Why study Medicine at Warwick?
- Our MB ChB programme is the largest all-graduate entry programme in the UK.
- Teaching takes place in both our modern learning facilities on campus and in many of our partner hospitals. This includes state-of-the-art facilities for teaching anatomy and clinical skills at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.
- Our staff are nationally and internationally renowned for their excellent teaching reputations and research at the forefront of their subjects.
- Warwick Medical School also has a large number of students on campus each year, allowing numerous opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and social interaction.
- During your course you will learn many transferable skills, including written and verbal communication, leadership, time management and theoretical analysis.
- We emphasise values-based medicine and we appreciate the important contribution that a range of professionals bring to health and medical teams.
Why study at Warwick - A view from our academics
What will I learn?
This challenging, rewarding programme will develop your medical knowledge, clinical and research skills, attitudes, awareness of and enthusiasm for many fields of medicine, helping you to become a highly competent, compassionate and strongly motivated doctor. Our accelerated, graduate entry programme is the largest of its kind in the UK, providing first-class training facilities in local hospitals, and early clinical experience and one-to-one supervision in clinical placements.
The course emphasises values-based medicine and global health, with teaching delivered by expert academic staff who are committed to your learning and development. You will benefit from cutting-edge anatomy teaching using plastinated specimens and 3D imaging, and will build your clinical skills through supervised day-to-day work with patients. The second-year Core Clinical Education programme develops your experience of the principles of clinical practice in various hospital and community-based clinical settings. An additional six-week elective in a setting of your choice enables you to observe how medicine is practised in another country or in a different social, cultural and physical environment. Our graduates emerge committed to the highest standards of clinical practice, professionalism and patient care.
The integrated course ensures that clinical practice and underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours are
developed together. Phase one comprises five blocks predominantly delivered on campus. Phase two introduces
greater clinical complexity and builds learning opportunities in different clinical practice settings. Phase three explores clinical subject areas in more detail and prepares you for your first job and Foundation training following graduation – 95.5% of our graduates were awarded a foundation placement in one of their top five choices in 2013.
Overarching themes include: personal and professional development; clinical skills; and values, law and ethics.
On graduating, you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent) degree. This is a primary medical qualification (PMQ), which entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (subject to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns).
For module information please visit the MBChB website.
How will I learn?
The MB ChB programme is divided into three phases. The first phase spans a one-year period and focuses on the scientific basis of medicine, meaning that you will primarily learn through case-based and problem-solving study, attending lectures and working in small groups.
The second, year-long phase gives you an understanding of primary and secondary care settings as well as the expectations of patients and carers. You will be introduced to a series of more complex medical cases, to expand your knowledge and skills. Throughout the programme you will progress from directed-student learning in a structured environment to student-directed learning in the clinical environment. The third phase sets learning
in the context of a series of specialist blocks, further enhancing knowledge around core subject areas and developing professional skills.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via a combination of written and clinical examinations. At the end of each year you will be assessed through written examinations, which have multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions; and clinical examinations will be conducted with simulated patients. In the final phase of the programme you will perform clinical examinations with real patients in the local NHS trusts.
This is a graduate entry course. You will need to have or expect to obtain a first class or upper second class honours degree. We accept honours degrees in any subject and we welcome candidates with Master’s and/or
International applicants must have equivalent qualifications and grades.
Interviews If you apply for the MB ChB and your UCAS application is successful, you will be invited to a selection centre day where you will take part in an interview and group activities.
Departmental Open Days Warwick Medical School holds several MB ChB Open Days each year between January and August. These events offer potential students an opportunity to hear about the application process, course curriculum and teaching facilities in more depth, alongside a chance to experience the topics taught on the course through taster classes and workshops.
Further details are available from www.warwick.ac.uk/mbchb
Where can my course take me?
At the end of the MB ChB, graduates will be able to provisionally register with the General Medical Council and begin their Foundation posts. Successful completion of the Foundation programme is usually achieved within one year and enables you to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council as a doctor and to practise medicine within the NHS or in private practice.
Dr Colin Melville
Warwick Medical School
What attracted me to WMS was the all-graduate entry and well-structured course, blending lectures with small group sessions. I really enjoy working with graduates as everyone brings different ideas and skills to the programme. As a civil engineering graduate, I have not felt disadvantaged in any way; the lectures take into account the different levels of knowledge from a range of degrees.