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Curriculum Map 2018

A spiral curriculum, with vertical themes running through the five years:
the doctor as a scholar and scientist, the doctor as a practitioner, and the doctor as a professional

The map below shows the curriculum map for 2018 entry onwards

Phase 1

Overview with early clinical exposure.
There is an emphasis on learning the fundamentals of biomedical, behavioural, and social science, with a focus on sciences, research, and study skills.

Year 1 FHEQ Level 4 (120 credits)
Learning through integrated units such as Orientation, Health and Disease, The Body’s Defence, Emergencies, Lifecourse, Brain and Mind, Pregnancy, Lifestyle, and a Student Selected Component.

Year 2 FHEQ Level 5 (120 credits)
A second run through of many aspects of biomedical, behavioural, and social science, with an increased emphasis on complexity and pathology. Learning through integrated units such as Mechanisms of Disease, Inputs and Outputs, Movement and Trauma, Circulation, Breath of Life, Integrated Systems, and a Student Selected Component.

MUL

Optional intercalated bachelor’s degree

You may be able to opt to take 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. There is a selection process with set criteria.

A proportion of medical students in the UK add an additional year to the five-year undergraduate course in order to study a subject of their choice in greater depth. At Keele, you can apply to take a year out of your medical studies after completion of Year 2 (bachelor’s degree only) or Year 4 (bachelor’s or master’s degree) in order to study a subject area in greater depth, before returning to complete the medical course. This can be a taught or research-based option. You can choose to stay at Keele for your intercalation year or apply to another university. At graduation, you would be eligible for the award of two degrees: the MBChB and another for the additional year of study.

Why do an intercalated degree?
An intercalated degree provides you with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of basic biomedical sciences, medical humanities, or research methodologies, and to pursue an additional qualification in a subject that interests you. This may help you make informed choices about specialisation later in your career, particularly if you want to pursue a medical academic career. Other benefits could include the improvement of long-term career prospects, as you will have had the opportunity to gain key research skills, publish academic papers and make presentations at conferences. Therefore, Keele University School of Medicine is keen to encourage its students to undertake intercalated degrees

Phase 2

Building on the foundations of clinical knowledge and skills through immersion in clinical placements, whilst continuing to develop and apply biomedical, behavioural, and social science knowledge.

Year 3 FHEQ Level 6 (120 credits)
Learning through integrated units such as Medicine, Surgery, Elderly Care, Mental Health, Paediatrics, and then a General Practice work placement, and a Student Selected Component.

Year 4 FHEQ Level 6 (120 credits)
Learning through integrated units such as Medicine, Surgery, Women’s Health, Mental Health, Paediatrics, Neurology/Musculoskeletal, and then a General Practice work placement, and a Student Selected Component.

Optional intercalated master’s degree

You may be able to opt to take 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. There is a selection process with set criteria.

A proportion of medical students in the UK add an additional year to the five-year undergraduate course in order to study a subject of their choice in greater depth. At Keele, you can apply to take a year out of your medical studies after completion of Year 2 (bachelor’s degree only) or Year 4 (bachelor’s or master’s degree) in order to study a subject area in greater depth, before returning to complete the medical course. This can be a taught or research-based option. You can choose to stay at Keele for your intercalation year or apply to another university. At graduation, you would be eligible for the award of two degrees: the MBChB and another for the additional year of study.

Why do an intercalated degree?
An intercalated degree provides you with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of basic biomedical sciences, medical humanities, or research methodologies, and to pursue an additional qualification in a subject that interests you. This may help you make informed choices about specialisation later in your career, particularly if you want to pursue a medical academic career. Other benefits could include the improvement of long-term career prospects, as you will have had the opportunity to gain key research skills, publish academic papers and make presentations at conferences. Therefore, Keele University School of Medicine is keen to encourage its students to undertake intercalated degrees

Phase 3

Very extensive student assistantships to prepare students for practice as Foundation Year 1 doctors.

Year 5 FHEQ Level 6 (120 credits)
Preparation for Professional Practice: including out-of-hours evening and weekend working, GP assistantship, Acute and Critical Care (Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Unit & Anaesthesia), Medicine student assistantship, Surgical student assistantship, Distant Elective, and a Preparation for Professional Practice week.