Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine excels in league tables. Cambridge has 3 pre-clinical years, after which you can, if you get a place, continue at Cambridge for 3 clinical years or complete them somewhere else (many go on to medical schools in London or Oxford).
The pre-clinical years are rigorous with lots of lectures, practicals and small-group supervised sessions. In the third year, students study a chosen subject in more depth. This is usually one related to biological medicine but can be a research project or something unrelated to medicine.
The emphasis during the clinical years is on learning in clinical settings: at the bedside, in outpatient clinics and in GP surgeries, which is supported by seminars, tutorials and discussion groups.
Assessment, both formative and summative, plays a significant role throughout. Your ongoing progress is reviewed weekly and termly by your College supervisors. Formal assessment, which determines your ability to proceed with the course, includes written and practical examinations, coursework submission and clinical assessment.
Successful completion of the first three years leads to a BA degree and on successful completion of the clinical studies in Cambridge you are awarded two degrees, the Bachelor of Medicine and the Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BChir).
6 years, Traditional structure with 3 pre-clinical and 3 clinical years. Lectures and supervisions continue during the clinical years.
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