughout this course we’re instilled with life skills essential to being a good doctor. Due to regular feedback, the course is continuously adapting and evolving to our needs. I think the reason why I find this course so suited to my learning style is because we are part of a medical School where students really do have a voice.”

- Anna Iqbal, Medical student

Course Detail

By studying for a Medical Degree at the UEA you will bring about huge change in your life and in the lives of many other people. Being a doctor is a privileged position which has at its heart a real and deep-seated vocation to help people. It’s a demanding, challenging, but very rewarding profession – and not one to be entered into lightly.

Throughout the course you will develop the necessary knowledge and expertise to achieve your ambition of becoming a doctor. You will be supported in the development of excellent clinical skills, while learning to communicate effectively so that you can relate to patients and their loved ones with compassion and understanding. Through working within teams, you will develop a co-operative and approachable working style, vital for a successful doctor. Through group and individual work, you will develop problem solving skills to apply your medical knowledge to practical situations. This is the essence of Problem Based Learning, which, supplemented by lectures, seminars and practical classes, is a significant component of the course.

The foundation year focused on teaching you study skills, sciences and introducing you to social sciences within healthcare, in preparation for joining year 1 of the MBBS course. If your circumstances or education opportunities have not given you a fair chance to realise your academic potential, the foundation year is the perfect way to amend this. This ‘widening access’ course is particularly targeted at those who live in East Anglia, but not exclusively so.

The course has been carefully designed in conjunction with the General Medical Council. We aim to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared to take your place as a highly motivated and competent doctor in the modern health service, equipped with the mind-set to continue to learn throughout your clinical career.

Course Structure

This six-year course follows a similar structure to the MBBS Medicinal degree programme, with an additional foundation year. The following five years are organised into 14 modules based on body systems, as you study core sciences alongside your clinical placements. Medical scenarios serve as the basis for your learning.

Year 1 (Foundation Year)
Your foundation year focuses on the sciences, introducing you to the study skills required when studying for a medical degree. Subjects include Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and elements of the healthcare system. Subject to meeting the progression criteria upon the completion of this year, you will then continue to study as part of the five-year MBBS Medical degree programme.

Year 2
In your second year you will develop a broad range of skills, studying topics including human life, biological and behavioural sciences, and the underlying science behind the musculoskeletal system.

Year 3
During your third year you will engage in a variety of modules, such as how to recognise and treat diseases, including cancer, infection, and common skin and haematological diseases. Your studies will also cover cardiology, vascular surgery and stroke medicine, alongside the nature, management, and psychosocial impact of lung disease.

Year 4
In your fourth year you will study hormone regulation, the kidneys, and the urological system’s role in your body. The programme also focuses on ‘The Senses’ at this stage, as you explore neurology and ophthalmology, alongside ear, nose and throat. Your third key module covers both the medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the opportunity to gain general surgical experience.

Year 5
During your fifth year you will study ‘Reproduction’, which covers obstetrics and gynaecology; helping you to understand childbirth. You will begin to develop a broad understanding of child health, including the wider issues related to children. A third module will include the study of mental health, including its impact on patients, their carers and their families. To integrate the knowledge from  earlier years of the programme, there are also short placements in Oncology, Palliative Care and Medicine for the Elderly

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a four-week placement as part of an elective module. You have the chance to plan your elective destination (which can be anywhere in the world), learning from and contributing to medical provision in a thoroughly immersed way.

Year 6
In your final year you will undertake a further three modules which will cover a variety of advanced topics. You will also study emergency care, which will immerse you in the management of the acutely sick patient, accident and emergency, and intensive care.

One of the highlights of your final year will be your ‘student assistantship’; a nine-week placement split between a medical and surgical speciality. This will cover practical and logistical aspects of becoming a junior doctor, as you record your progress in a real-life medical environment.

During your final attachment, students select an area to pursue in depth from a range of opportunities.

Intercalation
Students have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated postgraduate (Masters level) degree course after completing year 4 or year 5 of our MBBS with a foundation year degree.  Currently students can take a masters in clinical research (MRes), in clinical education (MClinEd) or in molecular medicine (MSc).

Assessment

Your progress will be regularly assessed throughout the course in order to support your learning. Your work in each module is assessed through what is known as an ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE); a short test of your knowledge and clinical ability.

