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Why study medicine at Hull? Having opened its doors in 2003, the innovative Hull York Medical School (HYMS) – established by the Universities of Hull and York in partnership with the NHS – graduated its first medical students in 2008. The school capitalises on Hull’s considerable strengths in clinical medicine and York’s background in bioscience and health-related research. HYMS students therefore benefit from outstanding academic and clinical facilities, while the Humber and North Yorkshire area derives substantial clinical advantages from having a world-class medical school in the region. Modern teaching methods such as problem-based learning, a virtual learning environment, patient contact from Week 3 and clinical placements throughout the course have put HYMS at the cutting edge of medical education. The school is already internationally recognised for offering a medical degree that will produce excellent doctors, rigorously educated to meet the needs of the modern world.

How will you learn? The HYMS curriculum combines innovative learning styles with a solid grounding in sciences and regular clinical experience. We believe that it is important for you to meet patients from the very outset of the course – after all, that is what medicine is all about. In Years 1 and 2, half of our medical students are based in Hull and half in York. Allocation to either campus is normally by ballot. Later, you spend time on clinical placements around the region, encompassing Hull and East Yorkshire, York and North Yorkshire, and North Lincolnshire. The amount of time spent in community settings is unique to HYMS. The undergraduate medical course lasts for five years, and HYMS has some 700 medical students at any one time. Graduates are awarded the degree of MB BS, a recognised UK and EU primary medical qualification. The degree is jointly awarded by the Universities of Hull and York.

What will you study? Because our medical degree is new, the course is designed to provide the best possible education for the doctors of the 21st century. This is an exciting time to join HYMS as we become a fully mature organisation. Besides offering a top-quality undergraduate school, we are building and developing further postgraduate medical education and establishing high-quality, internationally recognised research. Many students are also encouraged to study for an extra year towards an intercalated degree (normally BSc Hons) before completing the MB BS.

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Medicine Single Honours MB BS The MB BS course lasts five years, or six years for students who choose to intercalate. The degree is jointly awarded by the Universities of Hull and York, and it is recognised by the General Medical Council for practice as a Foundation Year  (F) House Officer.

Requirements Three A levels, normally at grades AAA, and a B in a fourth subject at AS level (excluding General Studies). Candidates should have studied both Biology and Chemistry. Applicants must take the UKCAT in the year in which they apply – see Experience of caring for others is an advantage, and interpersonal skills are also important, so the selection process always includes an interview. All applicants must comply with HYMS occupational health requirements, must undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau investigation and have to be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority before the start of the course. You must apply to HYMS (UCAS institution code H5), not to the University of Hull or the University of York. Allocation to campus is by ballot.

Structure In Years  and 2, based at either the University of Hull or the University of York, you begin to acquire the relevant knowledge and skills for medicine. You experience weekly clinical placements from the outset and use problem-based learning groups to develop essential team-working skills. Years 3 and 4 are centred on hospitals, general practices and community clinics, where you develop your skills in clinical reasoning and diagnosis. With accommodation on hospital sites, you benefit from good student–staff ratios and plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning. You may choose to take an intercalated year after Year 2 or Year 4, at HYMS or at another institution. If you do, you will study for a BSc (or in some instances an MA or MSc) degree awarded by that institution, before resuming your MB BS course. The final year develops your understanding and knowledge of clinical management, through blocks of study in medicine, surgery and general practice plus an elective period (undertaken anywhere in the world). Years

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Studying medicine at the University of Hull is fantastic because you follow an exciting, innovative curriculum, with access to modern facilities and excellent clinical placements, as well as being able to get involved in the many societies that the Uni has to oer. Plus, the pool tables in Sanctuary provide a brilliant way to relax and enjoy yourself in the evenings! Ben Boxall MB BS Medicine




Having opened its doors in 2003, the innovative Hull York Medical School (HYMS) – established by the Universities of Hull and York in partne...