Prospectus 2021
MADE HERE                                    WE’RE INSPIRING
                                             THE NEXT GENERATION
                                             OF DOCTORS
                                             Welcome to Hull York Medical School, home of
                                             exceptional medical education and a modern,
                                             innovative undergraduate medicine programme.

                                             We are committed not just to training doctors, but to
                                             training brilliant doctors, who are equipped with the
                                             skills, agility and resilience they need to deliver excellent
                                             patient-centred care in an ever-changing healthcare
                                             environment. If you share our passion for making a
                                             difference, take a closer look…

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The privilege of practising
                                                                                                medicine is the trust afforded to
                                                                                                us by patients at times of their
                                                                                                greatest vulnerability; the skill is
                                                                                                being able to apply knowledge
                                                                                                so those patients receive the best
                                                                                                treatment and care available.

                                                                                                Professor Una Macleod,
                                                                                                Dean, Hull York Medical School, and GP

A DIFFERENT KIND OF                                                                             CONTENTS
MEDICAL SCHOOL                                                                                  A DIFFERENT KIND OF MEDICAL SCHOOL
                                                                                                8   Passionate about exceptional medical training

           elcome to Hull York Medical          I studied medicine in the 1980s, and my         10 A pioneering partnership designed to make a difference
           School: the joint medical school     career has taken me from a hospital
           of the Universities of Hull and      environment into clinical and academic          STUDYING WITH US
York, and home to one of the UK’s most          general practice, as well as leading
                                                                                                12 Delivering exceptional medical training
exciting and innovative undergraduate           research teams seeking to improve cancer
medicine programmes.                            diagnosis, treatment and care. While            14 Early and sustained clinical experience
                                                continuing to practise as a GP, it is also my   16 A different way of learning
At Hull York Medical School, we pride           privilege to be Dean of Hull York Medical
ourselves on producing confident,               School, with responsibility for ensuring
compassionate and work-ready doctors,           that you are equipped with the skills           EXPLORING YOUR INTERESTS
whose training, grounded in patient-            needed to pursue your own successful            22 Tailoring your experience
centred care, has armed them with               career path, whatever area of medicine          24 Electives
the medical knowledge, empathy and              you ultimately choose to specialise in.
                                                                                                26 Our research is transforming lives
resilience they need not only to thrive as      From surgery to psychiatry, general
doctors but to make a positive difference       practice to paediatrics and beyond, your
to the lives of their patients.                 experience here will allow you to explore       LIFE AT HULL YORK MEDICAL SCHOOL
                                                your interests and stand you in good stead      28 An unforgettable experience
As a student here, you will experience          for a long and impactful career delivering
                                                                                                30 Studying in Hull
sustained clinical contact with real            exceptional care.
patients from the very beginning of your                                                        32 Studying in York
programme; benefit from a bespoke               I look forward to welcoming you on the          34 A place to call home
learning environment based around small         first step of your career as a doctor.
                                                                                                36 A support network to help you succeed
group study and extensive contact time
                                                                                                38 Measuring your progress
with senior clinicians; and access the very     Professor Una Macleod,
best facilities that the Universities of Hull   Dean, Hull York Medical School,
and York have to offer.                         and GP                                          YOUR APPLICATION
                                                                                                42 Planning your application
                                                                                                46 Our selection procedure
                                                                                                48 Making our offers
                                                                                                49 After you graduate
                                                                                                50 Fees and funding

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                                             CLINICAL EXPERTS
                                             Studying at Hull York Medical School
                                             has given me the opportunity to
                                             network with and be taught by highly
                                             respected senior doctors across a range
                                             of specialisms. I plan to specialise in
                                             surgery, so being able to experience
                                             time in theatre with accomplished
                                             surgeons has been one of the
                                             highlights of my time here.
                                             Yangmyung Ma, Year 4

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W     hen you choose to study at Hull York Medical School,
      you are choosing a different kind of undergraduate
medicine programme. Innovative, distinctive, and specifically
designed to meet the challenges of 21st century healthcare,
our programmes truly prepare you for real life as a junior doctor.
Our five-year Medicine programme combines patient-centred teaching, clinician-led
problem-based learning, rigorous academic study and regular clinical experience from week
three of your first year. This ensures you develop the confidence, proficiency and empathy
for which our graduates have become known. Our six-year Medicine with a Gateway Year
programme, which is a Widening Participation initiative, includes an additional year at the
start, which focuses on facilitating your transition from school or college to university.
It brings your scientific knowledge up to the required standard, and enhances your study
skills while teaching you about professionalism and the NHS. More information about our
programmes can be found from p12.

At the end of your studies on either the five or six-year programme, you will graduate ready
to transition into life as a junior doctor, with a UK and EU recognised MB BS (Bachelor of
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree, awarded jointly by the Universities of Hull
and York. More information about what happens after you graduate can be found on p49.          PREPARING YOU
                                                                                               TO MAKE AN IMPACT
                                                                                               ON PATIENTS’ LIVES

                                                                                               You will graduate from Hull York Medical School with
                                                                                               an in-depth knowledge of all the relevant sciences and
                                                                                               a sensitive understanding of people, as well as the ability
LEARN TO                           PROBLEM                  WE’VE
DELIVER                            BASED                    ADDED                              to communicate effectively and to work as part of a team.
CARE WITH                          LEARNING                 OVER
CONFIDENCE                         FACILITATED              DOCTORS TO THE                     We train you to deliver the exceptional care that will
AND EMPATHY                        BY CLINICIANS            NHS WORKFORCE                      transform the lives of your patients – both in the Yorkshire
                                                                                               region and beyond.
                                                                                               Professor Martin Veysey, Medicine Programme Director, Hull York Medical
                                                                                               School, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at York Teaching Hospital

    Learn more                                                                                 NHS Foundation Trust

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                                                                                                                                                                                                       A DIFFERENT KIND OF MEDICAL SCHOOL
                                                  JAMES COOK


                                                                                                                                                                                                       A PIONEERING
                                                                                      SCARBOROUGH                              HUMBER,
                      HOSPITAL                                                            HOSPITAL                                   COAST AND VALE
                                                                                                                                     SUSTAINABILITY AND
                                                                                                                                     PARTNERSHIP                                                       PARTNERSHIP DESIGNED
                                                                                                                                                                                                       TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
     YO H R
       RK S
            TO 2 M
                ED I N

                  IN S

                                                                                                                                                                                                           ull York Medical School was established as a partnership

                                                                                                                                                                                                           between the Universities of Hull and York in 2003. Today,

                                                                                                                                                                                                       that partnership is stronger than ever, based on a commitment
      YORK                                                                                                                                                                                             to collaboration, shared expertise and a belief that our training
                                                                                                                                                                                                       should make a difference to our surrounding communities.

