Medical education is an essential speciality. It focuses on how we can help students become good doctors, and how we can help those doctors to continue to improve. Like medicine, it comprises core knowledge, skills and attitudes, and its own aspects of professionalism in practice. This BSc aims to give you a firm grounding in the principles and practice of medical education, preparing you not only to be a good teacher, but also to become involved with designing and running courses, assessments and quality assurance programmes, and, of course, ongoing educational research.
You will leave this course with a firm understanding of educational theory and its application. Your understanding of this theory (how memory works, how groups learn, what factors affect success, how professionalism develops, how knowledge and skills can be fairly and accurately assessed, how quality can be assured, and so on) will allow you to make firm, evidence-based decisions in your own learning and teaching, and the advice that you give to others.
The course will also help you by:
- Developing your teaching skills
- Giving you a breadth and depth of approaches
- Developing an awareness of when to use which approach
- Allow you to critically evaluate your teaching and the teaching of others
- Continuing to develop and improve as a teacher.
Admissions and programme enquiries
Dr Sandra Nicholson – Course leader
Tel: 0207 882 2508
Tom Schindler – Administrator
Tel: 0207 882 8802
Barts & The London School of Medicine & Dentistry
Queen Mary University of London
Turner Street London
Students studying in the intercalated BSc programme will complete five 15 credit modules and a 45 credit research project for a total of 120 credits at Level 7 as per the recommendations of the Framework for Higher Education Quality (FHEQ) released by the Quality Assurance Agency.
In the first semester students will complete three taught courses, Fundamentals of Education, Theories Behind Teaching and Learning and Introduction to Medical Education Research. Students will also begin developing their teaching skills.
During the second semester students will have an opportunity to consolidate their teaching skills in the Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills module, as well as the taught module on Assessment, Evaluation Quality and Curriculum. The third semester is taken up by completing the research project.
The programme will be open to post third/fourth year MBBS, BDS or BVetMed students who have passed all years to date on the MBBS, GEP and the BDS (or equivalent undergraduate award in UK/EU) countries. It is not open to those who have previously undertaken an intercalated a degree. Normally, no referrals in any of the clinical firm grades where these have been undertaken. Students must have passed their current year in order to take up an offer of a place on an intercalated programme.
Students will submit an application and be interviewed, and will be selected on the basis on academic ranking and interview, in line with the procedure for all SMD intercalated degrees.
Learning and teaching
Much of the course is taught by Problem based Learning. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered by staff in the Centre for Medical Education and expert colleagues from other departments and medical schools. The Teaching Methods Teaching Skills module depends on practical development of teaching skills through practise and experience.
In the Research Project students will conduct original research supervised by Centre staff and other colleagues with an interest in developing medical education research. Students are encouraged to submit their research to national and international medical education conferences.
Fees and finance
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
You can either take out a Tuition Fee Loan (see Funding section below) to pay your fees or, if you are paying them yourself, you can pay in instalments.
Tuition fees for a year abroad or placement year on a full time undergraduate course will be a proportion of the full fee for the year in which you commence your time abroad or placement.
For information on field trip and other course related costs which are not included in your tuition fee, please contact the relevant Department/School.
See more general information about fees.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7676
Queen Mary has a substantial package of scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of our undergraduate student body.
Scholarships and Bursaries available at Queen Mary for Home/EU Students
There are a number of scholarships and bursaries available each year for home students. Visit our Bursaries and Scholarships page for more information.
Visit our Advice and Counselling website for more information about financial support.
Scholarships available at Queen Mary for International Students
There are a number of Scholarships available each year for International Students including bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas.
Find out more about international scholarships.
Some International students may also be eligible for a fee reduction.
Loans and Grants available to help with tuition fees and living costs
Student Finance England administers all grant and loans for your studies if you normally live in England.
Through Student Finance England, you can apply for (figures relate to programmes starting from September 2016):
- A Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,000 to pay all or part of your fees
- A Maintenance Loan of up to £10,702 to help pay your living costs like rent, food and travel
- Extra grants if you have a disability or you have children or an adult dependant
- You might get a grant to cover some travel expenses if you normally live in England but study away from home. If you’re a medical or dental student you might also qualify for help with the costs of attending clinical placements in the UK.
Visit Student Finance Information to find out more about:
- How to apply for student finance
- What eligibility rules apply, including if you already have a degree or previous higher education study
- What the income thresholds are and how much you might personally get for each element of Student Finance
- What to do if you have problems getting your Student Finance
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Additional sources of funding
- Planning your budget and cutting costs
- Part-time and vacation work
- Money for lone parents
For more information visit the Advice and Counselling service website, or call +44 (0)20 7882 8717.
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“I chose to study at Barts and The London because I had heard very positive comments about the quality of the teaching and the down to earth atmosphere and attitudes of both staff and students. When compared to other medical schools in London, Barts seemed like the best place to be!
How did you find your academic and social experience at QMUL?
“The Medicine in Society placements mean you are placed in the community right from the start, which is both enjoyable and incredibly beneficial. Also, the regular in-course assessments were very useful in consolidating all the information learnt during the year, particularly in the run-up to the end of year examinations.
“One thing there is no shortage of in east London is a social life! There is always something to do, and always people ready to celebrate successes in the recently renovated Griffin Students’ Union building. The leisure and recreational facilities are great at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus. There is a good choice of places to unwind whichever way you want to, for example exercising in the Qmotion gym or relaxing with friends by the canal.”