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Medicine MBBS (subject to approval)

Overview 

Our 5-year degree in Medicine is designed to equip you with the academic knowledge, clinical skills and personal attributes needed to become a competent doctor. We’ll give you the experience needed to confidently make evidence-based clinical decisions that will make a difference to people’s lives. Upon successful completion of your programme you'll be awarded a Primary Medical Qualification called Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and are then eligible to undertake your Foundation/Residency training. 

The MBBS is open to students from outside the UK and EU. At the earliest opportunity we will be discussing with Health Education England and the Office for Students about offering our medicine degree to students from the UK and EU.

 

Scholarships 

Brunel Medical School will award 10 scholarships specifically for MBBS Medicine for 2021/22 entry. For information please visit the scholarships web page.

Clinical placements  

You'll undertake a wide range of clinical placements in locations across London and the South East of England. Here you'll not just be observing - you'll have the opportunity to apply your clinical knowledge to real life clinical situations.

Learning and teaching 

You will learn how to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, through simulations involving ethical decision-making and the development of communication skills - which are all emphasised throughout the course.

We are among the few medical schools in the world to use Team-Based Learning (TBL) as our main method of classroom instruction. Teaching will take place in planned state-of-the-art facilities and be taught by highly experienced clinicians and world-class academics.

Cutting-edge clinical skills training

You’ll be taught clinical skills and diagnosis from the first term of the MBBS. This will enable you to gradually build and develop your clinical knowledge base throughout your time at Brunel to an advanced level, ready for clinical practice.

Your clinical skills training will be supported by clinical skills laboratories and advanced digital technology. Then in the clinical settings you'll progress from observation to performing these skills under supervision.  You will also be working with patients on campus as well as in clinical settings.

Early patient contact

You’ll have valuable patient contact in your first year and over the duration of the MBBS course. This will strengthen your learning and skills-acquisition to help make your studies relevant for your future role as a doctor.

Enhanced learning

We're a small medical school, which means our student-staff ratio is ideal. There are one-to-one tutorials and group study in the classroom, excellent pastoral care, and opportunities to build life-long friendships with students from around the world.

More about Learning and Teaching

Interactive learning

We have an interactive approach to studying medicine to give you a deep learning experience for understanding the science and art of clinical practice and how health systems operate. You’ll be able to learn from clinicians, the patients themselves, as well as from each other. 

Inter-professional and multi-professional learning is an important aspect of our course. You'll be interacting with your fellow students of the other health professional courses at Brunel, i.e. nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physician associates - learning about, with and from one another in terms of the role of the different members of the multidisciplinary team in the delivery of medicine and healthcare.

Primary care teaching

You’ll have practical clinical teaching in primary care with the opportunity of working alongside local community healthcare teams. You'll discover many different medical themes: disease prevention, health promotion, counselling, patient education, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses.

Focussed on patient behaviour  

Our MBBS course is emphasising the ‘person-centred’ approach. This means you will first learn why people may suffer from a condition and the various physical and sociological factors behind it. Then you will learn how to treat the whole patient, not just the condition, but also the holistic approach to medicine, the importance of patient behaviours and values, and how the influence on other members of their family.

 

Graduates

If you already have a degree in a subject related to Medicine you can apply for the MBBS programme. Please see our entry requirements for more information.

Entry requirements  

The MBBS in Medicine is currently open to students from outside the UK and EU only.

Academic qualifications:

  • A-levels: Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a minimum of grades AAB at A-level, to include either Chemistry or Biology, a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) and a third subject (except General Studies).
  • International Secondary School Qualifications: Applicants should have, or be expected to achieve, a pattern of grades equivalent to AAB at ‘A’ level, to include either Chemistry or Biology and a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics) at the most senior level studied. Please refer to the pdf document for all accepted qualifications.
  • International Baccalaureate: Applicants should have, or be expected to achieve, a total score of at least 33 points with Higher Level 6 and Higher Level 5 in either Chemistry or Biology and a second science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics).
  • Mathematics proficiency: The required mathematics competence of at least Grade C in Maths GCSE (or equivalent).

