Our accelerated medicine and surgery programme enables you to complete the syllabus of years 1 and 2 of our five-year programme in one extended academic year (45 weeks).
Our 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.
During Year 1, 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 clinical lecturer who provides support and guidance throughout the year.
You'll be based primarily on campus in Newcastle. You'll learn from patients and begin to develop your clinical skills early on in the course. 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.
Following completion of the extended Year 1, you are integrated into a common pathway alongside undergraduate students on our five-year course.
Years 2 to 4
In years 2 to 4 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 learn from patients and begin to develop your clinical skills in the early stages of the 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.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
See our terms and conditions for more information
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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
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 150 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- top 100 – Medicine category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
- 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.
At the end of Year 3 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
To help support your transition to university life, we offer a peer-mentoring scheme that partners all new students with a student from Year 2.
From the beginning of your first year you will be allocated an academic mentor who will support you throughout the programme.
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+ initiative.
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 apply to 2020 entry.
This course is designed for graduates of any discipline, and for others who have relevant experience which includes a substantial amount of contact with patients gained as an established health care professional within the NHS or equivalent body (eg RGN, RMN, Physiotherapist) with a qualification recognised by a statutory body.
- have achieved, or expect to achieve at least an upper second class Honours degree, or integrated master's degree, or
- be a practising health care professional with a post-registration qualification
Please note: A Level and GCSE results for graduate applicants will have no direct bearing on the decision to interview or offer a place. This also applies for master's qualifications.
English Language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent including 7.0 in each of the four elements of the test.
If you need help to meet our English Language requirements, we can provide support with extra tuition.
If you are applying with an international degree please contact email@example.com to check that your qualification is accepted.
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.
School of Medical Education Admissions Policy
Please download and read the School of Medical Education Admissions Policy to find out more about:
- health assessment and disclosure
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- other academic achievements and admissions criteria
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
All applicants applying to study the 5 year A100 programme or the 4 year A101 Medicine programme at Newcastle University will be required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).
The UCAT threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle.
For further information:
- download details of the UCAT threshold and application numbers for previous years
- see the School of Medical Education website for more information
Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
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