This four-year accelerated programme is designed for graduates of any discipline who wish to train as a doctor, and others whose prior professional experience qualifies them for entry.
As in our five-year programme, there are two Phases of study. However, in our accelerated degree, Phase I spans 45 weeks instead of two years.
During Phase I, you learn through case-led teaching, with clinical cases used to ensure a problem-first, task-based focus.
You are allocated to a small study group, led by a senior medical tutor who provides support and guidance throughout the year.
In Phase II, you are integrated into a single common pathway alongside undergraduate students on our five-year course.
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).
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarded medical degrees in the UK.
We rank among the best British universities for medicine in:
The quality of the medicine study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall satisfaction score of 94% in the National Student Survey 2014, ranking us 7th in the UK.
Medicine at Newcastle also ranks in the top 150 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.
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).
Medicine at Newcastle combines university-based learning and clinical placements in the NHS.
We offer a very high quality learning experience and consistently rank as one of the most highly regarded medical degrees in the UK.
You will develop the key skills of communication, information handling, reasoning, judgement, reflective practice and decision-making. Medical ethics is also a strong theme in the curriculum.
Find out more in the Course Content section.
Medicine is taught in different ways by different institutions. Understanding the ways in which you learn best will help you to decide which style of learning will suit your needs.
At Newcastle, we use an integrated approach.
This means that you develop core knowledge, taught in systems, with early clinical exposure and the acquisition of clinical skills from the beginning of Stage 1.
You receive 'case-led' teaching in your first two years, which means using clinical cases to help you make the links between your new knowledge and clinical practice.
You undertake a varied menu of early clinical experience, through contact with patients and visits to general practice and hospitals, giving you a clinical context on which to develop your core knowledge.
We begin teaching clinical skills from as early as week 2 in our Clinical Skills Laboratory. Here, a team of F2 doctors provide structured learning and teaching, which includes:
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.