Overview of the Medical School

  • Newcastle University Medical School was established in 1834 in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and served as the College of Medicine in connection with Durham University from 1851 to 1937 when it joined Armstrong College, to form King’s College, Durham. It operates in partnership with Durham University’s medical school, which is based at the university’s Queen’s Campus.
  • Among its notable alumni are: Milton Margai, first prime minister of Sierra Leone (medical degree from the Durham College of Medicine, later Newcastle University Medical School), and John Snow discoverer of cholera transmission through water; leader in the adoption of anesthesia.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus: University of Newcastle
    • Newcastle city centre campus
    • Campus for Ageing and Vitality
    • Newcastle International Centre for Life
  • Facilities of Medical School:
    • Two 400 seat lecture theatres
    • Computer clusters
    • ReCap service which facilitates lectures being made available online just about instantly
    • Clinical skills laboratory
    • Walton Library
    • Ridley Building 
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 9 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 14 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 101-150 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • There are 2 entry ways: the A100 five year programme and the four-year Accelerated Programme.
  • It uses an integrated case-led teaching approach.
  • Teaching clinical skills from as early as week 2.

Number of students on this course:

There are 219 places each year and 25 places for the Accelearte Programme.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The A100 standard course is 5 years and the Accelerate Programme is 4 years.
  • The MBBS programmes are divided in to two Phases:
    • Phase I: can be undertaken either in Newcastle or at Durham University at Queen Campus in Stockton.
    • Phase II: lasts for three years and takes place predominantly in 18 teaching hospitals within the Northern Region grouped into Base Units.
  • Course overview:
    • Years 1 and 2 use integrated case-led teaching to help you build a solid foundation for clinically based learning-
    • Years 3, 4 and 5 include significant clinical experience and place further emphasis on professional development, student choice, and hospital- and community-based medicine.
  • For 3rd and Final Year, all students are allocated to one of the four Base Units in the Region, and the Base Unit will be different in each year.
  • The Accelerated Programme tailors the content delivered in the first two years (Phase I) of the standard five-year programme into one extended year.
  • On completion of Phase I, all students are integrated into a single common pathway for Phase II.

Course Content:

  • Years 1 and 2: case-led learning
    • Stage 1:
      • Induction and Student Support 1
      • Molecules to Disease
      • Life Cycle 1
      • Nutrition, Metabolism and Endocrinology 1
      • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Medicine 1
      • Clinical Skills and Communication 1
      • Patients, Doctors and Society 1
      • Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescribing 1
      • Life Cycle 2
      • Induction and Student Support 2
      • Nutrition, Metabolism and Endocrinology 2
      • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Medicine 2
      • Clinical Skills and Communication 2
      • Patients, Doctors and Society 2
      • Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescribing 2
    • Stage 2:
      • Induction and Student Support 3
      • Thought, Senses and Movement
      • Clinical Skills and Communication 3
      • Patients, Doctors and Society 3
      • Induction and Student Support 4
      • Clinical Sciences and Investigative Medicine 1
      • Clinical Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Prescribing 3
      • Life Cycle 3
      • Clinical Skills and Communication 4
      • Patients, Doctors and Society 4
    • Year 3: undertake a course of integrated medical practice, a junior assistantship and a series of placements.
      • Placements:
        • long-term conditions (8 weeks)
        • foundations of clinical practice (15 weeks)
        • infection and clinical practice (4 weeks)
        • child and adolescent health (4 weeks)
        • primary care (4 weeks)
        • mental health (4 weeks)
        • women’s health (4 weeks)
  • Year 4:
    • Semester 1: complete the following compulsory units:
    • clinical sciences and investigative medicine
    • patients, doctors and society
    • clinical pharmacology, therapeutics and prescribing
    • Semester 2: comprises student-selected components and an 8-week elective placement.
  • Year 5: undertake learning in the following specialties:
    • child and adolescent health (3 weeks)
    • primary care (3 weeks)
    • mental health (3 weeks)
    • women’s health (3 weeks)
    • patients, doctors and society: preparation for practice (3 weeks)
    • hospital-based practice

Teaching locations:

  • Phase 1 is delivered at the University
  • Phase II: Base units or Clinical Learning Centers, where medical students undertake the majority of their clinical training:
    • Northumbria:
      • North Tyneside General Hospital
      • Wansbeck General Hospital
      • Hexham General Hospital
      • Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital
      • Cumberland Infirmary
      • West Cumberland Hospital
    • Tees:
      • James Cook University Hospital
      • University Hospital of North Tees
      • Darlington Memorial Hospital
      • Friarage Hospital, Northallerton
      • Bishop Auckland Hospital
    • Tyne:
      • Royal Victoria Infirmary
      • Freeman Hospital
      • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    • Wear:
      • Sunderland Royal Hospitals
      • University Hospital of North Durham
      • South Tyneside General Hospital

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Intercalated study is offered.
  • Broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees and Masters degrees that cover all aspects of medical practice.
    • BSc, MSc, MRes, MClinEd and MA programmes
  • Opportunities for both internal and external Medical and Dental students.
  • After completing Stage 2 of the MBBS degree, there are:
    • Biochemistry BSc Honours
    • Biomedical Genetics BSc Honours
    • Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology BSc Honours
    • Pharmacology BSc Honours
    • Physiological Sciences BSc Honours

Open day dates:

Register to attend one of our 2016 Open Days:

  • Friday 1st July
  • Saturday 2nd July
  • Saturday 17 September

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 26 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 24 Mar 2017
  • Summer Term: 24 April 2017 – 16 Jun 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information:

