In this article we will discuss important facts about the University of Nottingham, information that is valuable to consider for your decision making in your application year! Read on to find out more about its history, campus, faculties, admissions process!

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 Overview of the Medical School

  • The University of Nottingham Medical School was the first new medical school to be set up in the 20th century in the country, with the first intake of 48 students graduating in 1975. In 2003, databases were launched reporting on 23 million patients on a daily basis (GP research databases world-wide, time infectious disease surveillance system, and cardiovascular risk assessment tool). Also the Derby City General Hospital opened, where the School of Graduate Entry Medicine and Health is founded.
  • It is the third oldest medical school in England. The Faculty is a member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and has four affiliated teaching hospitals at Manchester Royal Infirmary, University Hospital of South Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital and the Royal Preston Hospital.
  • Among its notable people are: Sir Peter Mansfield is awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), professor Jim Thornton, head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, shows that delivering a baby early if it is failing to thrive in utero is the most effective intervention open to obstetricians, Professor Simon Johnson who published the first international diagnostic and clinical management guidelines for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM).

Campus and Facilities

  • Campus: comprises two main areas:
    • University Park Campus
    • Jubilee Campus
    • Sutton Bonington Campus
    • King’s Meadow Campus
    • Medical School – Based in the Queen’s Medical Centre
    • University Hospital Sites – As well as the Queen’s Medical Centre, the University has sites at the Royal Derby Hospital and Nottingham City Hospital.
  • Facilities:
    • Centre for Interprofessional Education and Learning
    • Clinical Research Facility
    • Clinical Skills Centre
    • CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) – East Midlands
    • Medical Imaging Unit
    • NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Design Service East Midlands
    • Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
    • PRIMIS (Clinical Data)
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 19 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 22 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 51-100 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: 94 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • There are three entry routes to medicine:
    • A100 five-year undergraduate course
    • A108 six-year undergraduate course
    • A101 four-year Graduate Entry Medicine
  • The outcome in the three courses is BMBS, and students of the five and six year courses obtain a BMedSci degree.
  • The Graduate Entry Medicine is four-year and is delivered by the University of Nottingham in partnership with Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Number of students on this course:

240 places available (215 for Home/EU   students), 25 for the six-year course, and 87 students for the A101 programme.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The A100 programme duration is 5 years, the A108 is a six-year course and the Graduate Entry is four.
  • The A108 students will begin with a foundation year and then follow the same structure as the A100 five year course.
  • The A100 programme is divided into modules the first 3 years and three clinical phases in the following years:
    • Years 1 and 2 (semesters 1-4): early clinical experience
      • Basic medical science is taught as a series of courses organized into four concurrent themes: molecular/cellular aspects of medicine; human structure and function; healthcare in the community; and early clinical and professional development.
    • Year 3 (semester 5): Research project
      • Supervised research project of your choice, leading to the award of BMedSci.
      • Two modules will then prepare you for the first clinical phase which cover infections and anti-microbials, and therapeutics.
  • During the Clinical Phases, students rotate through a series of placements at major teaching hospitals within the region – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.
  • Clinical Phases are for both students: A100 and A101.
  • For the A101 programme the curriculum is as follows:
    • First 18 months are divided into nine modules, each of which examines a different system of the body.
    • You will study the underlying science, physiology and wider issues presented by a case study each week.
    • Anatomy workshops
    • Pathology workshops
    • Clinical skills sessions
    • GP practice attachments
    • 17-week clinical practice course
    • Final 2 years (clinical phases) are with the A100 students

Course Content:

  • Year 1:
    • Behavioural Sciences
    • Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Haematology
    • Clinical Laboratory Sciences (1)
    • Clinical Communication Skills (1)
    • Early Clinical and Professional Development
    • Human Development: Structure and Function
    • Human Development and Tissue Differentiation
    • Molecular Basis of Medicine
    • Public Health and Epidemiology
    • Structure, Function and Pharmacology of Excitable Tissues
  • Year 2:
    • Alimentary System and Nutrition
    • Applied Public Health
    • Clinical Communication Skills (2)
    • Clinical Laboratory Sciences (2)
    • Early Clinical and Professional Development (2)
    • Functional and Behavioural Neuroscience
    • General and Biochemical Pharmacology
    • Human Development Structure and Function (2)
    • Renal and Endocrine Systems

Optional modules:

  • Defects in Development
  • Diagnostic Imaging and Interpretation
  • Introduction to Psychiatry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Molecular Immunology and Autoimmunity
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Year 3:
    • Research Methods
    • Honours Year Project
    • The Treatment and Prevention of Infection
    • Clinical Phase 1 – Clinical Practice (17-week)
    • Clinical Phase 1 – Community Follow-Up Project
    • Clinical Phase 1 – Therapeutics

Optional Modules for Year Three Research Project

  • Antibiotics: Origins, Targets and the Bacterial Resistome
  • Anti-Cancer Therapies and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Year 4:
    • Clinical Phase 2 – Child Health
    • Clinical Phase 2 – Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology (Specials)
    • Clinical Phase 2 – Healthcare of the Elderly
    • Clinical Phase 2 – Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Clinical Phase 2 – Psychiatry
    • Special Study Module
  • Year 5: preparation for practice
  • Clinical Phase 3 – Advanced Clinical Experience
  • Clinical Phase 3 – Transition to Practice
  • For the A101 programme, the first 18 months (in Derby),

Teaching locations:

  • A100 programme: The University of Nottingham Medical School, Queens Medical Centre and Hospital Trusts throughout the East Midlands.
  • A108 programme: the foundation year is at Royal Derby Hospital, and then joins the A100 programme.
  • A101 programme: delivered in Royal Derby Hospital
  • Teaching Hospitals:
    • Nottinghamshire
    • Nottingham: Queen’s Medical Centre, City Hospital, Highbury Hospital
    • Newark-on-Trent: Newark Hospital
    • Mansfield: Kings Mill Hospital and Millbrook Hospital
    • Derbyshire
    • Derby: Royal Derby Hospital
    • Chesterfield: Chesterfield Royal Hospital
    • Lincolnshire
    • Lincoln: Lincoln County Hospital
    • Grantham: Grantham and District Hospital
    • Boston: Pilgrim Hospital

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • In the course, students complete two degrees Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci), and the doctor’s degree, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) within the five years.
  • Because of that, they do not offer opportunities to intercalate. 

