This course is jointly provided by the School of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine. The School of Medicine provides most of the teaching for Years 1 and 2 as you develop your clinical understanding. In Year 3, as you develop your research skills further, teaching is delivered by the School of Biological Sciences.
Throughout the course, teaching involves integrated and multidisciplinary methods that are interactive and stimulating, including lectures, small group teaching and laboratory practicals. You will learn anatomy through full-body dissection. We are one of the few universities that still offers this facility and we feel there is no better way to learn anatomy and physiology
We have fully embraced digital technology in its application to teaching. In the First Year you will be given an iPad. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads enabling you to annotate during sessions. Content can also be rapidly revised and updated, and the iPad can support you to organise your own self-directed study.
Assessment takes varied forms, including summative (formal) written assessments at the end of each semester, using a blend of short answer and single best answer questions as well as practical assessments, project diaries and laboratory practical write-ups. The assessments are blended and build from one semester to the next. In the Third Year there is also an assessed analytical project.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.