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									                        College of Medical and Dental Sciences

                     Intercalated BMedSc Honours Degree
                              Medicine in Society
                                  2009 - 2010
Degree to which programme will lead:                   Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSc)
Subject title of Programmes:                           Health Care Ethics and Law
                                                       History of Medicine
                                                       International Health
                                                       Psychological Medicine
                                                       Public Health and Epidemiology
Length of programme:                                   1 year
Total number of credits:                               120
School responsible:                                    School of Medicine

 All these degree programmes are open to applications from medical and dental students from
                    ANY Medical and Dental School in the United Kingdom

1.       Introduction
1.1      The Intercalated BMedSc programme provides the opportunity for students to acquire
additional specialist training in a number of research methodologies, including quantitative and
qualitative research methods in, what have been termed in the Birmingham Medical School,
“Medicine in Society” subjects - Public Health, International Health, Health Care Ethics and Law, the
History of Medicine and Psychological Medicine. Such a degree programme is consistent with the
aims of Tomorrow's Doctors' (GMC Reports of 1993 and 2002) and builds appropriately on the
content and form of the new medical curriculum, including the increase in self-directed learning and
building on the Special Study Modules. One of the special features of this degree programme, unlike
the vast majority of intercalated degrees in other Medical Schools, is that the whole of Semester 2 is
devoted to the individual research projects, and gives students the opportunity to travel, often abroad,
to undertake much of their primary research.

1.2      This programme has the aim of advancing training in research for future doctors and
dentists. Such training is beneficial not only to the individual students, but through their
achievements and the culture of scientific enquiry engendered by the course, it advances medical
research, and enhances the reputation of the School of Medicine as a centre of research excellence.
Students undertaking the programme:

   Acquire knowledge of standard quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in
    psychology, history, sociology, and other relevant disciplines.

   Develop a deeper understanding of Public Health and Epidemiology, Psychological Medicine,
    Health Care Ethics and Law, International Health or the History of Medicine, through research
    and the critical appraisal of the literature in their area of research.

   Develop an appreciation of a range of types of research and research designs.

   Extend their ability to develop a research question, carry out a research project and submit a
    written report describing the research, to a good academic standard.


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   Develop the ability to think logically and broadly about a range of problems using a variety of
    relevant disciplines, especially types of knowledge and modes of enquiry beyond bio-medicine.

   Develop the ability to evaluate evidence, especially by developing competence in critical
    appraisal of literature and an understanding of how other disciplines, such as psychology, history,
    sociology, have relevance to medicine.

Students who intercalate in any subject are at a clear advantage when it comes to FY1 and 2
allocations and subsequent job applications.

1.3     There are core research methods and analysis modules taken by all students in Semester 1.
Students also take further subject-specific modules in Semester 1, and carry out their research project
under close supervision in Semester 2.

1.4.     Students are encouraged to develop their own research interests and are offered a wide
variety of project topics in clinical, academic and community settings.

2.       Admission
2.1      For students of the University of Birmingham Medical School, we are able to admit students
after their second, third or fourth years. Therefore each student must have successfully completed the
first and second years of the MBChB programme and have demonstrated satisfactory academic
progress in all subjects. The number allowed to intercalate from any one year is likely to be limited to
no more than 25.

2.2      For students of the College’s School of Dentistry, we are only able to admit students after
their second year. Therefore each student must have successfully completed the first and second year
of the BDS programme and have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress in all subjects.

2.3     For students from another Medical or Dental School, we are able to admit students after their
second, third or fourth years. Therefore each student must have successfully completed the first and
second year of the MBChB (or equivalent) or BDS programmes and have demonstrated satisfactory
academic progress in all subjects. PLEASE NOTE: Students who are not currently studying at
the University of Birmingham must attach a transcript or report indicating their second year
marks (if intercalating after years 3 or 4) or first year marks (if intercalating after year 2) from
their current institution.

2.4      Students wishing to be considered for admission to the programme in 2009 must complete
the attached form by 30th January 2009. Students who apply to intercalate must recognise that in
doing so they are serious in their application. Although you cannot be guaranteed being accepted on
the course at the time of application, you must accept that because of the necessity of academic
planning only in exceptional circumstances will it be possible to withdraw from a place, once offered
and accepted.

3.       Funding
3.1      For home students Local Education Authorities (LEAs) are now obliged to provide normal
support for intercalating BMedSc students. So the funding for the intercalated year should be
equivalent to levels of funding in the second year of the MBChB and BDS courses. Students wishing
to intercalate should contact their LEAs as soon as possible.

3.2     There are a number of other sources of funding available to intercalating students. These are
mainly charities and endowments associated with the Medical School. In addition a number of
studentships are available. Some bursaries, for example from the Health Foundation and the BHSF
are also available based on academic merit. Details of these are available from the Programme



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Administrator. Students have also had success in the past applying for funding to further charities or
institutions, for example, their old schools.

