School of Medicine
The School of Medicine is a friendly environment where staff and patients will support you in your learning. In addition to our highly rated MBChB course, we offer a range of part-time postgraduate courses for current clinicians and health professionals. Full time postgraduate courses include our new Master's in Physician Associate Studies, and our intercalated one year master's courses.
Thank you for your interest in our medicine degree programme that focuses on graduating excellent clinicians. As the vital roles of healthcare professionals are in the public eye like never before, you have probably been brought to this web page by your desire to make a difference to people’s lives through the skills and knowledge acquired by studying medicine.
The Covid-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge to healthcare provision in the UK. Our medical students have been outstanding in contributing to healthcare, particularly locally in Staffordshire and Shropshire. Over 150 students from years 1-4 have volunteered for a variety of activities to support the public. Students in the early years have taken part in local schemes to support people isolated by the outbreak, help with childcare, and deliver medicines or shopping. Students in year 4 have taken up medical assistant positions within our local hospital trusts. In these positions, under appropriate supervision, they have helped in frontline healthcare, performing tasks such as taking blood and setting up drips.
We are particularly proud of our final-year students. As a university, we were able to accelerate their graduation in response to a national request so that those wishing to could join the medical workforce 3 months earlier than usual. So far, over 80 new Keele medical graduates have taken up positions as “interim Foundation Year 1 doctors”, mainly in acute trusts in Staffordshire and Shropshire. A further 21 have chosen to take medical assistant roles locally. We have set no expectations that our students and graduates should take up these positions. For some students this would not be possible for personal reasons. However, the decision of so many students to contribute reflects their own sense of social responsibility which typifies our ethos at Keele University School of Medicine.
We understand that the context of Covid-19 may raise concerns about study at a campus-based community but we really want to reassure you that your safety is our number one priority. Our central website has further important information about life and study on campus and is regularly updated.
At Keele, we are offering a ‘hybrid’ education model to ensure that we can all adhere to social distancing requirements and keep our community safe. This means that you will have a foundation of digital engagement (live online sessions alongside regular digital engagement in your own time) and regular physically present, ‘in-situ’ teaching sessions.
The in-situ sessions will require your presence on campus, to work in small groups. Being on campus at Keele will ensure that you are present for the full student experience: academic study alongside the social and co-curricular activities that your School and University will provide. Please be assured that both your education and your student experience will take place under carefully planned, socially distanced conditions, fully in line with current government Covid 19 guidelines.
At this time, the government do not have additional shielding requirements in place; however, this guidance may change throughout the pandemic. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Student Services who can support you with your personal circumstances and liaise with your School to support your transition to study at Keele.
See our Guidance for Placements (PDF 307 KB) for information about clinical placements.
Our primary goal in selecting medical students has always been to choose people with the clearest commitment to working together to improve lives. We believe that our focus on applicants’ experiences of caring for, supporting or simply helping people is one of the factors that contributes to the kind of public-spirited response that our students have displayed in the current crisis. If you are thinking of applying to study medicine at Keele in 2021 but are worried about how to make a strong application, we would encourage you to think about the things you have done – no matter on how small a scale – that demonstrate your motivation and desire to help people within your community.
You will have seen and heard in the media about the effects that social distancing is likely to have on how university courses are delivered. It is inevitable that the experience first-year students have of university in 2020-21 – and even possibly beyond – will be different from that of previous cohorts. Please be assured that Keele is working hard to plan ways of delivering the medicine course that balance effective education and the best possible learning experience with maintaining the safety of students, patients and staff. This will mean that some teaching that has previously taken place within the medical school will have to be delivered remotely using online tools, allowing us to give priority to using our laboratories and other facilities for small groups of students to use these for learning activities that require them. Please see the university’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions, please visit one of our Virtual Open Days or use Unibuddy to ask a member of staff or student about what studying medicine at Keele is like.
On 1st August 2020 the School of Medicine and the School of Primary, Community and Social Care merged together into one School of Medicine. This will generate many advantages including the reputational enhancement which will come from bringing together a school with a very strong multidisciplinary research and educational portfolios and another with excellent educational metrics and the improved student experience that will result. Professor Christian Mallen will lead the newly formed school as the Head of School. He said that he is looking forward to "realising the many positive benefits that the merger will bring".
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Overview and student interviews produced in October 2011. The movie is still relevant, but some details may have changed.