School of Medical Education

Course Content

Course Content

Newcastle University offer the MBBS as the standard five-year programme. We also provide a four-year accelerated programme designed for graduates of any discipline and others suitably qualified with previous professional experience gained in the NHS.

Our modern medical degree programme is based on the development of your professional competence.

It aims to develop knowledgeable, caring, competent and skilful medical graduates. They will understand health and disease in the context of the individual, the family and society.

It is therefore very important that you are a highly motivated and committed individual, a 'self-starter' who is able to complete tasks on time to benefit from the variety of learning opportunities on offer.

Both the standard five-year programme and accelerated programme enable the attainment of common objectives and outcomes. The quality of education experience and training is excellent in both.

During the final three years, you will spend your time in clinical primary, secondary and community placements through the region.

You're likely to spend a year outside of Newcastle to enhance your clinical skills.

Integrated curriculum

Newcastle has had an integrated curriculum since 1962, when early clinical exposure for new medical students during their study of basic medical sciences was introduced.

This philosophy has continued and flourished with students undertaking a varied menu of early clinical experience and experience in general practice in their first two years.

This gives them a clinical context on which to develop their core knowledge. Understanding the ways in which you learn best will help you to decide whether this style of learning will suit your needs.

Case-led learning

To further help you integrate your learning, we adopt a 'case-led' approach to our learning and teaching when, during the first two years, you will learn about normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour.

Clinical relevance is demonstrated by the use of clinical cases, which allows you to make the links between the basic science and clinical practice.

We understand the importance for our students' to make these links as early as possible.

Clinical skills

Clinical skills are the very foundation of clinical practice and you begin to learn these skills as early as Year 1. Clinical skills are initially taught in the safety of the Clinical Skills Laboratory.

Student selected components (SSCs)

Student selected components (SSCs) provide you with the opportunity to study topics of your own choosing. This is a particularly popular aspect of the curriculum, which our students rate very highly.

Examples of the SSCs available are:

  • care of newborn babies
  • medical law
  • complimentary medicine
  • tropical diseases
  • paramedic and air ambulance attachments

Another aspect of SSCs is an eight-week period of elective study.

This offers you the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world (in accordance with FCO advice) to gain hands-on experience and to make a significant impact in remote and rural communities.

See more information about outgoing electives.