                                                                                                                                                                                     UNIVERSITIES,     As well as providing access to the very best           partner locations. These range from busy urban GP
                                                                                                                                                                                     TWICE             facilities, support networks, research opportunities   practices and major trauma centres serving densely
                                                                                                                                                                                     THE               and academic expertise that our parent universities    populated areas, to mental healthcare providers,

                                                                                                                                                                                     EXPERTISE         have to offer, we work closely with NHS Trusts,        and rural and coastal community services. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                       community organisations and GP practices across        range of experience will provide you with insight
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       the region to offer a unique breadth of clinical       into a wide range of patient demographics, and


                                                                                                                                                                                                       experience. As a Hull York Medical School student,     exposure to the diversity of career paths available
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       you will complete placements in several of our         to you as a qualified doctor.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      MENTAL           York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive
                                                                                                       HULL ROYAL                                                                     HEALTH           range of acute hospital and specialist healthcare services for
                                                                                                        INFIRMARY                                                                     PROVIDER
                                                                                                                                                                                      PARTNERS         approximately 800,000 people living in the region. We are pleased
                                                                                     SCUNTHORPE                                                                                                        to welcome Hull York Medical School students on placement at two
                                                                                                  SCUNTHORPE                                                                                           of our hospital sites: York Hospital, located in the heart of York;
                                                                                                  GENERAL                                                                     PLACEMENTS PROVIDED BY

                                                                                                  HOSPITAL                                                          GRIMSBY                            and Scarborough Hospital, on the North East Yorkshire coast. Working
                                                   YORK TO LONDON

                                                                    HULL TO LONDON

                                                                                                                                                                                                       with the medical school, we are proud and committed to helping to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       train the confident and capable doctors of tomorrow, who will go on
                                                                                                                                                                              GP SURGERIES             to deliver excellent patient-centred care.
                                                                                                                                                            PRINCESS                                   Sue Symington, Chair, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
                                                                                                                                                            OF WALES

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                                                                                                                       YOUR MEDICINE JOURNEY
                                                                                                                                 Medicine With a Gateway Year programme only

                                                                                                                                 If you join our six-year Medicine With a            you about professionalism and the NHS.
                                                                                                                                 Gateway Year programme, a Widening                  You will experience clinical taster sessions
                                                                                                                                 Participation initiative designed to                in a GP and hospital setting, as well as a
                                                                                                                                 facilitate access to Medicine for those from        combination of small group teaching,
                                                                                                                                 underrepresented backgrounds, this will             self-directed learning, lectures and clinical
                                                                                                                                 be your first year of study. It will focus on       skills. More details about the Medicine With
                                                                                                                                 facilitating your transition from school or         a Gateway Year programme, including
                                                                                                                                 college to university, bringing your scientific     eligibility criteria and entry requirements,
                                                                                                                                 knowledge up to the required standard, and          can be found on p43.
                                                                                                                                 enhancing your study skills, while teaching

                                                                                                                                 On successful completion of the Gateway Year, you will progress to Phase I of the five-year
                                                                                                                                 Medicine programme.

                                                                                                                                 Phase I
                                                                                                                                 Forming the first two years of the five-year        This integrated approach, centred on PBL and
                                                                                                                                 Medicine programme, Phase I is centred              grounded in a robust scientific understanding,
                                                                                                                                 around problem-based learning (PBL), which          strong clinical knowledge and highly developed
                                                                                                                                 provides a patient-centred context for your         clinical reasoning skills, prepares you for
                                                                                                                                 training. This is reinforced by and integrated      success as a doctor. For more information on
                                                                                                                                 with weekly clinical placements in GP surgeries     how we deliver PBL and clinical skills, see p16.
                                                                                                                                 and hospitals, communication, clinical skills and
                                                                                                                                 anatomy sessions, lectures, and workshops.

MEDICAL EDUCATION                                                                                                                Phase II
                                                                                                                                 In Phase II, which is years three and four          Our placement sites are in Hull, York, Grimsby,
                                                                                                                                 of the five-year Medicine programme, you            Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Scarborough
                                                                                                                                 will be fully immersed in a range of clinical       and Scunthorpe. You will continue to attend

O    ur curriculum is designed to meet the fast-changing challenges of
     21st century healthcare – ensuring you graduate as an excellent
thinker, evidence-based practitioner and patient-centred communicator,
                                                                                                                                 placements across GP surgeries, community
                                                                                                                                 settings and hospitals. You will rotate through
                                                                                                                                 different specialties and locations, developing
                                                                                                                                 your clinical, history-taking, examination and
                                                                                                                                                                                     seminars, teaching sessions and clinical skills
                                                                                                                                                                                     practicals at our dedicated teaching facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                     within each hospital site. Our friendly student
                                                                                                                                                                                     liaison teams are also based here, to ensure
                                                                                                                                 problem-solving skills with patients, under the     you receive support while on placement.
able to deliver brilliant healthcare.                                                                                            supervision of dedicated clinical tutors.

Founded on a solid grounding in the sciences and        practical connections between individual areas of study.
structured regular clinical contact, our programmes     You will explore topics through a range of themes
have been developed to reflect the latest educational   and disciplines, each presented in a clinically relevant
and scientific research. Disease doesn’t exist in       context, and supported through problem-based                             Phase III
isolation, so we have developed a tightly integrated    learning, clinical experience, lectures, clinical and                    In Phase III, which is the final year of the        You will continue to benefit from teaching
curriculum that enables you to make meaningful and      communication skills sessions, and workshops.                            programme, your rotations will continue in          sessions and clinical skills practicals at our
                                                                                                                                 primary and secondary care settings, where          dedicated facilities within each hospital site.
                                                                                                                                 even more emphasis will be placed on you            During the final year, you will also complete
                                                                                                                                 being a member of a multidisciplinary medical       your elective (see p24) and undertake an
                                                                                                                                 team, gaining experience of on-call and             assistantship, which will help you prepare
                                                                                                                                 out-of-hours duties.                                for your role as a junior doctor.

