Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Learning and teaching

Our teaching is inspired by our world-leading research and comes from academics who are respected leaders in the field. The programme will mainly be taught by academics on our London MBBS degree, while the remaining areas of the curriculum will be taught in conjunction with London and local academics.

Your tutors will support you to develop an independent attitude to learning, so that you can make informed decisions on your own (for example how you decide to tackle a key subject). You will also learn how to research a clinical issue and discuss your ideas with your fellow students. These skills will prepare you for life as a qualified doctor, when you will be responsible for keeping your own professional knowledge up-to-date.

Our teaching methods will ensure that you will understand the principles of medicine and be able to apply this knowledge when you treat your patients. The practical aspects of life as a doctor are central to this programme: formal lectures are a smaller part of this degree than in other medical programmes.

Clinical Experience

From the first term students are in local clinical placements from a few days a module in a community location in year 1 through to almost full time in hospital by year 5.

Practical sessions

Throughout your programme, practical sessions will take place in specifically designed clinical skills suites using the latest in patient simulators and in a state-of-the-art anatomy centre with advanced dissection teaching and learning resources.

Communication skills

Communication is vital for a successful career in medicine. We will train you in all areas of patient communication techniques and provide special sessions devoted to giving you the knowledge and understanding to deliver medicine in a multi-cultural environment.

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a central element of the Barts medical curriculum. PBL is a student-centered pedagogy in which 8-10 students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem under the guidance of a tutor. Students learn thinking strategies, subject knowledge, communication and research skills.

Project work

Each year students undertake student selected components (SSCs) which involve working (under supervision) on a project in a particular area of interest.

Further information

For more information about the programmes, please contact the admissions team.
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