Other assessments include: written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ format; assignments on research methods and your student audit project; and assessments of presentations on your ‘Student Selected Study Component’ to your fellow students.

Throughout your time with us, you will keep a portfolio and write an essay each year to reflect on your professional development, and the values and attitudes you are developing as a member of the medical profession.


We are proud of our reputation as one of the best medical schools in the UK.

By choosing to study with us, you will be joining some of the most satisfied students in the country. While the University ranks number one for Student Experience (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013) in the UK and joint second for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2013), the Norwich Medical School has an exceptional student satisfaction rate of 95%.

This success has been achieved through our commitment to preparing our students for future roles within the healthcare sector, helping you develop into a highly competent, empathic and confident doctor.

You’ll find our innovative teaching methods are second to none, with a carefully structured curriculum:

  • The course is organised into modules based on body systems, and you will study core sciences alongside your clinical placements.
  • We implement Problem Based Learning, so you can apply the theory you’ve learned in patient scenarios.
  • Our modern collaborative approach to learning promotes the team-working and leadership skills necessary for you to become a successful doctor.
  • We place great emphasis on coaching and developing your communication skills.

We are able to draw on a large pool of excellent teachers from the University, NHS and Primary Care. Our academic staff are actively involved in research as well as teaching, allowing you to experience how medical research underpins innovation and benefit from their continually developing knowledge.

Employability

As one of our students, your focus will be on achieving excellence. The School will help you prepare for working life in the medical profession after university.

When you graduate you will be a knowledgeable scholar and scientist, a skilful practitioner and an ethical professional ready to use your skills and knowledge to improve the health of all those in your care.

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB BS degree, which is a Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ). This entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration.

As a provisionally registered doctor, you are initially only able to practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts, which you will need to apply for during the final year of your undergraduate course. This is organised through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

Student Experience

We are proud to have placed in the top ten universities in the UK for student satisfaction since the National Student Survey began. In the 2013 survey, we came joint 5th out of all English mainstream universities with a satisfaction rate of 95%.

Inter-professional Learning is an essential part of our degree programmes, meaning that you will be working with students from other health professions including nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, and pharmacy, so you can experience a wide variety of collaboration and learn from other disciplines.

UEA is a fantastic place to study. In 2013 the university was ranked number one for Student Experience by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

To find out more from our students, click here to view their video.

Teaching Excellence and Facilities

Our five-year course has been carefully designed in collaboration with the General Medical Council, and you will learn and work with expert clinicians and academics in a range of disciplines. We offer superb facilities and are especially proud of the support we give our students at every stage of their studies.

Our on-campus facilities are well-equipped with excellent seminar rooms and dedicated problem-based learning areas. The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, which is next to the campus, is a state-of-the-art hospital offering a superb teaching environment, with a dedicated clinical skills teaching area for our students.

You will also take part in placements in other local hospitals, gaining experience in a wider variety of medical environments.

By undertaking a Medical degree at UEA you are guaranteed the best start in a highly valued, respected and worthwhile vocation.

Research

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences provides a vibrant environment for high quality research that covers all aspects of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration pipeline and leads to economic and societal benefits. To find out more about research within the School, view our Directory of Research Opportunities (PDF).

UniStats Information

Year

Compulsory Study (120 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

BASIC MATHEMATICS I

Taught by lectures and seminars to bring students from Maths GCSE towards A-level standard. The module covers functions, polynomials, quadratics, trigonometry and differential calculus.

MTHB0001A

20

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 0

MED-0001Y

0

FURTHER BIOLOGY

A module in biology intended to take students to A-level standard. The module involves laboratory work. Reserved for students on the Science or Medicine Foundation Year.