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EARLY AND SUSTAINED                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 AN UNRIVALLED
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BREADTH OF
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 EXPERIENCE

A   s a doctor, you will treat patients from a range of backgrounds in a
    variety of settings. Our placements occur throughout our programmes,
and provide a valuable breadth of experience. You will visit GP surgeries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Experiencing placements at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    different sites and trusts around
hospitals and community care settings, developing the knowledge and skills                                                                                                                                                                          the Yorkshire and Humber region
needed to deliver exceptional healthcare.                                                                                                                                                                                                           teaches Hull York students to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    adaptable and resilient, which
We are passionate about ensuring that you benefit from patient contact as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    prepares us well for foundation
soon as possible, which is why we deliver a significantly higher proportion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    training as junior doctors.
of our curriculum in clinical environments than many other medical schools.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Grace Gilmour, Year 4

                                                                                                                                                    A DEDICATED ACADEMY OF
Placements in the Gateway year for students on the six-year programme take the form of taster sessions,
where you will shadow healthcare professionals in both primary and secondary care settings.                                                         PRIMARY CARE
                                                                                                                                                    Ninety per cent of all NHS care is delivered
                                                                                                                                                    in primary care, with plans for this to
                                                                                                                                                    increase – so regardless of which area
                                                                                                                                                    of medicine you ultimately choose to
                                                                                                                                                    specialise in, primary care will be an
MEDICINE: PHASE I                                 MEDICINE: PHASE II & III                          •   Over 100 GP surgeries
                                                                                                                                                    important part of your career.
Starting in the third week of the five-year       From your third year onwards, you will            •   Mental health service providers, based in
                                                                                                        areas covered by NAViGO; Rotherham,         Primary medical care is a distinct model of
Medicine programme, you will attend clinical      experience placements across our region,
                                                                                                        Doncaster and South Humber NHS              medical practice with its own knowledge
placements every single week.                     practising your examination, history-taking                                                                                                        LONGITUDINAL INTEGRATED
                                                                                                        Foundation Trust; Tees, Esk and Wear        base, skills and ways of working. We believe
                                                  and problem-solving skills with real patients
Your placements will help you put into                                                                  Valleys NHS Foundation Trust; and Humber    that to become a great doctor you need a         CLERKSHIP
                                                  before ultimately becoming a junior member
context what you have learnt in your other                                                              Teaching NHS Foundation Trust               thorough understanding and experiential          Since August 2019, we have piloted a
                                                  of a multidisciplinary medical team in your
studies – your problem-based learning and                                                           •   Community providers who deliver services    knowledge of primary care medicine, which        new opportunity for our students to be
                                                  final year.
anatomy sessions, lectures, workshops and                                                               including dermatology, sexual health,       is why we are passionate about ensuring          immersed in the whole patient journey
clinical and communication skills classes.                                                              women’s health or paediatrics               that your clinical placements take place in      on their clinical placements, following the
                                                  Our placement sites include:
                                                                                                                                                    both primary and secondary care settings.        same patients over time in varied clinical
In your first two years you will attend
                                                  •   Hull Royal Infirmary (Hull)                                                                   Exposure to primary care medicine will help      settings. This innovative patient-centred
placements in or around your home campus
                                                  •   Castle Hill Hospital (Hull)                                                                   you become the best doctor you can be,           clinical placement, primarily based in
city – the University of Hull or the University
                                                  •   York Hospital (York)                                                                          and enhance your career, whatever your           general practice, is known as a Longitudinal
of York. Your placements are easily
                                                  •   Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital (Grimsby)                                                   eventual specialism.                             Integrated Clerkship (LIC).
accessible and most are within 30 minutes of
your campus by road.                              •   The Friarage Hospital (Northallerton)                                                         Our Academy of Primary Care, a dedicated         The LIC allows you to follow patients
                                                  •   James Cook University Hospital                                                                unit within the Medical School, translates       longitudinally over time, seeing them
In Phase I, you will put your learning in
clinical and communication skills into
                                                      (Middlesbrough)                                        CLINICAL                               world-leading research into education,           through all phases of diagnosis and
practice, interacting with patients to develop    •   Scarborough Hospital (Scarborough)                     PLACEMENTS                             and offers additional training and career        treatment as they navigate different aspects
your consultation and examination skills.         •   Scunthorpe General Hospital (Scunthorpe)                 BEGIN IN WEEK                        opportunities around primary care and expert     of their care, including GP surgeries,
                                                                                                                                                    generalist medicine. Providing opportunities     hospitals and community settings.
                                                                                                                                                    to advance your training through independent
                                                                                                                                                                                                     This continuity in patient and tutor
                                                                                                                                                    research projects, our Longitudinal Integrated
                                                                                                                                                                                                     interaction allows you to become truly
                                                                                                                                                    Clerkship programme, mentorship with
                                                                                                                                                                                                     involved in the patient journey and build
                                                                                                                                                    academic GPs, dedicated master classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                     long-term rapport, to the benefit of both
   Learn more                                                                                                                                       and seminars, and access to specialist
                                                                                                                                                                                                     yourself and patients alike. You will become                                                                                                                    conferences, the Academy allows you to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     part of a multidisciplinary team, developing
                                                                                                                                                    deepen your understanding of this critical
                                                                                                                                                                                                     teamwork skills crucial to being a doctor.
                                                                                                                                                    area of healthcare.

                                                                                                                                                     Learn more                           Learn more and read our
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                                                                                                                 A GREAT WAY
                                                                                                                 TO LEARN
                                                                                                                  As a graduate entry student, PBL is
A DIFFERENT WAY OF LEARNING                                                                                       an exciting new way of learning for
                                                                                                                  me, allowing me to consolidate my
                                                                                                                  knowledge within a group setting as

W      e believe that possessing strong communication and problem-
       solving skills is essential to delivering successful patient-centred
care, interacting effectively with multidisciplinary healthcare colleagues,
                                                                                                                  well as develop my critical thinking
                                                                                                                  skills. Having only been taught through
                                                                                                                  lectures previously, I have thoroughly
and ultimately being a good doctor. That is why we place problem-based                                            enjoyed being in an interactive learning
learning and communication at the heart of our curriculum.                                                        environment with my peers. PBL mirrors
                                                                                                                  the multidisciplinary team that we will
                                                                                                                  work within as doctors, and PBL allows
PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING                                                                                            us to familiarise ourselves with
Our problem-based learning (PBL) groups are               with what you learn in your lectures and on clinical
facilitated by clinicians with a passion for education    placement. In PBL, there is plenty of opportunity to
                                                                                                                  this concept from the very start
and a wealth of real-world experience, who will guide     discuss the social, psychological and ethical issues    of our medical journey.
your learning while also providing pastoral care and      surrounding a case, which can be more difficult to
support. You will benefit from their experience, as       uncover through traditional lectures.                   Arabella Lloyd, Year 1
they provide clinical context for the situations you
                                                          PBL allows you to form strong relationships, learn
discuss as a group, while also helping you to learn
                                                          how to communicate effectively in a group and work
professional values and behaviours.
                                                          as part of a team to tackle and solve problems –
The main emphasis of PBL is on small group                developing skills that will be invaluable throughout
working, centred – as the name suggests – around          your medical career. You will stay with the same
a hypothetical ‘problem’ or case. PBL group work          group of typically 10 students throughout your first
offers a lively, interactive and enjoyable way to build   year of study, before joining a new PBL group in
your knowledge, while reinforcing and integrating         your second year.

