This degree is designed to provide a general medical education for all types of doctor, which will serve as the foundation for later career specialisation.
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarded medical degrees in the UK. The excellence of our programmes has been confirmed by both the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
We are a Regional Medical School with partnerships with Durham University and the Northern Region NHS. This gives you access to excellent clinical training opportunities offered by the region-wide infrastructure of acute hospitals, general practices and public health units.
We offer clinically focused teaching that allows you to develop core knowledge alongside clinical competence, supported by visits to general practice and hospitals and contact with patients from Stage 1.
We recognise the increasingly difficult scenarios that doctors may encounter, so medical ethics is a particularly strong theme in the curriculum. You will also develop the key skills of communication, information handling, reasoning, judgement, reflective practice and decision making.
Our curriculum is aligned to the General Medical Council (GMC) standards for the knowledge, skills and behaviours of undergraduate medical students and for the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment, as outlined in Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009).
We're currently ranked fourth nationally for overall student satisfaction, with a 96% satisfaction score in the 2012 National Student Survey.
Medicine at Newcastle also ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
We have a partnership with Durham University which means you can apply to spend Phase I (Stages 1 and 2) either at Newcastle University or at Durham University’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton.
On completion of Phase I, all students are integrated into a single common pathway for Phase II (Stages 3, 4 and 5) and all graduates receive an MB BS degree from Newcastle University.
See the UCAS Admissions Procedure below for more information.
You have the flexibility to choose which topics you study through the student-selected component (SSC) programme, which runs throughout the course.
In Stage 1, you receive an induction to the SSC programme, which develops information retrieval, analysis and critical appraisal skills.
In Stage 2, the SSC provides you with the opportunity to undertake a literature review on a topic of your own choice.
In Stage 4 you complete three SSCs, each lasting six weeks. Some examples of student-selected topics available in Stage 4 include:
These SSCs are followed by an eight-week elective period (see below).
In Stage 5 your SSC focuses on consolidating your understanding of ethical principles and applying ethical reasoning to a case or problem you have experienced.
At the end of Stage 4 you undertake an eight-week elective placement as part of the Stage 4 SSC strand. This gives you the opportunity to study anywhere in the world and gain hands-on experience of a different health care system.
Find out more about outgoing electives on the Medicine at Newcastle website.
You spend Stages 3 and 5 in one of four Clinical Base Units in the region. You will be based in a different regional Base Unit in Stages 3 and 5, as we believe that it is important that you experience the wide range of clinical opportunities available throughout the region. These are:
Find out more about our Clinical Base Units on the Medicine at Newcastle website.
The Medical School at Newcastle is a Regional Medical School and has partnerships with Durham University and the Northern Region NHS. This gives you access to excellent clinical training opportunities offered by the large patient population (3.5 million) and the region-wide infrastructure of acute hospitals, general practices and public health units.
The Medical School at Newcastle is part of the city-centre University campus. Specialist facilities here include an extensive library, a Clinical Skills and Anatomy Laboratory, and dedicated computer clusters with online study guides that include interactive assessment tools.
You also have access to Anatomy and Clinical Skills Centres, in Newcastle and throughout the region, which include patient simulators, dissecting rooms and clinical skills laboratories for practising basic skills.
We have a comprehensive network of support in place to support you during your studies, including a peer-parenting system, partnering new students with a 'family' of more senior students who can offer advice and support. We also have a very active student society, MedSoc, to help you settle in and meet students from all years on an informal basis.
You will also receive specialist careers advice from undergraduate level through to foundation training, to help you make the transition from student to doctor.
Students wishing to explore an area in greater detail and gain experience in research can undertake an additional year of intercalated study. The options include (but are not limited to):
After completing the extra study you resume your medical studies. Selected students may extend their intercalation to study for a PhD (this would add three years to the overall programme).
Students who do not wish to take an additional year of study will still have opportunities to benefit from our research expertise through Student-Selected Components (SSCs). Newcastle is recognised as a leader in a number of areas of research including ageing research and applied stem cell biology. We also have state-of-the-art facilities for clinical research, developed in partnership with NHS trusts.
Find out more about intercalated study on the Medicine at Newcastle website.
You are permitted a maximum of four choices on the UCAS application form for medicine. The closing date for applications is 15 October.
For the five-year MB BS course (A100) you may apply for Stage 1 entry to either/both Newcastle University or Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton.
Please note that each will be considered as a separate choice.
Both Newcastle University and Durham University are committed to broadening access to medical education and training and conform to a fair access admissions policy, which is reviewed annually. Applications are therefore welcomed from candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds and qualifications.
For further information on admissions to our medical programmes please see our entry requirements.
Newcastle is the first UK university to develop an overseas campus offering full UK medical degrees in-country. Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) campus officially opened in EduCity in Johor on 1 November 2011.
The NUMed Malaysia MB BS undergraduate programme is equivalent to that delivered in the UK. It leads to the award of a Newcastle University MB BS (Bachelor of Medical Sciences) degree. The programme comes under the UK's General Medical Council's (GMC) robust approval and quality assurance framework.
International students who are interested in studying at NUMed can visit NUMed Malaysia's website for more information.
The content of the course is well structured. At the moment I am studying clinical medicine and going to wards for the first time and seeing patients. Seeing patients is the part of the course that I enjoy most - it's something to look forward to when you get up in the morning.