CHE-0001B

20

INTRODUCTION TO ISSUES IN HEALTHCARE

Academic aspects This module is part of a 1-year MBBS Foundation course designed to prepare students to join our MBBS 5-year course. The module takes place in the second semester and introduces the students to a range of health related issues that will be more fully explored in the 5-year MBBS course. The 12-week course uses a problem based learning approach (UEA Medical School's learning method) to explore a new clinical case scenario (e.g. diabetes, asthma, head injury) each week. Students explore these case scenarios in groups of 8-10 students. Importantly, you will learn how to work effectively within a team and develop communication skills. The course will also allow students to develop a broad and balanced foundation of scientific knowledge but you will discover that there is a lot more to Medicine than just the science. Learning these skills is an excellent preparation for the anticipated 5-years of the MBBS course. Clinical aspects There is no practical clinical aspect to this module; however, a shadowing programme runs along side the module that gives students the opportunity to shadow clinicians in our local hospitals. This will give you a taster of what being a doctor is all about. Unique and Exciting Aspects This module is part of a Foundation course for entry to medicine. It is primarily intended for students linked to Aim Higher or Higher Education outreach schemes. It is part of UEA's strategy to widen access to medicine and as such the module has a strong mentoring theme throughout. It offers a unique opportunity for students who demonstrate potential to develop a career in the medical profession.

MED-0002Y

40

INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

A first module in biology for students who do not have an A-level in this subject. The module involves laboratory work. Reserved for students on the Science Foundation Year.

CHE-0002A

20

INTRODUCTORY CHEMISTRY

A first module in chemistry for students who do not have an A-level in this subject. The module involves laboratory work. Reserved for students on the Science Foundation Year.

CHE-0004A

20

Compulsory Study (151 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 1

All MB/BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practice' by the end of year Fitness to Practice Board. Progression to the next year, or graduation in year 5, can only occur once this confirmaiton has been recorded

MEDF4004Y

1

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 1

To consolidate and integrate what has been learned in the first year of the MB/BS degree programme.

MEDB4003B

30

LOCOMOTION

You will examine the underlying science behind the system, as a basis for exploring the examination, diagnosis and treatment of patients with locomotory impairments.

MEDA4001B

60

THE HUMAN LIFECYCLE - A HOLISTIC APPROACH

You will be introduced to a broad range of skills: topics include the human life-course, biological and behavioural sciences, consultation skills, and research methods. The science and behavioural science material will often relate to your week's PBL case.

MEDA4002A

60

Compulsory Study (151 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

BLOOD AND SKIN

You will find out how to recognise and treat many of the diseases that routinely affect people; including the commonest cancer, the most frequent causes of infection in developed and less developed countries, and the common diseases that affect children and adolescents. You will become confident with the interpretation of high and low blood counts, the mechanism of coagulation and bleeding disorders, and management of haematological malignancies.

MED-3B3Y

40

CIRCULATION

You will study adult cardiology, vascular surgery and stroke medicine. The focus of the teaching is to enable you to understand and manage patients with circulatory disorders.

MED-3B4Y

40

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 2

All MB/BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practice' by the end of year Fitness to Practice Board. Progression to the next year, or graduation in year 5, can only occur once this confirmaiton has been recorded

MED-2FPY

1

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 2

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

MED-3B04

30

RESPIRATION

You will learn how to take a history and examine a patient with lung disease; to understand the pathophysiology, presentation; the management and psychosocial impact of common lung diseases, and gain experience of respiratory related clinical skills.

MED-3B5Y

40

Compulsory Study (151 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

DIGESTION/NUTRITION

You will learn about digestive diseases in all settings, over all ages. This encompasses both medical and surgical disease of the gastrointestinal tract. This is a key opportunity for you to gain general surgical experience as well as developing your gastroenterological knowledge.

MED-3C8Y

40

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 3

All MB/BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practice' by the end of year Fitness to Practice Board. Progression to the next year, or graduation in year 5, can only occur once this confirmaiton has been recorded

MED-3FPY

1

HOMEOSTATIS AND HORMONES

You will study the concept of hormone regulation on growth and metabolism and recognise features of hormone overproduction and deficiency and their management.

MED-3C6Y

40

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 3

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

MED-3C06

30

THE SENSES

You'll examine three linked but separate specialities: neurology, ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat (ENT). These specialities are all centred round the physiological receptors and processes that allow us to sense the environment in which we live.

MED-3C7Y

40

Compulsory Study (151 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits

ELECTIVE

The elective gives you the opportunity for an eight-week extended placement at the forefront of health provision anywhere in the world# from Papua New Guinea, to Potsdam to Plymouth, you have the chance to plan your elective destination and learn from and contribute to medical provision in a thoroughly immersed way.

