Swansea University

Graduate Entry Medicine MB BCh (Wales)

For further information, please see the Swansea University website.

Course outline

Swansea University is the fastest growing research intensive university in the UK with its Medical School being ranked joint first in the UK for research environment (100% four star) in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. 

The stand alone, 4-year accelerated Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) programme at Swansea is an outstanding programme of learning.  The emphasis is on supported learning; we offer one of the smallest year cohorts in the UK, with just 72 places per year you can expect to experience a more individualised and tailored approach to your learning, particularly during clinical practice.

With a new programme, state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge teaching methods, graduates of any discipline can learn the scientific and clinical principles of medicine.  Through a combination of our innovative case-based, patient-centred curriculum and input from enthusiastic and committed researchers and clinicians, we will lead you on a journey from exploring simple clinical problems as a novice, through repeated cycles of learning and practice, to developing the knowledge, skills and professionalism of a fully qualified doctor. 

Swansea University Medical Graduates voted themselves as the best prepared medical graduates throughout the whole of the UK (F1 Survey, 2014)

Where will I study?

The four-year course will be based in the beautiful Singleton campus of Swansea University, within the Medical School and its surrounding healthcare providers.  

How will I study?

You will participate in a series of learning weeks and clinical attachments with exposure to real and simulated patients from the first week and throughout the clinical placements on the course.  A different clinical problem forms the focus to each learning week. After an introductory session, this problem will be explored using group tutorials, lectures and seminars. From the first week, this theoretical framework will be used to learn the accompanying clinical skills necessary to deal with real patients in real clinical settings. You will also be able to choose from a wide variety of clinical learning opportunities to suit your own interest; from accompanying paramedics to attending operating theatre. Each year will include a long term project encouraging you to work directly with patients and other allied medical professions to explore inter-professional and team learning.

The learning weeks will be interspersed with a variety of other activities to hone your clinical skills:

  • Specialty attachments where you will work alongside your peers to study the health needs of particular patient groups, their carers and families.
  • Primary Care Attachments where you will see patients and gain experience of the initial and continuing care provided by GPs and primary healthcare teams.
  • Clinical apprenticeships where, as a pair of students, you will work alongside other staff as part of the healthcare team and gain experience of how health care is really delivered and what doctoring really means.
  • An elective period in the third year allowing you the opportunity to visit almost any part of the world to develop an understanding of alternative healthcare systems. 
  • A ‘Shadowing’ period, which will allow the final honing of your clinical skills prior to starting work as a qualified doctor.  If you decide to remain in Wales for your foundation training, you will shadow the team with whom you will be working as an F1.  

You will be allocated a personal tutor on arrival to provide support and advice on both academic and personal matters.  The academic staff delivering our programme are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, including experienced clinicians (general practitioners, hospital specialists and public health practitioners), biomedical scientists and social scientists. They will guide you through this interdisciplinary and integrated programme, in order to provide you with the best possible learning experience. 

Many of the patients you will meet, especially during clinical attachments in west Wales, will have Welsh as their first language. For this reason, there is an emphasis on assisting non-Welsh speaking students to gain at least some familiarity with the language and its origins. Your attention is drawn to the Welsh Assembly Government’s package “Iechyd Da!” – an introduction to language awareness in healthcare. Students who are Welsh-speaking are provided with opportunities to enhance their technical vocabulary in the context of the clinical consultation. The Medical School has been awarded a Welsh Government prize for the first in a series of recordings of teaching consultations involving Welsh speaking students, consultants and patients.

Funding for living costs

As a graduate-entry medical student from England or Wales, you are eligible to receive a maintenance loan to help with living costs in year one. From year two onwards you may apply to the NHS Student Grants Unit for a means-tested bursary and a non-means tested grant to support you in your studies. You may also be eligible to receive a reduced rate, non-means tested maintenance loan. In each year of study, you may be eligible for supplementary grants if, for example, you have a child and/or an adult who is financially dependent on you. Maintenance loans and supplementary grants are applied for via your respective funding body, either Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England. From year two onwards, supplementary grants are applied for via the NHS. Throughout the programme, you may apply to the University for extra funding in times of hardship.

Tuition fee funding

Welsh and English students will have to self-fund a portion of the fees in year one. A tuition fee loan is available to cover the remaining amount. From year two onwards the NHS will pay a portion of the tuition fees and students are eligible to apply to their respective funding body for a tuition fee loan to cover the remaining amount.

For more information on funding: www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/graduateentrymedicinefunding/

Career prospects

Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for Foundation Year Programmes in the various Postgraduate Deaneries throughout the UK. After this, you will be able to specialise and practise in whatever area of medicine or surgery that excites you, with the full range of foundation knowledge and skills required to be amongst the top in your field.

How do I apply?

To be eligible to apply to the Graduate Entry Medicine programme, you must be classed as a ‘home’ student (i.e. UK or  European Union Citizen). You must have graduated, or be predicted to graduate, with an upper second or first class honours degree in any subject OR hold at least a lower second, but have also achieved a post-graduate masters or other higher degree with a Merit or Distinction (60% or above). You must have achieved Maths and English Language at GCSE level (or equivalent). In order to be eligible you must also have achieved a minimum of 50 in the GAMSAT, with a separate score of 50 in the science paper. 

Applications are accepted via UCAS.

International Medical Graduates

A limited number of places are available for International Medical Graduates. Applications are invited via UCAS from international applicants that hold IELTS 7.0 with no less than 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in listening, reading and writing (or equivalent). You must also have achieved the standard eligibility criteria, or be predicted to do so. Either equivalent of an upper second (2.1) or first class degree* in any subject or equivalent of a merit or distinction (equivalent to 2.1 or first) in an integrated undergraduate masters degree or equivalent of a lower second (2.2) PLUS a Postgraduate Masters or PhD Equivalent of GCSE mathematics.
*If you hold more than one undergraduate degree the most recent result is considered.


You must sit the GAMSAT prior to applying. The applicants with the highest overall GAMSAT scores will be invited to attend a Selection Centre at Swansea University.  The format of the Selection Centre is identical for Home, EU and International applicants. The candidates who score highest at the selection centre will also be required to attend for an Occupational Health Assessment and Fitness to Practice Review. All candidates will be required to attend in person – we regret that we are unable to accommodate remote interviews or assessments. Any offers made will be subject to satisfactory police checks, Occupational Health Assessment and Fitness to Practice Review.For more information, please visit our webpage at http://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/medicine/mbbchgraduateentrymedicine


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Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP

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