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.
It provides 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).
In Phase I (which spans 45 weeks), we adopt a case-led approach with clinical cases introduced as the ‘trigger’ to ensure a problem-first, task-based focus to your learning.
You will be organised into a small study group and the group will be allocated a senior medical tutor who will provide academic support throughout the year. He/she will also facilitate a number of your weekly teaching sessions. You will also be allocated a personal tutor for further support.
As with the five-year programme, you will spend time in general practice and in community and hospital settings.
In Phase II, you are integrated into a single common pathway alongside undergraduate students on our five-year course.
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.
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarding medical degrees in the UK.
The quality of the medicine study experience at Newcastle is recognised with an overall satisfaction score of 95% in the National Student Survey 2013, ranking us seventh in the UK.
We rank among the best British universities for medicine in:
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).
You have the flexibility to choose which topics you study through the student-selected component (SSC) programme. Given the prior experience of entrants to this programme, this strand is omitted from Phase I of the accelerated programme, beginning in Phase II (Stages 4 and 5).
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.
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.
We also adopt a 'case-led' approach to our learning and teaching in your first two years, which means using clinical cases to help you make the links between your new knowledge and clinical practice.
In Phase I (your first two years), 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.
In addition, we begin teaching clinical skills from as early as week 2. Clinical skills are initially taught in the safety of the Clinical Skills Laboratory where a team of F2 doctors provide structured learning and teaching which includes venesection, examination skills, CPR and much more.
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.