For more information about Medicine (Graduate Entry) at Swansea University, please visit the webpage using the button above.
How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 34650 per year
Swansea University Medical School's Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (MBBCh) is unique in Wales, and one of a small group of similar programmes of medical study in the UK. Our MBBCh degree is an innovative, 4-year accelerated medical degree open to graduates of any discipline.
The curriculum has been structured to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.
The Graduate Entry Medicine Programme is a fully independent four-year programme based primarily in Swansea and West Wales, although students also undergo some placements in North Wales . We have designed an integrated medical curriculum, where the basic biomedical sciences are learnt in the context of clinical medicine, public health, pathology, therapeutics, ethics and psycho-social issues in patient management. This, together with a high emphasis on clinical and communication skills, will provide you with everything you'll need to practise medicine competently and confidently.
The curriculum, with its learning weeks and clinical placements, is intentionally not structured in a conventional 'body systems' approach but is designed to reflect the way in which clinicians approach patients and how patients present to doctors.
This innovative approach will help you to develop a way of thinking and of engaging with information that mimics that used in clinical practice. As you work your way through learning weeks, clinical placements and practical sessions, you will acquire knowledge and build up your repertoire of clinical understanding and skills. Themes and strands, which run longitudinally throughout the Programme, will help you make links with other aspects you are learning, and with things you have previously considered as well as how all this relates to clinical practice.
The Programme consists of Phase I (Years 1 + 2) and Phase II (Years 3 + 4). Each year is mapped onto the GMCs Outcomes for Graduates (2015) where 3 Modules - Scholar and Scientist, Practitioner and Professional, reflect the outcome areas.
The programme involves a spiral, integrated curriculum structured around 6 body system 'Themes' - Behaviour, Defence, Development, Movement, Nutrition and Transport - with 93 clinical cases presented in 70 'learning weeks'
There is a high level of clinical contact:
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)
Case of the Week (Case Based Learning Weeks)
Clinical Apprenticeships and Assistantships(Medicine, Surgery and Primary Care) (4-8) including 8 weeks in CBL
Specialty 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. Theseinclude 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
Notes about fees for this course
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:UK/EU International MBBCH Full-time £9,000 £34,650
Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.
Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.
Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.
In order to be eligible to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine, you must have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, the following (or equivalent) by 31st July 2018:
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.
You must sit the GAMSAT prior to applying. GAMSAT is a professionally designed selection test for medical schools offering graduate entry programmes.
You must achieve a 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.
Interviews will be offered to candidates that meet an overall cut-off score in the GAMSAT, which is determined annually once all scores have been received. As an example, for entry in 2015, the overall cut-off score was 58.
Graduate Entry Medicine is not open to:
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Swansea has a lot of tourist attractions and aside from that, the city is bustling with every entertainment you could think of, cinemas, restaurants, occasional student gatherings, you name it!
Swansea is also within easy reach from London or Cardiff Airport, three hours and an hour respectively, so it is effortless if students want to travel for a mini weekend break.
People in Swansea live in a close community so you don’t feel left out. You are so much in a part of the family as everyone else is. The student societies are very active in Swansea University and there are a lot of choices to choose from.
Abir Abdul-Rahim, Malaysia
Where are you from?
Shah Alam, Malaysia
Where did you study (which institution or school) before coming to Swansea?
Tunku Abdul Rahman College, Kuala Lumpur for A Levels.
Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan for high school.
Why choose Swansea University?
Low cost living and student life here is said to be good. Making it a conducive environment to study.
What course are you doing?
BSc Actuarial Science
What do you do in your free time?
I am involved with student body organisation based in London called UKEC (United Kingdom and Eire Council). It's a representative of all Malaysian Societies in the UK and Eire. Am currently the National Treasurer of it.
What has been the highlight of your time in Swansea?
Being part of the societies and organized student events for our fellow students here. It has helped me to mingle well with the other nationalities.
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