Name of Programme
MB ChB Medicine
Final Award
Buckingham / Crewe
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of UG Medicine
Programme Code(s)
UMBF4SME / Full Time / 4.5 Years / Buckingham
UMBF4SMEC / Full Time / 4.5 Years / Crewe
Professional Body Accreditation
The programme is subject to a multi-year review by a visiting panel of the General Medical Council (GMC), towards accreditation in June 2019.
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
Medicine 2002
Admission Criteria
A-level (or equivalent): ABB (including Chemistry or Biology),
or BSc 2.1 or above in a subject cognate to medicine.
IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component.
Offers are subject to exceeding a minimum standard set in a multiple mini interview selection process.
Applicable Cohort(s)
From January 2015
FHEQ Level
Summary of Programme
The MBChB programme at Buckingham is an integrated, systems-based curriculum. The first term covers key topics in biomedical science, with knowledge and understanding being progressively contextualised with the introduction of systems units from Term 2 (starting with the musculoskeletal system). There is a strong social medicine thread with units covering topics related to epidemiology, health psychology and health policy. A strong clinical education stream runs through Phase I, with students gaining meaningful clinical experience from the first term. The integrative unit at the end of Phase is designed to ensure that students are prepared for the transition to full-time clinical training. Phase II is delivered entirely in a clinical environment, with students rotating through a series of blocks aligned with the configuration of healthcare delivery in primary and secondary environments.
Student selected components in Phase 1 and 2 allow students to pursue an area of particular interest in more depth, while Narrative Medicine affords an opportunity for students to gain insight to an individual perspective on living with a chronic illness. Professional development is supported by the completion of a portfolio of evidence throughout the course.
Educational Aims of the Programme
The broad aim of the University of Buckingham MBChB programme is that new graduates should have the clinical competence to work as Foundation Doctors, combined with the potential to develop along the continuum of medical education into humane and rational doctors. In accordance with the GMC document ‘Good Medical Practice’, graduates will make the care of patients their first concern, applying their knowledge and skills in a competent and ethical manner and using their ability to provide leadership and to analyse complex and uncertain situations.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. The Doctor as a Scholar and Scientist
2. The Doctor as a Practitioner
3. The Doctor as a Professional

Further details are described in the appendix below.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Lectures
2. Group working activities, as described in the relevant unit work books
3. Clinical work, supported by workbook tasks (for example, MiniCEXs [mini clinical evaluation exercises] and case–based discussions [CBDs] in Phase 2)
4. Structured self-directed learning tasks
5. Self-tests and other resources available via Moodle

Assessment Strategy

The MB ChB is an integrated curriculum, thus individual assessments do not test specific GMC OFGs. More detailed mapping is provided in the appendix below.

1. Written end of term assessments (ETAs) in Phase 1
2. Observed structured clinical exams (OSCEs) in both Phase 1 and Phase 2
3. Narrative medicine essay in Phase 1
4. Reports, posters and structured interviews in Phase 1 student selected components (SSCs)
5. Written Intermediate and Final professional examinations in Phase 2.
6. Satisfactory completion of an ePortfolio
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Assessment Strategy

Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

The MBChB equips students with a breadth of practical and transferable skills in the context of a Doctor as Professional, Scholar and Practioner. These are described in detail in the appendix below.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Explain the teaching and learning methods and strategies used to help students achieve each part of the practical/transferable skills

As above

Assessment Strategy

As above
External Reference Points
• Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training (GMC 2016) [Link]
• Good medical practice (GMC 2013) [Link]
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications [Link]
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) [Link]
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Date approved by School Board of Study
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Date of Annual Review