BMBS (Hons) Medicine (5 year)

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Reviews

Anonymous

The course is very intense, but the lecturers are always there whenever you need them. Placements start early on which I feel is important, and the amount gradually increases in later years, allowing a smooth progression onto F1 and F2.

Anonymous

Medicine in Southampton University has its good and bad. Teaching quality in pre-clinical years vary, with some teachers being exceptionally great and some not so. They are all based at the hospital so we get used to being in the hospital since year 1. However, students need to do a lot of private study and read text books to supplement the study material because some of the notes are not great. Saying that, anatomy in first and second year is very good and we had the chance to learn from cadavers and had teaching sessions every week. Clinical years are the best in my opinion especially final year. We get to be in a variety of hospitals doing different rotations and were very welcomed and well taught. We are also very involved with the clinical teams and it definitely made me felt more prepared to become an F1. Also, being able to get an additional degree and conduct a research project in just 5 years is very useful and looks great in the CV.

Anonymous

I have thoroughly enjoyed my degree so far. The first two years are mainly pre-clinical with lectures and some hospital and GP placements. In third year theres project for half the year and then from third year until final year it is clinical placements which are a great learning experience and much more interesting than lectures. There is a good medsoc which has a range of societies and sports clubs as well as being able to access everything that SUSU has to offer.

Anonymous

The course is designed well to produce the best possible doctors and was well suited for me. It allows early involvement in clinical settings unlike other medical schools really making you feel like you are training to become a Doctor. Lectures are lectures wherever you study but ours are backed up with anatomy practicals and tutorials. It really isn't easy and there is a lot to learn but its mostly interesting and completly worth it. The Faculty are really keen on feedback allowing you to feel like you can influence the way it runs.

Anonymous

Very well organised into modules which really helps aid your understanding of topics. It is a spiralling curriculum in the sense that you build upon content from previous modules to improve your overall knowledge. Clinical contact is frequent and early in the course, meeting patients within the first two weeks and witnessing a live birth in first year. During third year you undertake a research project in an area of your own interest, with the potential for being published in journals and presenting at conferences 

Anonymous

The course is great! Highly interactive with plenty of time spent outside of lectures and well structured. It begins with the basics then becomes more and more in depth, introducing new elements that are interesting and relevant to what we want to do: become doctors. Some of the lecturers are great, some are higly entertaining and others less so, however the quality of teaching is very high and everything is done to make sure you pass and achieve the very best in your education before leveling up from medical student to junior doctor.

Anonymous

Fantastic course here in Southampton. Great teaching and fantastic hospitals within the Wessex deanery where you go for placement. Integrated course, which means a mixture of lectures, tutorials and placement in years 1 and 2, and then placement after that. Another perk of studying medicine at Southampton is that you do a BMedSci project in your third year, which you would normally have to take another year of study to do. The medicine course is taught through systems, which I though was great as it is a logical way to study the body. This means you study everything on the heart in one go, everything on the respiratory system in one go etc. As in, the anatomy of it, the physiology, pathology etc. 

Anonymous

I love the university and the city. There is so much to do in Southampton with everything in a relatively close vicinity. The course itself is fairly intense, with a lot of contact hours and a lot of extra hours that need to be put in outside of lectures. A lot of lectures and teaching tutorials are held at the hospital, meaning an even earlier start for 9ams. Patient contact from the get go is a bonus that many medical schools don't offer within the first few weeks. The support of the faculty is incredible.

Anonymous

Integrated style course at Southampton, offering lecture style teaching with tutorials, and also placement from Year 1. At Southampton you also do a BMedSci degree as part of the 5 years, which is essentialy the same as a BSc! This is the only university I know of that offers this in the 5 year programe. If you intercalate in Southampton, you also get a Masters!Great teachers and ward experience.

Anonymous

"At Southampton Medical school, there is early clinical contact starting from first year which is great to build your confidence with patients early on. Also in your 3rd year you undertake a project which results in a BMedSci meaning you gain an extra degree incorporated into your studies which looks good when going for postgraduate positions. Medicien is varied, stimulating and demanding. Once you start the degree you are pretty much guaranteed a foundation job at the end."

