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University of East Anglia Medicine

University of East Anglia Medicine

MBBS Medicine

Attendance  Full Time  Award

Degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery


About this course

Studying Medicine at Norwich Medical School means that you will join an exceptional group of medical students studying in a thriving student-centred learning environment where students and staff share a passion for making a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

Being a doctor is a privileged position which has at its heart a real and deep-seated vocation to help people. It’s a demanding and challenging profession but very rewarding. Our course focuses on relating your learning to real life, using scenarios and clinical problems from patients, with an emphasis on developing your practical experience as well as your theoretical knowledge from the start.

At Norwich Medical School we believe in learning in context. From the very first weeks of our course, your time is spent every week in clinical practice, ensuring that you are able to apply your learning to patients in the same week.


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Our course has been carefully designed in conjunction with and has been approved by the General Medical Council.

Highlights of Medicine at Norwich Medical School:

  • Experience learning with and from patients from the very first month of your course
  • Explore anatomy linked to clinical practice in our anatomy facility, including undertaking dissection
  • Varied range of clinical placements on acute wards, specialist units and in general practice
  • Link theory with practice using small-group teaching, within primary care and Problem-Based Learning – a proven way to learn
  • Learn in facilities such as our awarding-winning Bob Champion Research and Education Building (opposite the university hospital)
  • Learn the art of communication through our excellent consultation skills programme supported by dedicated tutors and actors, enabling you to develop your consultation skills from year one to your final attachment
  • Take part in regular group work with students from a range of health disciplines.


Our graduates say they are the ‘best-prepared doctors’ in the UK

We are passionate about helping our students become highly competent and confident 21st century doctors. We get fantastic feedback from our graduates. 85% of our graduates say that they are ‘prepared for practice’, more than any other UK medical school (average was 70% across all medical schools) according to the General Medical Council’s State of Medical Education and Practice in the UK, 2014.


Patients are at the heart of what we teach

Our five-year MB BS degree, with patients at the heart of our course and the core of your study, provides rigorous training and an exciting range of placements that you’ll embark on almost immediately, so you’ll graduate with the confidence you need for modern medical practice.


Take advantage of our elective option

Gain extended experience with the opportunity to take a four-week placement anywhere in the world, at the end of year four, with a further six-week studentship in year five – putting you one step ahead of the competition when it comes to your application to specialty training.


Intercalation – strengthen your CV and study in more depth

You will have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated postgraduate (Master’s level) degree course after year three or four. Currently students can take a Masters in Clinical Research (MRes), in Clinical Education (MClinEd), in Molecular Medicine or in Health Economics (both MSc).


Small group teaching

Much of our teaching in both the University and placements takes place in small groups of about 10 students. This enables you to experience excellent working relationships with academic tutors, clinicians and your peers, and develop your clinical knowledge and skills in a safe learning environment. You will also develop excellence in communication through our consultation skills tutorials supported by both clinicians and actors, enabling you to communicate effectively with patients and their families with compassion and understanding. Teaching at Norwich Medical School is further supplemented and supported by large group seminars (in groups of about 60 students) and whole class lectures.


Support – every step of the way

We understand that Medicine is a demanding degree, but our excellent course and staff enable us to support you throughout your learning and professional development. The weekly small group work in problem based learning and primary care means you have access to excellent academic support, coupled with a dedicated personal adviser who supports you from year one to five.


Course structure

  • 15 modules based primarily on body systems, with elective and student assistantship components in the fourth and final year (for more information on the modules download our school brochure)
  • Study the core sciences in a clinical context, alongside your clinical placements
  • Student Selected Components (SSCs) are delivered in a number of contexts including our student selected studies programme (described in this poster), studies allied to medicine, electives and selected clinical placements.


Teaching methods

We use a range of teaching methods to support your learning of the essential skills required to become a competent doctor:


  • Keynote lectures, seminars and anatomy practical classes delivered by expert academics and clinical educators
  • Problem-based Learning – this allows you to apply the theory you have studied to clinical patient scenarios
  • Consultation skills tutorials – promoting excellent communication (which is at the heart of any doctor-patient relationship) by providing regular, dedicated consultation skills sessions with tutors and actors throughout the course
  • Clinical placements allowing you to integrate theory with practice, with patient contact most weeks of our course from the first month onwards
  • Shadowing – in your final year you will spend ten weeks, equally divided between medicine and surgery, working one-to-one with a recently qualified junior doctor. You’ll integrate the knowledge and skills accumulated over the previous four years of study, giving you a real insight of what will be expected of you as a qualified doctor.
  • Developing professionalism – guidance throughout primary and secondary care placements, encouraging the development of values and behaviours enabling you to become a safe, respected and trustworthy doctor.