   Learn more
                                                                                                                 WHAT IS PROBLEM-BASED
                                                                                                                  YOU’LL WORK IN SMALL GROUPS (OF ABOUT 10)
Keeping up to date with rapidly advancing scientific                                                              THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, FACILITATED BY AN
                                                                                                                  EXPERIENCED CLINICIAN
knowledge is a challenge for today’s medical professionals
at all stages of their career. Clinical reasoning, critical                                                       EACH WEEK YOU’LL BE SET ONE OR TWO SCENARIOS
thinking and ongoing self-directed learning skills are crucial                                                    OF PATIENTS PRESENTING A PROBLEM
to your success as a doctor, all of which our problem-based
learning helps you to develop.                                                                                    LEARNING IS CENTRED AROUND      - Lectures          - Clinical placement
                                                                                                                                                  - Clinical skills   - Practical workshops
                                                                                                                  THOSE SCENARIOS ALL WEEK
                                                                                                                                                  - Anatomy
Dr Marie Cohen, Director of Problem-Based Learning,
GP and Macmillan GP Facilitator
                                                                                                                  AT THE END OF THE WEEK YOU’LL RECONVENE AND
                                                                                                                  REVIEW YOUR LEARNING. YOUR TUTOR WILL ENSURE
                                                                                                                  YOU MEET THE REQUIRED LEARNING OUTCOMES.

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COMMUNICATION AND                                          ANATOMY
CLINICAL SKILLS                                                                                                     Learning anatomy using prosections
                                                           Understanding the structure and function of the
As you will be in contact with patients on your
                                                                                                                    allows you to focus on the anatomical
                                                           human body is essential to being a brilliant doctor.
clinical placements from the first few weeks of the        Here at Hull York Medical School, under the guidance     structures, rather than worrying about
Medicine programme, we have designed a curriculum          of our expert anatomists, you will develop the           how to dissect correctly in order
that will ensure that you develop the communication        in-depth understanding of human anatomy needed
skills you will need to become an empathetic and           to deliver exceptional healthcare.
                                                                                                                    to keep the important structures
confident practitioner.                                                                                             intact. The prosections are presented
                                                           Everything you learn in your anatomy sessions
You will develop a wide range of skills that you will      will relate to the themes raised by your weekly          really well, to make them as easy as
use in patient consultations throughout your career,       PBL case, ensuring you are putting into practice         possible for you to learn from.
from physical and mental state examination, to             what you learn each week.
history-taking, clinical reasoning and communication.                                                               Dr Kiranjit Kaur, Foundation Year 1
                                                           You will build your knowledge of clinical anatomy
During the first two years of the five-year Medicine       using an academically rigorous combination of            Junior Doctor, Class of 2019
programme, you will attend clinical and communication      prosections, medical imaging, anatomical models and
skills sessions twice per week. These sessions             cutting-edge techniques in living anatomy developed
consolidate what you learn in PBL, and link with your      by our own researchers. We teach using prosections,
experiences on placement. You will acquire the skills to   which are anatomical specimens that have been
perform physical examinations by practising on your        dissected by our expert anatomists to display and
fellow students, and interacting with simulated patients   demonstrate specific structures, relationships,
portrayed by highly trained actors.                        systems and regions. We use a range of embalming
In peer physical examination sessions, you will            techniques, including Formalin embalming,
practise your examination skills under the direction       Thiel embalming and plastination, to ensure you
of an experienced clinical tutor. During these small       get the most out of teaching.
group sessions, you will examine and be examined by        If you are interested in dissection, you will have the
your fellow students, giving and receiving feedback        opportunity to carry out a detailed dissection of a
in a supportive, safe and professional environment.        region of the body and to study anatomy in depth
This approach allows you to develop the skills you         within a clinical context as part of the Scholarship
need to confidently carry out physical examinations        and Special Interest Programme, or as part of our
of real patients. Peer physical examinations are           suite of intercalated MSc programmes (in Clinical
non-invasive, and students find they are a fun way         Anatomy, or Clinical Anatomy and Education),
to learn and develop clinical and communication            or in the elective period in Year 5.
skills. Having your peers practise on you also allows
                                                           This blended approach offers an efficient and
you to understand and empathise with the patient’s
                                                           consistent means of learning clinically relevant
                                                                                                                    From the first few weeks at Hull
perspective more deeply.
                                                           anatomy, ensuring that you develop the knowledge         York Medical School, you will begin
In simulated patient interactions, you will observe        and skills you need for your medical career.             to develop your professional
as your peers undertake consultations in real-time,
providing detailed, descriptive and non-judgemental                                                                 communication skills and will have
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feedback, so you can learn from each other and
                                                                                        the opportunity to practise these
perfect your consultation skills. Our state-of-the-art
recording facilities allow you to capture and analyse
                                                                                                                    when on clinical placement. Clinicians
your consultation.                                                                                                  often comment on our graduates’
                                                                                                                    excellent communication skills, which
   Learn more                                                                                        equip them for work in the current
                                                                                                                    busy NHS environment.

                                                                                                                    Dr Anna Hammond, Director of
                                                                                                                    Communication Skills Teaching,
                                                                                                                    and GP

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                                                INSPIRED BY
                                                CLINICAL EXPERTS

                                                 Problem-based learning has helped
                                                 me to develop my logical thinking and
                                                 clinical reasoning skills, and taught me
                                                 to apply knowledge rather than simply
                                                 remembering it. My first year PBL tutor
                                                 was a consultant neurosurgeon, and my
                                                 second year tutor was a junior doctor
                                                 in elderly medicine; hearing about their
                                                 experiences in clinical practice was really
                                                 Mai Nguyen, Year 4

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B   eing a successful doctor requires you to draw from a wide range
    of academic and life experiences, so we encourage you to pursue
areas of specialised knowledge outside the core curriculum – tailoring
the programme to suit your interests and career aspirations.

SCHOLARSHIP AND SPECIAL                                   INTERCALATION
INTEREST PROGRAMME                                        Intercalation is an opportunity for medical students
Our Scholarship and Special Interest Programme            to take a year out from their medical degree, and
(SSIP), part of the five-year Medicine programme,         study for a one-year BSc or MSc qualification. It offers
gives you the opportunity to concentrate on subjects      a unique opportunity to explore new subject areas or
that particularly interest you, and study them in         the chance to enhance existing skills. The main reason
depth. Working with our expert tutors, you will           students choose to intercalate is to help their career
undertake small-scale projects, and acquire research      prospects, especially those who wish to pursue an
skills to help you develop as an independent scholar.     academic clinical career.

