Year 4 Curriculum Overview

What students can expect from Year 4 of our MBChB Programme, at a glance.

Year 4 enables Student Doctors to learn about the clinical specialities, whilst further developing the knowledge and skills that they acquired in Year 3. Student Doctors will spend the majority of their time on clinical placement, in both hospital trusts and community settings.

Year 4 is comprised of eight integrated 4-week clinical placements, each of which is preceded by an Academic Week. Students are expected to achieve the e-portfolio requirements for each placement. Placement learning is supported by formal teaching sessions, which include Case Based Learning (CBL), Clinical Skills, Safe Prescribing, Disability Awareness, Communication for Clinical Practice (CCP) and Community Clinical Teaching (CCT).

Each Academic Week includes clinical and non-clinical lectures and workshops, in addition to Community Clinical Teaching (CCT) and Pre-placement sessions to help students prepare for students’ upcoming placements.

Students Doctors are also expected to integrate longitudinal curriculum themes e.g. Professionalism, Ethic Legal Context (PELC), Psychology and Sociology of Medicine (PSM), Communication for Clinical Practice (CCP) and Population Perspective and Global Health (PPGH) into their everyday clinical practice.

Year 4 Student Doctors also undergo a 4-week summer elective placement.


  • General Practice B
  • Medicine C: Geriatric Medicine, Renal & Rheumatology
  • Medicine D: Palliative Care, Oncology & Haemato-oncology
  • Neurology (including Neurosurgery)
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology B
  • Paediatrics B (including Child & Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • Psychiatry A
  • Surgery C: Paediatric Head & Neck, Adult Head & Neck, Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery


Year 4 Assessment for Progression (AFP) includes an Applied Knowledge test (AKT), Clinical Assessment and satisfactory completing of the clinical E-portfolio. All components need to be passed in order for Student doctors to Progress to Year 5.

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