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Bristol

Overview of the Medical School

  • Bristol Medical School was built in order to give training to those who worked on the wards of Bristol Infirmary (founded 1737), the Clifton Dispensary (founded 1812) and the General Hospital (founded 1832). In 1873 due to poverty and poor building infrastructure the Medical School sought Association with the Bristol Library Society and the Bristol Institution for the advancement of Science, Literature and the Arts. An agreement to affiliate with University College, Bristol was agreed in 1879 and amalgamation finally took place in 1893.
  • The research opportunities offered by the University of Bristol have been developed through consultation with current students, and with matched funding from the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute.
  • Among its notable people is Max Delbrück, research worker at the University in 1930-32, he obtained a Nobel Prize in Medicine 1969 (1/3 share) for discoveries concerning ‘the replication mechanism and genetic structure of viruses’. And the school is associated with 15 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Campus and Facilities

  • Clinical Academies:
    • Bath: Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
    • Gloucestershire: consists of two sites, Gloucester and Cheltenham
      • Education Centre
      • Library
      • Teaching and seminar rooms
    • North Bristol: sited at Southmead Hospital, based in the Learning & Research building
      • Teaching rooms
      • simulation suites
      • library and student common room
      • can take up to 200 students from Years 2-5 at any one time
    • South Bristol: several hospitals (Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), including the Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol Eye Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital)
      • University Hospitals Bristol Education Centre.
    • North Somerset: based on the site of Weston General Hospital.
      • Education Centre
      • Library
    • Somerset Academy: based on two sites – Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and Yeovil District Hospital.
    • Swindon 
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 13 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 26 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 51-100 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: 86 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview

  • There are two entry routes to Medicine:
    • MBChB Gateway to Medicine (A108)
    • MBChB Medicine (A100)
  • The curriculum considers:
    • Early clinical exposure in hospital and community settings,
    • A blend of lectures, case-based learning and practicals
    • Inter-professional working with students of nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy
    • Integration of basic science and clinical learning
    • Completion of a research project

Number of students on this course:

225 overall for medicine courses.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The A100 programme duration is 5 years, and the Gateway to Medicine programme (A108) is six-year.
  • They are planning to introduce a new curriculum for 2017. The following information provides guidance on the proposed structure:
    • Year 1: explore the concepts of health and wellbeing from multiple perspectives
    • Year 2: explore disease processes and construct a list of differential diagnoses for common symptoms.
    • Year 3: opportunity to discover how scheduled (elective) and unscheduled (emergency) care is delivered in the hospital setting.
    • Year 4: insight into medical practice
    • Year 5: senior clinical assistantships will prepare you for your foundation programme posts.

Course Content:

  • Year 1: explore the concepts of health and wellbeing from multiple perspectives. Content may include:
    • Junior clinical and scientific reasoning
    • Basic life support and first aid training
    • Community visits and healthcare assistant practice
    • Structure and function of the human body
    • Systems-based approach using case-based learning
  • Year 2: Explore disease processes and construct a list of differential diagnoses for common symptoms. Content may include:
    • Intermediate clinical and scientific reasoning
    • Basic life support instructor training
    • Community, hospice and third sector visits
    • Neuroscience and psychology
    • Body defence and pathological processes
  • Year 3: junior clinical clerkships to give the opportunity to discover how scheduled (elective) and unscheduled (emergency) care is delivered in the hospital setting. Content may include:
    • Advanced clinical & scientific reasoning: including rational investigation & prescribing
    • Leadership, teamwork and interprofessional practice
    • Legal and ethical frameworks of good medical practice 
  • Year 4: Intermediate clinical clerkships to give you an insight into medical practise across the human life course. Content may include:
    • Reproductive health
    • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Ageing and older people
    • Cancer and continuing care 
  • Year 5: senior clinical assistantships will prepare you for your foundation programme posts.
    • You will be involved in patient care and supported to contribute, with your team, to decision-making about your patients.
    • You will be helped to deal with the uncertainties inherent in the practice of medicine and you will be equipped to provide safe and effective care in medical emergencies.
    • You will be involved in assistantships in:
    • Medicine
    • Emergency, perioperative, prehospital and critical unscheduled care
    • Surgery
    • Primary and community care
  • The first year of the A108 programme will include:
    • Anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the healthy human body;
    • Principles of chemistry and biochemistry;
    • Mathematical methods;
    • Clinical professional attributes;
    • Relevant work experience.
    • Successful students will then join the five year MB ChB course

Teaching locations:

  • At the University
  • Clinical training: hospitals in central Bristol and surrounding regions as part of their Academy system:
    • Bath
    • Gloucestershire: consists of two sites, Gloucester and Cheltenham
    • North Bristol: sited at Southmead Hospital
    • South Bristol: Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol Eye Hospital and St Michael’s Hospital. And also you will be taught at the University Hospitals Bristol Education Centre.
    • North Somerset Academy is based on the site of Weston General Hospital.
    • Somerset Academy: based on two sites – Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton and Yeovil District Hospital
    • Swindon

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Medicine students can intercalate after the third year of the programme.
  • One-year courses:
    • Anatomical Science (BSc)
    • Bioethics (BSc)
    • Genomic Medicine (BSc)
    • Global Health (BSc)
    • Health Sciences (BSc)
    • Health Sciences Research (MRes)
    • Medical Humanities (BA)
    • Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences (MSc)
  • Students can also intercalate onto the final year of the following three-year degrees:
    • Animal Behaviour and Welfare Science (BSc)
    • Biochemistry (BSc)
    • Cancer Biology and Immunology (BSc)
    • Cellular and Molecular Medicine (BSc)
    • Childhood Studies (BSc)
    • Medical Microbiology (BSc)
    • Neuroscience (BSc)
    • Pathology and Microbiology (BSc)
    • Pharmacology (BSc)
    • Physiological Science (BSc)
    • Virology and Immunology (BSc)