MED-3DE8

20

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 4

All MB/BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practice' by the end of year Fitness to Practice Board. Progression to the next year, or graduation in year 5, can only occur once this confirmaiton has been recorded

MED-4FPY

1

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

You will develop a broad understanding of child health and consider the wider issues of children's place in our society, and the value society places on childhood.

MED-3D0Y

50

INTEGRATIVE PERIOD YEAR 4

The learning objectives are : to assimilate and integrate the learning outcomes from all prior units, to demonstrate an holistic approach in relation to presentations encountered to date.

MED-3DI8

30

REPRODUCTION

Your focus will be on reproduction and female health. Human reproduction is a fascinating subject; obstetrics is the branch of medicine and surgery concerned with childbirth and midwifery; gynaecology is the science of the physiological functions and diseases of women. It is essential you have a good grasp of knowledge in basic anatomy and physiology concerning human reproduction to understand childbirth and its complications and manage diseases in women at different stages of their life.

MED-3D9Y

50

Compulsory Study (121 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 121 credits:

Name Code Credits

EMERGENCY CARE

MED-3EEY

30

FINAL INTEGRATIVE PERIOD

MED-3E10

20

FITNESS TO PRACTICE - YEAR 5

All MB/BS students must be confirmed as 'Fit to Practice' by the end of year Fitness to Practice Board. Progression to the next year, or graduation in year 5, can only occur once this confirmaiton has been recorded

MED-5FPY

1

MB/BS: INTRODUCTION TO YEAR 5

MED-3EIY

10

PREPARATION FOR F1

MED-3EPY

30

THE MIND

MED-3EMY

30

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level: ABB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
  • International Baccalaureate: 32 points
  • Scottish Highers: ABBBB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB
  • BTEC: DDM

Entry Requirement

For September 2014 entry

This Widening Participation programme is only available to UK applicants who are currently in Year 13 studying A Levels and who also fulfil our Widening Access, Contextual and Social Criteria.

We do not accept applications from A level resit candidates, Graduates, Access to Higher Education Programmes, Pre Med Programmes, Foundation Degrees, Foundation Years, Nursing Diplomas,  International or EU candidates. 

Please read the information below along with our Frequently Asked Questions.  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs

 GCSE Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of six GCSEs at Grade B or above including English Language, Mathematics and a Single Science subject (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) or grades BB in GCSE Science Double Award.  GCSE Short courses are not accepted.

Interviews

Interviews usually take place in March. We email applicants directly who have been invited to interview. 

If you are invited to interview you are required to bring with you this completed Work Experience Form.

Special Entry Requirements

ALL applicants need to take the UKCAT Medical Admissions Test prior to submitting their application: see www.ukcat.ac.uk for full details. WE DO NOT HAVE A CUT OFF VALUE.

UKCAT have launched an ITunes app for IOS device which you can download here.

Contextual Criteria

Applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Your Secondary School (GCSE level education) had 60% or less students achieving 5+ grade A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and Maths in 2012 - Data from Department of Education website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/performance/ 

IN ADDITION, applicants MUST also meet ONE of the criteria below:

  • Your household income is less than £35,000 per year excluding Government benefits. (proof will be requested)
  • You have been in Local Authority Care.
  • You live in the East Anglia Region (Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire)

In addition to meeting these criteria, local applicants (East Anglia) and those whose parents (legal guardians) have no Higher Education qualifications (in UK or abroad) will be given particular consideration.

If you are an applicant who meets the Academic Criteria for the course you will be asked to complete and return, by post, a form detailing which of the above criteria you meet and this should be returned with accompanying evidence (where appropriate).
 

Intakes

September.

Bursary Information

To see if you are eligible for a UKCAT Bursary and for details of how to apply for this, please go to www.ukcat.ac.uk/registration/bursaries/

See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fees and Funding

Course fees for the academic year 2012/13 will be £9,000.
Students may be eligible for UEA bursaries and scholarships.

Further information about funding for Medical students may be found at:

https://www.uea.ac.uk/sixthform/2012+Fees/Health+related+courses

Additional information is available from: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/students

Bursaries

To see if you are eligible for a UKCAT Bursary and how to apply for this, please go to www.ukcat.ac.uk/registration/bursaries/

See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Office prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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