Medicine - BM BS

Medicine involves long-term commitment and dedication. Our degree, at the Kent and Medway Medical School, offers you diverse career opportunities and experience to practice medicine across primary care, acute care, community and mental health settings, as well as the major medical and surgical specialities.

Overview

Our five-year medical degree, awarded jointly awarded by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent, leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)*.

Kent and Medway Medical School builds on the existing high quality clinical teaching and research strengths of both universities and is working in partnership with Brighton and Sussex Medical School for support and quality assurance purposes.

Our degree programme

Throughout the programme, you focus on how you apply your learning to your clinical practice. You undertake placements in a range of integrated medical, surgical, primary care and community settings. You gain vital hands-on experience, develop clinical skills and learn to work in collaboration as part of a multi-professional team.

As part of our innovative, integrated curriculum, you learn in small groups and spend time with some of the best medical educators in their fields. You learn anatomy and physiology in a modern, well-equipped anatomy suite, using full-body dissection and sophisticated radiological imaging.

You can choose options in a wide range of other scientific and academic domains. It is also possible to take a year out and complete an additional degree as a intercalated degree, condensing a three-year BSc into one year. Alternatively, it may be possible to take an MRes or MSc with additional independent study.

Specialist facilities

You have access to facilities and support from both the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. Our new Medical School will benefit from significant investment into modern, purpose-built facilities to develop dedicated and bespoke teaching and learning environments on both campuses.

For more information on your learning environment, see the Kent and Medway Medical School website.

Applying

When you are applying for Medicine and Surgery - BM BS, please apply to the Kent and Medway Medical School, institution code K31.

Fees and funding

For fees and funding information, please refer to the Kent and Medway Medical School website.

*Subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council's quality assurance programme.

Entry requirements

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.  

Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made.

New GCSE grades 

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.  

However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions. 

Meet our staff in your country 

For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.

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    A level

    AAB which must include Chemistry or Biology, and one of either Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics, Computing or Computer Science. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted as a third A level.

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    A* to B or 9 to 6 in five subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or a Double Science.

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will not consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR).

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    34 points overall including Biology or Chemistry at Higher Level 6 and one further Higher Level subject in Biology, Chemistry, Maths (excluding Maths: Applications and Interpretations), Physics or Psychology at grade 6.

  • International Foundation Programme

    N/A

English Language Requirements

Please see Approved English language qualifications for international students. 

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

KMMS entry requirements

To study at KMMS, you must possess the abilities, commitment and personal qualities that are necessary to deliver the core NHS values and become an excellent doctor. See the full list of entry requirements on the KMMS website.

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Course structure

Duration: 5 years full-time

The course and module information below may be subject to change. The BM BS programme is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council's quality assurance programme.

Your modules for Years 1 and 2 cover the fundamentals of health and disease. You also have the opportunity to study optional topics in both years. The clinical placements, equating to one day per week (20%), will be spent in general practice and other community clinical and social care settings.

You study modules totalling 120 credits in each year.

Year 1

  • Programme induction
  • Community and Primary Care in Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • Foundations of Health and Disease (20 credits)
  • Heart, Lungs and Blood (20 credits)
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion (20 credits)
  • Person-Centred Collaborative Practice 1 (20 credits)
  • Skills for Clinical Practice 1 (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Community and Primary Care in Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour (20 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal and Endocrinology (20 credits)
  • Person-Centred Collaborative Practice 2 (20 credits)
  • Reproduction and Endocrinology (20 credits)
  • Skills for Clinical Practice 2 (20 credits)

Year 3

During this year, you use your learning from Years 1 and 2, working with real patients in clinical settings, and build your medical knowledge with new modules studied on campus. The emphasis for Year 3 is on developing clinical expertise, by observation, practice under supervision and reflection.

You study modules totalling 120 credits.

  • Clinical Foundations Course (10 credits)
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (10 credits)
  • Elderly Medicine & Psychiatry (20 credits)
  • General Medicine (20 credits)
  • General Surgery (20 credits)
  • Integrated Practice 1 (60 credits)
  • Scientific Basis of Medicine (30 credits)
  • Student-Selected Component 1 and 2 (10 credits)

Year 4

Year 4 consists of two clinical placement modules and an Independent Research Project, studied in parallel, followed by the second Integrated Practice module.

You study modules totalling 180 credits.

  • Specialist Rotations: eight five-week placements (40 credits)
    • Dermatology
    • Infectious Diseases, HIV/Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM), and Health Protection
    • Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery
    • Neurosciences and Rehabilitation
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care
    • Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Medicine
    • Paediatrics
  • General Practice and Public Health Placement: one day per week for the year (20 credits)
  • Independent Research Project: one day per week for the year (60 credits)
  • Integrated Practice 2 (60 credits)

Year 5

Year 5 consolidates your learning and helps you prepare for clinical practice and your final exams. You undertake a 24-week rotation consisting of six four-week clinical placements in the specialties of:

  • elderly medicine
  • emergency medicine
  • general practice
  • medicine
  • psychiatry
  • surgery.

Please note, the General Medical Council (GMC) is planning to introduce a new Medical Licensing Assessment in all UK medical schools in 2022. This may result in significant changes to the structure of Year 5 of your course.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • EU full-time £46600
  • International full-time £46600

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

General additional costs 

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

Kent and Medway Medical School Financial Support Package

KMMS has a generous financial support package for eligible students starting their studies in 2021. The eligibility criteria is still subject to final approval but, to give you a guide, you can refer to the eligibility criteria for the University of Kent’s financial support package. If consent is given by you and any sponsor(s), Kent and Medway Medical School is allowed access to data by Student Finance England. This enables us to determine whether you are eligible for the financial support package. The Kent and Medway Medical School financial support package does not have to be repaid. 

For full details visit the Kent and Medway Medical School website.

University funding 

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.  

Government funding 

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website. 

Scholarships 

For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching includes laboratory classes, workshops and tutorials in the Medical School's purpose-built facilities. You learn anatomy and physiology in a state-of-the-art anatomy suite, using full-body dissection and cutting-edge radiological imaging.

You learn in a range of integrated primary care, community and hospital placements. Here you gain vital hands-on experience, develop clinical skills and learn to work in collaboration as part of a multi-professional team.

You also undertake self-directed learning, normally split between university and healthcare settings. This enables you to study topics of particular interest in greater depth and to develop your academic and scholarly skills in disciplines allied to medicine and healthcare.

As a trainee doctor you are required to sit many exams and complete formal and informal assessments. We use a combination of written assessments including essays, short-answer questions and single best-answer questions. We also test your communication and clinical skills through practical assessment methods.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Teaching Excellence Framework

All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.

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Careers

On completion of the course you will be an excellent doctor, equipped with curiosity, academic, professional and clinical skills to influence and improve future health care.

You will be eligible to apply for a UK Foundation Programme job anywhere in the United Kingdom. This provides you with the required postgraduate experience to gain full registration with the General Medical Council. After obtaining full registration, you will have the education and experience to apply for any one of over 100 possible medical specialties. Qualified doctors also work in media, arts, business, third sector, government, the military, research and technology industries.

There are national programmes available for medical graduates to obtain specialist postgraduate training and experience in leadership, management, entrepreneurialism and research.

Apply for this course

Full-time applicants

When you are applying for the BM BS degree, please apply to the Kent and Medway Medical School, institution code K31.

Full-time applicants (including international applicants) should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. If you need help or advice on your application, you should speak with your careers adviser or contact UCAS Customer Contact Centre. You can also write to UCAS at:

UCAS Customer Contact Centre
PO Box 28
Cheltenham
GL52 3LZ

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