When choosing a medical school, you might have noticed that most offer Integrated Medicine Courses – but what does this actually mean? This guide explains how Integrated Courses work and will also help you to understand if this type of course would be right for you.

What Is An Integrated Medicine Course?

Integrated Medicine Courses teach scientific knowledge alongside clinical training – so you’ll learn the material by topic, rather than by discipline. For example, when you learn about the digestive system, you will learn all of the physiology, biochemistry, anatomy and clinical skills which are relevant to it.

The General Medical Council recommends this approach to Medicine – and most universities now use this method of teaching.

It’s different from a Traditional Medicine Course, where you learn the science first in the pre-clinical years and then move to a clinical setting.

The goal of an Integrated Medicine course is to equip students with a broad knowledge base and a diverse set of skills, allowing them to approach patient care from a more holistic perspective.

Graduates of these programs may go on to work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, or private practices.

Which Universities Teach Integrated Medicine Courses?

Most Medical Schools teach Integrated Medicine Courses.

University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen’s MBChB uses a systems-based, integrated approach. The Clinical Skills Centre provides modern facilities with the latest simulation technology.
Anglia RuskinAnglia Ruskin’s course takes a systems-based approach, and is part of a fully integrated course that focuses on normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour, basic and clinical sciences and hospital and community perspectives on health.
University of BirminghamBirmingham’s MBChB Medicine and Surgery degree each you the practical, theoretical and communication skills needed to become a doctor. You can expect patient contact to start from as early as week 2 and will spend eight days working in the community with GPs and patients each year.
Brighton and SussexThe five-year medical degree, awarded jointly by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, teaches using a system-based approach, with integrated modules covering the core biomedical and psychosocial sciences.
University of Bristol
Bristol’s MB ChB Medicine offers integration of basic science and clinical learning throughout the course. You will learn through case-based learning alongside clinical placements in primary and secondary care.
University of BuckinghamUniversity of Buckingham’s MB ChB Medicine 4.5-year degree programme consists of two phases.

Phase 1 consists of a series of integrated and interdisciplinary units while Phase 2 builds upon it through intensive work with patients and doctors.
Cardiff UniversityIts MBBCh degree is structured over five years, allowing students to develop their knowledge within an integrated spiral curriculum.

Teaching is delivered in partnership with the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University, whilst clinical placement teaching takes place in hospitals and General Practices across the whole of Wales.
University of DundeeDundee offers a Medicine MBChB programme. From first year onwards you will receive teaching in clinical history taking and how to perform a clinical examination.

After building a solid foundation, in years four and five you move into clinical training.
Edge HillEdge Hill’s five-year Medicine course (also available as an integrated 6-year programme) offers a hybrid of case-based and team-based learning alongside extensive clinical skills and simulation training.
Imperial College LondonThis six-year Medical programme offers a case-based learning approach that integrates and translates scientific knowledge to clinical care. Study happens through an integrated approach in a range of clinical settings.
Kent and Medway Medical SchoolTheir Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) is jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

The course involves integrated practice and effectively integrates clinical learning with theory.
King’s College LondonKCL’s Medicine MBBS degree provides an innovative and integrated curriculum, integrating medical science with clinical teaching throughout with focus on learning in close contact with patients. Its partner hospitals include Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’ Hospitals
University of LeedsMedicine and Surgery MBChB at University of Leeds is a 5-year course. You will be able to study biomedical sciences and integrate anatomy with radiology, physiology, clinical assessment and pharmacology. In Year 3, you’ll Integrate your clinical skills and knowledge through five five-week clinical placements
University of LeicesterLeicester’s integrated five-year Medical degree offers a ‘patient-focused curriculum’ which is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small group work and clinical teaching. Your experience will be hands-on – you will work with real patients from the beginning.
University of LiverpoolLiverpool offers a Medicine and Surgery MBChB course, taught using an integrated ‘Systems’ approach.

Each System Block includes physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and anatomy, genetics and cell and molecular biology. Teaching is delivered by lectures, practical and small group sessions and clinical skills sessions
Newcastle UniversityMedicine and Surgery MB BS at Newcastle uses integrated case-led teaching approach. You’ll be frequently visiting hospitals and general practices around the regional medical school and gain clinical experience through placements.
University of NottinghamNottingham offers a five-year Medical course, teaching through Anatomy sessions, Clinical skills sessions and Case-based learning. Its Medical School is based in Queen’s Medical Centre, one of the UK’s largest hospitals.
University of SouthamptonSouthampton’s 5-year course is split into 4 phases, with clinical practice throughout.

You’ll get clinical experience from the first weeks of your course, meeting patients in hospital and primary care settings.

You will meet patients in clinical settings and will learn from volunteer patients, simulated environments and prepared patient cases.
University of St AndrewsMedicine A100 BSc (Hons) at St Andrews offers to graduate after three years with a BSc Honours degree before moving on to one of its partner medical schools to complete your training as a doctor and graduate with an MBChB/MBBS.

Students are offered an integrated curriculum within a strong clinical context. Clinical teaching is integrated with basic science learning throughout the course, teaching you to apply medical sciences to clinical problems.
University of SunderlandThis innovative, highly-integrated medical curriculum is delivered in partnership with Keele University School of Medicine.

You will learn through various integrated units. The curriculum has three phases delivered at the University and in primary and secondary care settings.
University of Central LancashireMedicine & Surgery course at UCLan focuses on early patient contact. Work-based learning is incorporated in the programme from Year 1 and will be in a variety of settings.

You’ll undertake one placement in a GP practice and one in community clinics in Year 1. There are a further 12 days of clinical placements in Year 2 to prepare you for Year 3.

The majority of learning in Years 3, 4 and 5 will be work-based learning.

The difference between these universities is whether they use problem-based learning, case-based learning, or enquiry-based learning to deliver the Integrated Courses. You can find out more about this in our guide to teaching approaches.


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Integrated Medicine Courses give you the chance to get some early clinical exposure, while still offering the support structure of scientific teaching delivered in the form of lectures and seminars.

Benefits of Integrated Medicine Courses:

  • If you like to learn in a hands-on way, this will suit your learning style.
  • You get to dive in and interact with patients from an early stage of the course, so you’ll have plenty of time to get used to this aspect of working as a doctor. Integrated Medicine courses equip students with a diverse set of skills, enabling them to offer a more comprehensive and patient-centered approach to healthcare.
  • It’s a good middle ground, so it could be a safe bet if you’re unsure about doing a Traditional Course.
  • Graduates of Integrated Medicine courses have a unique skill set that can open up a range of career opportunities. They may work in hospitals, clinics, or private practices, or even choose to start their own integrative medicine clinics.
  • Integrated Medicine courses emphasize the importance of evidence-based practice. Students learn to critically evaluate research and apply it to their clinical decision-making, ensuring that their practice is grounded in scientific evidence.

Downsides of Integrated Medicine Courses:

  • Because patient contact happens early in the course, you might feel unprepared.
  • You might prefer to develop a deeper academic understanding of Medicine first, before moving into a clinical setting (a Traditional Course offers this approach).

Take our quiz to see if you’d suit an Integrated Medicine Course.


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