Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

*Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM,BS; five years)

For further information, please see the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry website.

Course outline

The BMBS programme has a strong patient focus and emphasis on the biomedical and human sciences underpinning medical practice and clinical and communication skills, and is delivered in an intensively supportive and research-rich environment. You will have contact with patients in health care settings from the beginning of year one, enabling the understanding of both clinical and social care perspectives, and clinical skills training starts in your first week in the state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Resource Centre.

Science and clinical skills are integrated in the curriculum and you will learn in a variety of health care environments from acute hospitals to general practice and other community settings including community hospitals and voluntary agencies.

Five main themes underpin the course and feature throughout the five years of the programme:

  1. Life sciences
  2. Clinical skills
  3. Public health
  4. Human sciences
  5. Personal and professional development

From the outset, extensive exposure to real patients, disease and illness in clinical settings underpins the development of your clinical reasoning. This experience will develop your ability to think and act like an expert in the clinical environment. At all stages of the curriculum your learning is supported with on-line systems, activities and materials including state-of-the-art multimedia. Clinical encounters and reflections are recorded in the on-line student log book with further facilities to monitor progress and book skills sessions in one of the Clinical Skills Resource Centres.

*Subject to General Medical Council approval

Methods of assessment

Regular assessment enables you to view your progression and development objectively. A range of assessment formats are used including multiple choice question formats, structured clinical examinations, portfolios, scientific report writing and multiple clinical judgements.

Entry requirements

Sitting and achieving the required minimum scores in GAMSAT is a requirement for the following groups of applicants:

  • Students for whom it is more than two years since completing GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Graduates
  • Students who intend to enrol onto the second year of an existing degree programme.

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must also meet a number of non-academic requirements including a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure, and satisfactory health checks which will involve screening for Hepatitis B, C and HIV. Students are also expected to sign the Medical School Student Agreement.

Interviews

Interviews for applicants having taken GAMSAT will, under normal circumstances, take place in November, December or February each year. The interview process is structured, usually lasting no more than 20 minutes. Each interview panel consists of between three and four panel members. The interview attempts to identify whether a candidate has the personal attributes required to become a doctor.

How to apply

All applications for the undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree programme must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All applications MUST reach UCAS by 15 October 2016.

Applicants should apply to no more than four clinical programmes. The remaining choice on the UCAS form may be used for any alternative course. The UCAS code for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry is P60 PLYM and the course code, A100.

Places

For 2017 entry:

  • Home/EU - 80
  • International - 6

*Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS; five years)

Course outline

The BDS programme is a patient-centred course delivered in a supportive and research-rich environment. Clinical training starts in Term 2, Year 1 with visits to local dental surgeries and extends throughout the duration of the programme. Having NHS Primary Care Trusts as our partners with a wide range of oral health conditions and related community and public health problems. Effective teamwork is essential to the efficient delivery of dental care. Most of your learning will take place in small groups, which will prepare you for working in a team. Time for private study is built into the timetable, enabling you to take advantage of the wide array of resources and learning support which is available. Four main teaching themes are vertically integrated across the programme. These are:

  1. Life sciences
  2. Dental sciences
  3. Clinical dentistry
  4. Personal and professional development

As you progress through your degree programme your clinical exposure will increase in its intensity. Extensive exposure to patients, who display a variety of oral diseases, as well as systemic conditions, will underpin the development of your clinical skills. This experience will develop your ability to think and perform like an expert in the clinical environment. At all stages of the curriculum your learning is supported with on-line systems, activities and materials including state-of-the-art multimedia.

*Subject to General Dental Council approval

Methods of assessment

Regular assessment enables you to view your progression and development objectively. A range of assessment formats are used including multiple choice question formats, structured clinical examinations, clinical competencies, portfolios, scientific report writing and multiple clinical judgements.

Entry requirements

Sitting and achieving the required minimum scores in GAMSAT is a requirement for the following groups of applicants:

  • Students for whom it is more than two years since completing GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Graduates
  • Students who intend to enrol onto the second year of an existing degree programme.

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must also meet a number of non-academic requirements including a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure and satisfactory health checks which will involve screening for Hepatitis B, C and HIV. Students are also expected to sign the Dental School Student Agreement.

Interviews

Interviews for applicants having taken GAMSAT will, under normal circumstances, take place in November, December or February each year. The interview process is structured, usually lasting no more than 20 minutes. Each interview panel consists of between three and four panel members. The interview attempts to identify whether a candidate has the personal attributes required to become a dentist.

How to apply

All applications for the undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree programme must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All applications MUST reach UCAS by 15 October 2016. Applicants should apply to no more than four clinical programmes. The remaining choice on the UCAS form may be used for any alternative course. The UCAS code for Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry is P60 PLYM and the course code, A206.

Places

For 2017 entry:

  • Home/EU - 52
  • International - 2

Further information about our BMBS and BDS programmes may be found on our website at http://www.plymouth.ac.uk/peninsula

Contact details

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine & Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Tamar Science Park
Research Way
Plymouth
Devon PL6 8BU

t: 01752 437333/437444
f: 01752 517842
e: meddent-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk