Medicine
MBBS

2021/22 Full-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery

Faculty:

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School:

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Campus:

Magee campus

Academic Year 2020/21

Our first term will commence as planned on 21 September and we will be prepared to deliver lectures and other teaching online for Semester One

Some on-campus activities will still take place, based on a robust local risk assessment, and priority will be given to using campus spaces for practice-based learning activities including lab work.

The University’s primary concern remains the physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, their families and the wider community. Nothing is more important to us.

On our COVID-19 webpages you will find further information for applicants and students, along with answers to some of the questions you may have.

With this degree you could become:


  • General Practitioner
  • Hospital doctor
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Clinical trial organisations
  • Overseas aid agencies
  • Armed Forces
  • Air ambulance

Graduates from this course are now working for:


  • Aid organisations
  • Armed Forces
  • National Health Service
  • Private Healthcare Establishments
  • Research Institutes

Overview

The 4-year MBBS programme will equip you with the professional knowledge skills values and behaviours required to be a competent medical practitioner.

Summary

Ulster University is excited to be opening its Graduate Entry Medical School for 2021 entry, a unique development in medical education in Northern Ireland.

This 4-year course is open to graduates from a wide range of science and non-science backgrounds. You will be part of a cohort of students that have a wide range of experience and skills, making this an exciting and stimulating entry route into the medical profession. Upon graduation you will be awarded a primary medical qualification, an MBBS degree, which enables you to start work as a medical practitioner in the United Kingdom. At the time of writing, you will be elgible to enter the UK Foundation Programme, but with the planned introduction of the UK Medical Licensing Examination in 2024, the requirement for the UK Foundation Progrmame might have changed.

The award of the final degree by Ulster University will be subject to satisfying the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance programme. In the unlikely event that Ulster did not satisfy the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance programme the final degree would be awarded by our partner Medical School, St George’s, University of London.​

Entry onto this course will require you to make a substantial commitment to study medicine but with commitment, motivation and hard work comes a lifetime’s reward.

The care of patients as a doctor requires a broad approach which includes a sound understanding of biomedical and social sciences, and the ability to provide genuine care for the whole patient: Therefore applicants with non-science backgrounds bring unique and important skills and experience to bear both to their studies and their eventual care of patients, and this is why we welcome applications from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The start date for the programme is 23 August 2021


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About this course

About

The course is an intense full-time four year programme leading to an MBBS degree, recognised by the General Medical Council as a Primary Medical Qualification in the UK. The award of the final degree by Ulster University will be subject to satisfying the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance programme

We are delighted to be working with St George’s University of London as our partner medical school. St George’s has a long established reputation for delivering world-class medical education and has run a highly acclaimed Graduate Entry medical programme for many years.

Throughout the journey of the first cohort of students, we will be working closely with the GMC and St Georges to provide our students with the very best medical education ; ensuring that they emerge as competent, caring, capable doctors. You can be sure that studying with us will provide you with an opportunity to change your life and that of your future patients.

Our 4-year MBBS programme can give you the opportunity to train as a doctor even if this seemed like such a remote dream for you when you were at school that you did not even consider it. Perhaps you did not achieve the GCSE grades you had hoped for; or perhaps you were not sure whether to study arts or sciences at A level and opted for arts-based subjects. Maybe you just did not think you would ever be good enough to consider that you could be a doctor: but all along, you could not deny that this was really what you wanted to do.

With the opening of the new School of Medicine, you now have a chance to study medicine. If you have a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in any subject, are willing to work hard and want to know more about what it means to study medicine and become a doctor; then come along to our open days. There, you will have an opportunity to speak to us to find out more about being a doctor, what graduate entry medicine entails, and about how you can prepare for our admissions process. You will need to sit the GAMSAT test and undertake a Multiple Mini Interview process to demonstrate that you have the personal qualities required of a doctor. Once a student with us, working in mixed groups means that whatever your background you will have an unique perspective and bring all your prior learning and life experience to your studies.

Being a doctor is endlessly rewarding, hard work and at times challenging. We are pleased to welcome applications from a wide range of students. A long term health condition of your own is not in itself a reason not to apply to study medicine, although we will take an individual approach to applicants with health problems and/ or disabilities, using Occupational Health professionals, in order to make sure that you have all the support you require to maximise your success as an undergraduate and then moving into the workplace. There is strong ongoing support for you whilst a student through the University’s support services, and there is further support available through the Ulster University Students Union.

