Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine

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Course outline

Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. The following medical sub-specialities will be comprehensively covered in a structured way over 2 years for the University of Buckingham Clinical MD programmes:

  • Cardiology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Critical Care including ITU
  • Nephrology
  • Radiology
  • Neurology
  • Dermatology
  • Haematology & Oncology
  • Rheumatology
  • Ethics and Law in Medicine
  • Audit and Dissertation

The entire curriculum will be taught over 8 terms (for the 2-year MD), with one module per term and 4 terms each year. Students taking the combined Research cum Clinical MD programme will take the MSc in Medical Research in the Clore Laboratory in their first year and then follow the 2-year MD programme.

Programme structure

The total unit value of the Clinical MD curriculum is 360 units. Teaching is delivered over eight courses, each of 45 units:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Critical Care
  • General Internal Medicine

One unit is equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a typical course may be broken down as follows:

Total student engagement time: 450 hours
Theory lectures: 65 hours
Tutorials: 200 hours
Problem based learning: 135 hours
Private study: 50 hours

For the General Internal Medicine course, the breakdown is as follows:

Total student engagement time: 450 hours
Theory lectures and tutorials: 100 hours
Clinical audit: 50 hours
Dissertation: 200 hours
Private study: 100 hours


Download the Postgraduate Medical School Manual 2018 (PDF file, 432 KB).

Clinical placement

Students will be expected to spend eight 10-week placements at other UK NHS Trusts. A minimum of two terms will be spent at any one trust hospital. This will provide exposure to a broader clinical experience. Full details of our placement policy can be found here: Clinical Placement Policy.

Speciality conferences

During the course of all MD programmes, the teaching plans of individual specialities include attendance at a number of internationally recognised speciality medical conferences within the UK. This affords the MD fellows the opportunity to hear lectures and debates and attend workshops involving internationally renowned speakers on matters of contemporary interest, and to experience the controversies of cutting-edge research in the medical specialities concerned.

Grand Rounds (Ealing Hospital)

At lunch-time each Thursday a Grand Round presentation takes place at Ealing Hospital Postgraduate Centre, in the tradition of all prestigious British postgraduate medical teaching establishments. Consultant staff from medical specialities lead presentations of interesting and unusual clinical cases, followed by a lively session of questions and debate on medical issues raised. Some of the sessions are provided by invited medical speakers of international reputation. Recent advances in medical practice and a wide range of controversial and topical medical issues are discussed with the benefit of authoritative input from senior medical colleagues. This extremely valuable educational resource is part of the routine weekly schedule for all MD fellows.


The Quality Assurance Agency, QAA, is an independent body which checks the quality of UK higher education through an institutional audit. The University of Buckingham voluntarily takes part in this audit process. Read more >

Full course details in the Curriculum Handbook

Entry requirements

Applicants to the Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine should have:

  • An MBBS or equivalent degree
  • Successfully completed one year of internship at a hospital and must supply their Certificate of Completion.
  • An IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in each section* and a reference letter confirming that all previous training in medicine has been in English.
  • Graduated from an internationally recognised medical school.
  • Completed their undergraduate training and be fully registered with the Medical Council in their respective countries.
  • Two character reference letters from any member of their medical school academic staff, OR from their current senior medical colleagues and consultants.

*If you wish to be considered for GMC sponsorship, you must have achieved an IELTS score of 7.5 overall and at least a 7.0 in each category.

Application procedure

Once the completed application form and satisfactory supporting documents have been received by the University, applications will be reviewed by a Postgraduate Dean. If the applicant is shortlisted, applicants will be invited to attend a SKYPE interview. Offers of a place will be made based on the applicant’s performance during the interview and clinical experience.

The dates of SKYPE interviews for our next start date will be:

22 November 2017
16 January 2018
7 February 2018
28 February 2018
14 March 2018

Final decisions will be provided by email within 6 weeks.

Offers must be accepted in writing. Your place will be confirmed once fees clear with the University. The time period from issuing an offer to the last date for fee payment is specified in the offer letter. Payment of the fees during this time period will guarantee a place. A place may still be offered if the fee is paid after the time period lapses, but this is at the discretion of the University.

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 > >

Pathways for entry

There are three available streams for students coming onto the course.

Pathway 1: GMC registration by sponsorship scheme (recommended; see below)

Pathway 2: GMC registration via PLAB

Pathway 3: No GMC registration (taking this option means the course will be an observership only)

You must confirm to us during the interview which pathway you wish to take. If you are interested in Pathway 2 then it is important that you make arrangements to book your PLAB examinations before the commencement of the course.

