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Overview of the Medical School

  • Warwick Medical School is the medical school of the University of Warwick and is located in Coventry, United Kingdom. It was opened in 2000 in partnership with Leicester Medical School, and was granted independent degree-awarding status in 2007. The school comprises three institutes: the Institute of Clinical Education (ICE) which co-ordinates undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) and the Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI).
  • In 2006 by the General Medical Council, Warwick was formally recommended to receive independent degree-awarding status. MBChB graduates in the summer of 2007 were the first to receive University of Warwick medical degrees. In 2009, the Surgical Training Centre was opened. In 2015 the School celebrated 15 years.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus:
    • Central Campus
    • Gibbet Hill Campus
    • Westwood Campus
    • Lakeside & Cryfield
  • Facilities:
    • University Library: over 1 million of books and journals
    • Biomedical Learning grid: located in the Medical School Building
    • Anatomy Training: collection of plastinated prosections and cross sections
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 23 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 32 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 151-200 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA


MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • The MBChB programme is Warwick is the largest graduate entry course in the UK.
  • The educational activities will include case-based learning, lectures, small group sessions, experiential learning, clinical skills and e-learning.
  • They teach with a complete collection of Gunther von Hagen’s plastinated specimens and with fresh frozen cadaveric tissue.
  • Early patient contact – from the first term of the first year.

Number of students on this course:

Intake of over 170 graduates each year.

Course Structure and Length: 

  • Is an accelerated programme, the course duration is 4 years.
  • The curriculum is divided into three phases
  • Phase 1: completed by the end of the first year
    • Aims to ensure that you understand the scientific basis of medicine.
    • Teaching combines lectures and small group learning.
    • Organized into five blocks:
      • Health, Metabolism and Homeostasis
      • Blood, Lungs and Heart
      • Brain and Behaviour
      • Locomotion
      • Reproductive and Child Health.
  • Phase 2: covers the next 12 months
    • Increase the time spend learning in healthcare settings such as hospitals and GP practices
    • This Phase will allow the further development of the core skills and knowledge required of a junior doctor.
    • Undertake a Student Selected Component from a range of optional topics such as: British Sign Language, Introduction to Counselling and Pre-Hospital Trauma Care.
  • Phase 3: completed by the end of the fourth year.
    • You will sit your final assessment
    • Undertake an elective and work in the role of a foundation doctor (FY1) during the assessment period.

Course Content:

  • Year 1:
    • Five blocks of five weeks each.
    • Term 1:
      • Health, Metabolism and Homeostasis
      • Blood, Lungs and Heart
      • Term 2:
      • Brain and Behavior
      • Locomotion
      • Student Selected Component
      • Term 3:
        • Reproduction and Child Health 
  • Year 2:
    • By the middle of this year you will find yourself in community and hospital-based clinical teaching.
    • Advanced Cases 1:
      • Four days per week working with advanced clinical cases in group work and self-study with focused plenary lectures
      • A day per week in clinical areas undertaking related clinical learning with patients in the relevant hospital or community setting.
    • Core Clinical Education: clinical environment
      • Medicine
      • Surgery (including Orthopaedics) and Anaesthetics
      • General Practice
      • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
      • Child Health and Psychiatry
  • Year 3:
    • Majority of your learning will be based in the community and in hospitals through our partner trusts.
    • Student Selected Components
    • Advanced Cases 2
    • Two days per week: advanced clinical cases in group work and self-study with focused plenary lectures
    • Three days per week: clinical areas undertaking related clinical learning with patients in the relevant hospital or community setting.
    • Three specialist clinical placements: five of the seven placements of six weeks each:
    • Care of the Medical Patient
    • Care of the Surgical Patient
    • Acute Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Child Health
    • Musculoskeletal Healthcare
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Year 4:
    • Majority of your learning will continue to be based in the community and hospitals through our partner trusts.
    • Assistantship
      • Integrated within a clinical team and be responsible for carrying out specified duties under appropriate supervision.
      • Smoothing your transition from medical school to FY1 clinical practice
    • Elective: six weeks to undertake a medical project of your choice.
    • Advanced Clinical Cases
    • Specialist Clinical Placements: 2 of the remaining placements of year 3.

