BM BS degree
See also Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Biochemistry (p37), Biology (p40), Biomedical sciences
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) accepted
and molecular medicine (p42), Medical neuroscience
its first intake in 2003 and now has over 650 students BSMS uses a range of interactive
(p109), Molecular genetics (p113), Neuroscience
across five years. BSMS is a partnership between the learning tools and gives all third-,
(p117), Psychology (p130) fourth- and fifth-year students
Universities of Sussex and Brighton and the Brighton
What A levels do I need? and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Our students access to personal digital assistants
(Contact BSMS if you have other qualifications) are full members of both universities and enjoy access (PDAs) packed with relevant medical
to the academic and recreational facilities of each. resources
BSMS offers are made to interview-selected candidates
only. International students may be able to be interviewed Why medicine?
via video link at a British Council Office. A level offers Medicine is a demanding profession, but one that
normally require AAA or A*AB grades (360 UCAS tariff repays the hard work and dedication it involves through
points) to be obtained in three A levels. General Studies the rich variety of career opportunities it offers and the
A level is not included satisfaction of knowing that you are making a positive
contribution to society.
You must have studied both Biology and Chemistry, Natalie’s
gaining an A grade in both of these subjects
Why medicine at BSMS?
What else do I need? • 95 per cent satisfaction rate according to the 2009 ‘I’ve just started my first job as a
GCSE grade B (or equivalent) in Mathematics National Student Survey (NSS). Foundation Year 1 trainee on a
and English vascular surgery ward at the Royal
• Integrated degree combining academic knowledge
Graduate and mature student entry routes are available; and clinical experience from Year 1. Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
such applicants, or those taking Scottish Highers, the It’s very different from being a
International Baccalaureate or other international • Student-centred personal approach to learning with medical student – the leap has been
qualifications should consult the BSMS website or small class groups. phenomenal – good, but challenging.
contact BSMS admissions for more information on • Real cadaver dissection practised as part of the Now I’m responsible for the patients,
entrance requirements degree programme. ordering the relevant investigations,
You will need to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and I really feel like my opinion is
• BSMS research features significantly in the
curriculum. We believe that your decision-making respected.
Fees ‘The five years at BSMS were
Refer to pages 154-160 for information on fees must be informed by up-to-date clinical evidence.
We also encourage our students to present at local, invaluable in preparing me for my
What scholarships are there? national and international meetings. career. There was such a good
A number of bursaries are available. For details, visit balance between the theoretical and
www.bsms.ac.uk/undergraduate/faq.php • Wide variety of teaching and learning methods – from
practical aspects of medicine, a great
lectures and small-group work to self-directed,
emphasis on the importance of team
Additional Government funding problem-based learning – meaning students with a
For details, visit www.nhsstudentgrants.co.uk working, and my communication and
range of different aptitudes can develop a range of
presentation skills really improved
English language requirements additional skills throughout their studies.
because of all the patient contact and
IELTS 7.5. For alternative English language • Combined expertise of two universities and the clinical skills practice. Now when I’m
requirements, contact BSMS Admissions at the address Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust. on the ward I have the confidence to
below We also work closely with a number of other local interact with the patients. It means
How do I find out more? NHS trusts. I get more out of the experience, as
Full details on the curriculum, entry requirements, • Application of latest technology to aid learning, such well as finding out more about what’s
eligibility, and admissions are published in the Brighton as handheld computers for all students who are in wrong with them.
and Sussex Medical School prospectus, available from: their third, fourth and fifth year. ‘I’d like to keep working in a hospital
BSMS Admissions, Checkland Building, What sort of career could I have? after my training, perhaps in general
University of Brighton, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH, UK A Medicine degree equips you with the knowledge, medicine. BSMS has really given me
E email@example.com clinical skills and attitudes to complete your Foundation the knowledge, skills and confidence
T +44 (0)1273 643528 training successfully and qualify for registration with the to really get the most out of my
www.bsms.ac.uk General Medical Council. As a graduate, you are then career.’