  • The school offers taught programmes, MRes programmes (research degree with a taught component), and research programmes.
  • Taught programmes:
    • 21 in Biomedicine
  • MRes programmes: 12 months masters programmes contain a specifically tailored taught component, professional and key skills, and a 24-week research project
    • 24 available programmes in different subject areas.
  • Research programmes: PhD, MD, MPhil
    • Ageing MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Biomedical Sciences Joint Doctoral PhD (joint with Universitas Indonesia)
    • Biomedicine MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Biosciences MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Cancer MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Dentistry and Dental Sciences MPhil; PhD
    • Education (Clinical) MPhil; PhD
    • Food and Human Nutrition MPhil; PhD
    • Genetics MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Medicine and Surgery MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Neuroscience MPhil; PhD; MD
    • Clinical Psychology Doctor of (DClinPsychol)
    • Psychology MPhil; PhD
    • Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Services Research MPhil; PhD; MD

MBBS Admissions:

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • Course code: A100
    • Option of using up to two of your UCAS choices by applying to our Newcastle campus (A100N); the Durham campus (A100D) or A100E If you do not have a preference (leaving the decision to be made by the Medical School) This option will not be available for 2017 admissions cycle.
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements:

  • A levels: AAA including Chemistry and/or Biology at A or AS level and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.
  • Scottish Qualifications: AAAAA at Higher Grade including Chemistry and/or Biology.
  • International Baccalaureate: A minimum of 38 points including grade 5 in all subjects with Higher Level grade 6 in Chemistry or Biology. Combinations including two Sciences, Mathematics and English are desirable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: A1A1A1AAA at Higher Level, including Chemistry and Biology. Physics and English Language required at Ordinary Level, if not offered at Higher Level.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3,D3,D3 in Principal Subjects. Subjects should include Chemistry and/or Biology.
  • Graduate entry: upper second class Honours degree, or integrated Master’s degree, or be a practising health care professional with a post-registration qualification.

Candidate Selection:

  • Approximately 850 prospective students will be invited for interview
  • 318 will be offered a place (there are currently 219 places at Newcastle University and 99 places at Durham University)
  • The UCAT threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to our Medical School in the current cycle.
  • Admissions tutors take into account the whole application, not just exam results. This may include:
    • personal statement
    • school or college reference
    • evidence of relevant skills or aptitude
    • any special circumstances which affect your application
  • Applications which meet the academic threshold will be assessed on their UCAT scores, and if your UCAT score meets the threshold then you will be invited for interview.

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews will be held between mid-November and early-March.
  • As a reference, in 2015 cycle the A100 Interview threshold UCAT was 2,300.
  • Will assess and grade in 6 main categories:
    • Preparation and motivation for medical school
    • Effective Learning skills
    • Team working
    • Personal qualities/ resilience
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Empathy, sensitivity and integrity
  • The purpose of the interview is to confirm whether you have the potential aptitude, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as a medical student.

Extra important information for candidates:

  • Final decisions are made by the end of March
  • Decisions will be updated in the UCAS.

Admissions contacts:  

  • Online enquiry form
  • Phone: +44 (0) 191 208 3333

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • Broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees and Masters degrees that cover all aspects of medical practice.
    • BSc, MSc, MRes, MClinEd and MA programmes
  • After completing Stage 2 of the MBBS degree, there are:
    • Biochemistry BSc Honours
    • Biomedical Genetics BSc Honours
    • Biomedical Sciences with Medical Microbiology BSc Honours
    • Pharmacology BSc Honours
    • Physiological Sciences BSc Honours
  • Students can intercalate at an external institution of their choice after completing Stage 2 or Stage 4 of the MBBS or BDS degree, provided that the programme is deemed appropriate by the Senior Tutor for Intercalation.
  • Intercalation for postgraduate programmes:

After completing Stage 3 or Stage 4 of the MBBS or BDS degree:

  • Masters in Medical Education
  • Masters in Research, suite of Biomedicine programmes MRes
  • Masters in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology) MSc (MBBS students only)
  • Masters in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Forensic Psychology) MSc (MBBS students only)
  • Masters in Public Health and Health Services Research MSc

After completing Stage 4 of the MBBS or BDS degree:

  • Masters in Bioinformatics MSc
  • Masters in Computational Systems Biology MSc
  • Masters in the History of Medicine MA
  • Masters in Neuroinformatics MSc
  • Masters in Synthetic Biology MSc


  • They offer research areas for study at PhD level.
  • Interdisciplinary groups, centres and institutes bring together basic and clinical academic staff in broad, thematic research concentrations encompassing basic sciences, translational and clinical research.
  • Research areas:
    • Cardiovascular Sciences
    • Child Life and Health
    • Clinical Brain Sciences/Clinical Neurosciences
    • Clinical Education
    • Clinical Veterinary Sciences
    • Cognitive and Neural Systems
    • Dentistry
    • Developmental Biology
    • Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre
    • Genetics and Genomics
    • Genetics and Molecular Medicine
    • Genomic and Experimental Medicine
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • Global Health
    • Infection and Immunity
    • Inflammation
    • Integrative Physiology
    • Neurobiology
    • Neuroscience
    • Orthopaedic and Trauma Medicine
    • Pathology
    • Pathway Medicine
    • Population Health Sciences
    • Psychiatry
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Rehabilitation Studies
    • Reproductive Health
    • Respiratory Medicine
    • Science Communication
    • Surgery
    • Tissue Repair

Other MBBS extras relevant to UK medical students – NA

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