Graduates: An upper second class (2.1) degree in a subject cognate to medicine will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduates with a non-UK degree

Graduates with a degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent, who have graduated from a university outside the UK will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. 

Prior to applying, please email your qualifications, a transcript of your degree and evidence of High School qualifications to International-Admissions@brunel.ac.uk 

Applicants who have had to retake the matriculation qualifications required for entry onto the MBBS programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis where there have been serious extenuating circumstances.

Foundation colleges (UK and international) 

We welcome applicants currently taking Foundation Year programmes in the UK or in other countries and will consider each Foundation we receive on a case by case basis. We would be looking for applicants to secure a good overall result to include good results in a Chemistry or Biology module, and good results in a further science module from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and with no failed modules.

A typical offer could be -

70% overall, including 70% or above in either Chemistry or Biology; and 70% or above in a second science subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics, and with no failed subjects.

English Language Proficiency:

  • A native English speaker: attainment of at least grade C in an English subject such as GCSE (or equivalent),
  • A non-native English speaker: attainment of IELTS 7 with no less than 7 in each subsection.

We can also accept other qualifications such as English language studied in some high school diplomas, degrees completed in English and other English proficiency tests such as TOEFL and Pearson test of English. The level of English attained must be at the equivalent of IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each skill.

If your level of English does not meet the entry requirements of the MBBS, you’ll be offered the chance to attend an English language course at the Brunel Language Centre.

The Centre runs pre-sessional English courses lasting from 6–50 weeks, depending on your needs. As you progress through your Medicine course, the Centre offers free academic English support through group courses and one-to-one consultations. This means you can continue to develop your skills in academic writing, reading, listening, discussion, pronunciation and presentation skills.

Medicine specific language classes

An important part of the teaching programme are our subject specific classes. There are English language sessions dedicated to the field of medicine which brings together students who will be studying similar courses. The focus here is on the skills and vocabulary needed for the health sector. Students also get the opportunity to visit interesting London venues to explore the discipline outside of the classroom.

Classes may include:

  • Clinical and non-clinical medicine terminology
  • A visit to a famous local hospital
  • Communicating effectively with patients, colleagues and patient family members
  • Writing medical reports, emails and case studies
  • Writing, reading, listening, discussion, pronunciation and presentation skills.

Student accommodation is on campus and is guaranteed for classes starting in September. For more information please visit www.brunel.ac.uk/language-centre

 

Medical School aptitude test e.g. BMAT, UCAT and GAMSAT: 

These tests are not a requirement; however, applicants who have taken such tests may wish to submit their tests as evidence.

Tuition fees 

£40,000 (2021/22 entry)

NB. Tuition fee will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

Student electives  

You’ll have the opportunity to choose and experience medical practice within a completely different environment. More information can be found here.

USMLE and MCCQE

We will be providing support and guidance for those wishing to take the USMLE or MCCQE.

After the MBBS 

Achieving an MBBS degree from Brunel Medical School will provide students with a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ allows students to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) and license to practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts.

As a UK medical school, all Brunel Medical School graduates will be eligible to apply to the UK Foundation Programme for Foundation Year (FY) Clinical Training. In so-doing international students will need to transfer from a Tier 4 student visa to a Tier 2 visa for postgraduate training.

The Foundation School to which they will be allocated will be dependent on the chosen FY1 post.*

*This information is correct as of May 2020 but please be aware that regulations in this area are subject to change.

Interviews 

Those who meet our MBBS entry requirements will be invited for interview. Candidates can attend the interviews by either visiting our Brunel campus or interviewing virtually through Zoom/Skype. Please visit our Multi Meeting Interview web page for details.

Curriculum (subject to approval)

 

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