Medicine (Graduate Entry) BMBS – 2024 entry
Why choose this course
- Study a hands-on curriculum where you’ll learn to meet the needs of your patients by developing your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. You’ll also learn essential skills in communication, the psychological and social factors of patient care, as well as skills in forming a differential diagnosis and patient management
- Develop your medical skills in our multi-million-pound health education facility and take part in supervised practical work in safe and simulated environments
- Learn from world-leading academics and clinicians with a wide range of clinical expertise
- Explore the application of technologies within the modern healthcare environment
- Complete structured clinical placements with our partner National Health Service (NHS) trusts.
As an independent medical school, in accordance with government regulations, the majority of places in our initial intake will be for international students. To meet local demand and widen access to a career in medicine we will also be offering a small number of places to UK (Home) students via a separate scholarship scheme.
What you will study
Our spiral curriculum facilitates learning at different speeds and in different styles. On this course, theory and practice go hand in hand.
As you explore different conditions, you’ll learn relevant anatomy, physiology, pathological, social and psychological factors as you develop diagnostic and management skills.
At the same time, you’ll take part in supervised practical work in safe and simulated environments, before moving into structured clinical placements at our partner NHS trusts.
As the course progresses, there are also opportunities to specialise, with placements in trusts with outstanding reputations in areas from oncology to ophthalmology.
Meet the team
Watch the School of Medicine's Meet the Team webinar.
All new medical schools are subject to an extensive period of quality assurance. In the UK, the General Medical Council (GMC) are the body responsible for ensuring that medical education and training is of a high standard and that new medical schools meet the requirements set out in Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training.
We have begun the comprehensive process of accrediting our programme, and have successfully completed a number of key stages to date. The GMC will monitor our programme on a rolling basis. The final-stage assessment and approval for the award of a UK medical degree is made when the first cohort graduate. The University of Exeter will act as our contingency school during this time, providing support with our programme development and awarding medical degrees accredited by the GMC, should our accreditation be delayed.
You’ll learn in our multi-million-pound health education facility, the Kate Granger Building. The facility is equipped with a range of diagnostic and clinical resources, similar to that found in NHS hospitals.
Throughout your studies, you’ll put theory into practice in our state-of-the-art simulation facility, the Surrey Clinical Simulation Centre. Featuring model wards, theatres and even an ambulance bay, this virtual-reality immersive learning environment places you at the centre of clinical scenarios.
Our Independent Clinical Learning Facility is also available for you to use with, or without, supervision – so you can learn and develop skills and confidence at your own pace.
One health, one medicine
At Surrey we understand the link between human, animal and plant health and our shared environment. We have implemented a ‘One Health, One Medicine’ approach to our teaching and research, bringing together expertise from a broad range of multidisciplinary areas.
Clinical placements are integral to the programme, running throughout the four years and providing students with extensive experience of a wide range of clinical settings. We have agreements in place with a number of highly reputable NHS Trusts and primary care providers to provide you with valuable first-hand experience to underpin your learning.
Placements begin from the first year of the programme, with opportunities to learn in GP and community mental health settings. In years two and three you will undertake more substantial clinical rotations, following carefully curated pathways to provide experience of a range of specialities from cancer and haematology to child health. Community placements provide experience of the multi-professional nature of medicine and highlight the importance of the healthcare team.
In your final year, you will undertake longer clinical placement blocks including an elective and student assistantships. These placements are designed to consolidate your learning as you progress towards the transition to F1 doctor.
All our placement providers are located within commutable range of the University (with all travel costs above your usual commute reimbursed by the University). You will also benefit from the support of a dedicated clinical placements team to ensure you are getting the very best experience possible.
Find more information on our placement partners:
- Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Frimley Health and Care ICS
- NHS Frimley Health Foundation Trust
- Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
- Surrey Heartlands ICS
- The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.
Elective opportunities in different countries and health economies can be considered in your final year.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
On successful completion of your studies, you'll have the academic requirements needed to begin working as a foundation doctor.
Our course provides the grounding to practise medicine worldwide. If your ambition is to practise as a doctor outside the UK – whether in your home country or elsewhere – you can be confident that your degree will be recognised internationally.
A BMBS degree from the University of Surrey also opens up opportunities to work in medical research, perhaps in our many internationally respected research institutes and centres.
Visit the NHS website to find out more about training as a doctor.
Academic year structure
The first year of our programme ensures you start to acquire the knowledge and skills that underpin modern medical practice.
The programme comprises eight case units with learning centred on a medical scenario alongside special study units. This follows completion of a foundational preparatory summer e-learning course, an induction week of orientation activities and an introductory three-week induction block of learning.
Year 2 and Year 3
During these two years your learning will be based in our associated NHS trusts. Your placements will take place in a wide range of primary and secondary care specialities, where you’ll benefit from direct and experiential learning alongside all members of the clinical team. Learning will take place in the acute setting, from the emergency department to the operating theatre. As well as in clinics, inpatient and outpatient facilities and in a range of primary care, community and innovative services.
Preparation for medical practice: In your final year, you’ll learn in placement blocks as senior students - supporting the clinical teams and developing your diagnostic and management skills to pass the medical licensing assessment and to work as a foundation doctor.
