University of Exeter Medical School

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS; five years)

For further information, please see the Exeter Medical School website.

Course outline

This five-year degree programme leads to the award of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS)* and draws on the strength of our partnership with the NHS in Devon and Cornwall to provide what we believe to be the most exciting and innovative medical undergraduate degree programme available today, delivering a unique learning experience in healthcare.

The programme develops skills for lifelong learning and the professional attitudes that you will need throughout your medical career. The importance of a multi-professional perspective is designed into the programme, so that you learn both from and with other healthcare professionals. We will work closely with you throughout your studies to ensure that you are properly advised on career development, ensuring that your learning experiences enable you to be competitive in any medical employment market. The degree programme is carefully structured to ensure that you will graduate with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe practice and entry into your first clinical job.

Our teaching and learning are based around a patient centred education and a culture that is sensitive to the needs of our students. A patient centred education means that you’ll become the best clinically skilled graduate with a strong knowledge of contemporary science, an awareness of research and excellent professional behaviour.

Most of your learning will take place in small groups which will prepare you for working in a multi-professional clinical team in the NHS. Time for independent study is built into the timetable, enabling you to take advantage of the wide array of resources available to support your learning. You will have access to excellent amenities. At the University and NHS sites there are extensive library and learning facilities.

Our curriculum includes the whole health community not just hospitals. This recognises the community role in chronic illness and prevention and provides the social context, giving you a wider perspective and understanding. The community placements also provide experience of the multi-professional nature of medicine and the importance of the healthcare team.

*subject to the approval of the General Medical Council.

Methods of assessment

Your progress is assessed in relation to your knowledge and your work in clinical practice and you will be provided with continuous feedback, enabling you to identify strengths as well as areas for improvement.

The Applied Medical Knowledge Progress Test is one of the key features of our approach to assessment. The Progress Test, which is delivered in a multiple-choice question format, is designed to assess long-term and functional knowledge rather than detailed and easily forgotten ‘facts’. Following every test that you take, four per year in total, you will receive your grade and percentage score as well as the mean percentage of each test.

Entry requirements

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

  • Students for whom it will be more than two full academic years (September to August) since you completed your A levels or equivalent qualifications when you enter the BMBS programme.
  • Graduates

In addition to the academic requirements, applicants must also meet a number of non-academic requirements including a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Enhanced Disclosure, vetting by the Independent Safeguard Authority and a satisfactory health check which will involve screening for Hepatitis B, C and HIV. Students are also expected to sign the Medical School Student Agreement.


Interviews for applicants having taken GAMSAT will, under normal circumstances, take place in December/February each year. The interview will attempt to identify whether a candidate has the personal attributes required to become a doctor. For further information regarding the interview process please go to

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 2015.

Applicants should apply to no more than four medical or dental programmes. The remaining choice on the UCAS form may be used for any alternative course. The UCAS code for Exeter Medical School is E84 EXETR and the course code, A100.


For 2016 entry:

  • Home/EU - 120
  • International - 10

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

Contact details

The Admissions Office
8th Floor, Laver Building
North Park Road

t: 0844 6200012 (UK callers)*
t: +44 (0) 1392 723044 (EU/International callers)
f: +44 (0) 1392 722479