Medicine (6 years including foundation year) [MBChB] - About the course
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Outcome of the course
At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB (or equivalent ) 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. 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. So far, 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.
The University reserves the right to make academic judgements outside these published guidelines in complex and exceptional cases.
5th Year of Study Onwards: Currently the NHS Business Services Authority pays the cost of UG medicine tuition fees and a means-tested amount of funding to help with day to day living expenses, to eligible UK students who are in their fifth year of study onwards. See NHS Bursary .
NB If you attend a course in Wales , Scotland or Northern Ireland , broadly comparable arrangements will apply, but you will need to consult the relevant national authorities for details as NHS Student Bursaries will not be able to administer your funding.
UK medical graduates are currently able to secure a place on a two-year foundation programme that leads to full registration with the General Medical Council (see Career Outcome section for full details).
When taking the decision to embark on a career in medicine it is advisable to consider the range of different careers within the medical profession and the education and training these involve.
The majority of UK graduates will go on to work as hospital doctors or in primary care for the NHS. Significantly, up to 50% of all UK graduates become general practitioners, providing comprehensive health care for the local community.
There is a broad spectrum of careers across medical, surgical and other specialties, and it should be noted that whilst many of these specialties have historically been hospital-based, healthcare is moving towards a more community centred model of delivery and consequently doctors will increasingly be expecting to deliver healthcare in a range of settings.