Overview of the Medical School

  • Swansea Medical School was established in 2001, on Singleton Park Campus in South West Wales.
  • It is only one of two medical schools in the UK that only accepts graduate entry medical students.
  • The medical school was started in collaboration with the University of Cardiff.

Campus and Facilities 

Swansea University Campus 

  • Swansea Medical School is located in the Grove Building, at the centre of Singleton Park Campus.
  • The two Institutes of Life Science (ILS1 and ILS2) are purpose-built medical research facilities, used by the Schools of Medicine, Science and Engineering.
  • DataScience Building used for research purposes.
  • Education Centre at Morriston Hospital.
  • Anatomy Suites and Clinical Skills Simulation Laboratories on Singleton Campus.
  • Singleton Park Library is fully equipped with resources to support medical education.

National and International Rankings

  • The Complete University Guide 2018 – 4th (Medicine)
  • The Guardian University Guide 2018 – 9th (Medicine)

MBBCh Graduate Entry Programme Information

General Overview:

  • Integrated medical curriculum, spanning four years of clinical and non-clinical teaching.
  • Case-based learning style.

Number of Students on Course:

  • 70 places for Home / EU students
  • 5 reserved for international students

Course Structure and Length:

  • 4 years long
  • Year 1 – Doctor as a scientist, Doctor as a practitioner and one optional module
  • Year 2 – Doctor as a Scholar and Scientist 2, Doctor as a Practitioner 2 and one optional module
  • Year 3 – Doctor as a Scholar and Scientist 3, Doctor as a Practitioner 3 and one optional module
  • Year 4 – Doctor as a Scholar and Scientist 4, Doctor as a Practitioner 4 and one optional module

Course Content:

  • 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 CBLSpecialty 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.  These include 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 “shadow” F1 doctors in their allocated post in Wales or join the all-Wales ‘shadow’ programme)

Teaching Locations:

  • Medical School – Swansea Campus
  • Cefn Coed Hospital
  • Singleton Hospital
  • Morriston Hospital in Swansea
  • Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli
  • Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest
  • Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth
  • Various GP Practices across South Wales.

Open Day Dates:

  • To attend, register on the University of Swansea website.
  • Saturday 13th October 2018
  • Saturday 27th October 2018

Term Dates:

  • Term dates for Graduate Entry Medicine are longer than those for other university courses. 2018/19 term dates will be available shortly on the Swansea University website.

MBBCh Admissions      

Application Process:

  • Ensure that you have sat the GAMSAT
  • Submit application by 15th October via UCAS, with suitable references.
  • Attend nterview
  • Meet the entry requirements

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) before 31st July of the year you intend to apply.

  • 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) PLUSa Postgraduate Masters or PhD
  • GCSE Mathematics and English/Welsh at grade C or above
  • 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.  
  • IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in listening, reading and writing (all candidates from non-English speaking countries)

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.

Candidate selection:

  • Interviews are offered to the candidates that meet the required cut-off score in the GAMSAT (determined annually).
  • The applicants who have scored most highly will be invited to attend the Selection Centre at the Medical School in the Spring.

Interview Procedure:

  • After an introduction and a “setting the scene” session, there is a written assessment of 30 minutes duration. This situational judgement test is not designed to assess academic ability, but to identify those applicants whose personal and academic qualities are suitable to a career in medicine.
  • There are two separate interviews after lunch, each of 20 minutes duration.  They are conducted by pairs of trained interviewers taken from a highly trained panel of clinicians, academics, medical students and members of the public (lay) interviewers. Your personal statement will be considered and discussed during your interview.
  • The interview process is designed to take account of the personal and academic qualities needed as a doctor, as set out in ‘Good Medical Practice’, and the capacity to meet the outcomes of ‘Tomorrows Doctors’. In summary these are:
  • Communication Skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Coping with pressure
  • Insight and Integrity
  • Passion for medicine/resilience to succeed

Once the interviews are completed, overall performance of each candidate is assessed. Formal offers will be made from March 2018 onwards.

Extra Important Information for Applicants

  • Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been successful for interview by the end of January.

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