When can I visit? able to undertake the further postgraduate training
BSMS runs three Open Days, likely to be held on 7 and necessary to become a general practitioner or medical
consultant in a clinical specialty. Natalie Hogg
21 July and 11 August 2010. Consult www.bsms.ac.uk F1 doctor in
for further details and to book a place • over 60 medical specialties vascular/urology
surgery at the
Applications to study medicine must reach UCAS by • medical journalism Royal Sussex
15 October 2010 County Hospital,
• medical management
• government medical policy
• medical law
• medical research.
Full details about the curriculum,
entry requirements, eligibility and
admissions are published in the
Brighton and Sussex Medical
School prospectus, available from
T +44 (0)1273 649528
At BSMS, you have the chance to
join in pioneering staff research and
develop projects of your own. You
could conduct your study at the local
hospital or research laboratory – and
you might even find your name in print
How will I learn? Year 4 includes a medical elective, in the UK or abroad,
A wide range of teaching and learning methods is offering the opportunity to experience medical practice
employed, with the emphasis throughout on small-group in a different cultural and clinical setting. Recent
teaching. The curriculum is designed to develop your destinations have included India, Cambodia, Peru,
ability to relate clinical findings to underlying clinical and Jamaica and the Solomon Islands. You also undertake
social sciences, and to use information from different research projects, go on clinical placements in hospital
disciplines and sources. and community settings, and develop your primary care
What will I achieve?
• The degree develops key personal skills and attitudes Subject to satisfactory academic performance, you
including learning how to learn and understanding have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc in
the need for lifelong learning; reflective practice; order to study a subject of your choice in greater depth.
communication and IT skills; working effectively in This is taken in one year between Years 3 and 4 of your
multi-professional teams; the personal and ethical BM BS studies and provides the necessary academic
attitudes essential for good professional practice; and background for those wishing to embark on a career
an appreciation of doctors’ responsibilities to their combining medical practice with medical research.
patients, to professional colleagues, to society and to You might choose neuroscience, molecular medicine,
themselves. pharmacological sciences or experimental psychology.
• You also develop clinical skills in history-taking, physical Year 5 prepares you for your first postgraduate year as
examination, diagnosis, and effective communication Foundation Year (FY) doctors under the Foundation
with patients. Experience of medical practice in scheme. It is organised in regional attachments
hospital settings includes visits to a busy accident and comprising clinical placements in district general
emergency unit and other clinical settings. hospital and community settings in Sussex and its
adjoining counties, including periods spent work-
• In Year 3, you are introduced to research methodology, shadowing an FY doctor.
essential for the practice of evidence-based medicine,
and join a BSMS, Brighton or Sussex research team to In Years 3, 4 and 5, you will have access to hand-
carry out an individual research project in Year 4. held computers (PDAs), so you can access relevant
information resources at the point of need while working
Degree on the wards or in clinics. BSMS is a leading medical A range of learning styles prepares
school in the UK in the development of technology- you for a career in medicine. Among
Medicine based learning support. other teaching methods, BSMS
BM BS, 5 years UCAS Code: A100 practises real cadaver dissection, so
Institution code B74 you can gain a real understanding of
In the first two years, academic and clinical studies are human anatomy
based on both Universities’ campuses at Falmer. You will
gain clinical experience in both primary care and acute
care settings and carry out two individual family studies –
in Year 1 with a family looking after a new baby, and in
Year 2 with a family including a dependant requiring
Academic studies are based on a series of systems
modules focused on the normal and abnormal
functioning of the human body. These include the core
material that every doctor must know, together with
student-selected components enabling the exploration
of selected topics in depth.
In Years 3 and 4, your studies will be based at the
Education Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in
Brighton, and in the teaching hospitals of the Brighton
and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
In Year 3, you undertake four eight-week specified
clinical attachments in medicine, surgery, elderly care,
mental health or women’s and child health, as well as
student-selected components and weekly teaching
sessions on the scientific basis of medicine.
You also maintain a logbook and personal portfolio,
which will be used to assess progress, and help you
reflect on how your personal strengths are developing
alongside your clinical experience.