GMC Registration by Sponsorship Scheme

Find out more about the GMC Registration by Sponsorship Scheme.

For further information on applications for sponsored GMC registration, see GMC sponsored applicants.

Studying in the UK

After an offer of a place to study has been made, students will need to:

  • Achieve Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance. This will be obtained on behalf of each student by Ealing Hospital on arrival in the UK.
  • Successfully meet the occupational health requirements, as described in the University Policies and Regulations.


A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number will be released by email three months prior to the start of the programme. This reference should be provided to the visa officer during the Tier 4 student visa application process. Please note that any visa and medical examination charges (if levied) are the responsibility of the candidate. While the University will endeavour to ensure that all documentation is accurate, the final decision to award a visa rests with British High Commissions overseas. The University is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor.

Should a confirmed candidate decide not to join the programme for any reason other than a documented visa refusal, the University will refund all but £5,500 of the fee. This is retained to cover significant administrative costs. The entire fee will be refunded in the event of a genuine visa refusal, which must be supported by notification from the Visa Officer providing the reasons for refusal.

For visa related queries and assistance in India, please contact our academic and service partner, Professor Piyush Prasad.

Please visit our visa information page for more details on obtaining your student visa.

Academic & service partners

We welcome applications from people from anywhere in the world and offer them as much support as we can throughout the application process and when they reach the UK. Our academic and service partner in India, Professor Piyush Prasad, has been appointed by us to help you. He can:

  • advise you on studying in the UK
  • help you to decide whether to study at The University of Buckingham
  • assist with visa applications

He is in frequent contact with the University and is fully qualified to give good advice. You can find out more about Professor Prasad on the School of Medicine staff page.

Professor Piyush Prasad
Prasad Hospital
1/210A, Professor’s Colony
S.C. Sarkar Road
Agra 282 002, India

Tel: +91 989 7070 111
Fax: +91 562 401 0210

The University is represented in many other countries around the world. If you would like to speak to an agent, please use our agent list to get the agent’s details and contact him / her for an appointment.

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Quality teaching

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. Find out more about the Medical School faculty.

Teaching methods

Dedicated teaching fellows and specialist registrars assist course directors and external consultants, many of national and international eminence.

The teaching is clinically-oriented and delivered on the medical wards, out-patients, Accident & Emergency department and in the ITU. This is complemented by theory lectures provided by leading consultants in their speciality. Candidates also attend regular radiology and multidisciplinary meetings, hospital grand rounds, and hospital junior doctor teaching sessions.

All students are permitted to take histories from patients and conduct clinical examinations, whether or not they have registration with the GMC. However, those candidates who pass the PLAB test and thereby obtain registration with the GMC, or those who are awarded sponsored registration, will be allowed to perform practical procedures on actual patients under supervision. Candidates without GMC registration can only observe such practical procedures on real patients.

Visit the Medical School timetable for more information on the teaching schedule.

Assessment methods

  • Examinations, in the form of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), are held at the end of each 10 week term and involve the participation of an external examiner.
  • Candidates must achieve a score of at least 50% in all 8 courses to be eligible for the award of Clinical MD.
  • The General Internal Medicine module is assessed by written exam (30%), clinical audit (10%) and dissertation on a clinical topic (60%).

Library facilities

The postgraduate centre at Ealing Hospital has a well-resourced medical library with computing facilities. This is available to students at all times.

Practical procedures

All candidates can take histories from patients and perform clinical examinations irrespective of GMC registration.

All candidates, with or without GMC registration, are taught hands-on clinical procedures on models and mannequins in a fully equipped skills laboratory in the hospital. This may include, for example, hands on training in inserting vascular lines (central and arterial), lumbar punctures, pleural tap and biopsy etc. It may also be possible for candidates to gain practical experience in endoscopic procedures in the skills laboratory, especially GI endoscopy and fibreoptic bronchoscopy.

However, those candidates who pass the PLAB test and obtain registration with the General Medical Council, or who have obtained full GMC registration by sponsorship, are allowed to perform practical procedures on patients under supervision. Candidates without GMC registration can only observe such practical procedures on patients without actually performing them or assisting in their performance.

See the Medicine Curriculum Handbook for further course details.

