When choosing a Medical School, you might have noticed that most offer Integrated Medicine Courses – but what does this actually mean? This guide to Integrated Medicine Courses explains how they work, and how to understand if they would be right for you.

What is an Integrated Medicine Course?

An Integrated Medicine Course will 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’ll learn all the physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, clinical skills etc. relevant to that system.

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

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

Which Universities Teach Integrated Medicine Courses?

Most Medical Schools teach Integrated Medicine Courses. The difference between these 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, which is delivered in the form of lectures and seminars.

Benefits of Integrated Medicine Courses:

  • It’s a good middle ground, so a safe bet if you’re unsure about a Traditional Course
  • You get to learn the material first, then apply it in a clinical or interactive setting

Downsides of Integrated Medicine Courses:

  • You may feel unprepared when you start interacting with patients because you’d prefer to develop a deeper understanding of Medicine first

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

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