Qualified physicians wishing to gain hands-on, cutting-edge laboratory experience in areas of unmet clinical need can spend a year in the Buckingham Institute for Translational Medicine (BITM) prior to joining the MD programme working towards an MSc in Clinical Science. This is a research degree for which you will submit a thesis and be examined by viva voce.
We have interest in a number of areas, including fetal programming of obesity and diabetes, mechanisms of insulin sensitisation, pancreatic islet cell biology, regulation of energy expenditure, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics and cutaneous pathogenesis. Some recently completed MSc research includes:
Mechanisms of pancreatic islet neogenesis
Restoration of β-cell function using thiazolidinediones
Use of RNAi technology to investigate mechanisms of insulin signalling in pancreatic islet s
A variety of projects are available in these and other areas.
Supported by postdoctoral scientists, you will gain valuable experience in a range of techniques in molecular and cellular biology while being fully integrated into a research environment. You will have access to state of the art equipment, including RNAi technology, Real-time PCR, cell culture and histology (including an Aperio whole-slide digital pathology platform). Critical thinking, communication skills and understanding of the scientific method are encouraged through regular presentations at lab meetings and the preparation of your thesis.
Students will normally be expected to possess a good first degree (usually first class or second class honours) or overseas equivalent in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Biology or related subjects.
Age is no barrier to learning and we welcome all applications from suitably qualified students.
Wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by skype, email or phone.
Enquiries and applications
Applicants need not have prior laboratory experience, but we encourage you to contact Dr Kenneth Langlands prior to application to discuss potential projects.
Terms and conditions for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the terms and conditions between the University and students on our courses of study. When you accept an offer of a place on the course at the University a legal contract is formed between you and the University on the basis of the terms and conditions outlined in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the terms and conditions contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting any offer. Read the admissions terms and conditions > >
We offer high quality, traditional Oxbridge-style teaching, which leads to our degrees being recognised around the world. The standards of degrees and awards are safeguarded by distinguished external examiners – senior academic staff from other universities in the UK – who approve and moderate assessed work.
High calibre staff
Most of our academic staff teach for three terms out of four, with the remaining term used for research. Because of this, we have no difficulty in attracting high calibre, highly respected lecturers, many of whom also have a background in business or industry and can offer networking opportunities for students.
Candidates spend a considerable part of their studies undertaking supervised research, at the end of which they submit a thesis embodying the results of that research. This thesis must demonstrate familiarity with, and an understanding of the subject, its principal sources and authorities. It should display critical discrimination and a sense of proportion in evaluating evidence and the judgements of others. The subject should be dealt with in a competent and scholarly manner.
It is anticipated that following successful completion of the programme students will return to their home countries. Those participants who obtain registration with the GMC by passing the PLAB test during their stay in the UK, or obtaining sponsored registration, may well be eligible to enter further postgraduate training or a service post (staff grade, trust grade, research and teaching fellow) with the possibility of making a long-term career in medicine in the UK. This programme may also be advantageous in enabling candidates to access further training in Australia and the United States. Enquiries about those possibilities must, of course, be made to the appropriate authorities in those countries.
Working in the UK after completing your studies
More information about working in the UK can be found on the UKVI website. These are some of our past students who have gone on to secure jobs in the UK:
Dr Harmandeep Singh Registrar in Cardiology Northwest London Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Punith Kempegowda Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM) University of Birmingham
Dr Saikat Dhar Neurology ST3 training post (NTN) West Midlands Deanery
Dr Akash Awasthy ST4 in Acute Medicine Blackpool Victoria Teaching Hospital
Dr Ankit Sachdeva Senior Clinical Fellow in Acute Medicine Wexham Hospital
Dr Percy Joseph Trust Grade in Renal Portsmouth City Hospital
Dr Shabbir Khan ST3 in Oncology Works at Sheffield (South Yorks Deanery)
Dr Manjinder Singh SHO in General Medicine Wexham Park Hospital (Slough)
Dr Raajkamal Jayavelu SHO in General Medicine West Midland Hospital
Dr Mohandeep Arora SHO in Care of the Elderly Peterborough Hospital
Dr Aarij Siddiqui ST3 in Gastroenterology North Wales Deanery
Dr Ramandeep Singh Trainee in GP East of England Deanery
Dr Shalin N Diwanji Substantive Consultant in Acute and Respiratory Medicine Northwick Park Hospital
Dr Shakeela Shaheen GP Training West Midland Deanery
Dr Saleem Bashir Mir GP Training West Midland Deanery
Dr Nafees Ali F2 LAS job in Otolaryngology Castle Hill Hospital
International Medical Graduates (IMGs)
The NHS Careers website has detailed information on the immigration application process for International Medical Graduates.
The GMC website also has helpful advice and guidance for IMGs.
Many of our graduates have successfully obtained fully-paid substantive NHS posts including training junior doctor posts in different medical specialities in UK hospitals.
