Medicine (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours,
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:AAA OR A*AB
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 5 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus; clinical placements in Staffordshire and Shropshire. There are a small number of placements in adjoining counties.
Subject Area: Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Course Overview

We aim to graduate excellent clinicians who are equipped to practise in the 21st century, with a deep understanding of the scientific foundations of medicine and high levels of clinical expertise. The course is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes that new doctors need, as identified by the GMC in its publication, ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’.

Throughout the course there is an emphasis on feedback to help you improve your knowledge, understanding and performance of medical practice.

The modern, spiral, highly-integrated medical curriculum combines a range of learning strategies, including early clinical experience, integrated communication and clinical skills teaching, practical sessions, including dissection, problem-based-learning (PBL), lectures and seminars. You will have extensive experience of clinical placements in both primary and secondary care settings and in the community sector. Inter-professional learning and student interests are fostered throughout the programme. Further opportunities for diversity are encouraged through intercalation.

Opportunities for intercalation to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject are available and include studying at bachelor’s level after the second year or master’s level after the fourth year. Intercalation is a year out of your undergraduate medical studies in order to study a subject area in greater depth before returning to complete the medical course. An intercalated degree provides you with an opportunity to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject that interests you, acquire a better understanding of basic biomedical sciences, medical humanities and research methodologies, publish scientific papers and present at conferences.

Single Honours

For details about the structure of the programme for Medicine please see the Course Information Document

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based in module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what a student is likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, individual students will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon their own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that a student may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students. 

First year 

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 43%
  • Guided Independent Study - 54%
  • Placements - 3% 

Second year 

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 43%
  • Guided Independent Study - 50%
  • Placements - 7% 

Third year 

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 29%
  • Guided Independent Study - 15%
  • Placements - 56%  

Fourth year 

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 27%
  • Guided Independent Study - 8%
  • Placements - 65%  

Fifth year 

  • Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities - 11%
  • Guided Independent Study - 13%
  • Placements - 76%  

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

Successful completion of the MBChB course provides you with a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts. There is a national application process for Foundation Year 1 posts during the final year of the course, and posts are allocated on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed. Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Medical students at UK medical schools who are from overseas and do not have right of residence must check how the latest information on visa requirements affects their postgraduate training period. Please see the Visas and immigration website

Information about medical careers after graduation is correct at the time of going to press. For up to date information please visit

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Codes and Combinations

Courses available:


Five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB): A100
Medicine with Health Foundation Year: 
The Health Foundation Year is designed to provide an entry to Medicine for those without the conventional A-level subjects normally required for direct entry, subject to achieving specified grades in the Foundation Year assessments.

 How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS by 15 October for applicants wishing to enter the following September and for those wishing to defer.

Download our School of Medicine course brochure or order online or telephone 01782 734651 or 733642.

Get more detailed information from our Entry Routes and How to Apply page.


Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Medicine with Foundation Year: A104 View KIS Stats

All applications must be made through UCAS by 15 October for applicants wishing to enter the following September and for those wishing to defer.

Full Unistats data is available at (opens new window)

Study abroad

Due to the GMC accreditation requirements of the programme, Study Abroad options are limited to the option of arranging your own elective abroad in the fifth year.


This subject/programme is accredited by the General Medical Council. Please note that to be awarded the MBChB accreditation you must pass all modules. All modules are mandatory.

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Emergencies
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Cancer
  • Lifestyle
  • Ageing
  • Complex Family

Second year

  • Inputs and Outputs
  • Movement
  • Life Support and Defence
  • Sensation

Third year

  • Surgical Patient
  • Medical Patient
  • Young Patient
  • Elderly Patient
  • Mental Health
  • General Practice

Fourth year

  • Surgery
  • Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Integrated Medical Practice 1: Medicine and Neurology
  • Integrated Medical Practice 2: Medicine and Musculoskeletal
  • Higher Consultation Skills
  • Placement in General Practice

Fifth year

  • GP Assistantship 15 weeks
  • Acute and Critical Care (emergency medicine, intensive care unit and anaesthesia) five weeks
  • Medicine Student Assistantship five weeks
  • Surgical Student Assistantship five weeks
  • Distant Elective/Corrective eight weeks

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available