Open day dates:

  • Friday 17 June 2016
  • Saturday 18 June 2016
  • Friday 09 September 2016 – booking opens Wednesday 27 July

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 19 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 31 March 2017
  • Summer Term: 24 April 2017 – 09 June 2017

 

Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences has an active postgraduate community following a range of taught or research-based programmes, and two Wellcome Trust PhD programmes.
  • Postgraduates are based in research and clinical settings across the City, including the Bristol Heart Institute, Southmead and Frenchay Hospitals, the Bristol Eye Hospital, the Bristol Dental School and laboratory facilities in the Dorothy Hodgkin Building.
  • Taught masters programmes:
    • Global Wildlife Health and Conservation (MSc)
    • Health Sciences Research (MRes)
    • Molecular Neuroscience (MSc)
    • Reproduction and Development (MSc)
    • Stem Cells and Regeneration (MSc)
    • Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (MSc)
    • Translational Cardiovascular Medicine (MSc)
  • Research programmes:
    • Clinical Sciences
    • Social and Community Medicine
    • Social and Community Medicine current opportunities

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Take the UCAT test
  • Submit the UCAS application:
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements:

A100 programme:

  • GCSEs: Minimum five GCSEs at grade A to include Mathematics, English Language and two science subjects.
  • A Levels:
    • AAA including Chemistry and another lab-based science.
    • Graduates are required to obtain a 2:1 in their degree and at least AAB at A-level including Chemistry at grade A and one other lab-based science subject at grade B or above.
  • IB: 36 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6, 6 in Chemistry and another lab-based science.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3.
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including 9 credits in each of Chemistry and either Biology or Physics, and 15 credits at Merit.
  • BTEC: DDD in a medically related subject, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry.
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Chemistry and another lab-based science.
  • EB: 85% including 8.5 in Chemistry and another lab-based science.

A108 programme:

  • A-levels: BBC including B in Chemistry and B in Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
  • Science practicals: A pass in the practical element of all English examination board science A-levels is expected.
  • IB: 29 with 14 at Higher Level including 5 in Chemistry and 5 in Biology, Physics or Mathematics.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3.
  • BTEC: DDM in an Applied Science or Applied Science (Medical Sciences).
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
  • GCSE: Grade B in Double Science, Mathematics and English Language plus one other subject at grade C.

Candidate Selection:

  • Applications are assessed by a centralised team in close co-operation with the admissions tutor(s).
  • All applications are allocated scores on the academic record and the personal statement/reference.
  • The combined score determines which applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The weighting is as follows:
    • Academic score: 20% (A-level score: 12%, GCSE score: 8%)
    • Personal Statement score: 80%
    • Reference is read but not scored
  • The personal statement is assessed to see if the applicant has demonstrated:
    • a realistic interest in medicine
    • relevant life skills
    • a wide range of interests
    • acts of altruism and voluntary work
    • communication and interaction skills
  • Applications are scored on a range of academic and qualitative criteria, and then sorted into 3 categories, according to agreed thresholds:
    • Interview
    • Hold
    • Unsuccessful
  • For the A108 programme the weighting is as follows:
    • Personal Statement : 55%
    • Extra Widening Participation criteria: 45%
      • Must be resident in the target counties of Devon; Cornwall; Gwent; Somerset; Bath; Bristol; Gloucestershire; or Wiltshire at the time of application
      • Must be taking (or have taken) their level 3 qualifications (eg. A-levels) at a secondary school or college in one of these areas that also fulfils the University of Bristol’s Widening Participation criteria.
  • This is defined as that in the previous year academic year it was ranked in the bottom 40 percent of all schools and colleges, according the average score per A-level student, the average score for each individual A-level taken there, and the percentage of students applying to higher education.
  • A list of eligible schools can be found at their site (bristol.ac.uk/medialibrary/sites/study/undergraduate/documents/contextual-offer-schools.pdf)

Interview procedure:

  • Applicants are invited to attend a multiple mini interview (MMI) assessment.
  • Ten MMI stations and will take approximately an hour.
  • In addition you will be invited to tour the University Precinct and meet current students.
  • Complete a form that documents the type and duration of the work experience
  • Applicants’ performance at the MMIs will be scored by assessors and ranked by the Admissions office

Extra important information for candidates:

  • If you are not qualified for the course to which you originally applied, they may offer you the opportunity to be considered for an alternative course in a related subject area.
  • You should receive an email from the university within two weeks of the interview to update you on the status of your application.

Admissions contacts:

  • Email: med-admissions@bristol.ac.uk
  • Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1642

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students

iBSc:

  • You can study a BSc or BA after two or more years of study on your professional programme.
  • You need to complete at least three years of your programme for entry on to our master’s level programmes.
  • 8 one-year programmes, aimed specifically at intercalating students
  • Students can also intercalate onto the final year of 11 three-year degrees.

MBPHd :

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences has two Wellcome Trust PhD programmes, guided by leading clinicians and academics:
    • Wellcome Trust PhD Molecular, Genetic, and Lifecourse Epidemiology
    • Wellcome Trust PhD Neural Dynamics

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