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Newcastle University offer the MBBS as the standard five-year programme. We also provide a four-year accelerated programme for graduates of any discipline.

Knowledgeable and skilful

We base our modern medical degree programme on the development of your professional competence.

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

We seek motivated and committed individuals. They must be able to complete tasks on time to enjoy the variety of learning opportunities on offer.

Training excellence

The standard and accelerated programmes will help you achieve common objectives and outcomes. The quality of education experience and training is excellent in both.

During the final three years, you will enjoy 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. It includes clinical exposure for new medical students during their studies.

This philosophy has continued and flourished with our students. They gain 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 help you integrate your learning, we adopt a 'case-led' approach to our teaching. During the first two years, you will learn about normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour.

We show clinical relevance by the use of clinical cases. This 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. We teach clinical skills in the safety of our Clinical Skills Laboratory.

Student selected components

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.

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, under FCO advice. You'll gain hands-on experience and to make a significant impact in remote and rural communities.