Teaching and Assessment

Your progress will be regularly assessed throughout the course in order to support your learning and development towards becoming a qualified medical practitioner. At the end of each module, you will be assessed through an ‘Objective Structured Clinical Examination’ (OSCE) – a practical test of your knowledge and clinical ability.
Other assessments include: annual written examinations in both ‘short answer’ and ‘single best answer’ format; assignments on research methods, and an audit project; and assessments of presentations, usually to fellow students, for your ‘Student Selected Study’ component.

Throughout your time with us, you will keep a portfolio and write a short essay each year, reflecting on your personal and professional development, thereby demonstrating that you are developing towards your goal as a member of the medical profession.

Course Modules 2017/8

  • Year 1

  • Year 2

  • Year 3

  • Year 4

  • Year 5

Students must study the following modules for 151 credits:

Name Code Credits


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements

  • 2017/8

  • A Level AAA including Biology/Human Biology and either Physics or Chemistry. Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 36 points with 666 at Higher Level to include Biology and one other science from Chemistry /Physics
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AAA inc Biology and one other science from Chemistry or Physics plus a minimum of grade B in a fourth standard Highers subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AAAAAA at Higher level including Biology and a second science from Chemistry/Physics
  • Access Course See below for a list of accepted courses and grade requirements.

Entry Requirement

For September 2017 entry

Please view the information below along with our FAQs page.


All applicants must have a minimum of six GCSE (or EU / International equivalent) passes at grade A or above to include English, Mathematics and two Science subjects. GCSE short courses are not accepted. When considering your application we will usually review your best 9 results (to include English, Mathematics and two sciences). We will include only one maths, up to two English and up to three single science subjects or a double science award. Repeat GCSEs are accepted.

EU / International accepted equivalents are shown on the charts below under ‘Alternative Qualifications’.

Applicants who have not sat GCSE (or EU/International equivalent) should include details of all formal qualifications taken up to age 16 (e.g. Middle Year Programme), in addition to your school leaving exam results (pending or achieved),  together with current/completed studies on your UCAS form.

Please see FAQ 9 for additional information.

A Levels

Applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve AAA at A level. These A levels must include Biology/Human Biology, one further science (Chemistry or Physics), with a third A level subject of the applicant’s choice.

Science A levels must include a pass in the practical element.

A Level Resits

A level resits will be considered if a minimum of ABB was obtained at first sitting, plus a fourth AS at grade B.

Applicants who are repeating their AS year, or all or part of any A level (thus taking their A levels over more than 2 years) are expected to achieve A* in at least one of the subjects as follows:

  • Applicants who are wishing to re-sit one subject will be required to have a predicted A*
  • Applicants re-sitting two A-Level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*A
  • Applicants re-sitting three A-Level subjects are required to have predicted grades of A*AA

Please note: for any subject repeated, the result should be at least one grade higher than that originally achieved.

Resit AS modules. Your full A level (AS & A2) should be completed within a two year period. This may include resitting modules. Any additional study outside this period will be subject to our resit policy as above.

For resits of other Level 3 qualifications (eg – International Baccalaureate) – see EU entry requirements chart under ‘Alternative Qualification’s below.


UK Clinical Aptitude Test

ALL applicants are required to take the UKCAT Medical Admissions Test in the summer prior to submitting their application, i.e. in June-October 2016. See for full details. While we include consideration of your Cognitive UKCAT score within our selection process WE DO NOT HAVE A CUT OFF VALUE.  However, from our experience, it is unusual for an applicant with a UKCAT score lower than the 3rd decile to be invited to interview.  In 2015 this was a score in the region of 2400.  In 2016 the Decision Analysis sub section is being replaced by a Decision Making sub section.  The score for this element is not being released in 2016.  Therefore we expect that it will be unlikely for an applicant to be invited to interview with a UKCAT score of less than 1800.  Please note that we do not currently use the SJT banding within the selection process.

UKCAT have launched an ITunes app for IOS device which you can download here .

All Applicants

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have achieved successful academic study within the past three years.

Applicants who have previously studied, or are currently studying, at another Medical School (UK/EU or International) will not be considered for entry.

We are not able to accept transfer students onto our Undergraduate Medical Degree due to the integrated nature of the course. Applicants currently studying in higher education, irrespective of prior experience/qualifications, are required to have completed their current course of study prior to commencing their medical studies at UEA.