Studying medicine with us will provide you with an intensely practical medical education. Ulster’s MBBS programme will have a problem-based and interdisciplinary learning focus to enable you to graduate not only demonstrating that you meet all the GMC ‘Outcomes for Graduates’; but that you are fully prepared to work as a member of an integrated health and social care team with a strong community focus, even for patients cared for by hospital specialists.

You will benefit from access to practice learning placements across the full range of medical specialist subjects, significant opportunities for primary care-based experience, and knowledge and appreciation of the interconnectivity between primary, secondary, social and community-based healthcare.

Northern Ireland is facing an unprecedented medical workforce shortage that will continue to impact negatively on the care of patients, their families and communities. A new medical school will help to ease the workforce challenges and futureproof our health service; and you will be part of this solution.

Ulster University has a global reputation for biomedical sciences research across the breadth of the medical sphere. Our School of Nursing based at the Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry is ranked fifth in the UK and 37th in the world. Our unparalleled stratified medicine research, which primarily takes place in the C-TRIC facility at Altnagelvin Hospital, is globally renowned for pioneering personalised treatments for chronic health conditions.

The evidence is clear, Ulster University has never been in a stronger position to take the lead in delivering practical, relevant, and evidence-based education to the doctors of the future; and we look forward to receiving your application to study with us.

Highlights

  • Contact with patients from the second week of year one
  • Learn anatomy with an emphasis on technology and live imaging.
  • Patient-focused education with a strong emphasis on communicating with patients from a range of backgrounds
  • Opportunities to undertake student selected component (SSC) of study on areas of interest to you including a “remote and rural medicine” pathway.
  • Interprofessional education: Learning opportunities exist for our students to learn alongside one another reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare workplace environment.
  • Careers advice embedded into our teaching
  • Teaching is informed by our world class research which informs practice
  • Many lecturers are working clinicians

Attendance

We welcome applications up to, and including, 31 March 2021. Those wishing to be interviewed in February must submit their application by the normal 15 October deadline for medicine. Those wishing to be interviewed in May/June 2021 must submit their application by 31 March 2021.

Full-time: normally 4 years; at least 45 months from initial enrolment; and not less than 5500 hours of theoretical and practical instruction. Maximum 6 years.

21/22 Tuition Fee

The University's fee structure for 2021/22 entry will not be finalised until later in the year.

2020/21 Tuition Fee

NI/EU students £4,395

GB students*£9,250

International students (non-EU) £37,000**

*Normally resident in England, Wales, Scotland and the Islands (Channel Islands and the Isle of Man)

**Includes the mandatory clinical placement levy to cover access to clinical placements in the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care system.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This course is underpinned by four main themes:

  • Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Patient and Doctor
  • Community and Population Health
  • Personal and Professional Development

In the early years, delivery of these themes is achieved through six modules: Life Cycle; Life Protection; Life Support; Life Maintenance; Life Structure; and Life Control.

In years one and two, the emphasis is on lectures, tutorials and group activity with short clinical and community based placements in general practice and hospital trusts throughout Northern Ireland.

In year three (penultimate year) and year four (final year) clinical attachments take precedence, with complementary lectures, again, running in parallel. Your exposure to clinical environments is maximised within general practice and hospital trusts throughout Northern Ireland.

In the final year all students undertake an elective. This is an opportunity to explore an aspect of medicine of particular interest to you, anywhere in the world. Elective plans are reviewed and approved by an academic member of staff, and a report is written upon completion.

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

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    Content

    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    • the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
    • the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
    • the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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Sports Facilities

Our facilities in Magee cater for many sports ranging from archery to volleyball, and are open to students and members of the public all year round.

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Student support

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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Clinical Sciences

Year: 1

Year two

Medicine Transition

Year: 2

Year three

Medicine Penultimate

Year: 3

Year four

Medicine Final

Year: 4

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

This is a graduate entry programme. Please see specific additional entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
International and EU qualifications are assessed using National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and UCAS Overseas Qualifications manual. Applicants from non-English speaking countries are also required to achieve grade B in GCSE English or IELTS grade 7.5 with no individual mark below 7.0.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL). The initial offer standard may vary from year to year. See prospectus entry.

Specific academic subject requirements for admission are:

  • Have a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree is any discipline
  • Sit the entrance examination GAMSAT
  • Pass Multiple-Mini Interview assessments
  • Have an Enhanced Disclosure from AccessNI or other relevant authority
  • Medical declaration completion and occupational health clearance

Prospective students should be aware of the GMC and MSC Medical students: professional values and fitness to practise guidance that considers behaviour both before and during a period of study. Failure to comply with this guidance could impair eligibility for a student to register with the GMC and affect continuation on the programme.

