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Our modern, dynamic and clearly delivered MBChB uses a systems-based, integrated approach. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated in response to changing GMC guidance, scientific and medical advances, changes in healthcare delivery and changes in educational theory and practice. Student feedback is highly encouraged.

Based on one of the largest health campuses in Europe, on site facilities include a large teaching hospital, paediatric and maternity hospitals which means that you will have access to and be taught by experienced clinicians who are at the forefront of modern clinical practice.

With an impressive history of medical discovery and innovation, Aberdeen is the first choice for aspiring medical students looking to embark on a career that will make a real difference not just to the care of individuals but to society as a whole.

Our modern, dynamic and clearly delivered MBChB uses a systems-based, integrated approach. Our curriculum is constantly reviewed and updated in response to changing GMC guidance, scientific and medical advances, changes in healthcare delivery and changes in educational theory and practice. Student feedback is highly encouraged. Based on one of the largest health campuses in Europe,...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Term 1 provides you with the knowledge and understanding of medical sciences and the disease processes that underpin medicine. The systems-based course commences in term 2. Here we use clinical cases to act as a focus for teaching. This means we teach you about the appropriate anatomy, physiology & biochemistry of each of the body systems, as they are explored, as well as the disease processes that disorganise normal structure and function within each system. In Year 1, students commence the Foundations of Primary Care Course (FPC) which uses a network of local general practices. Students also undertake the first 4-week Student Selected Component (SSC) which involves project-based group work.

  • Year 2

The systems-based teaching and the Foundations of Primary Care continue to develop in Year 2 where you continue to increase your knowledge and skills. A second 4-week SSC will be undertaken, focussing on molecular mechanisms of disease.

You will also experience a huge variety of weekly clinical attachments working alongside and shadowing various members of the multi-disciplinary hospital team.

  • Year 3

The study of the systems and the Foundations of Primary Care course are completed in Year 3. The SSC in third year provides a unique opportunity to study Medical Humanities for a six week module. A wide range of subjects will be available for students to choose from.

In Year 3, bi-weekly clinical attachments continue and by the end of the year, you will be able to perform a complete head-to-toe examination of your patients.

  • Year 4

In Year 4, students develop their diagnostic and management skills. Students undertake nine five-week clinical blocks during which they experience many different clinical areas and discipline. At least one of these clinical blocks will be undertaken in Inverness. However, students may choose to undertake the Remote and Rural option for all the blocks in Year 4

  • Year 5

Year 5 is very much the apprentice year where students prepare for the competent, safe, effective and professional practice of medicine as a doctor.

All final year students complete Student Assistantships in their medical, surgical and GP/Psychiatry attachments. The focus of the placement is to learn what is required post-graduation when you will be working as a foundation doctor.

Year 1 Term 1 provides you with the knowledge and understanding of medical sciences and the disease processes that underpin medicine. The systems-based course commences in term 2. Here we use clinical cases to act as a focus for teaching. This means we teach you about the appropriate anatomy, physiology & biochemistry of each of the body...

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Entry Requirements

You can find out about the academic and non-academic requirements for Aberdeen by visiting our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition website.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 7.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 7.0; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 100 with: Listening - 21; Reading - 22; Speaking - 28; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 70 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 70; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 185 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 185; Writing - 169

You can find out about the academic and non-academic requirements for Aberdeen by visiting our School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition website. English Language Requirements To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum...

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Assessment Methods

A variety of assessment methods are used to carry out formative and summative assessments including:

Written Exams - These test factual knowledge, but can also test clinical reasoning/diagnostic skills.

Course Work - In some courses, essays or reports are written. Some involve working in groups to produce posters and presentations.

Clinical Exams - Clinical, diagnostic skills, disease management and a range of professional skills including ethics are encompassed within clinical exams.

A variety of assessment methods are used to carry out formative and summative assessments including: Written Exams - These test factual knowledge, but can also test clinical reasoning/diagnostic skills. Course Work - In some courses, essays or reports are written. Some involve working in groups to produce posters and...

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