Medicine and Surgery (Accelerated Programme)

Medicine and Surgery
MB BS Honours
UCAS code A101
4 Years
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Medicine and
MB BS Honours
UCAS code A101
4 Years
This four-year accelerated programme is
designed for graduates of any discipline who
wish to train as a doctor, and others whose
prior professional experience qualifies them
for entry.
Professional accreditation
Our curriculum is aligned to the General Medical Council
(GMC) standards for the knowledge, skills and behaviours of
undergraduate medical students and for the delivery of
teaching, learning and assessment, as outlined in
Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009).
Studying Medicine at Newcastle
Medicine at Newcastle combines university-based learning
and clinical placements in the NHS.
We offer a very high quality learning experience and
consistently rank as one of the most highly regarded
medical degrees in the UK.
As in our five-year programme, there are two
Phases of study. However, in our accelerated
degree, Phase I spans 45 weeks instead of two
During Phase I, you learn through case-led
teaching, with clinical cases used to ensure a
problem-first, task-based focus.
You are allocated to a small study group, led by
a senior medical tutor who provides support
and guidance throughout the year.
In Phase II, you are integrated into a single
common pathway alongside undergraduate
students on our five-year course.
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of
the most highly regarded medical degrees in
the UK. The excellence of our programmes has
been confirmed by the General Medical Council
Quality and ranking
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly
regarded medical degrees in the UK.
We rank among the best British universities for medicine
in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
and The Complete University Guide 2015.
We rank 7th in the UK for overall student
satisfaction, with a score of 94% in the National
Student Survey 2014
We're ranked 9th overall in the UK for research in the
‘Clinical Medicine’ category (Research Excellence
Framework 2014)
The excellence of our programmes has been confirmed
by the General Medical Council (GMC).
We rank in the top 150 universities in the world in the
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
Develop your core knowledge and skills in our
well-equipped, city-centre Medical School
Work with NHS professionals and patients on clinical
placements during Stages 3 and 5
Experience contact with patients from Stage 1
Tailor your degree to your interests with student-selected
components and an elective in Stage 4
Take a year of intercalated study to gain another degree
in addition to your MB BS (optional)
You will develop the key skills of communication, information
handling, reasoning, judgement, reflective practice and
decision-making. Medical ethics is also a strong theme in
the curriculum.
Find out more in the Course Content section.
Teaching Style
Medicine is taught in different ways by different institutions.
Understanding the ways in which you learn best will help
you to decide which style of learning will suit your needs.
At Newcastle, we use an integrated approach.
This means that you develop core knowledge, taught in
systems, with early clinical exposure and the acquisition of
clinical skills from the beginning of Stage 1.
You receive 'case-led' teaching in your first two years,
which means using clinical cases to help you make the links
between your new knowledge and clinical practice.
You undertake a varied menu of early clinical experience,
through contact with patients and visits to general practice
and hospitals, giving you a clinical context on which to
develop your core knowledge.
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Early clinical experience
Course Content
We begin teaching clinical skills from as early as week 2 in
our Clinical Skills Laboratory. Here, a team of Specialty
Trainees provide structured learning and teaching, which
Like our five-year MB BS (A100), this accelerated
programme is divided into two phases:
examination skills
CPR, and much more
Facilities and support
Our Medical School at Newcastle is a Regional Medical
School and has partnerships with Durham University and
the Northern Region NHS.
This gives you access to excellent clinical training
opportunities offered by the large patient population (3.5
million) and the region-wide infrastructure of acute hospitals
and general practices.
The degree is delivered by the University's School of
Medical Education.
Extensive specialist medical library
Clinical Skills and Anatomy Laboratory
Dedicated computer clusters with online study guides
that include interactive assessment tools
Access to Anatomy and Clinical Skills Centres, in
Newcastle and throughout the region, which include
patient simulators, dissecting rooms and clinical skills
Comprehensive network of support including a
peer-parenting system, partnering new students with a
'family' of more senior students who can offer advice and
Specialist careers advice from undergraduate level
through to foundation training, to help you make the
transition from student to doctor
Social activities
Very active student society, MedSoc, to help you settle in
and meet students from all years on an informal basis
Find out more
Take a virtual tour of the Medical School on the
Newcastle University website
View videos about the first two years of study, clinical
experience, research and the city of Newcastle
Phase I spans 45 weeks: your course of study will
provide you with an experience separate from, but
equivalent to, Phase I of the five-year MB BS course
Phase II, which spans three years (Stages 3, 4 and 5).