Ulster University welcomes applications to our MBBS programme for 2021 entry beyond the UCAS equal consideration deadline of 15 October 2020, and we will consider your application up to and including 31 March 2021. Please note that all applicants must also register for the GAMSAT, which is held biannually in September and March of each year. More information can be found at https://gamsat.acer.org/

For 2021 entry only, applicants will have the following choice:

a. Take the GAMSAT in September 2020, at the Magee campus of Ulster University or any other test centre of your choice (https://gamsat.acer.org/register/test-centres), and submit your UCAS application by the 15 October 2020 deadline. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview session in early February 2021, or

b. Take the GAMSAT in March 2021, at the Magee campus of Ulster University or any other test centre of your choice, and submit your UCAS application by 31 March 2021. Successful candidates will be invited to attend a Multiple Mini Interview session in May/June 2021.

Exemptions and transferability

There can be no exemptions from any part of the approved programme.

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Undergraduate

Each programme will have slightly different requirements, both in terms of overall points and certain subjects, so please check the relevant subject in the undergraduate on-line prospectus.

Normally Ulster University welcomes applications from students with:

Qualification
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include grades 3,3,3 in 3 AP subjects
High School Diploma with overall GPA 3.0 and to include 1000 out of 1600 in SAT
Associate Degree with GPA 3.0

Financial Information

In addition to the scholarships and bursaries open to all international students, US students may apply for Federal and Private US loans

English Language

Qualification
Level 12 English Lang in HSD

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Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Aid organisations
  • Armed Forces
  • National Health Service
  • Private Healthcare Establishments
  • Research Institutes

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • General Practitioner
  • Hospital doctor
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Clinical trial organisations
  • Overseas aid agencies
  • Armed Forces
  • Air ambulance

Career options

On graduation you will gave gained an MBBS primary medical qualification, with both the practical and clinical skills specific to medicine and the professional and the personal attributes necessary to become a doctor. There are a wide variety of professional roles which you can choose to specialise in upon completion of your Foundation Training.

Career options can be found at:

https://www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine/after-medical-school/specialties

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/resources/careers-medicine

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/medicine

Work placement / study abroad

You will benefit from access to practice learning placements across the full range of medical specialist subjects, significant opportunities for primary care-based experience, and knowledge and appreciation of the interconnectivity between primary, secondary, social and community-based healthcare. The programme will prepare you for 21st Century healthcare including the challenges of managing an ageing population, caring for patients with multiple Long Term Conditions, and managing the profound impact of mental health and distress on patients; and there will be an added element of cross-border collaboration focusing on remote and rural medicine. Students will spend over 83 core weeks on clinical placement, with the opportunity of spending up to 30 per cent of this within a primary care.

In Final Year you will undertake a medical elective, which can be taken in the United Kingdom or Ireland, with a number of students taking the opportunity to experience medicine from a global perspective, although an international electve is optional and is funded by the student. It is hoped that there might be bursaries availble to students to support the cost of overseas electives.

Professional recognition

General Medical Council (GMC)

Accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), this primary medical qualification entitles the holder to apply to the GMC for registration to practise medicine in the UK.

Apply

Applications to full-time undergraduate degrees at Ulster are made through UCAS.

Fees and funding

Fees (per year)

Important notice - fees information

Fees illustrated are based on 20/21 entry and are subject to an annual increase. Correct at the time of publishing. Terms and conditions apply. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

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Northern Ireland & EU: £4,395.00

England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands: £9,250.00  Discounts available

International: £37,000.00 Scholarships available

Additional mandatory costs

Entry to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical check and also a criminal record check carried out through AccessNI. Students will be required to meet the costs of any vaccinations required and for the AccessNI checks. The current cost of an AccessNI Enhanced Disclosure can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/costs-and-turnaround-times.

Students will be required to meet the travel costs of accommodation and transport while attending placements during the programme. Students will also have printing costs and will be required to purchase required reading materials and certain clinical equipment such as a stethoscope. Students will be expected to have a smart-phone or other hand-held device which can be used for assessments and accessing materials while on clinical placement.

Students should also be aware that the MBBS programme is longer than the usual 33 weeks for student accommodation which could attract higher living expennses than a standard undergraduate programme.

Students may wish to buy their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies (optional). For medical equipment you will need to purchase a stethoscope, any make/model and can be purchased from any source. Stethoscopes are available to buy during Faculty induction from £39. Students will need to buy a fob watch with a second hand that you can pin to your clothing or put in your pocket, as you are not permitted to wear wrist watches in clinical areas. No specific make or model is required.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

If you would like to contact us

E: study@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

E: internationaladmissions@ulster.ac.uk

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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