You will be attached to one of our research groups in     While intercalation is not compulsory at Hull York
your first year of the five-year Medicine programme,
and a different one in your second year, working
                                                          Medical School, we do encourage you to consider
                                                          this opportunity, and offer a number of options both
alongside tutors who are active researchers and
world-renowned experts in their fields.
                                                          within the Medical School and at the Universities of
                                                          Hull and York.
                                                                                                                     YOUR INTERESTS
In each year, you will choose from a menu of projects,    We offer a variety of intercalated degrees at bachelors
working either with our laboratory-based biomedical       and masters level in specialist subjects to suit your
centres in Hull or York, or academic staff from a wide    interests and complement your medical training.            Gaining a joint MSc in Clinical Anatomy and
range of areas, such as health inequalities and global    At postgraduate level we offer degrees in Clinical         Education was an unrivalled opportunity –
public health, neuroscience, cancer management, and       Anatomy, Clinical Anatomy and Education, Health
mammalian ecology and evolutionary anatomy.               Professions Education, Human Anatomy and Evolution,
                                                                                                                     not only will it help me to achieve my aspirations
                                                          Pharmacology and Drug Development, Public Health,          of becoming involved in medical education in
During Phase II you will undertake projects, which will
                                                          and Medical Sciences (by thesis), as well as a wider       the future alongside pursuing my passion for
give you further opportunity to pursue your interests
                                                          range of options offered at the Universities of Hull
in even greater depth, and may entail undertaking a
                                                          and York. At undergraduate level we offer degrees
                                                                                                                     anatomy, but it will also be of value when applying
piece of research, developing teaching or leadership
skills, or participating in an audit or care quality
                                                          in Biomedical and Environmental Sciences,                  for jobs and specialist training once I finish my
                                                          Immunology and Infection, and Neuroscience.
improvement project. Your final year elective                                                                        Medicine degree.
(see p24) is also part of the SSIP.                       We have also developed a website
                                                          for students thinking about intercalation, listing all
                                                                                                                     Walter Mercer-Holland, Year 5, intercalated
                                                          the intercalation options available to medical             in MSc Clinical Anatomy and Education
                                                          students in the UK.

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O    ne of the most exciting parts of your medical training at Hull York
     Medical School is your elective. You will carry out a six-week elective
at the beginning of your final year when you’ll have the chance to travel
abroad or work in a specialist service in the UK.

Students find their electives a hugely educational, enjoyable and rewarding
experience. You will gain invaluable clinical experience in locations where
you can help make a difference, both to healthcare services and to those
who receive them.

   I spent my six-week elective in Iloilo City in the Philippines
   along with three other Hull York Medical School students.
   While there, I rotated through anaesthesiology, obstetrics,
   family medicine and paediatrics. I had a fantastic time both
   in and out of hospital – the medical staff were so welcoming
   and friendly, and at weekends we travelled the local area to
   explore beautiful beaches and clear blue seas.

   Laura Foggett, Year 5

                                                                                                           I spent my elective in the
                                                I spent my elective in the Plastic Surgery Department of   Oncology, Paediatrics and
                                                the National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.   Emergency Departments at the
                                                I had an amazing experience where I was able to observe    University Teaching Hospital in
                                                all aspects of plastic surgery, especially craniofacial    Lusaka, Zambia. I had a fantastic
                                                surgeries for rare disorders like Crouzon Syndrome. I      experience and was able to see
                                                also had hands-on experience of microsurgery with a        many conditions that I had never
                                                Leica microscope at the Medical Student Microsurgery       witnessed before in the UK, such
                                                Summer Camp, which was organised by the Taiwan             as Kaposi’s sarcoma and severe
                                                Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.                    acute malnutrition. I particularly
                                                Chie Katsura, Year 5                                       enjoyed my time in the emergency
                                                                                                           department as it gave me further
                                                                                                           experience in assessing and
                                                                                                           managing really sick patients.

                                                                                                           Louise Gardner, Year 5

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                                                                                                                  HEALTH OUTCOMES

                                                                                                                   Around 4.7 million people in the UK
                                                                                                                   are currently living with diabetes,

OUR RESEARCH IS                                                                                                    and the NHS spends at least £10 billion per year
                                                                                                                   on the condition and its associated complications.
TRANSFORMING LIVES                                                                                                 My team of researchers and I are working
                                                                                                                   to develop innovative treatments and newly
                                                                                                                   emerging drugs to reduce the risks associated

O    ur pioneering research is founded on the desire to make a real
     and lasting difference to people’s lives. Across our sites, our
world-leading experts are advancing improvements in healthcare –
                                                                                                                   with diabetes, improve service provision, and
                                                                                                                   deliver better patient outcomes.

diagnosis, treatment and care – transforming the lives of patients                                                 Professor Thozhukat Sathyapalan, Chair in Academic
                                                                                                                   Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism,
in the local region and beyond.
                                                                                                                   and Honorary Consultant Physician,
                                                                                                                   Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
At York our researchers have a global reputation for    At Hull our research is transforming the lives
their work, from scientific discoveries that underpin   of patients with life-limiting conditions.
the development, diagnosis and treatment of             Our £2.4 million Wolfson Palliative Care Research
tropical diseases, to mental health research which      Centre at the University of Hull is home to world-
is transforming interventions for some of the most      leading Hull York Medical School research into
vulnerable members of our society. Significant          palliative care. Our researchers are also impacting the
projects have included the development of LEGO-         way cancer is diagnosed, understood and treated at a
based therapy to support children with autism,          local and national level – encouraging early diagnosis
spearheading a global drive to highlight and tackle     and reducing inequalities in access to treatment.
the devastating parasitic disease leishmaniasis,
                                                        As a student at Hull York Medical School, you will have
conducting research to control tobacco use and
                                                        the opportunity to interact with and be taught by
encourage smoking cessation in developing countries,
                                                        some of these leading researchers, as well as pursue
and working to improve outcomes for patients living
                                                        your own research interests through the Scholarship
with diabetes and mental illness.
                                                        and Special Interest Programme or by intercalating on
                                                        a one-year BSc or MSc programme (see p22).

                                           £            M
                                           PROGRAMMES DEDICATED
                                                                          RESEARCH PROGRAMME
IS WORLD-LEADING                           TO INTERNATIONAL               TACKLING CANCER

