Peninsula Medical School

BMBS Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Do you want to make a difference? With patient experience and student satisfaction at its heart, this hands-on, forward-thinking degree will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an outstanding doctor primed for tomorrow’s healthcare needs. Nurturing critical thinking and a caring approach to your medical practice, we’ll help you develop the clinical and communication, teamwork and leadership skills for a top career in medicine.

Key features

  • Meaningful and immediate clinical experience with placements starting at the beginning of Year 1.
  • You will benefit from close relationships with our principal NHS hospital partners.
  • Develop communication, teamwork, leadership and management skills essential for modern medical careers and high-quality, empathic patient care.
  • Use the latest in inclusive anatomy models, enhanced visualisation tools and Anatomage tables in our Life Sciences Resource Centre.
  • Make a difference to community health through hands-on, real world advocacy and quality improvement projects.
  • Explore medicine in different social and cultural contexts through a medical elective and unique Special Study Units such as ‘Medicine in Society’.
  • Practise your clinical and communication skills in specially designed, high-specification replicas of hospital wards, emergency rooms and simulated patients in our Clinical Skills Resource Centre.
  • Your learning will follow best practice at the cutting edge of medical knowledge, delivered by internationally renowned teachers and researchers.
  • Take part in expert and student-led discussions integrating clinical case studies, medical science breakthroughs and ethical issues.
  • Share knowledge, experience and support with your peers through a variety of small group teaching approaches and a host of vibrant student societies.
  • Acquire skills from other disciplines through our Intercalated degrees Dz.
  • All students spend years 1 and 2 in Plymouth. In years 3-5, students will normally spend at least one year in either Taunton or Torbay in addition to Plymouth, also travelling to GP practices from these main hospital sites. This provides you with diverse placement opportunities and learning experiences across our NHS partners.
  • Equip yourself for success in postgraduate Foundation training and beyond. We consistently excel in the General Medical Council survey of Foundation Doctors’ Preparedness for Practice.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • In the first two years, you’ll learn the core scientific foundations of medicine within a clinical context. We’ve structured our curriculum around the human life cycle, so in the first year you’ll study human physical and psychological development from conception to old age. You’ll learn from real-life clinical case studies and experience healthcare in a range of community settings, meeting patients and service users, and learning from health and social care professionals.

    Core modules

    • Medical Knowledge 1 (MED410)

      This module enables students to demonstrate the integrated application of basic human and biomedical sciences at the level appropriate for a first year student

    • Clinical and Communication Skills 1 (MED411)

      This module deals with the acquisition of the basic core clinical and communication skills underpinning modern clinical practice.

    • Personal Development and Professionalism 1 (MED412)

      This module deals with personal & professional development including team working, reflection, time management, ethical practice, feedback and professional skills.

    • Student-Selected Component 1 (SSC1) (MED414)

      This module focuses on research skills. The module aims to emphasise the development and achievement of skills in: searching sources, critical evaluation, synthesis, presenting evidence, effective planning, developing research questions and problem solving.

    • Interprofessional Learning 1 (HIPL400)

  • Year 2

  • In the second year, you’ll revisit the human life cycle, this time with an emphasis on disease, pathological processes, and the human and social impact of illness and disease. You’ll do a series of placements in a single general practice, enabling you to learn about long-term health issues and see teamwork in action.

    Core modules

    • Medical Knowledge 2 (MED520)

      This module enables students to demonstrate the integrated application of basic human and biomedical sciences at the level appropriate for a second year medical student.

    • Clinical and Communication Skills 2 (MED521)

      This module deals with the further acquisition of the core clinical and communication skills underpinning modern clinical practice.

    • Personal Development and Professionalism 2 (MED522)

      This module deals with the continuing further personal and professional development including team working, reflection, time management, ethical practice, feedback and professional skills.

    • Student-Selected Component 2 (SSC2) (MED524)

      This module focuses on research skills in addition it evaluates the role of doctors as educators. The module aims to emphasise the development and achievement of skills in: searching sources, critical evaluation, synthesis, presenting evidence, effective planning, developing research questions, problem solving and project management.

    • Interprofessional Learning 2 (HIPL500)

  • Year 3

  • In your third and fourth years, you’ll learn more about clinical practice and spend more time in a patient-centred learning environment. Completing a series of hospital and general practice-based community placements, you’ll gain valuable experience in a wide range of clinical settings and see first hand how the NHS works as a team to deliver patient care. Year three focuses on three ‘Pathways of Care’: Acute Care, Ward Care and Integrated Ambulatory Care.

    Core modules

    • Medical Knowledge 3 (MED630)

      This module deals with the further acquisition of the core knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical practice.

    • Clinical and Professional Development 1 (MED631)

      This module deals with the further acquisition of the core clinical skills and professional behaviours underpinning modern patient centred clinical practice and their application within a real clinical setting.