Please note: this course does not include an integrated foundation year.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules usually can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follow clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Please note: The full module listing for the optional Professional Training placement part of your course can be viewed on the relevant programme specification.
The timetable for this degree programme will be confirmed shortly.
You'll learn from world-leading academics and clinicians who have a wide range of clinical expertise.
Your teaching will be delivered through a combination of:
- Group work (e.g. problem-based learning)
- Role plays and immersive simulations
- Tutorials and seminars
- Laboratory practicals
- Clinical skills teaching.
Outside of these, you’ll be expected to carry out independent study, including coursework, essays and reading.
There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
We use a variety of methods to assess you, including:
- Knowledge tests
- Practical assessments
- Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs)
- Workplace Based Assessment (WPBA).
As a student at Surrey, you can also sign up to our free courses in the following areas:
Living in student accommodation is a great way to meet new people and spark friendships.
Minimum of a 2:1 UK honours degree (or equivalent).
A-level (or equivalent): Biology (life sciences) or Chemistry at grade C or above.
GCSE (or equivalent): Maths and English at grade C or above.
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
Declaration of criminal convictions
This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions web page for more information.
International entry requirements by country
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: A score of at least 7.0 overall and at least 7.0 in all components.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fitness to practise
As this course leads to registration with a professional body, you’re required to abide by a professional code of conduct. When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with this code of conduct. Allegations of failing to do so will trigger an internal investigation in line with our regulations for fitness to practise.
The course does not accept applications for deferred entry.
The Sam and John Dawson Medical Scholarship
To help widen access to medical education and meet the local health workforce requirements, there are a small number of scholarships for Home students. Scholarship applicants must meet the course entry requirements and fulfil the following criteria:
- Are ordinarily resident in Surrey, Sussex or Hampshire
And one of the below:
- Are care experienced (anyone who has been or is currently in care or from a looked-after background at any stage in their life, no matter how short, including adopted children who were previously looked-after)
- Are ordinarily resident in an area of multiple deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) Quintile 1)
- Are ordinarily resident in an area of low participation to Higher Education (POLAR4, Quintile 1)
- Have a disability or long-term health condition (as defined by UCAS)
- Students who are a registered young carer – they care for a friend or family member with a disability, illness or mental health condition.
We are only able to consider scholarship applications from home UK applicants.
Applicants that meet the criteria above will be invited to interview based on their UCAT score.
All information to evidence the above must be included on the applicant's UCAS form, we are not able to accept supplementary evidence.
Applications received from UCAS are initially considered on the basis of academic achievement and achieved/predicted grades. Most applications which do not meet the minimum requirements will be rejected at this stage. Applications with incomplete information may also be rejected at this stage.
We accept both UCAT and GAMSAT as part of our stage 2 selection. All applicants must take one of these tests as part of their application.
UCAT is an online aptitude test that is required to have been completed by applicants over the summer before they apply. More details regarding the test can be found on the UCAT website.
UCAT will send your scores directly to the University where your score will be assessed. If we do not receive your UCAT score, we will contact you to confirm you have taken the test and liaise with UCAT. If you have not taken the test and we have no score for you, your application will be rejected at this stage.
GAMSAT is an online aptitude test that is required by applicants before they apply. More details on the test can be found on the GAMSAT website. Registration for March testing is now open.
The completed tests are given an overall mark and placed into one of three categories accordingly:
- Hold in waiting list
All medicine programmes are highly competitive with limited places. Therefore, it is possible that a number of very good applicants will not be invited to interview due to the very high number of quality applications.
Once short-listed for interview you will be sent an invitation to an interview day with the University of Surrey, we will have a selection of virtual and in-person interview events (dates to be confirmed) all applicants must take part in a Multiple Mini Interview cycle that lasts under one hour.
Candidates will be assessed and independently marked against agreed criteria on each of the MMI stations and placed within one of three categories:
- Hold in waiting list
All offers are made subject to satisfactory Occupational Health clearance and appropriate vaccinations.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in September 2024
Fees will increase for each year of your programme as detailed in our tuition fee increases disclaimer
- Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
- International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
- 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
- 50% in January of the same academic year.
The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.
If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.
- Accommodation and living costs are not included in your tuition fees.
- You’ll be required to travel to each of your placement locations and cover the upfront costs associated with this. These costs will vary depending on the location however the University will reimburse any travel expenses incurred over and above your normal journey to the University. You aren’t required to have a driving licence but having one and a vehicle will make it easier for you to commute to your allocated practice, especially if you’re happy to drive yourself and other students. You can also claim additional expenses for any passengers.
- Uniform, PPE and equipment requirements are currently being finalised, we anticipate these costs will not exceed £150 per student.
- The University will meet the cost of one DBS check, completed at the start of each new student’s programme or earlier where applicants indicate they have a conviction in their application. The DBS check is a programme requirement and can be completed using main branches of the Post Office, where there will be an administration fee.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
GEMS Scholarship (Undergraduate)
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and procedures, the student regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions for the 2023/24 academic year and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) for the 2023/24 academic year, as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
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