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STUDYING IN HULL AND YORK                                 CAMPUS LIFE
Both Hull and York provide exciting and welcoming         Whichever home campus you are allocated, you will
places to study and live.                                 become part of a welcoming and diverse student
                                                          community, with both institutions offering a unique and
If you are a student on the five-year Medicine
                                                          memorable learning environment – from the beautiful
programme, you will be allocated to Hull or York as
                                                          landscaping and red-brick buildings at Hull to the
your home campus when you receive your offer.
                                                          lakeside setting and vibrant college system at York.
Your home campus will be allocated at random,
                                                          Both campuses offer an abundance of cafés, eateries,
unless you meet certain limited criteria (see
                                                          outdoor spaces and sports facilities, and plenty of for details), and you
                                                          opportunities to meet people, have fun, dust off old
will be based there for your first two years of study.
                                                          skills and develop new ones. With medical-specific
If you are a student on the six-year Medicine With a      societies ranging from Wilderness Medicine to the
Gateway Year programme, you will spend the initial        Teddy Bear Hospital, and dozens of clubs available
Gateway Year based at the University of Hull campus,      for you to join as a member of the University of Hull
after which you can choose whether to remain at Hull      or York Students’ Union, you’ll never be short of
or transfer to the University of York campus for Phase    something to do. Hull and York MedSoc are the two
I of the Medicine programme.                              leading societies for Medicine students; whether it’s a
                                                          charity fundraiser, barbecue, formal ball or quiz night,
Regardless of your location, you will follow exactly
                                                          they will ensure there’s lots for you to get involved in.
the same curriculum, have access to the same
facilities, and obtain the same level of outstanding
teaching as your peers at the opposite campus.            CITY EXPERIENCE
From the third year of the Medicine programme             Both universities are situated within close proximity
onwards, you will spend most of your time on clinical     to their respective city centres, where you will find
placement at hospital sites and GP practices within       bars, shops, theatres, museums, cinemas, restaurants,
the region (see p14), alongside students who spent        and creative and cultural activities to suit every taste
their first two years at either university campus.        and interest. From the winding mediaeval streets of
                                                          York to Hull’s bustling and picturesque marina, the
Whether you’re on placement or on campus, you
                                                          two cities are eclectic, friendly and ever-evolving.
will always have access to a wealth of physical and
                                                          York is a real city of contrasts, boasting centuries of
electronic learning resources, outstanding library
                                                          beautifully preserved history in the streets surrounding
facilities and our powerful virtual learning platform,
                                                          the magnificent gothic Minster, as well as an array of
Blackboard, to support your studies. In addition, all
                                                          pubs, shops and cultural events, including the inspiring
of your lectures are automatically recorded, so you
                                                          annual Festival of Ideas. Current reigning UK City of
can watch them again at any time to refresh your
                                                          Culture Hull, meanwhile, has become a true destination
understanding of a particular topic.
                                                          city in recent years. Its annual Freedom Festival is a
                                                          premier art, music and entertainment event, while
                                                          trendy Humber Street in the heart of the city’s Old

                                                          Town is a creative and cultural hub, filled with galleries,

                                                          live music venues, markets, bars and restaurants.

                                ONE OF THE
REIGNING                        BEST PLACES
UK CITY OF                      TO LIVE IN
CULTURE                         THE UK
                                (THE SUNDAY TIMES 2019)

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                                                                                                                    Welcome to the
STUDYING IN HULL                                                                                                    £28 million
                                                                                                                    health campus in Hull
T   he University of Hull has invested more than £200 million
    to transform its hidden treasure of a campus into a visionary
21st-century learning environment, including the construction
                                                                                                                           ALLAM MEDICAL BUILDING, HULL
                                                                                                                            Officially opened by Her Majesty
of a £28 million health campus.                                                                                                            Queen Elizabeth II

At the heart of campus sits the stunning Allam            will complete your PBL sessions and lectures, and
Medical Building. Officially opened by Her Majesty        develop your practical and consultation skills in fully
Queen Elizabeth II in 2017, this impressive building is   equipped clinical and communication suites, where
dedicated to training the next generation of health       state-of-the-art recording facilities allow you to
professionals, from doctors, nurses and midwives          capture and analyse your consultations.
to paramedics and physician associates. Here, you

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                                                                            STUDYING IN YORK

                                                                            A    s a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and with a history
                                                                                 of over 50 years of outstanding academic achievement,
                                                                            the University of York is firmly established as one of the success
                                                                            stories in UK higher education.

                                                                            In 2019 the University invested £5.8 million to        As a Hull York Medical School student allocated
                                                                            develop Hull York Medical School facilities in York.   York as your home campus, you will become a
                                                                            This investment included a complete redesign of        member of one of a number of small, distinct
                                                                            the existing medical school building, incorporating    colleges on campus, each with its own unique
                                                                            transformed laboratory and study facilities. Across    personality and social calendar, which will be your
                                                                            the wider campus, an unprecedented £500 million        home as you settle into university life.
                                                                            has been invested since 2000 into transforming
                                                                            accommodation, research and sports facilities.

                                              £5.8 million
                                              spent on developing medical
                                              school facilities in 2019
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T  hroughout your time as a Hull York Medical School student, you
   will live both on campus and, from Year three of the Medicine
programme onwards, mainly off-site at your placement locations.

STARTING OUT: THE INITIAL YEARS                            YEARS 3 - 5
If you are a student on the six-year Medicine With a       For the remainder of the Medicine programme, you
Gateway Year programme, you will spend the initial         will be on clinical placement, rotating around our
Gateway Year based at the University of Hull, after        clinical sites (see p14).
which you can choose whether to remain at Hull or
                                                           If you rotate to more than one placement location
transfer to the University of York for Phase I
                                                           during a year of study, you will be expected to
(years 1 and 2) of the Medicine programme.
                                                           maintain accommodation in your home campus city
If you are a student on the five-year Medicine             (Hull or York), but you will be provided with free NHS
programme, your home campus for Phase I will be            accommodation for any placement away from your
allocated at random, unless you meet certain limited       home campus.
criteria (see for details).
                                                           If you are on placement for a full year of study at
Both universities offer a variety of modern,
                                                           the same location outside of Hull or York, you will be
comfortable accommodation at prices to suit
                                                           provided with free NHS accommodation during your
all budgets. Provided you apply by the relevant
                                                           placement period. If you are on placement for a full
university’s deadline, you are guaranteed a room in
                                                           year in Hull, or a full year in York, you will be expected
university-owned accommodation. In Hull, this will be
                                                           to maintain your own accommodation.
within our well-appointed on-campus accommodation
which includes shared campus houses, apartments
                                                           Currently, our students are placed at two locations
and studios, while in York you will become a member
                                                           during year 3, but spend a full year at one location in      WHAT WILL IT COST?*
of one of the University’s eight undergraduate
                                                           year 4, and a full year at another location in year 5.
colleges, which provide a sense of inclusivity and                                                                      HULL
                                                           We regularly review our placement offering to ensure                                                                               YORK
community. Whichever style of accommodation you
                                                           you get the very best clinical experience across our
opt for, you can be sure of a friendly welcome, an
                                                           region, and so it is possible that changes to the way        •   £125 to £210 pw*                                                  •   £99 to £174 pw*
excellent support network, and access to a range of                                                                         for self-catered on-campus accommodation
                                                           we deliver placements may become necessary in                                                                                          for a self-catered room in a University college
social activities during welcome week and beyond.
                                                           future years. Should this occur, we will ensure you
                                                           are kept fully informed.                                                                                                           •   £139 to £196 pw*
                                                                                                                                                                                                  for a catered room in a University college

                                                                                                                             Learn more
                                                                                                                        *The prices quoted for the 2020/21 academic year may vary. For the latest information visit

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                                                                              HULL YORK MEDICAL SCHOOL                                  YOUR TUTOR
                                                                              SUPPORT TEAM                                              Our problem-based learning and clinical skills tutors
                                                                              Our dedicated Student Support Team has officers           are motivated and enthusiastic professionals and
                                                                              based at both our Hull and York campuses,                 experienced clinicians. They recognise the unique
                                                                              and is available to offer help and advice throughout      challenges faced by medical students, and are
                                                                              your studies, in addition to services provided by the     committed to supporting you in becoming a successful
                                                                              two universities. The team is there to help if you have   healthcare professional, providing pastoral support
                                                                              any confidential non-academic queries or concerns,        while also facilitating your learning. Each Phase of the
                                                                              and will signpost you to more specific support services   programme also has a dedicated Academic Phase
                                                                              if required. We also follow the General Medical           Lead, who is there to offer support and guidance.
                                                                              Council’s Welcomed and Valued guidance to ensure
                                                                              we work closely with disabled students to support
                                                                              them throughout their time at medical school.

