MBBS Medicine

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Anonymous

Fantastic integration of learning clinical care skills and the fundamentals of science upon which to understand the workings of the human body. More artistic aspects are also represented, such as sociology and law, as well as the option to take contrasting modules (such as a language).

Anonymous

Heavily lecture based in the first two preclinical years, in contrast to most medical schools which can often have more of a clinical problem-based learning approach. It is not for everyone, and sometimes it can feel like there is no point learning about the intricacies of subjects such as embryology with little clinical relevance, but it really prepares you for opportunities outside of the main curriculum to pursue research opportunities that are both enjoyable and useful to your application at the end of the 6 year course. The first two years are preclinical, concentrating on the medical sciences that underlie research and clinical practice. The intercalated year is mandatory for undergraduate students in third year, and there is a reasonably diverse range of around 20-30 programmes, within which countless options for module choices to focus your learning on a subject of your choosing. The 4th-6th years are the clinical years much like any other medical school, which offer a balance of lectures (more in 4th year than 6th) and clinics, some of which happen in the main hospitals, but increasingly through to 6th year you will find yourself travelling quite a lot outside of London. Overall a very enjoyable and interesting course, if the structure of a lecture-based course interests you. The work is not incredibly difficult, although there is a lot of it so it requires hard work and a lot of hours (late nights in the library!) to keep up, although not impossible to learn without a bit of effort! As the year is of a huge size (approx. 300 and increasing in the clinical years), in the preclinical years especially there is not a huge deal of feedback, most feedback coming throughout the year in the form of marks from multiple choice quizzes. Support is good if you need it, although you need to have a good work ethic to keep on top of your work as there are infrequent tutorials and you can get away without having done anything until exams come around if you are not careful!

Anonymous

The course Is very well structured and the lectures are led by world leaders in their fields. However there is a distinct lack of feedback to pupils so I recommend using personal tutors and older year medical students for support as much as possible.

Anonymous

Excellent course - wouldn't change anything but the cost.

Anonymous

Pre-clinical years are very interesting as you study 4 horizontal modules each year which cover the foundations of science. UCL is one of very few unis who still offer dissection which is a valuable learning tool. At the same time vertical modules run throughout the year and cover important skills such as communication, ethics and statistics. It means that each week is varied and on the whole, engaging! As long as you keep up with lectures as they are taught, it's not possible to fall too far behind and you have time to make sufficient notes ready for revision time. Sessions are generally taught well although there are a few lecturers in certain modules who are not as clear or engaging, but this is to be expected and the same with other degrees, I'm sure. It is not a big issue as you will be given a good list of resources to use at the start of the year, plus lecturers are always happy for you to email in any question. The exams are held at the end of the year over 3 days and consist of 2 single best answer papers and a data paper. The pass mark is usually around 50% and the year group is then ranked into deciles - UCL does not have a quota for the the number of people who pass, this is a rumour! Theoretically the entire year could pass and progress to the next year, which was actually the case for our year group last year. A great course with the obvious advantages of being in London as well as at a uni which is a global leader in many fields!