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Year 3

There are 6 modules.

Module 1: Therapeutic Management of Disease (5 credits)


  • To ensure that students have a broad knowledge of the treatment of a wide range of common diseases
  • To ensure that students can prescribe safely and effectively in hospital and for the wider community
  • To develop an appreciation of how to critically appraise information in relation to drug therapy and assess the evidence base contained in peer-reviewed journals

This module is delivered by lectures and includes approximately eight bedside clinical tutorials.

Module 2: Laboratory Medicine (10 credits)


  • To expand and deepen the understanding of the role of microbes in the causation of human health and disease
  • To consider in detail how disease processes affect the cell and consequently disrupt function at organ, system and organism levels

Lectures, practicals and tutorials are divided between the disciplines of microbiology and pathology.   Multidisciplinary structured cases will constitute an important integrating influence.

Modules 3: Principles of Surgical and Medical Practice (25 credits) & Module 4: ENT and Ophthalmology (5 credits)


  • To provide a safe structured clinical environment in which to apply skills, knowledge and attitudes developed in the earlier years
  • To facilitate the practice of effective, patient centred, evidence-based medicine
  • To provide the student with experience of practice in primary and secondary care areas
  • To develop the student’s capacity to reflect and self assess accurately and to appreciate the need to do clinical audit
  • To encourage and provide opportunities for multi-professional teamwork

These modules mark the beginning of the hospital clinical rotation programme, where the students become immersed in medical and surgical practice.  Clinical team attachments begin with a general introduction in the first week of September. Students are attached to teams in groups of two, where they will partake in the team’s daily activities, and have the chance to become involved, under supervision, in patient assessment and care.  Students are advised to do at least one elective in either July or August, which may be spent in any discipline or area of their choice in any location worldwide.  In the week long ‘Global Determinants of Health and Development’ component, students attend plenaries and workshops in subjects germane to global health, but not based on pathology, for example how humanitarian aid is different from development aid.  They then select, in small groups, a topic of interest and create and present a poster based on this. 

Module 5: Advanced Clinical & Professional Practice (10 credits)


  • To introduce students to clinical skills in a safe, supervised setting before working with patients
  • To engage students with concepts of interdisciplinary work and team membership
  • To foster the capacity to reflect on events in a way that is conducive to further learning

Students begin working in the skills labs in the second year, and this module builds upon the foundations set in that year.  They are able to practice techniques such as suturing and catheterization on models before ever performing the skill on a patient.  The ethics strand of this module, which commenced in year one, will see the students producing reflective reports based on their experiences on the wards and in the clinics. Alongside this, the students engage in a session of Inter Professional Learning (IPL).  Here, they work in a group with other disciplines such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists to assess a case based scenario and learn what each separate discipline would be able to offer to a patient.

Module 6: Principles and Practice of Evidence-based Medicine & Elective Practice (5 credits)


  • To ensure that students gain experience in searching the scientific literature and obtaining appropriate material
  • To develop a critical approach to published material
  • To learn to prioritise aspects of their findings
  • To learn to collate information and to deliver a succinct and factual report of their findings
  • To learn to verbally present their material to their peers in a structured and meaningful way
  • To have an opportunity to explore, at some depth and with guidance, a topic that impacts scientifically or clinically on the current practice of medicine
  • To understand the importance of teamwork and the problems that arise during group collaboration and the ways in which they may be managed

In these group projects students are offered a choice of project titles by the various departments in the medical school.  Students select the project of their choice and, following a meeting with the staff project leader, they work in small groups to review the literature and draw up a written report. They also make a verbal presentation to the class.