Teaching and Learning Methods
The course is patient-focused and integrated so that all learning takes place in a clinical context. In Phase 1 there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical teaching and group work. Group work is supported by experienced academic teachers and clinically qualified staff - you work to solve problems related to clinical cases. Your iPad will support your learning throughout. In Phase 2 you will be working with doctors in hospitals and the community in a variety of clinical placements. For each placement you will be given clear outcomes defining what you should be able to do by graduation. Structured activities guide you through. Medicine requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Throughout the course you should be prepared to reflect on your skills and organise your own self-directed study.
At the end of the day all parts of the curriculum must come together in your own mind, so you may focus them on clinical problems. Our assessments are integrated to help you to consider all aspects of the course when tackling a clinical problem. You will have regular opportunities for formative assessments throughout Phase 1. This gives you an informal opportunity to test your learning and get feedback. We will also give you feedback on the summative assessments which you must pass to progress to the next stage. We use a variety of assessment techniques to test your ability to apply your knowledge and skills to clinical problems and patient management. In the clinical years you will receive continual feedback on your developing clinical skills during your placements.
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.
Typical workload hours for School of Medicine courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 44% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 528 hours
Independent learning: 612 hours
- Placement activity: 60 hours
Year 2: 38% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 456 hours
Independent learning: 612 hours
- Placement activity: 132 hours
Year 3: 25% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 420 hours
- Placement activity: 480 hours
Year 4: 20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
Independent learning: 252 hours
- Placement activity: 708 hours
Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
Independent learning: 204 hours
- Placement activity: 828 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
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.