                                                                              UNIVERSITY STUDENT                                        STUDENTS’ UNION AND STUDENT
                                                                              SUPPORT SERVICES                                          REPRESENTATIVES
                                                                              In addition to our dedicated Student Support Team,        The students’ unions at both the University of Hull
                                                                              you will also have access to support services at the      and the University of York have a range of advice and
                                                                              University of Hull and the University of York. Both       support functions covering accommodation, finance,
                                                                              universities offer a wide range of health and wellbeing   advocacy and more. Medicine student representatives
                                                                              support and advice, disability support and assessments    also sit on the Staff Student Committee and School
                                                                              for adjustments, financial assistance or advice,          Management Board, working to support the school
                                                                              and learning support.                                     in improving our students’ experience.

A SUPPORT NETWORK TO                                                          STUDENT LIAISON TEAMS AT
                                                                                                                                                         As Academic Lead for Phase II
                                                                              CLINICAL PLACEMENT SITES                                                   and also an alumnus of Hull York
                                                                              Our hospital sites in Hull, York, Scarborough,                             Medical School, I am proud of the
                                                                              Scunthorpe and Grimsby each have a dedicated
                                                                                                                                                         support network our students have

                                                                              Student Liaison Team and Clinical Dean, who can
       e understand that studying medicine can be challenging, and that
                                                                              provide help and support while you are on placement                        access to. In addition to having dedicated
       there may be times when you need support to help you manage            there. These teams are highly valued by our students                       support staff both on campus and at our
academic and personal pressures. Our dedicated network will ensure that       and they are able to offer advice about getting the
                                                                              most from studying and living in the local area.
                                                                                                                                                         hospital sites, my door is always open
you are supported at every step of your medicine journey. We’re proud
                                                                                                                                                         to students who have any concerns
of the fact that our tutors and staff take the time to get to know you
                                                                                                                                                         related to their studies. I’m passionate
personally, and the culture of encouragement and support that this fosters.
                                                                                                                                                         about ensuring that our students have
                                                                                                                                                         as fulfilling and enjoyable an experience
                                                                                                                                                         as possible.

                                                                                                                                                          Dr Dane Vishnubala, Phase ll Academic
                                                                                                                                                          Lead for Medicine

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                                                                                                                     PREPARING YOU
                                                                                                                     FOR SUCCESS
MEASURING YOUR PROGRESS                                                                                              The curriculum is designed to build upon knowledge
                                                                                                                     from previous years. Formative assessments
                                                                                                                     allow you to monitor your academic progression

W     e are committed to supporting you to achieve your potential,
      providing many opportunities for you to receive constructive
feedback, and monitor your progress. Our assessments ensure
                                                                                                                     and identify areas for improvement prior to the
                                                                                                                     summative clinical and written examinations. Patient
                                                                                                                     and multidisciplinary interactions on placement are
that you develop the skills needed to practise medicine safely                                                       also excellent opportunities for self-evaluation and
and confidently.                                                                                                     constructive feedback, and reflective exercises, the
                                                                                                                     SSIP and critical appraisals enable you to develop
                                                                                                                     additional skills, essential to becoming a doctor.
Assessment is a much broader process than just            SPOTTER EXAMS
examinations; there are many different types of                                                                      Vassili Crispi, Year 4
                                                          In an anatomy ‘spotter’ exam, you will rotate around
assessment, including assessment by tutors at
                                                          ‘stations’, with each station comprising one or more
university and on placement, by your peers, and
                                                          anatomical specimens with tagged, flagged or
self-assessment. We use both formative and
                                                          otherwise labelled anatomical structures. Students are
summative assessments throughout the programme.
                                                          required to answer questions relating to the labelled
                                                          structures. Each question will typically test either the
FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE                                   identification, anatomical relationships or function/
ASSESSMENTS                                               dysfunction of a single labelled anatomical structure.
Formative assessments are intended to provide
feedback on how you are progressing. Their purpose        CLINICAL EXAMS
is to help you and your tutors identify your strengths,
                                                          Clinical exams are arranged in a circuit of ‘stations’,
so that you can build on them, and your weaknesses,
                                                          in which you will be required to perform a task which
so that you can improve in those areas.
                                                          is assessed, usually by direct observation with an
Formative assessments include written assignments         impartial examiner. In the earlier years of the course,
and online tests, exams or practical assessments.         these stations are shorter and include assessment
They don’t count towards your final qualification         of communication skills, physical examination and
but are designed to provide you with feedback to          practical procedures. In later years, you will be
inform your learning. They also help to ensure you        expected to consult with real or simulated patients
are familiar with the format of specific assessments.     to form a conclusion about their problems and, in the
                                                          final year, develop appropriate management plans.
Summative assessments are used to measure
progress and to determine whether you have achieved
the level of attainment required to progress through
                                                          THE ONLINE PORTFOLIO
the programme, and to graduate as a doctor.               As you progress through the course it is important
                                                          that you are able to understand what is going well,
                                                          what is not going well, what you could do differently
                                                          next time, and what study or practical activities can
We use a variety of assessment types, some of
                                                          help you reach your goals.
which you may be familiar with already, such as
written assignments, online tests, presentations          The online portfolio will enable you and us to
and examinations. However, you may encounter              document your growth throughout the programme,
types of assessment you are not familiar with,            helping you to develop key life-long learning skills.
such as anatomy ‘spotter’ exams, clinical exams
and our online portfolio.                                     Learn more

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Life as a junior doctor is challenging,
but the knowledge, training and core
communication skills I developed at Hull
York Medical School have enabled me to
make a smooth transition into delivering
high-quality, patient-centred care.
Dr Christian Wake, Foundation Year 2
Junior Doctor, King’s Mill Hospital,
Nottinghamshire, Class of 2018