Anonymous

I've wanted to study medicine since I was very young and it meets my expectations and so much more. The course is designed to cover each system over and over again so that it sticks in our minds. There's a lot of contact time and the professors are excellent.

Anonymous

"Medicine at the Univestiy of Southampton is in my opinion of high quality. We have early clinical exposure from the very 1st year, including watching a birth and GP placements. I also think the newly introduced HCSW placement in 2nd year is very helpful of those who have no previous care experience. Having previously studied anatomy at Cardiff I am aware of alternative anatomy teaching methods, I feel the prosecution methods of anatomy teaching at Southampton are effective and helpful. With any university course there are always some organisational issues, although I have found that this year there were many lectures missed due to scheduling issues or lecturers turning up, this I would say is one of my only criticisms of the course at Southampton."

Anonymous

The course has a good mix of clinical and non-clinical content right from the beginning of first year with a fortnightly placement with a GP. The course is systems based and each of the subjects are taught so that there is sufficient overlap so that you go over everything. Anatomy is taught by prosection. Groups are quite big so it can be difficult to get everything out of the session but you are able to go to the lab in your own time,

Anonymous

Interesting course but they definitely do squeeze alot into a small time. Can get overwhelming sometimes. And anatomy and histology are not taught well.

Anonymous

The course structure is a spiral curriculum, therefore we have keep revisiting old topics we have learned. This is good, because it refreshes our memory of old topics we may have forgotten. There is a lot of content, especially in semester 2. So it is good to start going through lectures early in the course. Teaching is generally good, but it is dependent on the lecturers and some lecturers are better than others. I do enjoy the course, even though it is a lot more content than other courses. If you enjoy science and learning about the clinical cases then this course is for you. I especially enjoyed the Medicine in practice sessions where we got to go to a GP once every two weeks.

Anonymous

I think the content is all relevant and although there is a lot to take in and learn there is also a lot of support offered from lecturers and personal academic tutors to pastoral tutor support. There is also a large practical element to the course which runs alongside the academia you've been studying enabling you to gain early patient contact something which I believe was very important.

Anonymous

The BM5 Medicine course at Southampton University is everything you could want from a medical course at a good university, it is well taught and organised to learn medicine in the easiest way possible. The forms of assessment are well spaced and follow the course perfectly, however there could be more essays. The course content is exactly what I was looking for in a medical degree and I am overall delighted with the course.

Anonymous

The course is very enjoyable so far. The content is so diverse ranging from tiny bacteria and cells in the body up to national and international epidemics. We learn anatomy, pharmacology, pathology, physiology and more. We mainly learn from lectures but there are practical sessions as well for anatomy where we study cadavers. Tutorials are also useful to test your knowledge and understanding of topics. We also have a placement in a GP surgery every 2 weeks to learn history taking and clinical examinations. We are assessed in many different ways. We have some essays to complete, practical anatomy exams where we must identify parts of the body as well as understanding the function and application, multiple choice papers and written exams. Later on in the course, we learn more clinical aspects and enter a hospital environment. At the moment, it is a lot of science to learn but I know it will be worth it!

Anonymous

Great course however there is a lot of unnecessary information to wade through. Also it would be good if the lecturers communicated and coordinated what they were teaching a bit more.

Anonymous

Really interesting course will lots of support from staff. Content is really engaging and interesting with a strong faculty and course structure.

Anonymous

teaching is very good overall, although getting up for 9am lectures every day isn't so good! Content is generally interesting and only assessment really is exams, apart from the odd essay.

Anonymous

Medicine is very enjoyable, but equally difficult and time-consuming. To do well, you need to be able to prioritise, memorise large amounts of information and retain it and manage your time well. To have fun at the same time you have to be outgoing and have a good sense of humour!

Anonymous

Anatomy taught well in small groups with teachers on hand to help identify structure. Plenty of opportunity for feedback.

Anonymous

There is a LOT of content to this course. It is difficult to get good studying strategies because it is all very new. The teaching is quite good but there are always some lecturers can be very boring.

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