Based on one of the biggest health campuses in Europe, we have access to experienced teachers who are at the forefront of modern clinical practice.
Our medical students benefit from a modern curriculum that provides an immersive, hollistic experience of community healthcare in both urban and rural settings.
- Curriculum Overview
You will be provided with the knowledge and understanding of medical sciences and the disease processes that underpin medicine. You will have patient contact right from the start of the course both in the clinical skills centre and in real clinical settings.
The systems-based course commences in term 2. Here we use clinical cases to act as a focus for teaching. This means we teach you about the appropriate anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of each of the body systems as they are explored, as well as the disease processes that disorganise normal structure and function within each system.
The systems-based teaching and the foundations of primary care continue to develop in year 2 where you continue to increase your knowledge and skills. A four-week SSC will be undertaken, focussing on molecular mechanisms of disease. You will also experience a wide variety of weekly clinical attachments working alongside and shadowing various members of the multi-disciplinary hospital team.
The study of the systems and the foundations of primary care course are completed in year 3. The SSC in third year provides a unique opportunity to study Medical Humanities for a six week module. A wide range of subjects will be available for students to choose from. In year 3, bi-weekly clinical attachments continue and, by the end of the year, you will be able to perform a complete head-to-toe examination of your patients.
Upon completion of your B Clin Med Sci, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at our historic Kings College. You will provided with support and guidance in preparation for your continuing studies in Sri Lanka.
Students begin the year with a SSC in Aberdeen. In year 4, students develop their diagnostic and management skills. Students will undertake seven six-week clinical blocks during which they experience many different clinical areas and disciplines covering the core learning required for graduating doctors. It is anticipated that the first of these blocks will take place in Aberdeen before you continue your studies in Sri Lanka.
This is an apprentice year where students prepare for the competent, safe, effective and professional practice of medicine as a doctor. All final year students complete student assistantships in their medical, surgical and GP/psychiatry attachments.
The focus of the placement is to learn and practice what will be required post-graduation when you will be working as a new doctor. Throughout the currciulum we offer guidance and support for planning your careeer after graduation.
Exams are never a popular feature of any undergraduate curriculum, but the Medical School has a duty to ensure that our graduates have achieved a safe and satisfactory standard of performance in all the elements of medical practice.
Assessment is built in throughout the five years of the course, this helps ensure that basic skills are mastered before moving on to more advanced topics.
Since medicine is not simply a theoretical subject, teaching and learning covers knowledge, skills and attitudes so assessment must therefore do the same.
Formative assessments are widely distributed within the course and their purpose is to provide feedback to students on how well they are performing.
There is no sanction or penalty for failing these "practice" exams - they are intended to provide an early warning to students that they are not reaching the required standard. There are extensive support mechanisms within the School and formative exams often help staff to identify students who need help for one reason or another, eg because of illness or personal or financial difficulties.
Summative assessments are degree exams, usually at the end of a year. These are the "official" assessments that determine whether a student is good enough to proceed to the next year of the course, or to graduate at the end of the course. Students normally have two opportunities to pass such assessments.
A variety of assessment methods are used to carry out formative and summative assessments including:
These test factual knowledge, but can also test clinical reasoning/diagnostic skills and, to a lesser extent, attitudes. The format of written exams includes short answer questions, extended matching questions and single best answer questions.
In some courses, essays or reports are written. Some courses also involve students working in groups to produce posters or oral presentations.
Clinical skills include history taking, communication skills and examination technique. Diagnostic skills, knowledge of disease management and a wide range of professional skills including ethics are also encompassed within clinical exams. These are tested in the following way:
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
- OSCEs comprise of a sequence of stations, usually between 12 to 18, each of which tests the candidate on his/her ability to perform a specific clinical task or solve a clinical problem in an allotted time period.
- After Graduation
At the end of the undergraduate programme you’ll receive your degree. The General Medical Council (GMC) approves your university’s degree as a primary medical qualification (PMQ). This is important because, provided there are no concerns about your fitness to practise, a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the GMC for a licence to practise medicine in the UK.
The GMC is introducing a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA. The MLA will create a demonstration that anyone obtaining registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK has met a common threshold for safe practice. To obtain a PMQ, graduates from 2024 onwards will need to have a degree that includes a pass in both parts of the MLA. One part will be a test of applied knowledge (the AKT), set by the GMC and held at your medical school. The other will be an assessment of your clinical and professional skills delivered by your medical school (the CPSA). Each school’s CPSA must meet GMC-set quality assurance requirements. The MLA will test what doctors are likely to encounter in early practice and what’s essential for safe practice.
It intentionally will not cover the whole of a medical school curriculum. So, you will also need to meet your university’s degree requirements. You can find out more about the MLA for UK students at www.gmc-uk.org/mla.
Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After thistime period your provisional registration will normally expire. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year One posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year One post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate programme though the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year One programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year One 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.
There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBCH (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.
In some countries your education before starting medicine may be influential in whether you can practice medicine there. For example in Sri Lanka, those considering a career there after graduation should have A -Levels at grades specified by the SLMC in physics, biology and chemistry and also have a Certificate of Eligibility before beginning their medical studies.
Graduates who wish to practice medicine in other countries such as Sri Lanka or the USA for example, will be required to sit that countries appropriate medical licensing examinations as graduates of an international medical programme e.g. ERPM. in Sri Lanka.
Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.