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:

Harmandeep SinghDr Harmandeep Singh
Registrar in Cardiology
Northwest London Healthcare NHS Trust
Punith KempegowdaDr Punith Kempegowda
Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (CEDAM)
University of Birmingham
Saikat DharDr Saikat Dhar
Neurology ST3 training post (NTN)
West Midlands Deanery
Akash AwasthyDr Akash Awasthy
ST4 in Acute Medicine
Blackpool Victoria Teaching Hospital
Ankit SachdevaDr Ankit Sachdeva
Senior Clinical Fellow in Acute Medicine
Wexham Hospital
Percy JosephDr Percy Joseph
Trust Grade in Renal
Portsmouth City Hospital
Shabbir KhanDr Shabbir Khan
ST3 in Oncology
Works at Sheffield (South Yorks Deanery)
Manjinder SinghDr Manjinder Singh
SHO in General Medicine
Wexham Park Hospital (Slough)
Raajkamal JayaveluDr Raajkamal Jayavelu
SHO in General Medicine
West Midland Hospital
Mohandeep AroraDr Mohandeep Arora
SHO in Care of the Elderly
Peterborough Hospital
Aarij SiddiquiDr Aarij Siddiqui
ST3 in Gastroenterology
North Wales Deanery
Ramandeep SinghDr Ramandeep Singh
Trainee in GP
East of England Deanery
Shalin N DiwanjiDr Shalin N Diwanji
Substantive Consultant in Acute and Respiratory Medicine
Northwick Park Hospital
Shakeela ShaheenDr Shakeela Shaheen
GP Training
West Midland Deanery
Saleem Bashir MirDr Saleem Bashir Mir
GP Training
West Midland Deanery
Nafees AliDr 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 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

Ana NomaniThe 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 bed side 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 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 professional state of the art hospitals committed towards 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 specialties; 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

Manar AlmusarhedI have always dreamed of studying and practicing the clinical aspect of internal medicine in the UK. However, practicing 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 a 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

Mohammed Faris Al-AniI 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 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 specialties of internal medicine as during each term a different specialty is covered in a specialised hospital.

Tuition fees

Payment of a minimum of the first six months fees (£14,750) is required within four weeks of the date shown on the offer letter to secure a place on the programme (of which £5,500 is non-refundable if the applicant withdraws for any reason other than a genuine visa refusal). The remainder of the first year fees would be required by the start date of the course.

Candidates MUST NOT pay any agent or representative of the university or any person claiming to be such an agent or representative of the university, any monies whatsoever, in any currency, as these costs are borne by the university directly.

For students starting the programme in 2018, the fees will be £28,500 per year (or £14,750 every six months).

Payment methods

All fees are to be paid in pounds sterling. For different methods of fee payment, please refer directly to the methods of payment page. All payments will be acknowledged by email. No responsibility will be taken by the University for any payments made to any other bank account or to individuals.

GMC sponsored candidates

The University of Buckingham Medical School has been awarded sponsorship status by the GMC. This provides a mechanism for medical faculty to recommend suitable candidates enrolled on the Clinical MD for full GMC registration. The agreed selection process is extensive, comprising a filtering teleconference interview conducted shortly after a candidates’ initial application, followed by intensive scrutiny and assessment during the initial three months of the teaching programme. Candidates’ clinical abilities, language proficiency, and grasp of the ethical obligations expected of a fully GMC-registered medical practitioner are assessed and recorded in weekly objective structured reports. Those whose performance meets the required standard will proceed to a final structured interview. Success in all stages of this process will result in candidates’ names being recommended to the GMC for full registration.

Administration of the assessment process is resource-intensive, and costs must be met from additional fees charged to candidates wishing to be considered for sponsorship. Such fees are over and above standard tuition fees for the Clinical MD programme and do not guarantee a successful outcome for the sponsorship assessment process. These are also separate from any additional fees charged by the GMC once candidates are recommended for registration.

The overall cost of this process is £7,500 (non-refundable).

GMC registration by sponsorship is not available for candidates during the first year of MSc studies. Such candidates will only pay the initial teleconference interview fee. Assessment will resume during the clinical phase.

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 >>


Very few scholarships or bursaries are available to the candidates for the MD programmes at the present time and the availability of these will be announced on this website as and when they become available.

Tuition fee refund

If a student withdraws from the programme, or fails to register, then an administrative charge of £5,500 will be retained (except for overseas applicants unable to obtain a visa, who will normally be refunded in full upon receipt of an original visa refusal letter). The remainder of any money paid will be refunded.

Hospital accommodation

If you choose to stay in hospital accommodation the Postgraduate Centre can introduce you to the appropriate department and advise you on the procedures for rental payments.

Payments will be made directly to the hospital trust.

Private accommodation

If you choose to stay in private accommodation you are responsible for contacting the landlord directly. The Postgraduate Centre will be able to advise you on various websites and help you to search for private landlords.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord / agent.

Find out more

Please contact Barny Lord (Postgraduate Co-ordinator) on the following email address for any accommodation queries.