The University of Nottingham

School of Medicine

For further information, please see the University of Nottingham website.

The Course

For 2015 will be 87 places for home and EU students. There are no places for international students. Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) is a four-year, fast-track programme designed to broaden access to medical careers and attract graduates from a wide range of professional and educational backgrounds. Successful GEM students will graduate with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) from the University of Nottingham.

There are two phases to the course:

  • An 18-month foundation programme structured around problem-based learning (PBL). The foundation programme is based at the purpose built Medical School on the Royal Derby Hospital site.
  • 30 months of clinical training in healthcare facilities across the mid-Trent region – you’ll join students from the undergraduate course for this phase.
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Problem Based Learning (PBL)

The PBL Course is divided into a number of clinical modules reflecting the core medical specialities and systems of the body: Structure, function and defence; Respiratory; Cardiovascular; Limbs and back; Alimentary; Endocrine; Urogenital; Neuroscience, and Integrative. Modules are then divided into 4-7 patient case studies introduced in PBL on a weekly basis. There are also two Personal & Professional Development modules – one in year 1, one in year 2 – that include Shared Family Study.

Progress Assessment

Formative assessments occur throughout the PBL Course and are taken as a progress indicator. In addition to this throughout the foundation course, students are required to produce a Portfolio of Personal and Professional Development (PPD) including drug reviews, patient case-studies from GP visits, ethics coursework and reflective assignments. Summative assessments including written papers, on-line multiple choice & clinical reasoning exams, and clinical skills assessment occur at the end of year 1 and at the end of the 18 month foundation programme.

The Clinical Course

This course consists of full-time clinical attachments and you may be allocated rotations anywhere in the mid-Trent region of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Ward, clinic, and practice-based teaching is supported through lectures, tutorials and e-education packages. Progress is also supported by logbooks and educational portfolios. 

The distinct phases of clinical training include: 

  1. Clinical Phase I
    This provides core knowledge in common/ important conditions within medicine and surgery. Teaching primarily occurs in two forms, either in small groups by specialists or via attachments to clinical firms. There are also a course in therapeutics and a community follow-up project.
  2. Clinical Phase II
    Year 3 placements comprise two 18 week integrated rotations in Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Child Health; Health Care of the Elderly and Psychiatry; Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, and Dermatology plus a 4-week Special Study Module, and two 2-week integrated care modules.
  3. Clinical Phase III
    The Advanced Clinical Experience Course involves rotation through four 8 week attachments: Medicine; Surgery; Musculoskeletal Disorders and Disability; General Practice and Critical Care. This is followed by the medical assistantship (six weeks) and elective period (seven weeks), and finally, a 3-week Preparation for Foundation course that includes shadowing the junior doctor you will take over from at the start of  August. Approximately 40 Special Study Modules are available during Clinical Phase II providing students with the opportunity to delve deeply into a particular area of clinical interest.

Entry Requirements

The GEM course is open to graduates of any discipline who have obtained, or are predicted to obtain, a minimum of UK Bachelors (Honours) degree classified 2:2 or better. A higher postgraduate degree (MSc, MA, MPhil or PhD) will be accepted in lieu of a first degree if awarded by 1st August of the year of study. Degrees from overseas institutions are accepted if NARIC agree that it is comparable to a UK Bachelors (Honours) Degree at 1st or 2nd class Honours level.

  1. Paid or voluntary work experience in a healthcare related setting is essential. Work experience needs to be sufficient to demonstrate two things:
    - that you have found out at first hand what a doctor’s work involves and are making a genuinely informed and realistic choice about your future career;
    - commitment to the care of sick, disabled or disadvantaged people. The importance of this should not be underestimated – each year a number of applicants are rejected because of inadequate work experience.
  2. Performance above cut-off in the GAMSAT aptitude test.
  3. Interview attendance.
  4. All students will be required to complete satisfactory Police and Occupational Health screening, offers are conditional on satisfactory clearance. Guidance is available on the university website and at

Age Limit

There is no upper or lower age limit for applications to the GEM course. However applicants should bear in mind the length of the course and the expected length of service that individuals will have to offer following graduation. Applications are accepted from students currently in their final year, but in general have been less successful than those who have a year or more experience post-graduation.

International Students

No places are available for international students.

English language qualifications for EU students

Medical students need to be fluent in English, both to understand the course and communicate with patients. If your first language is not English, you will need to have or be taking one of the following English Language qualifications. 

  • British Council IELTS test - At least 7.5 (no less than 7.0 in any element)
  • TOEFL - At least 630 (no less than 5.0 in TWE)
  • CTOEFL - Computer based TOEFL 267 (no less than 5.0 in TWE)
  • IBT TOEFL 109 (no less than 22 in any element)
  • GCSE/O - level Minimum grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Minimum grade B
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English Grade A


All applicants are required to sit GAMSAT. Specific cut-off scores are set for each year’s entry. A higher GAMSAT cut-off score is applied for applicants with a Lower 2nd class first degree: this has been set 5 GAMSAT points higher than the cut-off for applicants with 1st or Upper 2nd class degrees. From 2012 to 2014 the cut-offs were 59 for those with 1st or 2i degrees; 64 for those with 2ii degrees, but in 2015 they were 61 and 66 respectively.
In addition to achieving the relevant cut-off score, candidates must also achieve a minimum score of 55 in Section 2; 55 in either Section 1 or 3 and at least 50 in the remaining section in order to be invited for interview.
If you have sat the GAMSAT for 2 consecutive years; the highest GAMSAT score achieved at a single sitting will be taken.


Interviews take place between December and April each year. Interviews follow a multiple-mini interview format.You will be interviewed by a panel of trained interviewers that include medical practitioners, academic staff, and professional lay people. Lay members are drawn from a wide range of professions allied to medicine, science, health services management, education and human resources. You will be graded on your responses and tasks to questions based around the following themes:

  • Are you realistic and fully aware about what it means to be a doctor?
  • Your interest in and commitment to health care.
  • Whether your personal attributes are suited to the study and practice of medicine?
  • Considered the emphasis on PBL and whether this suits your approach to learning?

How to apply

All applications for the BMBS degree programme must be made through UCAS. All applications must reach  UCAS by 15 October 2015. The UCAS code for Nottingham is N84 and course code A101.


For 2016 entry:

• Home/EU 87

Further information about our BMBS programme can be found on our website at


Offers will be made on completion of all interviews, usually around March to April. Offers are conditional on satisfactory police record and occupational health screening that takes place after interview.


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School of Graduate Entry Medicine & Health
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