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5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
September 2021

Program description


This degree will prepare you for a rewarding working life as a foundation doctor in the NHS and career beyond. Our course is structured over five years to allow you to acquire knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes within an integrated spiral curriculum, allowing you to continually build on what you learn. Our aim is to produce great clinicians who understand people and the environment in which we live.

The program initially focuses on preparing you for learning in higher education and building a platform for integrated clinical sciences. This is delivered in the classroom, practical classes, lectures and the virtual learning environment. You learn to apply your knowledge in the clinical environment, both in hospital and community settings. It emphasises the importance of learning science in the clinical context, and the central place of the patient in a doctor’s work. We firmly believe that patients are at the heart of medical education and as such you will be introduced to patients from the first year. You will learn about common medical conditions from real patients, as well as their doctors, in authentic and impressively equipped facilities.

As you progress through the program you will find there is increasing emphasis on the acquisition of clinical skills, initially in a simulated environment progressing to extended clinical placements with increasing responsibility in hospital and community settings throughout Wales. Throughout the course, you are expected to display the professional attributes of a doctor in training. By the time you graduate, you will have demonstrated that care of patients is your first concern. With full engagement in the course, you will be able to apply knowledge and skills in a competent and ethical manner and use your ability to provide leadership and to analyse complex and uncertain situations. You will have achieved all the outcomes and clinical competencies required by the General Medical Council set out in ‘Outcomes for Graduates'.

The Medicine program is recognised as a Primary Medical Qualification under the Medical Act, and graduates of the program may apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council.

Distinctive features

  • An innovative spiral curriculum based on evidence gathered from across the world
  • Teaching from internationally-renowned researchers and clinicians
  • Having the whole of Wales as your classroom, meaning you get a breadth of clinical experience from small, rural GP practices and small cottage hospitals to fast-paced city A&E departments and complex surgical specialties
  • A smooth transfer into the first year of your career as a doctor
  • Excellent teaching facilities
  • Intercalate for a year to complete a medically related BSc in a subject of interest

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAA grades at A2 level. Students must offer three A2 level subjects which should include Chemistry and Biology. Applicants undertaking Science GCE A levels where a separate practical endorsement is reported will require a pass in this element. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not acceptable at A2 Level.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

  • Your introduction runs for the first 12 weeks, covering the basics of anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, cell and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology and pathology
  • You will develop the fundamental communication, clinical skills and professionalism required of a doctor.
  • You will learn to address medical problems from first principles, and develop scientific reasoning skills
  • During Year 2 your learning continues to be based on common clinical scenarios and during Year 2 you will study 11 cases. Each case lasting two weeks. Some of the core science learning highlights of Year 2 include:
    • Community Based Learning
    • The Student Selected Components (SSC) program
      • Two Experience projects
      • Journalistic article
      • A unique Year 2/Year 5 C21 Conference
  • In Year 3 you learn the principles of integrated clinical care, to learn about clinical method and diagnostic reasoning and relate this to the underpinning scientific principles of medicine.
  • An eight week Student Selected Component – an opportunity to go beyond core learning and study a subject which you have a particular interest.
    • Women, Children and Family
    • Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology
    • Chronic Disease 2 - Geriatrics, Musculoskeletal Disease and Dermatology
  • Four core learning blocks of two weeks will address important aspects of a medical career. These Cardiff-based activities, themed “Preparing for Practice”, “Changing Practice”, “Science in Practice” and “Practise for Practice”, offer an understanding of what to expect when you start work. They include team-working, leadership, service improvement, academic research skills, and life as a Foundation doctor.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £34,450


What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These include the following.

  • Scientific method and approaches to research;
  • Analysis and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Communication skills – written and oral;
  • Numeracy;
  • IT skills;
  • Verbal presentation skills;
  • Problem solving;
  • Clinical history and examination skills;
  • Diagnosis and management of clinical presentations;
  • Carrying out practical procedures safely and effectively;
  • Emergency medical care;
  • Prescribing;
  • Leadership and management skills;
  • Teaching skills.

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you be able to demonstrate all of the outcomes for medical graduates as defined by the GMC in ‘Outcomes for graduates 2015'. These include:

  • Taking responsibility for the care, diagnosis, management and treatment of patients;
  • Placing patients’ needs and safety at the centre of the care process;
  • Showing respect for their patients at all times;
  • Taking responsibility for your own practice and actions;
  • Displaying the capacity for inquiry and being prepared to continue learning, teaching, evaluating and researching throughout their careers;
  • Developing existing knowledge, deepening understanding and improving performance through experiential learning;
  • Adapting effectively in response to uncertainty and change;
  • Combining directed, self-directed and simulated learning;
  • Displaying a sound appreciation of ethical, legal and community issues;
  • Relating the scientific basis of medicine, including most recent developments to the diagnosis and treatment of disease;
  • Extrapolating the importance of physical, psychological and social determinates of health to medical practice;
  • Acting as an effective member of multidisciplinary teams;
  • Practising effectively as a Foundation program doctor in the NHS.

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