Medicine and Surgery MBChB

Key information

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Career prospects

Our programmes are for individuals who wish to become qualified medical practitioners. A diverse range of careers are open to you as a medical graduate, varying from medical science, perhaps laboratory-based research, through public health and the development of health care strategies to clinical practice in the hospital and community.

Over half of qualified doctors are general practitioners but there are opportunities for higher speciality training posts with in excess of 100 medical specialities available. Salary details can be found at

Doctors can be found working in areas related to medicine such as ships doctors, international aid, medical journalism, research and medical education and there are other opportunities outside medicine such as law, management and the pharmaceutical industry.

Work experience opportunities

Clinical elective

All students undergo a four-week clinical elective in which they explore a branch of medicine in greater depth. Most choose to undertake their electives outside the UK, to observe how medicine is practised in another country and to experience a different social, cultural and physical environment.

Postgraduate opportunities

The Faculty is at the forefront of development in health care education, offering postgraduate taught programmes and a progressive research environment. Some of the programmes are designed to be studied part-time by individuals who are in relevant employment. In addition, the Faculty has an innovative modular Medical Science programme aimed at doctors in training, allowing students to take one or two modules as short courses or to study to the level of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. It also offers a range of opportunities for doctoral studies leading to MD and PhD.

Qualifying you for life

The programme offers considerable opportunities for students to learn, to practise and to be assessed in the following key ( transferable skills):

  • Adopt the principles of lifelong learning
  • Retrieve, manage and manipulate information by all means, including electronically
  • Present information clearly in written, electronic and oral forms, and communicate ideas and arguments effectively
  • Effectively manage time and resources and set priorities
  • Apply the principles of scientific research and audit
  • Study topics in depth
  • Deal with uncertainty and work within a changing environment
  • Teach effectively and act as a mentor to others
  • Work effectively within a team