University of Bristol, Faculty of Medicine

October 28, 2013

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Situated in Bristol, UK, The University Of Bristol Faculty Of Medicine has earned itself a reputation as one of the top ranked universities in the world.  and as per the QS World University Rankings stands at 30th rank. It is a highly selective institution and a very coveted one too. For every place in its undergraduate program, there are 14 applicants. The university is also Bristol’s largest independent employer. 


A student holding a newly delivered baby, in Chiang Mai, Thailand Studying medicine at Bristol 

The University’s popular MB ChB programme has been developed in conjunction with the NHS. It offers real life training in different segments of clinical sciences right across the South West. This program equips students with clinical, leadership and communication skills which are the basis of a career as a doctor. In addition, they also offers students innumerable opportunities for research, intercalation and final year electives. 

Students are placed in hospitals in Bristol and the surrounding areas as part of their clinical training. This provides them with a well-rounded, diverse and practical training experience. The city of Bristol is vibrant and beautiful and offers a social lifestyle and numerous recreational facilities. These are a welcome backdrop for the rigorous academic curriculum that medical students go through. 

The Base Programme

The 5 years of the Standard MB ChB (A100) program are divided into multiple series of compulsory units that are associated with assignments. Most of these specific units are broken up into subject areas. Six vertical themes run right through the 5-year program that crosses year-boundaries. They provide continuity and flow seamlessly from one study-level to the next. In addition, there are numerous student-centred projects. These are called Student Selected Components (SSC’s).


Medical students might be able to intercalate an additional year if they want to study for a BA degree or Honours BSc. This is generally between the second and third year of the course. Some students choose to intercalate a little later. Currently, around 40% of the students are given the chance to intercalate.

Degree subjects include Biochemistry, Bioethics, Anatomical Science, Molecular and Cellular Medicine (various options), International Health, Medical Humanities, Neuroscience, Human Musculoskeletal Science, Physiological Sciences and Pharmacology. 

The College

The University of Bristol Faculty of Medicine has three schools:

The college offers both, undergraduate and graduate programs. The MB ChB Medicine and MB ChB Medicine (graduate entry) are the two undergraduate courses. The postgraduate course covers MSc in Molecular Neuroscience, MSc in Reproduction and Development and MSc in Stem Cells and Regeneration. The college has added Translational Cardiovascular Medicine as a new program that has been added for the 2013-2014 MSc program.