All successful applicants will be required to complete a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Police check and a satisfactory occupational health check.  As part of the selection process, all applicants who accept an offer of a place at Norwich Medical School are checked against the Medical Schools Council (MSC) excluded student database. Details of these requirements will be provided within the offer information. Further information regarding requirements for medical students in relation to blood born infectious diseases, and information on Medical Students Fitness Standards. Any offer holder with a current or past history of health conditions (physical or mental health)  should tell occupational health about any health conditions they have for the following reasons:

  • Medical schools have a duty to support their students, but students have to help the school to do this by being open and honest about their health.
  • Being open and trustworthy is an important part of being a doctor – patients and the GMC expect this of practising doctors. Failure by a doctor on the medical register to disclose a health matter that could potentially impact on patient safety is a breach of this duty.
  • A student should understand that their ill health could put their ability to study at risk. Where a student has this understanding – and shows this by getting help and support – their health condition rarely prevents them from completing the course. One way to demonstrate understanding from the start is for a student to declare whether they will need additional support when they begin their course.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 7.5 overall (minimum 7.0 in each component)

There may be other selected English Language tests we can accept. Please contact the Admissions Office for further details.

If you do not meet the University’s entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.


Each interview lasts approximately 50 minutes. Selected applicants are invited to take part in an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) style interview, also known as a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). During the interview, each applicant rotates through a series of rooms, known as ‘stations’, They will spend 5 minutes at each of the 7 stations, with a 1 and a half minute changeover/preparation time between each. Please note that we do not disclose interview questions.

We will individually email invitations to applicants who are selected for interview. If you are invited to interview you are required to complete and bring with you this completed Work Experience Form.



Alternative Qualifications

EU / International Qualifications

Please see this chart for EU requirements.

Please see this chart  for International requirements (please note this chart only shows our A-level equivalent requirements. International applicants also need to meet our GCSE equivalent requirements in order to be considered)

Graduates and Other Higher Degree Qualifications

Please note that all applicants need to show that they have studied within the past three years.

Graduate applicants should hold or be in the final year of their undergraduate degree and predicted to achieve a First class or 2.1 classification, in addition to meeting the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above. We are unable to accept an application with a 2.2 or below classification anywhere in their educational history. An Access to Higher Education or a Master’s / PhD qualification does not negate this requirement.

We require proof of sound knowledge of science at A level. Therefore:

  • Graduates who have studied A-levels must have achieved the minimum grades of ABB in their 13th year of study (upper sixth).  If A-Level Biology/Human Biology and one other science subject from Chemistry or Physics are not taken in the original sitting at Sixth Form, these need to be studied and a minimum of a grade A achieved.
  • General Studies, Citizenship Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
  • Only one of Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A-Level will be considered.
  • Graduates who repeated A level study prior to University entry will not be considered.

Applicants studying for a Master’s degree at the time of application must meet the undergraduate degree requirements outlined above. The Master’s degree must be fully and successfully completed with satisfactory verification by 31 st August 2016. If you are in this situation, please check that you are able to meet this deadline before applying for a place on this MB BS course.
Access/Pre-Medical Programmes

We welcome applications from students holding or studying for one of the following Access/Pre-Medical qualifications

  • The College of West Anglia (Access to Medicine)
  • Lambeth College (Access to Medicine & Biomedical Science)
  • Lancaster University (Pre-Medical Studies)
  • City and Islington College (Access to Medicine & Medical Bio Sciences)
  • The Manchester College (Access to Medicine)
  • Bradford University (Foundation in Clinical Science/Medicine)
  • Sussex Downs University (Access to Medicine)
  • City of Liverpool University (Access to Science)

Applicants must also meet the GCSE and UKCAT requirements above.

  • For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds A levels, these must be at ABB, and attained at first sitting irrespective of subjects (excluding General Studies,Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies.
  • For any applicant offering an Access qualification who also holds a degree, this must be at 2:1 or higher.

The University reserves the right to make academic judgements outside these published guidelines in complex and exceptional cases.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Fees and Funding

UK/EU Students

Tuition Fees

The five-year Medicine degree course is offered on a self-funded basis with students paying the standard rate of tuition fees. Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for Home and EU students and for details of the support available.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds.

Home/EU – The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships.

Students may be eligible to apply for low interest loans, to cover fees and maintenance, from the Student Loans Company. Further information is available from:

Medical students may be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary during their final year of studies. For further details please see the NHS Student Grants website at

To see if you are eligible for a UKCAT Bursary and how to apply for this, please go to

Due to the integrated nature of our Medicine degree course, fees are the same in each year of the course (apart from inflation increases). When comparing UEA fees with those of other universities, applicants are advised to consider the total cost over the whole five years of the course.

Please note that tuition fee rates are reviewed annually to take account of inflation increases.

Additional information is available from:

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

Tuition Fees

Please see our webpage for further information on the current amount of tuition fees payable for International Students.


We do not currently offer any scholarships for international applicants applying for this course.

Due to the integrated nature of our MB BS course, fees are the same in each year of the course (apart from inflation increases). When comparing UEA fees with those of other universities, applicants are advised to consider the total cost over the whole five years of the course.

Please note that tuition fee rates are reviewed annually to take account of inflation increases.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS Institution Code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University’s International section of our website.