3.3    College of Medical and Dental Sciences Intercalated Awards (2009-2010)
3.3.1 Up to fourteen awards will be made to students from the College’s medicine or dentistry
programmes who will be intercalating on a College administered programme. Each is worth up to
£3000 and will be awarded following a competitive application process.

3.3.2 Some of the awards place conditions upon the type of work that will be funded. But, from the
breadth of intercalating study undertaken in the past we expect that it will not be a problem to match
particular awards with study areas. We would like to point out, however, that three of the awards
have the condition that they must be used to support a student working in the field of infectious
diseases. Please note that this aspect of study could be encompassed by any of the intercalating
programmes. If no student qualifies no award will be made.

3.3.3 Only those students who achieve an overall Year 2 mark of 65% or more will be eligible for
consideration for an award. Decisions on awards will be made in July 2009 when marks for all
students are available.

3.3.4 Submission: By the deadline date for your application for funding (8th July 2009), you must
submit the following: (1) A statement of no more than 200 words outlining why you wish to
intercalate and how you perceive that this will benefit your future career; (2) An hypothetical
research proposal (no more than 500 words). You may choose any area of clinical/medical research
but you must identify a specific research question. PLEASE NOTE: If you wish to apply for such
an award please indicate that your intent on the application form.

3.3.5 Much of the proposal should be confined to justification of this topic through provision of a
background summary of published work, describing the current state of knowledge in the field of
study. You will not be in a position to describe your methods / techniques / approaches in detail but
you should give a brief indication of the study design and outcomes of interest. The reference list is
not included in the word limit but should be no more than twenty references. [Please note, depending
on the intercalating programme, you may not have free choice in selecting your actual research
project, though all programmes do provide choice].

3.3.6 Decisions: Awards will be made by a committee comprising representatives of all three
intercalating programmes who will consider both academic merit (Year 2 mark) together with the
quality of the application (see points 1 and 2, above). It is expected that once an academic threshold
has been reached, the decision will rest primarily on the excellence of the written submission.

3.3.7 Conditions of an award: (1) All students must inform the admissions tutor for their
programme if they are in receipt of funds to support their intercalation from any other source. It is not
expected that a School of Medicine Intercalated Award will be made to anyone who is in receipt of
such funds; (2) The money will be paid in equal monthly amounts over a 10 month period during the
academic year; and (3) Upon completion of the intercalating programme, a one-page summary of the
achievements and benefits gained from the programme is required. This must also acknowledge
receipt of the award.

3.4     The College meets the direct costs of research projects on the programmes up to a limit set
each year, usually £500.

4.       Assessment
4.1      Assessment is by a combination of carried forward marks from the second year and a
dissertation (10,000 words) or academic paper following the author guidelines of a particular journal
plus (dependent upon the degree strand of your choose) a written examination, written reports and
essays, oral and poster presentations.

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5.        Projects
5.1       A preliminary list of project titles and potential supervisors from some of the strands are
available from the Programme Administrator. This will not be a definitive list. Other projects and
supervisors will become available as the year goes on. The prospective supervisors listed may be
willing to supervise other related projects and other members of staff may be willing to supervise
projects in their areas of expertise. If you have a specific topic which you would like to research and
it is not on the list, the Strand Lead will try to arrange supervision for you.

6.      Further Information
6.1     On matters concerning the programme or other academic issues, please contact the Course
Director, Dr Lesley Roberts. For admissions queries, please contact the Admissions Tutor, Professor
Robert Arnott. For further information about the individual programmes, please consult the
Programme Lead as listed below.

Course Director and        Dr Lesley Roberts, Primary Care, School of Health and Population
Programme Lead for         Sciences
Public Health and          Email: L.M.Roberts@bham.ac.uk
Epidemiology               Tel.:    0121-414 3356

Admissions Tutor           Professor Robert Arnott, Centre for History of Medicine, School of
                           Health and Population Sciences
                           Email: R.G.Arnott@bham.ac.uk
                           Tel.:    0121-414 6804

Programme Lead for         Dr Jonathan Reinarz, Centre for the History of Medicine, School of
the History of             Health and Population Sciences
Medicine                   Email: J.Reinarz@bham.ac.uk
                           Tel.:    0121-415 8122

Programme Lead for         Dr June Jones, Healthcare Development Unit, School of Health and
Health Care Ethics         Population Sciences
and Law                    Email: j.jones.1@bham.ac.uk
                           Tel:     0121-414 2532

Deputy Course              Dr Lisa Jones, Psychiatry, School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Director and               Email: L.A.Jones@bham.ac.uk
Programme Lead for         Tel.:    0121-301 2367
Psychological
Medicine

Programme Lead for         Dr Michael Innes, Primary Care, School of Health and Population
International Health       Sciences
                           Email: M.A.Innes@bham.ac.uk
                           Tel.:    0121-415 8626

Course Administrator       Mrs Julie Shore, School of Health and Population Sciences
                           Email: J.L.Shore@bham.ac.uk
                           Tel.:    0121-414 3616