Phase II places further emphasis on personal and
professional development, student choice and
community-based medicine
Phase 1
Spanning 45 weeks, this Phase will provide you with an
experience separate from, but equivalent to, Phase I of the
five-year MB BS course.
Teaching and learning is organised into small study groups
and is structured around the Units of Study covered in
Phase I of the five-year course.
During Phase I students can take up the opportunity to gain
additional early clinical experience by selecting from our
bank of clinical experiences.
Phase 2
You are integrated into a single common pathway alongside
students on our five-year course.
You spend Stages 3 and 5 in one of four Clinical Base Units
in the region. Find out more in the Clinical
Placements section, and on the Medicine at Newcastle
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
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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
Clinical placements
You spend Stages 3 and 5 in one of four Clinical Base Units
in the region. You will be based in a different regional Base
Unit in Stages 3 and 5, as we believe that it is important that
you experience the wide range of clinical opportunities
available throughout the region. These are:
Northumbria Base Unit
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Tyne Base Unit
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead NHS Trust
Wear Base Unit
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust
South Tyneside NHS Trust
University Hospital North Durham University
Tees Base Unit
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Darlington Memorial Hospital
healthcare system. Find out more about outgoing electives
on the Medicine at Newcastle website.
In Stage 5 your SSC focuses on consolidating your
understanding of ethical principles and applying ethical
reasoning to a case or problem you have experienced.
Intercalated Study
Our medical students have the opportunity to enrich their
personal and professional development further by taking
time out of their medical studies to pursue an intercalated
Intercalation provides an opportunity to study a subject that
interests and excites you as well as develop new
perspectives on healthcare delivery, research and
We offer a broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees
and Masters degrees that cover all aspects of medical
We encourage you to develop skills that will be useful
throughout your future career and offer options to undertake
your own research project.
Newcastle is recognised as a leader in a number of areas of
research including ageing research and applied stem cell
We also have state-of-the-art facilities for clinical research,
developed in partnership with NHS trusts.
Students who do not wish to take an additional year of
study will still have opportunities to benefit from our
research expertise through Student-Selected Components
Find out more about intercalated study on the Medicine at
Newcastle website.
Find out more about our Clinical Base Units on the Medicine
at Newcastle website.
On completion of your degree
Student-selected components
Given the prior experience of entrants to this programme,
this strand begins in Stages 4 and 5.
In Stage 4 you complete three SSCs, each lasting six
weeks. Some examples of student-selected topics available
in Stage 4 include:
care of newborn babies
medical law
complementary medicine
tropical diseases
accident and emergency medicine and paramedic
wilderness and survival medicine
These SSCs are followed by an eight-week elective
period. This gives you the opportunity to study anywhere in
the world and gain hands-on experience of a different
You will be eligible for provisional registration with the
General Medical Council (GMC).
Currently, all UK medical graduates are required to
complete a two-year Foundation Programme of general
clinical training. Once you have successfully completed the
first year you are eligible for full registration with the GMC.
The majority of our students decide to apply to Foundation
posts within the region. There are sufficient Foundation
Programme places in the Northern Region for the majority of
medical graduates.
Entry Requirements
All candidates are considered on an individual basis.
If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our
additional entry requirements web pages to find out which
other qualifications are considered.
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Additional entry information beyond specific grades for this
programme is provided under ‘Important Information for All
Students' below.
Important Information for All Students
This course is designed for graduates of any discipline, and
for others who have relevant experience which includes a
substantial amount of contact with patients gained as an
established health care professional within the NHS or
equivalent body (eg RGN, RMN, Physiotherapist) with a
qualification recognised by a statutory body. Only
candidates classed as 'home' students for fees purposes
will be eligible to apply for this course.
Applicants must have achieved, or expect to achieve, at
least an upper second class Honours degree, or integrated
Master's degree, or be a practising health care professional
with a post-registration qualification. All applicants will be
expected to provide evidence of sustained academic
endeavour within the last three years - eg A Level study,
Open University, GAMSAT - prior to the start of the
GCSEs, A Levels and Masters qualifications
Please note: A Level and GCSE results for graduate
applicants will have no direct bearing on the decision to
interview or offer a place. This also applies for Masters
All applicants to the 4 year A101 Medicine programme at
Newcastle University will be required to take the UK Clinical
Aptitude Test (UKCAT).