Teaching locations:

  • Medical School Building – located at the Gibbet Hill Campus
  • Clinical Teaching in hospitals settings in Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby and Warwick:
    • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)
    • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
    • South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT),
    • Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

Open day dates:

  • Wednesday 06 July 2016

It is fully booked, but to be placed in the waiting list please email: [email protected]

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 03 Oct 2016 – 10 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 18 Mar 2017 
  • Summer Term: 24 April 2017 – 01 Jul 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • WMS provides a number of entry routes into postgraduate study. Students can register for a specialist Masters programme, a single module (Postgraduate Award, referred to as a PGA) or, in some areas, a Certificate or Diploma course.
  • 12 Masters degree awards are currently available.
  • The school offers postgraduate education in the following areas:
    • Advanced Clinical Practice
    • Advanced Critical Care Practice
    • Dentistry
    • Diabetes
    • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
    • Medical Education
    • Leadership
    • Public Health
    • Reproductive Health
    • Health Research
  • Research degrees available:
    • Health Sciences – PhD (RMDA-B91P), MSc (RMDA-B92P)
    • Medical Sciences – PhD (RMDA-A34P), MSc (RMDA-A35P)
    • Clinical Education – PhD (RMDA-B91F)
    • Medicine – PhD (RMDA-A31P), MSc (RMDA-A32P), MD (RMDA-A33P)
    • Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research – PhD (RMDA-B92K)
    • Nursing – PhD (RASS-B718)
    • PhD by Published Work (RMDA-B91P)

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • Course code: A101
    • Institution code: W20
  • Selection Centre: interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements:

  • Graduate Entry:
    • Predicted to gain, a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:1) degree (or overseas equivalent) in any subject.
    • Candidates with a lower second class degree should hold either a Masters or a Doctoral qualification to be considered for entry to the MB ChB.
    • A-level or GCSE examination results are not considered.
    • Any pending postgraduate qualifications must be fully completed prior to the course start date, with no exceptions.

Candidate Selection:

  • You will be awarded points for your highest achieved academic qualification.
  • You will only receive points for PhD and Masters qualifications which are complete and awarded by the application closing date.
  • The total UCAT score required to secure a place at the Selection Centre varies year on year and is dependent upon the UCAT performance of applicants. As a guidance:
    • Lowest UCAT score for 2015 entry: 2,800
    • Lowest UCAT score for 2014 entry: 2,940
    • Lowest UCAT score for 2013 entry: 2,810
  • We use the UCAT verbal reasoning score:
    • First round of selection: score at or above the mean for the cohort sitting UCAT
    • Those scoring below the cohort mean will be rejected at this stage.
    • Those with scores above the cohort mean will then have points awarded for their total UCAT score, with higher total UCAT scores receiving higher points.
  • Candidates will receive a total cognitive scaled score for the sum of the three remaining cognitive sections (Verbal Reasoning / Quantitative Reasoning / Abstract Reasoning), ranging from 900 to 2700, instead of 1200 to 3600.
  • The selection process requires that your work experience provides you the following:
    • Experience of providing personal hands-on care to individuals
    • Discovering what it means to be a member of the medical profession
    • Experience of a healthcare environment, ideally that of today’s NHS
    • A named contact at your place of work experience

Interview procedure:

  • December 2016 – Successful candidates (about 380) are invited to Selection Centre
  • Selection Centre run in January each year
  • Expect to be approximately 2 hours.
  • Morning or afternoon slots are available
  • Candidates will be required to provide verification of their work experience placements
  • Six Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).
  • The competencies assessed are:
    • Team working
    • Insight
    • Resilience
    • Communication
    • Empathy
    • Probity
    • Respect and dignity
  • You will be scored on the exercises by trained assessors that are: medical professionals, academics and lay people with an interest in medical education.
  • Scores for each exercise are combined and applicants achieving the highest total score will be made an offer.

Extra important information for candidates:

  • In early 2017 offers are made for places
  • In no later than July 2017, there are the final offers

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students

iBSc: NA


Other MBBS extras relevant to UK medical students: NA


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