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A hands-on approach to learning

Medicine is a vocation and a way of life – it’s about thinking of others and putting your patients first. You’ll be taught by experts in their field who are passionately engaged with their subject.

Our core curriculum is designed to equip you with the clinical, communication, observation, teamwork and management skills you’ll need in your medical career. The curriculum is underpinned by our staff’s world-leading research, which means your work is linked to theirs – from the laboratory bench and new drugs to public health interventions.

There is less emphasis on traditional lectures and more on problem-based learning in small groups, where you’ll learn how to approach clinical scenarios independently. We’ve eliminated the traditional divide between preclinical studies and clinical years, which means that you’ll start seeing patients from your very first term. Later, you’ll undertake placements in hospitals and the community.

Our students go on placements to a range of hospitals in and around London and Essex: The Royal London, St Bartholomew's, Whipps Cross, Newham, Homerton, Moorfields, Mile End, Harlow, Ilford, Colchester, Southend and Romford. 

You’ll also attend primary care placements with GPs and community health centres in City & Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest, Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, and mental health trusts in east and northeast London.

This range of hospitals and placements means that you’ll experience an incredible diversity of people and health conditions, setting you up well for your career as a qualified doctor.

In your final year, you’ll have specific support in applying for Foundation and Academic Foundation programmes, where you’ll gain first-hand experience of working in a hospital and bridge the gap between medical school and your specialty or general practice training. If you find a post outside London, we’ll put you in touch with our other recent graduates working in the same area, so you can find out what to expect.

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