The Master of Medicine (MMed) is a comprehensive 3-year medical training programme providing structured postgraduate training in General Medicine leading to the award of a Master of Medicine from the University of Buckingham.
It is designed to deliver core training for speciality training by the acquisition of knowledge and skills as assessed by the workplace based assessments and the MRCP. The programme is broad-based consisting of four to six placements in medical specialities. These placements must include direct involvement in the acute medical take.
The key features of the MMed are:
Student-led – we will use an ePortfolio to encourage a learner-centred approach with the support of Educational Supervisors. The ePortfolio contains tools to identify educational needs, enables the setting of learning goals, reflective learning and personal development.
Competency-based – the curricula outline competencies that trainees must reach by the end of the programme. The curriculum is directly linked to the ePortfolio as it defines standards required for good medical practice and formal assessments including the MRCP exams.
Continuation of Good Medical Practice – building on existing training the curriculum contains important emphasis on generic competencies necessary for practice as a physician.
Supervision – each student has a series of people with clearly defined roles and responsibilities overseeing their training including Clinical Supervisor, Educational Supervisor, University Tutor, Pathways to Postgraduate Training in Medicine Director, and Dean of Postgraduate Medicine.
Appraisal meetings with supervisor – regular appraisal meetings and review of competence progression are set out in the ePortfolio.
Dissertation – Literature review 10,000 words.
Workplace-based assessments – regular workplace-based assessments are conducted throughout training. These include the Acute Care Assessment Tool (ACAT), Case-Based Discussion (CbD), mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX) and multisource feedback (MSF) with additional assessment methods to assess Audit (AA).
MRCP examination – the various parts of our curriculum have been mapped to the MRCP (UK) curriculum and this provides a knowledge base assessment.
The current training hospitals are Milton Keynes University Hospital, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals and University Hospital of North Durham.
Candidates need to have a primary medical degree and will need to obtain full registration with the General Medical Council ahead of starting the course. Additionally, they should also have the following:
Successfully completed one year of internship at a hospital and must supply their Certificate of Completion.
An IELTS score of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each section or an OET with an average of 440-350 overall and a minimum of 350 in each component.
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.
The GMC sponsorship Scheme
The university is now running a GMC sponsorship Scheme for international students, if you are an overseas student applying for the University GMC Sponsorship Scheme, you will be required to have English Language overall score of 7.5 with a minimum requirement of 7.0 in all four areas.
You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health screening prior to any clinical placements. You will also be required to undertake a telephone interview, which will be conducted by the Head of Postgraduate Medicine.
Student Contract for prospective students
When you are offered a place at the University you will be notified of the student contract 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 student contract in your offer letter. Your offer letter and the student contract contain important information which you should read carefully before accepting an offer. Read the Student Contract.
Students will be placed at one of the following placement hospitals:
The principle methodology will be bedside teaching. Each student will be assigned to a clinical team and will be supervised by a consultant. The student will see patients at speciality clinics and on the ward together with the supervisor. The student will also undertake medical ward duties and outpatients as defined by the hospital. There will also be on-call duties.
Students will be required to undertake self-directed reading of medical journals based on their clinical specialism in order to build up an understanding of the leading edge medical practice.
Students will be required to maintain an e-portfolio detailing their clinical experience and they will need to show reflection on that experience. The e-portfolio will be monitored by the supervisor to ensure that it meets requisite standards.
The key assessment output is the e-portfolio which will be audited annually by an NHS appointed auditor.
Case Based Discussion
Dissertation defended in a traditional viva voce examination.
Attainment of MMed and MRCP will allow the student to consider higher medical training.
Due to the mode of study on this course you will not normally need a room in University accommodation during your degree.