  Watch Christian’s story at

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PLANNING YOUR APPLICATION                                                                                     KEY FACTS: MEDICINE WITH
                                                                                                              A GATEWAY YEAR (6 YEARS)
W     e pride ourselves on our fair, transparent and inclusive
      selection process, which we use to recruit and admit
high quality applicants. We’re looking for people who share our
commitment to excellent healthcare and practice, and who we                                                   PROGRAMME                                           ADDITIONAL                                  APPLICANT
                                                                                                              INTAKE                                              ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA                        REQUIREMENTS
believe will benefit from the contemporary education offered on our                                                                                               As a Widening Participation initiative,     UCAT: Situational Judgement Test
Medicine and Medicine with a Gateway Year programmes.                                                         30 UK PLACES                                        the six-year Medicine With a Gateway
                                                                                                                                                                  Year programme prioritises applicants
                                                                                                                                                                                                              band of 1, 2 or 3. The UCAT must
                                                                                                                                                                                                              be taken in the calendar year of
                                                                                                                                                                  from the Hull York Medical School area.     application.
                                                                                                                                                                  All applicants must meet the following
We recognise that the application process can         HEALTH AND DISABILITY                                   UCAS INSTITUTION CODE                               criteria:                                   A LEVELS: BBC-ABB inc Biology and
appear complicated and daunting, which is why our

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chemistry at B or above (excluding
friendly and knowledgeable admissions team is on      We welcome an application from you if you have a                                                            • You should be aged 17 or over on          General Studies, Critical Thinking,
hand to answer your questions, and offer timely,      disability, including dyslexia, or a serious medical                                                          1 October in the year you start the       Citizenship and Applied Science).
jargon-free guidance and support where possible.      condition. We believe that you can make a valuable                                                            programme                                 Please note that applicants predicted
                                                      contribution to the practice of medicine, and           All applicants must apply by 15 October
                                                                                                                                                                  • You should have a gap of no more          AAB or above should apply only to the
WORK EXPERIENCE                                       we’re committed to supporting and advising you          in the calendar year prior to entry.
                                                                                                                                                                    than three years between completing       five-year Medicine programme.
                                                      in the application process. As with all potential
It is advisable to get some hands-on experience                                                                                                                     school and beginning the programme        INTERNATIONAL
                                                      applicants, it’s important before you apply to gain     UCAS COURSE CODE
supporting and caring for others before applying

                                                      insight into the demands of a medical career and a                                                          In addition, you should either:             BACCALAUREATE: 29 points with 5,
to medical school. You should find out how a          realistic understanding of the roles of a doctor. For                                                                                                   5, 4 in three Higher-Level subjects, inc
doctor’s role fits within a healthcare team in both   more detailed information, including details of the                                                         • Be a care leaver                          Biology and Chemistry at 5.
hospital and community settings, even if you are      practical and financial support available, please see                                                       Or:
not able to shadow a doctor.                                                                                                                                                  GCSES: 5 GCSEs grade 9/A*-4/C
                                                                                                                                                                  Fulfil two of the following                 or equivalent, including English
Get experience by talking to or observing
                                                                                                                                                                  contextual data criteria:                   Language and Maths at 4/C or above.
healthcare professionals, or by working as            FITNESS TO PRACTISE
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resits are accepted.
a volunteer or employee within a related                                                                                                                          • Your home postcode is in an area
                                                      If you have any prior convictions, cautions,
environment. The knowledge that you gain from                                                                                                                       of low participation. Your POLAR4         BTEC: Distinction-Distinction-
                                                      reprimands or final warnings that are not ‘protected’
work experience is far more important than the                                                                                                                      young participation quintile should       Distinction (DDD) in Applied Science
                                                      as defined by the ROA 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975
quantity of work experience you have. For more                                                                                                                      be 1 or 2 to qualify, and you can check   with Biomedical Science options.
                                                      (as amended in 2013) by S1 2013 1198, you must
independent information, visit                                                                                                                     this at
                                                      inform our Admissions Tutor in writing when you
and search for ‘work experience’.
                                                      apply. For more detailed information, please see                                                            • Your parents don’t have any higher
                                                                                                                           education qualifications

                                                                                                                                                                  • You applied for and received
                                                                                                                                                                    the UCAT Bursary

                                                                                                              A LEVELS:                                 5 GCSEs AT LEVEL:                INTERNATIONAL

                                                                                                              BBC                                       9-4

                                                                                                              with B in Biology and Chemistry           or A*-C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SJT BAND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   1, 2 OR 3

   If you have any queries, please contact us at or on 01904 321690

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 PROGRAMME                                            APPLICANT                                         MATURE APPLICANTS
 INTAKE                                               REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                        We welcome applicants who have proof
                                                      UCAT: Situational Judgement Test band             of recent and appropriate knowledge of
 220 UK/EU AND                                        of 1, 2 or 3. The UCAT must be taken in
                                                      the calendar year of application.
                                                                                                        Biology and Chemistry via a biomedical
                                                                                                        sciences degree, by studying these
 11 INTERNATIONAL                                                                                       subjects at A Level, or by taking one of
                                                      A LEVELS: AAA inc Biology and
 PLACES                                               Chemistry (excluding General Studies,
                                                                                                        the following Access to Medicine courses:

                                                      Critical Thinking, Citizenship and Applied        •   College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn:
 We typically receive                                 Science). Resits are accepted if BBB                  Access to HE Diploma (Medicine
                                                                                                            and Dentistry)
 approximately 1700                                   achieved in first sitting.

 applications each year                               INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE:
                                                                                                        •   Sussex Downs College, Lewes:
                                                                                                            Access to Medicine
                                                      36 points with 6, 6, 5 in three Higher-
                                                      Level subjects, inc Biology and Chemistry.        •   Stafford College and New College,
                                                                                                            Telford: Access to Higher Education
                                                      GCSES: 6 GCSEs grade 9/A*-4/C or                      (Medicine and Health Professions)
                                                      equivalent, including English Language
                                                      and Maths at 6/B or above. Resits are             •   The Manchester College: Access to
                                                      accepted.                                             Higher Education Diploma in
                                                                                                            Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
                                                      GRADUATES: At least 2:1 in your degree,               and Medical Science
                                                      and BBB at your first sitting of A Levels.
                                                                                                        •   University of Bradford: Foundation
                                                      For full requirements see
                                                                                                            in Clinical Sciences/Medicine
                                                                                                        For full requirements see
                                                      See p48 for details of our alternative
 UCAS INSTITUTION CODE                                and contextual offers.

 H75                                                  INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
 All applicants must apply by 15 October
 in the calendar year prior to entry.                 We welcome applications for our five-year Medicine programme from international students
                                                      of excellent academic standing. You must be 17 or over on 1 October in the year you enrol,
                                                      and you will be asked to attend a selection interview in person. Unfortunately, we cannot
                                                      accept deferred applications from international students. Please note that international

 A100                                                 applicants are not eligible to apply to the Medicine With a Gateway Year programme. For more
                                                      details and advice about international applications, please visit

  A LEVELS:                                 6 GCSEs AT LEVEL:              INTERNATIONAL

  AAA 9-4

  inc Biology and Chemistry                 or A*-C
                                                                                                             SJT BAND
                                                                                                             1, 2 OR 3

  If you have any queries, please contact us at or on 01904 321690

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