- Early involvement with patients and focus on developing clinical skills;
- Broad clinical experience in Clinical Academies in hospitals across the region;
- Course flexibility and individualised learning opportunities;
- A new curriculum from 2017, providing knowledge and skills for future medical practice
Why study Medicine at Bristol?
Bristol has a well-established medical school with an excellent reputation, providing quality teaching to prepare you for a career in medicine.
In 2017, we introduced a new and innovative curriculum, centred on patient contact, integration of scientific and clinical learning, and development of the skills you will need to become a good doctor.
There are opportunities for intercalation, research, and study abroad during final-year electives. We have modern state-of-the-art simulation and teaching facilities.
Clinical training in years three to five takes place in seven clinical academies based in hospitals in Bath, Gloucestershire, North and South Bristol, Somerset and Swindon, providing experience in both central teaching, and regional district general hospitals
We aim to nurture your capabilities and aspirations through mentorship, encouragement, support and feedback. We will help you to achieve the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by the General Medical Council.
What kind of student would this course suit?
This subject should appeal to bright, motivated individuals who enjoy working with people, communicating, solving problems and who can adapt to change and development inherent in healthcare. We will look for some evidence of healthcare work experience in your application to medical school, which will have given you an insight into the role of the doctor and the practice of medicine. You will need to demonstrate honesty, integrity and be capable of maintaining confidentiality.
How is this course taught and assessed?
We introduced a new and innovative curriculum in 2017. Teaching is provided through a blend of lectures, practical exercises, small-group tutorials, case-based discussions and clinical work with doctors and healthcare professionals in a variety of settings. These include primary care, outpatient clinics, hospital wards, the operating theatre and delivery suites. You will learn from patients in their homes and in the community, and in clinical academies across Bristol and the South West. Periods of elective study and student-selected components allow you to explore areas of personal interest.
We will provide feedback on your progress to ensure you achieve required learning outcomes. Summative assessment consists of written and practical exams, project submissions and workplace-based assessments, which mirror those you will encounter in your postgraduate career.
What are my career prospects?
On successful completion of the national two-year clinical Foundation Programme, you will be fully registered with the General Medical Council and may embark on training for your chosen speciality. Our graduates have an excellent record of obtaining the Foundation posts they apply for, and most, having completed their Foundation years successfully, will go on to fulfilling careers in the NHS as General Practitioners or specialist doctors.
Did you know?
- Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
- Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
- 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.
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