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Medicine: North Wales

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Medicine: North Wales

We aim to train the very best doctors for Wales and more widely in the UK by providing high quality teaching, and an inspiring learning experience based around increased clinical contact. We are excited to mirror the well-established C21 MBBCh course delivered by the School of Medicine at Cardiff University with our colleagues at the School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University.

Admission requirements

English language requirements


Grade B or grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking and a minimum of 6.5 in all other subskills.


At least 100 with a minimum of 24 in speaking and 22 in all other subskills.

PTE Academic

At least 70 overall with a minimum of 76 in speaking and a minimum of 69 in all other communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

III: at least a Merit in all components.

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

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

This is a Graduate Entry course that starts in Year 2 in North Wales.

Year two

1. Community based learning

2. The Student Selected Components (SSC) Programme

  • Two experience projects
  • A journalistic article
  • A unique peer learning C21 conference

Year three

In Year 2 (North Wales) 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. You will learn by undertaking a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, which is an established form of medical education, proven in universities around the world. You will follow a range of patients for longer periods of time and develop a close relationship with a mentor who guides your learning. Longitudinal placements enhance students; understanding of patient-centred care, the healthcare system and the importance of the life perspective, family dynamics and social contexts of patients; presentations for healthcare. Students learn through experience and problem solving in a supportive clinical environment.

You will have the opportunity to undertake all Year 2 learning in a defined rural community, predominantly in primary care but with definite links to secondary care establishments that serve these communities. It will provide a platform for you to understand how care should be provided to those with common diseases. You will become competent in taking a holistic history, identifying and managing pertinent risk factors, recommending targeted interventions as well as considering the wider impact of &being a patient; on the social and psychological wellbeing of the patient and their carers.

The patient will remain the basis for your learning. A major focus of the longitudinal clerkships is the “patient journey, and you will have opportunities to follow a bank of patients presenting with common symptoms that make up the core of the learning outcomes for the year.

As with the preceding year of the course, clinical case studies, which focus on common presentations, will be used to structure learning. These will complement the experience gained whilst on clinical placement in a variety of healthcare settings where you will observe and assist in patient care whilst learning to take on increasing responsibility for care under direct supervision. This will be supplemented by self-directed and e-learning material.

Your learning will be supplemented with teaching from Bangor University and Betsi Cadwaladr health board to ensure that the generic themes and learning outcomes covered in the bookend weeks of the Cardiff delivered curriculum are also delivered and covered at Bangor. The teaching and learning will consist of a blend of plenaries, tutorials and e-learning material and will be delivered at timely intervals throughout the academic year.

Year four

Clinical Placements:

  • Women, Children and Family
  • Clinical Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology
  • Chronic Disease 2 - Geriatrics, Musculoskeletal Disease and Dermatology

Scholarships & funding

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


  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £36,700 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge and understanding:

As a medical student you are expected to demonstrate professional behaviour, appropriate to that of a doctor in training, at all times from the start of the course.

  • 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 your 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 your career
  • 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 Programme doctor in the NHS.

You must be proficient in all of the practical skills listed by the GMC to graduate.

Professional practical skills:

You will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, which are discipline specific and also 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.

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBBCh degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this time period your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. All suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed. For instance if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens then UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBBCh (or equivalent) degree. It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need toapply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

  • The GMC is planning to introduce a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted full registration. Although no firm decision has been taken as to exact nature and timing of this assessment applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students will need to pass parts of a new UK Medical Licensing Assessment before the GMC will grant you registration with a licence to Practise. This Medical Licencing Assessment (MLA) will be a requirement for graduation from 2023.

Career paths

Careers and placements

Career prospects

The Medicine programme is recognised as a Primary Medical Qualification under the Medical Act, and graduates of the programme may apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council. In 2017 100 % of the School;s graduates from the MBBCh course had secured employment or engaged in further study within 6 months of graduation.

Specialties within Medicine include but are not limited to:

  • Acute Care
  • Anaesthetics
  • Clinical Academia
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Intensive Care
  • Medicine
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Radiology
  • Surgery

Graduates can however use their degree, not only to enter specialist medical training schemes but also as a general degree for a range of other professions.


Throughout the course you spend time with patients in clinical settings to provide context to what you are learning. As you progress, your exposure to patients increases along with the complexity of your clinical cases and your responsibilities for patients' care. The purpose of the C21 North Wales/ Gogledd Cymru course is to provide a unique experience of learning and delivering health care in a community setting. As healthcare systems develop this will become an increasingly common model of healthcare provision with opportunities for graduates to gain successful careers at the interface of primary and secondary care systems whilst also acquiring the required skills to undertake more traditional roles within the NHS if desired.

Clinical placement learning takes place at hospitals, community medical centres and many general practices across North Wales. This means we can offer you a uniquely diverse clinical learning experience with a community and more rural clinical experience. Skills and professional behaviours are developed throughout the curriculum, in order that you are fully prepared for your Foundation Programme and postgraduate medical training when you graduate.

All clinical placements should give you the opportunity to:

  • Talk to patients, examine them and record your findings and conclusions
  • Observe different areas of medical practice and learn about common problems within each
  • Record what you have seen, look up and ask about things you don;t understand
  • Practice and refine practical clinical skills already learned in a simulated setting in a real clinical environment
  • Learn about diagnostic processes in clinical scenarios
  • Contribute to weekly Case Based Discussion (CBD)
  • Present cases to more senior members of staff.

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