The UKCAT threshold may differ in each admissions cycle
as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those
applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current
cycle. Therefore information on what the threshold is, is not
available to prospective students. Please see the School of
Medical Education web page for more
Candidates who are considered, on the basis of their
application and UKCAT, to be particularly promising are
interviewed. Some evidence of work experience in a
healthcare or social care setting would be expected from
applicants who do not have prior healthcare experience.
Newcastle University follows the Medical Schools Council
protocol on blood-borne viruses. During the course
students will be requested to be tested for Hepatitis B;
Hepatitis C and HIV. All aspects of a student’s medical
record will be bound by the same duty of confidentiality as
for any doctor-patient interaction and informed by the same
ethical guidance.
The status of any individual in respect of blood-borne
viruses will not be a factor in the admissions selection
process and will not prevent them completing medical
training. For further information see MSC Guidance.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
All medical schools are required to ensure that their
students, who will have a high level of unsupervised contact
with children or vulnerable adults, undergo a Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check to ensure students
are 'fit to practise'. The Medical School reserves the right to
discontinue your studies on receipt of an unsatisfactory
disclosure. The University is aware that the Independent
Safeguarding Authority requirement has been halted and is
presently under review by the government. This position
may change at any time, please see the Disclosure and
Barring Service for updates.
For more information
Detailed information can be found in the MBBS
Admissions Policy on the admissions page of the Medical
School website.
English Language Requirements
For this degree you will need a minimum score of IELTS
7.0 or equivalent.
Visit our International Students web pages to find out more
about our English language admission requirements.
If you need to improve your English language skills before
you enter this course, our partner, INTO Newcastle, offers
a range of English language courses. These intensive and
flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability
for entry to this degree.
Find out more:
English for University Study
Health Assessment and Disclosure
Pre-sessional English
All students are required to comply with the Department of
Health’s guidance on health clearance for healthcare
workers. Early clinical contact at Newcastle means that
students will be asked to provide proof of their immunisation
status on entry.
Undergraduate Admissions Policy
• Newcastle University Undergraduate Admissions Policy
2015 Entry (PDF: 109 KB)
‌See further Newcastle University Admissions Policies.
Please note: Immunity against the following is required:
Varicella (Chicken Pox)
Medicine and Surgery careers
After completing your University degree, you are entitled to
provisional registration with the GMC with a licence to
practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that your
fitness to practise is not impaired.
Once you have successfully completed a year as an F1
doctor in a two-year Foundation Programme you should
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gain full registration. This is followed by a further year of
generic training.
On successful completion of your second year, all doctors
will have achieved the same basic competencies before
going on to select their speciality of choice
(, either as a doctor in hospitals, or as a
All doctors, regardless of their speciality, must continue
learning throughout their career, and our degree has been
designed with this long-term aim in mind.
Find out more about the career options for Medicine and
Surgery from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.
Tuition Fees (International students)
This programme is not open to international applicants.
Scholarships and Financial Support (UK and EU
You may be eligible for one of a range of Newcastle
University Scholarships in addition to government grants
and support.
2014 entry:
Sports Scholarships
Subject Scholarships
Careers and employability at
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best
records for graduate employment in the UK.
93.7% of our 2013 UK/EU graduates progressed to
employment or further study within six months of
More than three quarters (77%) of our graduates who
entered employment achieved a graduate-level position.
Living cost loan & Supplementary Grants
Scholarships and Financial Support
(International students)
This programme is not open to international applicants.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all
students through an initiative called ncl+ which enables you
to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and
to give you the edge in the employment market after you
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and
best in the country, and we have strong links with
Tuition Fees (UK and EU students)
2015 entry:
Year 1 - £9,000 (£5,535 of the £9,000 fee will be available
as a loan from the Student Loans Company. Students will
need to self-finance the fee balance of £3,465).
Northern Stage on campus opposite the Students' Union.
Years 2, 3 and 4 - £9,000 per year. £3,465 of the tuition
fees will be funded by the NHS and the balance of the
£9,000 fee (£5,535) will be available as a loan from the
Student Loans Company. Eligible students may also
apply for a means-tested NHS Bursary. See more
Students from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
should seek advice about financial support from their own
funding authorities.
See more information on all aspects of student finance
relating to Newcastle University.
Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may
increase slightly year on year in line with inflation and
subject to government regulations.
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