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                                                OUTLINE SYLLABUS

All students receive core teaching over both semesters and undertake a piece of personal
research supervised by a tutor. It is summarised as follows:

                     ALL MODULES ARE TEN CREDITS UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED

Health Care Ethics        History of Medicine       Public Health and           Psychological             International Health
and Law                                             Epidemiology                Medicine



Most in Semester 1        All in Semester 1         All in Semester 1           All in Semester 1         All in Semester 1

Compulsory Modules        All compulsory modules    Compulsory modules          All compulsory modules    All Compulsory modules
1.. Ethical and Legal     1. Research               1. Quantitative and         1. Quantitative and       1. Quantitative and
Theory and Principles     Methodologies in the      Qualitative Research        Qualitative Research      Qualitative Research
(30 credits)              History of Medicine (20   Methods and Analysis        Methods and Analysis      Methods and Analysis
2. Ethics in Research     credits)                  Module (30 credits)         Module (30 credits)       Module (30 credits)
                          2. Medicine and                                       2. The Neurobiology of    2. Communicable Diseases
Optional modules          Society, 1750-1950        Optional Modules            Psychological Processes   in International Health
3. Two further optional   3. History of             2. Three further optional   3. The Neurobiology of    3. Non-communicable
modules from the          Occupational Health       module                      Mental Illness            Diseases in International
following:                and Medicine              (Semester 1 or 2)           4. Psychiatry and         Health
(Semester 1 or 2)         4. Disease and Medicine   (See below)                 Psychopathology in the    4. International Healthcare
(a) Ethics and Law of     in the Ancient World                                  Arts                      Organisation
Psychiatry and            5. The Origins of
Forensics                 Medical Specialisation
(b) Ethics and Law at
the Beginning of Life
(c) Ethics and Law at
the End of Life.
Research Project          Research Project          Research Project            Research Project          Research Project Module
Module                    Module                    Module                      Module                    (Semester 2)
(Semester 2)              (Semester 2)              (Semester 2)                (Semester 2)              (60 credits)
(60 credits)              (60 credits)              (60 credits)                (60 credits)
Credit Total 120          Credit Total 120          Credit Total 120            Credit Total 120          Credit Total 120



Optional modules available to students of Public Health may include (dependent on timetabling):
        Some (non-core) History of Medicine modules (nos. 2-5)
        Public Health in Developing Countries (MPH)
        Non-Communicable Diseases in International Health
        Communicable Diseases in International Health
        International Healthcare Organisation
        The Neurobiology of Psychological Processes
        The Neurobiology of Mental Illness
        Psychiatry and Psychopathology in the Arts
        Ethics and Law at the Beginning of Life
        Ethics and Law of Psychiatry and Forensics
        Research Ethics
        Statistics for Contemporary Medical Research




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                                      College of Medical and Dental Sciences

                                 Intercalated BMedSc Honours Degree
                                          Medicine in Society
                                              2009 - 2010

                                       APPLICATION FORM
        Please complete in black ink and ensure that you complete every section

1.     Name …………………………………………………………………………………………...

2.     University Number ……………..................................................................................................

3.     Current University (if not Birmingham)………………………………………………………..


4.     Current Degree Programme                    MB ChB (or equivalent)                    BDS

5.     Current Year of Study                       Year 2              Year 3               Year 4

6.     Home Address ………………………………………………………………………………….

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       Telephone no ………………………………….. Mobile no. …………………………………

       Email address ………………. @................................................................................................


7.     Term-Time Address ……………………………………………………………………………

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       Telephone no …………………………………..


8.     Indicate the intercalated degree programme for which you are applying.

     Health Care Ethics and Law
     History of Medicine
     International Health
     Public Health and Epidemiology
     Psychological Medicine




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9.       Give briefly your reasons for wishing to undertake a BMedSc Honours degree programme.
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10.      Local Education Authority (Please give address and grant details)

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        I wish to be considered for an Intercalated Award and agree to provide the
         information required in Section 3 (above) by 8th July 2009 (Open to UoB
         Home Students only)

        I wish to be considered for an Intercalated Award and the information
         required in Section 3 (above) is attached to my application form (Open to
         UoB Home students only)

        I do not wish to be considered for an Intercalated Award

PLEASE NOTE: Students who are not currently studying at the University of Birmingham
must attach a transcript or report indicating their second year marks (if intercalating after
years 3 or 4) or first year marks (if intercalating after year 2) from their current institution.



      PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM TO JULIE SHORE BY FRIDAY 30th JANUARY 2009.
            FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
                             ROOM 106, 1ST FLOOR
         PRIMARY CARE CLINICAL SCIENCES & LEARNING CENTRE BUILDING
                 SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND POPULATION SCIENCES
                  COLLEGE OF MEDICAL AND DENTAL SCIENCES
                         UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
                                EDGBASTON
                              BIRMINGHAM, UK
                                   B15 2TT

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