Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery - teaching and learning
Our teaching approach balances the ‘core’ knowledge and skills you need to practise as a doctor with the flexibility to focus on the specialist themes and contexts that interest you the most.

Layering knowledge

Clinical cases and patient narratives initiate all our teaching and your learning. We’ve also designed our curriculum to spiral; you revisit, and build upon earlier knowledge and skills as you progress through the programme. So once you’ve grasped the core elements, you’ll continually deepen your understanding with new levels of insight, analysis, critical thinking and practical experience. 

Supported learning

You’ll receive an intense level of support and guidance throughout the course, with the early phases featuring:

  • Expert tutor-facilitated sessions in the Life Sciences Resource Centre and Clinical Skills Resource Centre
  • Community placements
  • Clinical case-based small group sessions
  • Reflective experience-based small group sessions
  • Large group plenary sessions from external experts, broadcast from the Lecture theatres and available online at any time
  • Workshops, allowing for group interaction, discussion and feedback 
Increased independence

As you progress through each stage of the course, you’ll gradually take on more responsibility for your own learning and spend more time on learning through your placement work in a variety of clinical settings. This gives you ample opportunity to learn from patients as you move through the pathways of patient care programmes. You’ll also hone your ability to analyse and understand things like diagnostic tests, and work out your own management plans for treating patients.