Medicine (Graduate Entry) (MBBCH)

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 34650 per year

All study options

About Medicine (Graduate Entry) at Swansea University

Course Overview

Swansea University Medical School's Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (MBBCh) is unique in Wales, and one of a small group of similar programmes of medical study in the UK. Our MBBCh degree is an innovative, 4-year accelerated medical degree open to graduates of any discipline.

The curriculum has been structured to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.

Key features

The Graduate Entry Medicine Programme is a fully independent four-year programme based primarily in Swansea and West Wales, although students also  undergo some placements in North Wales .  We have designed an integrated medical curriculum, where the basic biomedical sciences are learnt in the context of clinical medicine, public health, pathology, therapeutics, ethics and psycho-social issues in patient management. This, together with a high emphasis on clinical and communication skills, will provide you with everything you'll need to practise medicine competently and confidently.  

The curriculum, with its learning weeks and clinical placements, is intentionally not structured in a conventional 'body systems' approach but is designed to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.

This innovative approach will help you to develop a way of thinking and of engaging with information that mimics that used in clinical practice. As you work your way through learning weeks, clinical placements and practical sessions, you will acquire knowledge and build up your repertoire of clinical understanding and skills. Themes and strands, which run longitudinally throughout the Programme, will help you make links with other aspects you are learning, and with things you have previously considered as well as how all this relates to clinical practice.

Course description

The Programme consists of Phase I (Years 1 + 2) and Phase II (Years 3 + 4).  Each year is mapped onto the GMCs Outcomes for Graduates (2015) where 3 Modules - Scholar and Scientist, Practitioner and Professional, reflect the outcome areas.

The programme involves a spiral, integrated curriculum structured around 6 body system 'Themes' - Behaviour, Defence, Development, Movement, Nutrition and Transport - with 93 clinical cases presented in 70 'learning weeks'

There is a high level of clinical contact:

  •  18 weeks Clinical Apprenticeships, including one week of nursing practice
  • 10 weeks Junior Assistantship
  • 40 weeks Specialty Attachments
  • 12 weeks Community Based Learning
  • 5 weeks Senior Assistantship / Shadowing period
  • 5 weeks Elective,

Phase I
Learning Weeks (Case based, includes Integrated Clinical Method)
Community-Based Learning (CBL) in General Practice for one day every third week
LOCS - Learning Opportunities in the Clinical Setting

LORS - Learning Opportunities in a Research Setting
Early Apprenticeships (1-3)

Phase II
Case of the Week (Case Based Learning Weeks)
Clinical Apprenticeships and Assistantships(Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care) (4-8) including 8 weeks in CBL

Specialty Attachments- Eight 5 Week placements in Medicine (at Singleton and Morriston Hospitals), Acute Surgery,  Women's Health, Child Health, Mental Health, Sub-Specialities of Medicine and Surgery, and Frailty.  Theseinclude Integrated Clinical Method and simulation.
Elective in Year 4 (5 Week Clinical Placement mostly taken overseas)
Senior Assistantship / Shadowing period at end of Year 4 prior to F1 (5 Week Clinical Placement where students

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMBBCHHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MBBCH Full-time £9,000 £34,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine, you must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the following (or equivalent) by 31st July 2018:

  • either an upper second (2.1) or first class degree in any subject
  • or a merit or distinction (equivalent to 2.1 or first) in an integrated undergraduate masters degree
  • or a lower second (2.2) PLUS a Postgraduate Masters or PhD 
  • GCSE Mathematics and English/Welsh at grade C or above
  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in listening, reading and writing (International Candidates)

Degrees awarded in countries other than the UK can be accepted if they are confirmed to be equivalent to awards in the UK system.  If you hold more than one undergraduate degree, the result from the most recent degree is considered.


You must sit the GAMSAT prior to applying. GAMSAT is a professionally designed selection test for medical schools offering graduate entry programmes.

You must achieve a minimum overall GAMSAT score of 50, together with a minimum of 50 in Paper 3 (Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences) in order to be considered.  

Interviews will be offered to candidates that meet an overall cut-off score in the GAMSAT, which is determined annually once all scores have been received.  As an example, for entry in 2015, the overall cut-off score was 58.

Graduate Entry Medicine is not open to:

  • Applicants who have previously enrolled on a medical degree
  • Transfers from other medical courses

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