Year 2 Curriculum Overview

What students can expect from Year 2 of our MBChB Programme, at a glance.

Year 2 aims to introduce students to pathology and disease: ‘abnormality and illness’ and the interaction with environment.  This builds on students’ understanding of normal structure and function gained in Year 1.  Year 2 builds on the scientific and vocational principles underpinning the practice of Medicine, and some of the aspects of pathology and therapeutics. A comprehensive grounding in the medical sciences underpinning clinical practice is continued by a case-based learning (CBL) programme and critical analysis sessions, centred on clinical scenarios designed to integrate learning in different disciplines. Formal training in clinical and communication skills is provided.

Year 2 comprises seven system blocks, each four weeks in length. There are four clinical weeks when students will be introduced to the healthcare environment at placement sites in primary and secondary care. 

Throughout these blocks, students study and explore key scientific and medical principles and concepts relating to: body structure and function; human interactions; public health concepts and definitions; and personal development. The systems are the delivery tool for each block of learning; whilst temporally separated in the timetable, we encourage the students to think about the systems as a fully integrated functioning entity – the body.

Alongside the system-based approach, students also cover topics related to the sociology and psychology of medicine and medical practice, public,preventative and global health, research studies and methodology, as well as personal development and ethical practice related to professionalism.

Year 2 has a hybrid curriculum that combines online with face-to-face delivery of teaching. There are 3 major components:

  • Online asynchronous delivery of teaching material (recorded and available through Canvas and Panopto and can be studied at any time) is how many lectures continues to be used.  Interactive seminars to support the online teaching are delivered face to face on campus.
  • Online synchronous sessions (live on Zoom) are also used. Small group teaching sessions are delivered face to face on campus, including case based learning (CBL), communication for clinical practice (CCP), and the Good Doctor Supra-theme (comprising psychology and sociology as applied to medicine (PSM), public, preventative and global health (PPGH) and professionalism, ethics and the legal context (PEL).
  • Clinical Skills and human anatomy resource centre (HARC) content are also delivered face-to-face.

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