What our students say
Ana Nomani (MBBS) Clinical MD Student Completion date: June 2014
I completed MBBS from China in the year 2012 and soon after I came to the UK to do Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine. I completed one year of internship in various departments in Saudi Arabia before coming to the UK.
Being a doctor was a dream come true but coming to the UK for the postgraduate study was like the cherry on top. Learning from the world’s best doctors and getting trained in one of the finest medical systems was an opportunity provided to us by the University of Buckingham.
Why I chose Buckingham Medical School
The University of Buckingham is a channel for foreign students to obtain an MD, which is a highly prestigious degree and carries a lot of worth in countries outside of the UK. The University also encourages us to take the PLAB and the MRCP examination which is an additional qualification.
The entire curriculum is spread over two years and includes lectures and clinical training. The initial few months students have regular bedside training and lectures and later on, we are placed in various NHS trusts across the country which gives us immense exposure and a clinical boost in various departments. Regular viva and OSCE after every posting helps us enhance our confidence and tests our ability and knowledge. Feedback sessions after each examination help us improve our weaknesses. All the teachers and doctors involved in the teaching are extremely supportive and helpful. Here at the University of Buckingham, we are taught to evolve as the finest doctors.
Joining the MD programme at the University of Buckingham was an apt decision for my career. The university offers opportunities to train at a professional state of the art hospitals committed to bringing forth the best in us and making us competent and humane doctors.
Manar Almusarhed (MBChB) Clinical MD Student Completion date: March 2015
I am an Iraqi doctor and I acquired my MBChB in 2007. After graduation I spent my two years of internship rotating among different hospitals with different medical specialities; I then spent a further two years in one of the Iraqi general hospitals as an internal medicine senior house officer.
Why I chose Buckingham Medical School
I have always dreamed of studying and practising the clinical aspect of internal medicine in the UK. However, practising medicine in the United Kingdom is impossible for international doctors like me, without sitting PLAB or MRCP, which grant the doctor a full General Medical Council registration. These exams are time-consuming and most of the international doctors don’t need the GMC registration since they are returning to their country after completing the study period.
The Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine from Buckingham University solves this problem, by offering a clinical-based teaching that gives the opportunity for the international doctors to enter British hospitals without the need to sit PLAB or MRCP. It allows them to take history and examine the patients in the wards or the outpatient clinics.
The study environment at hospitals participating in this course is brilliant. Consultants and registrars are very kind and keen to help students understand the various medical conditions. Colleagues are also very friendly and happy to help each other. I am pleasantly surprised by the international atmosphere of the course. The students are from diverse backgrounds, making the course more enjoyable and interesting.
I would highly recommend this course for international doctors who would like to broaden their horizons and learn cutting-edge medical topics.
Mohammed Faris Al-Ani (MBChB) Clinical MD Student Completion date: March 2015
I am Dr Mohammed Faris Al-Ani. I qualified with an MBChB in 2008 from Almustansyria University – College of Medicine in Baghdad in 2008.
I completed a one and a half year internship in the major clinical fields (Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics and Gynecology). As part of my rural area service, I worked for one year in a primary health centre. After which I started a training programme in Orthopedic surgery for another 2 years.
Why I chose Buckingham Medical School
I applied for the postgraduate Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine programme with a scholarship from my government (Iraq) and started in March 2013.
Since childhood, I have dreamt of attending a prestigious university as it would offer better courses and employ teachers who are experts in their field. Qualifications gained abroad can open doors to better job opportunities at home.
I found the course very beneficial as I spent two terms at Ealing Hospital in London where we had daily lectures on different topics of medicine. These lectures were well organised and provided us with the latest research in the medical field and were based on updated guidelines and clinical pathways.
In addition to lectures, we had bedside teaching which took a lot of modalities in teaching like systemic examinations, picking up clinical signs or case-based discussion.
The subject I found most interesting was the “medical ethics”, “generic skills” lectures and the “clinical skills” lab which provides doctors with the skills that they need in everyday work.
I recommend this program to overseas students because it opens doors to new modalities of medical practice in many different specialities of internal medicine as during each term a different speciality is covered in a specialised hospital.
Postgraduate loan scheme
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>
Details of scholarships can be found on our main Bursaries and Scholarships page. You should make an application to study at the University and receive an offer letter confirming our acceptance of your application before applying for a scholarship.
We guarantee on-campus accommodation to all new students for their first four terms of study, as long as it is booked and paid for in good time, so you’re assured of a safe and secure home from home when you arrive at the University. Most new students choose this option.
Living on campus enables you to become involved in University activities, make friends, and integrate with the University community. For some of you this will be your first time in the UK; for others it will be the first time living away from home – and independence brings its challenges as well as its excitements. Whatever your circumstances, we know how important it is for you to feel comfortable in your accommodation.
All our study bedrooms are fully furnished, centrally heated, and connected to the internet. With few exceptions they have a wash basin and small refrigerator. We have a large number of ensuite rooms, and are upgrading more rooms each year. There are shared kitchens for when you wish to cook for yourself.