Open day date:

Book through the University website

  • Friday 24 June 2016
  • Saturday 25 June 2016
  • Friday 9 September 2016
  • Saturday 10 September 2016

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 26 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 16 Jan 2017 – 07 Apr 2017
  • Summer Term: 08 May 2017 – 23 Jun 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The School of Medicine has postgraduate opportunities:
    • Taught courses in Medicine and Health Sciences:
      • Applied Psychology
      • Biomedical Sciences
      • Medicine
      • Molecular Medical Sciences
      • Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy
      • Veterinary Medicine and Science
    • Postgraduate Research
      • PhD, DM, DClinPsy, DForenSci, Mphil and MRes to students who have graduated in undergraduate subjects: microbiology, statistics, science and geography and medicine
      • PhD opportunities are available in all of our research centres and groups
      • Centre for Doctoral Training in Musculoskeletal Health and Pain in Ageing and Wellbeing
      • Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research
    • Professional Doctorates in applied psychology:
      • Clinical Psychology
      • Forensic Psychology (full programme)
      • Forensic Psychology (top-up programme)

MBBS Admissions 

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT (required for the A100 and A108 courses)
  • Sat the GAMSAT for the A101 course (score valid for two years).
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • UCAS code: A100 for the five-year course
    • UCAS code: A108 for the six-year course
    • UCAS code: A101 for the Graduate entry course
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)
  • Getting a decision

Entry requirements:

A100 programme

  • GCSE:
    • At least six GCSEs at grade A including chemistry, physics and biology or double science. (Applied Science is not accepted);
    • GCSE grade B in English and mathematics.
  • A Levels:
    • A in chemistry and biology at A level to include a pass in practical assessments where assessed separately
    • Third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking
  • IB: Overall score of 36 (6, 6, 6 at Higher Level including biology and chemistry, excluding core component)
  • Graduates: 2:1 degree in a science-related subject; A in chemistry and biology at A level; third A level at grade A in any subject except general studies and critical thinking.

A108 programme

  • GCSE:
    • At least five GCSEs at grade B including biology, chemistry, English, mathematics and physics
  • A Levels:
    • Three A levels, studied over a two year period, including B grades in chemistry and biology with a pass in practical assessments and excluding general studies and critical thinking.
  • IB: Overall score of 28 (5 in biology and chemistry at Higher Level) including a minimum of five grade B GCSEs to include biology, chemistry, physics (or dual science), mathematics and English language

A101 programme: 2:2 honours degree or higher 

Candidate Selection

  • A100: Approximately 2500 applications are received each year, 700 applicants will be interview and make 450 offers.
  • A108: Approximately 350 applications are received each year, 150 applicants are interview and are 45 offers
  • A101: after applicants have sat successfully the GAMSAT examinations, approximately 1 in 3 are being offer a place.

A100 and A108:

  • Applications that meet minimum requirements are assessed:
    • A100 GCSE applicants – the highest 8 subjects are scored (including the sciences, mathematics and English language) – A* = 2 points, A = 1 point, B = 0 points to a maximum of 16 points.
    • A108 GCSE applicants – the highest 6 subjects are scored (including the sciences, maths and English language) – A* = 4 points, A = 3 points, B = 2 points, C = 0 points.
  • UCAT results are scored: 50% of highest scores will be considered for the next stage.
  • Next stage: score the personal statement and reference to a maximum of 16 points.
  • This score is added to the previous scores and the applicants with the highest scores are invited for interview.
  • At interview, all previous scores are discounted and offers are made based on performance during the interview.


  • GAMSAT: minimum score of 55 in Section II and 55 in either Section I or III and a score of 50 in the remaining section.
  • A cut-off score is then determined and this usually depends on the overall standard of applicants taking the GAMSAT examination for that particular year.
  • Interviews are usually offered to those who achieve the highest GAMSAT scores.

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews are planned for December, January and February for the A100 and A108 courses, and for March and April for the A101.
  • Are in the format of Multiple Mini Interviews consisting of 8 stations.
  • You will be asked to upload certain documents onto your portal; academic certificates/transcripts/confirmation of voluntary and work experience placements.
  • Interviews sessions should last approximately 2 hours and consist of a briefing, the interviews and a tour of the medical facilities.
  • You will be interviewed by trained interviewers: clinicians, academics and a lay person, in a multiple mini interview format.
  • You will be graded on your answers to questions based around the following themes:
    • Are you realistic about what it means to be a doctor?
    • Your interest in the field of medicine
    • Your personal attributes necessary for the study and practice of medicine

Extra important information for candidates:

  • By the end of March, results should be ready for the A100 course, by the end of February for the A108.
  • If you were an unsuccessful applicant previously and was rejected before the interview you may re-apply.

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • Not available since on completion of the course students have two degrees: Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci), and the doctor’s degree, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS).
  • However, occasionally students have been allowed to study a PhD or a masters degree in a specialist subject between the BMedSci degree and the BMBS degree.


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