Our MB BS programme uses a modern and innovative integrated case-led teaching approach, and you'll be taught in a vibrant learning environment.
This course will prepare you to work as a doctor anywhere in the world, in both the clinical and academic arena.
Years 1 and 2
In Years 1 and 2 you'll study key subject areas including medical sciences, clinical skills, ethics and professionalism. You'll be based primarily on campus in Newcastle with frequent visits to hospitals and general practices around the regional medical school. You'll cover a series of twenty-four clinical cases to put your learning into context and provide you with the essentials of medical practice.
Years 3 to 5
In years 3 to 5 you'll gain clinical experience through placements in our clinical base units across the region. You'll undergo a series of rotations, clerkships, assistantships and placements that cover all relevant areas of medicine and surgery. We'll place further emphasis on professional development, student choice, and hospital- and community-based medicine. This develops your specialist knowledge, skills and professional behaviour, preparing you for your future career as a doctor.
Throughout the final three years of the programme, there will be opportunities for student choice. This includes two four-week student selected components and an eight-week elective.
At Newcastle you'll receive case-led teaching, which means using clinical cases to help you make the links between your new knowledge and clinical practice. For example a case of stroke can be used to learn and teach the nervous system, cardiovascular system, clinical skills, pharmacology, Public Health and communication skills.
Skills and experience
We’re a Centre of Excellence in translational (so-called ‘bench-to-bedside’) research.
This means teaching on our programme is research led. Strong links with our research teams mean there are many opportunities for students to spend time in research labs and facilities as part of short projects or as part of intercalation onto a master's degree.
To prepare you for your future profession we'll help you develop the key skills of communication, information handling, reasoning, judgement, reflective practice and decision-making.
You will be prepared for ongoing professional development and, through this, you will be able to adapt to future developments in medicine.
With our integrated case led teaching approach you will meet patients and learn the relevant clinical skills from the very beginning of our programme. Our regional medical school provides cutting edge teaching facilities combined with a diverse population and environment for you to develop into a doctor of the future.
Quality and ranking
Medicine at Newcastle is consistently one of the most highly regarded medical programmes in the UK. The excellence of our programmes has been confirmed by the General Medical Council (GMC). We are ranked:
- top 10 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
- top 125 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
- top 100 – Medicine category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- 91% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
- 9th in the UK – Research Excellence Framework 2014 (Clinical Medicine category)
This programme is professionally accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC).
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
During Year 2 there is an opportunity to spend a semester at our branch campus in Malaysia. At the end of Year 4 you undertake an eight-week elective placement. This gives you the opportunity to study medicine, either at home or abroad and gain hands-on experience of a different healthcare system.
Enrich personal and professional development
Our medical students have the opportunity to enrich their personal and professional development further by taking time out of their medical studies to pursue an intercalated degree.
Intercalation provides an opportunity to study a subject that interests and excites you as well as develop new perspectives on healthcare delivery, research and education.
We offer a broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees and master's degrees that cover all aspects of medical practice.
Develop skills for your future
We encourage you to develop skills that will be useful throughout your future career and offer options to undertake your own research project.
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.
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) and the summer research scholarship scheme.
Facilities and environment
Our School is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is home to Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology and Pharmacy, encouraging inter-professional collaboration.
Our Medical School is a Regional Medical School and has partnerships with the Northern Region NHS. It 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 and general practices.
By training in one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country you'll gain a true insight into your future profession.
You'll have access to:
- an extensive specialist medical library
- a Clinical Skills and Anatomy Laboratory
- dedicated computer clusters with online study guides that include interactive assessment tools
- Anatomy and Clinical Skills Centres, in Newcastle and throughout the region, which include patient simulators, dissecting rooms and clinical skills laboratories
We recognise there are a number of times when you'll need to make transitions from one phase of learning to another. To help support you in this, we offer a peer-mentoring scheme that partners all new students with a student from Year 2 to help make the transition to university life.
After completing your University programme, you're currently eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GMC that your fitness to practise is not impaired. However, the GMC are currently reviewing legislation and you should be aware this may be different in the future.
Currently, all UK medical graduates are required to complete a two-year Foundation Programme of general clinical training.
The majority of our students decide to apply to Foundation posts within the region. There are sufficient Foundation Programme places in the Northern Region for the majority of medical graduates.
International students are currently permitted to undertake the full Foundation Programme, ie the first two years following graduation, but you are normally required to return to your home country to complete further speciality training.
Once you have successfully completed the first year of the two year National Foundation Programme (FY1) and gained the certificate of experience you should gain full registration with the GMC. This is followed by a further year of generic training (F2). On successful completion of your second year, all doctors will have achieved the same basic competencies before going on to select their specialty of choice, either as a doctor in a hospital or as a GP.
All doctors, regardless of their speciality, must continue learning throughout their career, and our programme has been designed with this long-term aim in mind.
Find out more about:
- the career options for Medicine and Surgery from Prospects: The UK's Official Career Website
- careers in medicine and surgery within the North East
Make a difference
We provide specialist careers advice from undergraduate level through to foundation training, to help you move confidently from student to doctor.
Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ inititiative.
Medical Licensing Agreement
The General Medical Council (GMC) has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA).
It is proposed that the MLA will set a common threshold for safe practice. Doctors who wish to work in the UK will need to show that they meet that threshold before the GMC grants a licence to practise. All students in UK medical schools will need to pass the MLA.
MLA sittings will start in 2023. To register with a licence to practise, students graduating in 2024 onwards will need to have passed a programme that includes the MLA. For some students, this means that MLA testing will take place in 2023.
The Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) will be a two-part assessment in the form of:
- an Applied Knowledge Test (AKT). This test will be the same for all UK students and international medical graduates. A GMC-appointed exam board will set each paper and the pass standard. For UK medical students, schools will set test dates. We will provide the test paper, to be delivered at the school. We will also deliver the test for international medical graduates. We'll do this at a number of locations worldwide, possibly using delivery partners. The intention is that this will be a computer-based test
- a Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA). For UK medical students, universities already run assessments of clinical and professional skills. We will set requirements that these assessments need to meet. If the medical school's clinical assessment meets those requirements, students who pass it will have passed the CPSA element of the MLA
Newcastle University has an overseas campus in Malaysia.
International students who are interested in studying at NUMed can visit NUMed Malaysia's website for more information.
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.
Newcastle is the first UK university to develop an overseas campus offering full UK medical degrees in-country.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
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- find out more about unconditional offers
- other policies related to admissions
School of Medical Education Admissions Policy
Please download and read the School of Medical Education Admissions Policy to find out more about:
- University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
- health assessment and disclosure
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- other academic achievements and admissions criteria
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.
UCAS admissions procedure for medicine programmes
- you may apply for Year 1 entry to Newcastle University
- you are permitted a maximum of four choices on the UCAS application form for medicine
- the closing date for applications is 15 October