What Is a Medicine Degree?
Medicine is a highly competitive degree programme. It is also extremely interesting, diverse and challenging. A five-year medical degree enables graduates to register with the healthcare professions council and undertake further training to become a practicing doctor in a wide variety of specialisations. Employment and salary prospects in the medical professional are very attractive. It is a demanding but exceptionally rewarding career path.
What will I study?
Medical students are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, lab-experiments, dissections and, of course, clinical placements. You will learn exhaustive anatomy and physiology: studying systems of the body in great detail. You will also study pathology, disease and treatment. Students spend time with different clinical specialities to get a good all-round knowledge of the profession before specialising in their post-graduate training.
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Years one and two focus on covering the fundamentals: anatomy and physiology. You will study each system of the body in turn, including respiration, metabolism and endocrinology. Students undertake short clinical placements in both primary and acute settings (e.g. GP surgeries and emergency departments).
Years three and four build upon the theoretical knowledge gained in the first two years. Core modules include public health, global health and pharmacology. Students spend lengthy placements in the surgical, psychiatric and elderly medicine departments. They then undertake eight shorter clinical placements in medical specialisms including oncology, urology and haematology.
The fifth and final year is geared towards preparing students for the first year as a graduate doctor – foundation year. Students learn professional skills and spend the majority of their time on placement in community and acute settings. You will have the option to choose a clinical elective such as gynaecology or paediatrics.
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