Medicine (4.5-year degree)

University of Buckingham

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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The University of Buckingham is: o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide) o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey) o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1 Our MB ChB programme is taught full time over four and a half years. The course is divided into two phases. Phase 1 is the initial two years taught both at the University of Buckingham and in local clinical environments. In Phase 1, students will acquire the foundations of clinical practice and learn critical skills and basic and applied sciences. Phase 2 takes two and a half years and is spent entirely in clinical placements at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bedford Hospital, St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton and other local healthcare providers. During Phase 2, students will work intensively with patients and doctors in a clinical setting and will be given structured exposure to all aspects of medicine in both the hospital and the community.

Course details


You will be assessed rigorously throughout the course so that you can monitor your development, and to assure the Medical School that you are progressing well. There are both written and clinical assessments in all years of the course, and the standards required are high. All assessments are directly related to the practice of medicine, and designed to test how you can apply your understanding and skills to solving patients’ problems. You have to pass assessments in each year in order to progress, and you will be tested rigorously at the end of the course to make sure you are ready to practise. You can, therefore, be confident that on graduation you will be thoroughly prepared for your career as a doctor.

Assessment method

We will assess your progress rigorously throughout the course so that you, the Medical School and the public can be confident that you are meeting the high standards required of a doctor. There will be a combination of written examinations, structured clinical examinations and the use of an e-portfolio of evidence of progress, all chosen to make the most valid and reliable test of your abilities. The other main purpose of the assessment system is to drive the learning of all students, and the Medical School has therefore chosen to place a high weight on educational impact in the design of the assessment system. The aim is to assess students in ways that will drive deep, contextual and constructive learning that will last into life-long practice.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction this year, the University and has always scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
A level AAB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 34 points

The A-Level requirements for this course are AAB. Please note that subjects required for A-levels are Chemistry as well as one from Mathematics or Biology. In the case of applicants who do not have Biology at A-level, they should have studied the subject to AS-level (or equivalent) and achieved at least a grade B.

English language requirements

Medical students whose native language is not English must hold an IELTS UKVI or Academic Certificate of 7.5 with a minimum of 7 in each component. Alternatively, you can provide a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Certificate of overall average score of 191, with a minimum of 185 in each paper.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £37500 Year 1
International £37500 Year 1
England £37500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £37500 Year 1
Scotland £37500 Year 1
Wales £37500 Year 1
Channel Islands £37500 Year 1

Additional fee information

The University of Buckingham is a not-for-profit educational charity that receives no government subsidies. Your tuition fees are invested fully into providing a first class medical education and student experience. Home Students: Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £6,165 (September 2020) paid direct to the University. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees can be found on our website at: Stethoscopes Our students need to purchase a stethoscope as part of their medical training. They can acquire it themselves, or through us once they join the medical school. The cost of stethoscopes vary from around £30-£60. Visits to Hospitals and GP Practices Our students will rotate across our partner hospitals and a number of local GP practices throughout the Clinical Skills Unit in Phase 1 of the course. Travel costs are incurred once a week in Phase 1 and it is around 45p per mile. We reimburse students whose travel is longer than 25 miles where we refund any mileage over 25 in one direction. Patient Visit As part of the Narrative Medicine component of the course, each of our students is assigned a patient whom they will visit on a regular basis. The frequency of the visits and the distance they need to travel vary from patient to patient. Travel cost is around 45p per mile. We reimburse students whose travel is longer than 25 miles where we refund any mileage over 25 in one direction.
Medicine (4.5-year degree) at University of Buckingham - UCAS