    • Student Selected Component 3 (MED634)

      This module further develops students’ written and verbal communication as well as research and critical thinking skills. In addition, it evaluates the role of doctors as advocates for health and wellbeing. The module aims to emphasise the development and achievement of skills in: communication, project management, technological application, patient and public engagement.

    • Interprofessional Learning 3 (HIPL600)

  • Year 4

  • You’ll continue working and learning in hospital and general practice settings, further developing your communication, clinical, problem-solving and analytical skills. The three ‘Pathways of Care’ continue in year four with a focus on: Acute Care, Palliative Care/ Oncology and Continuing Care.

    Core modules

    • Medical Knowledge 4 (MED640)

      This module deals with the further acquisition of the core knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical practice.

    • Clinical and Professional Development 2 (MED641)

      This module deals with the further acquisition and refinement of the core clinical skills and professional behaviours underpinning modern patient centred clinical practice and their application within a real clinical setting.

    • Student Selected Component 4 (SSC4) (MED645)

      This module further develops students' written and verbal communication as well as research and critical thinking skills. In addition, it evaluates the role of doctors in quality improvement and enhancing patient safety. The module aims to emphasise the development and achievement of skills in: communication, leadership, project management, technological application, patient and public engagement, teamwork and peer assessment.

  • Final year

  • You’ll now be all set to apply the knowledge, skills and confidence you’ve acquired over the first four years by working ‘on the job’, as part of a healthcare team in action, based in either Derriford or Torbay hospital. You’ll become more assured when dealing with clinical situations, and develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of practice in the NHS. Supplementing your independent learning with a portfolio of indicative presentations, you’ll also have the opportunity to do an elective in a different social or cultural context.

    Core modules

    • Medical Knowledge 5 (MED650)

      This module deals with the further acquisition of the core knowledge of the sciences underpinning clinical practice.

    • Clinical and Professional Practice (MED651)

      This module enables students to demonstrate their clinical and professional ability to carry out clinical procedures, investigations , analysis and interpretation of evidence and production of a clinical management plan for a range of core acute and chronic conditions. It will include demonstration of a professional and ethical approach to clinical practice, working in a patient centred manner and as part of a multi disciplinary team in the delivery of health care within the NHS.

    • Student Selected Component 5 (MED654)

      This module builds on and refines skills in independent learning, team working and critical thinking through the planning and execution of an elective period of study of the student's own design.

Every undergraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the course aims, the course structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest course structure and may be subject to change:

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor Surgery Programme Specification 24 25 4601

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

In order to meet the academic requirements for this programme, you must have one of the following combinations of qualifications:
  • GCSE, A Levels and UCAT
  • GAMSAT
  • A Levels and stage 1 of either Biomedical Science or Human Biosciences with the University of Plymouth.
  • A degree programme through the University of Plymouth School of Biomedical Sciences.
View our entry requirements
None of the typical offers listed below are necessarily the threshold for interview selection. Other factors including the number of applications received and performance in the influence the threshold for interview selection.
Students must be 18 years old or over at the start date of this programme.

Fees, costs and funding

International fees for entrants from 2022-23 or earlier

International fees for students who commenced in 2022-23 or earlier will remain at £41,100 per annum until programme completion.

Fees for entrants in 2023-24

Home students will be charged £9,250.
International fee-payers will be charged £22,100 in Year 1, £25,500 in Year 2, and £41,100 (plus inflationary increases) in subsequent years.

Fees for entrants in 2024-25

Home students will be charged £9,250.
International fee-payers will be charged £39,500 in their first year of study. In subsequent years, inflationary increases will apply.

Additional costs

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Health and more details of any additional costs associated with the faculty's courses are listed on the following page: Faculty of Health additional costs.

How to apply

All applications must be made through the . All applications for the BMBS and BDS courses must reach UCAS between 01 September and 18.00 on 15 October annually. Applicants should apply to no more than four of the same clinical degree courses but may wish to consider BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene, BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, or one of our School of Biomedical Sciences courses as their fifth choice. The UCAS code for the Faculty of Health is P60 PLYM.
For more information contact the Admissions Team:
Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
The John Bull Building
Plymouth Science Park
Plymouth
PL6 8BU
Tel: +44 1752 583222 Fax: +44 1752 517842
Email: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk

General Medical Council


Information for applicants
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your BMBS degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ 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. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.
Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 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 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.
Medical Licensing Assessment
The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. The requirement to have passed the MLA will apply to UK students entering their final year in autumn 2023 for graduation in 2024 and after. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.
The MLA will be in two parts: there will be a knowledge test, which will be set and run by the GMC, and an assessment, delivered by medical schools, that will evaluate students’ clinical and professional skills.

Plymouth Integrative Health and Social Care Education Centre (PIHC)

The PIHC helps ensure students graduate with the skills and knowledge required for collaborative working in health, social care, and many other careers.
Experience an interprofessional learning environment across our health programmes that will prepare you for life as a healthcare professional.
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