Master Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine

University of Buckingham

Application deadline: As we run multiple entry points throughout the year, we keep our application deadlines open
Tuition fee:
  • € 26,200 / Year (EEA)
  • € 26,200 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: June  2015, August  2015, January  2016
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Detailed theory teaching and clinical training is given in all sub-specialities of General Internal Medicine with emphasis on clinically relevant, state-of-the-art and topical issues. The following medical sub-specialities will be comprehensively covered in a structured way over 2 or 3 years for the University of Buckingham Clinical MD programmes:

* Cardiology
* Respiratory Medicine
* Gastroenterology
* Infectious Diseases
* Emergency Medicine
* Diabetes and Endocrinology
* Critical Care including ITU
* Nephrology
* Radiology
* Neurology
* Dermatology
* Haematology & Oncology
* Medical Opthalmology
* Rheumatology
* Medical Statistics
* Ethics and Law in Medicine
* Audit and Dissertation (module taught at Buckingham)

The entire curriculum will be taught over 8 terms (for the 2-year MD) or 12 terms (for the 3-year MD) of 10 weeks duration each, with one module per term and 4 terms each year. Students taking the combined Research cum Clinical MD programme will take the MSc in Medical Research in the Clore Laboratory in their first year and then follow the 2-year MD programme.


The total unit value of the Clinical MD curriculum is 360 units. Teaching is delivered over eight courses, each of 45 units:

* Gastroenterology and Nephrology
* Respiratory Medicine and Radiology
* Cardiology and Neurology
* Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Dermatology
* Emergency Medicine
* Diabetes and Endocrinology
* Critical Care, Haematology and Oncology
* Innovation in Clinical Medicine and Basic Sciences

One unit is equivalent to 10 hours of study, and a typical course may be broken down as follows:

Total contact hours: 450
Theory lectures: 65 hours
Tutorials: 200 hours
Problem based learning: 135 hours
Private study: 50 hours

For the Innovation in Clinical Medicine course, the breakdown is as follows:

Total contact hours: 450
Theory lectures and tutorials: 100 hours
Short research project: 50 hours
Clinical audit: 50 hours
Dissertation: 200 hours
Private study: 50 hours

Advanced Life Support (ALS)
Included in the MD courses, as an integral part of the Emergency Medicine module, is a comprehensive programme of training in theoretical and practical aspects of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. All MD fellows are enrolled on a Resuscitation Council approved, 2-day, Advanced Life Support course. This internal course takes place at Ealing Hospital and when successfully completed leads to the award of an internationally recognised ALS provider certificate for all MD fellows. The costs of this course are included in the overall tuition fees for the MD programme.

Clinical placement
Students will be expected to spend one 10-week placement at another UK NHS Trust, including, but not limited to:

* The East and North Herts NHS Trust
* The Aneurin Bevan Health Board
* The Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

This will provide exposure to a broader clinical experience.

Speciality conferences
During the course of all MD programmes, the teaching plans of individual specialities include attendance at a number of internationally recognised speciality medical conferences within the UK. This affords the MD fellows the opportunity to hear lectures and debates and attend workshops involving internationally renowned speakers on matters of contemporary interest, and to experience the controversies of cutting-edge research in the medical specialities concerned. The registration costs of the conferences are included in the overall tuition fees for all programmes.

Grand Rounds (Ealing Hospital)
At lunch-time each Thursday a Grand Round presentation takes place at Ealing Hospital Postgraduate Centre, in the tradition of all prestigious British postgraduate medical teaching establishments. Consultant staff from medical specialities lead presentations of interesting and unusual clinical cases, followed by a lively session of questions and debate on medical issues raised. Some of the sessions are provided by invited medical speakers of international reputation. Recent advances in medical practice and a wide range of controversial and topical medical issues are discussed with the benefit of authoritative input from senior medical colleagues. This extremely valuable educational resource is part of the routine weekly schedule for all MD fellows.

Teaching and assessment methods
Dedicated teaching fellows and specialist registrars assist module directors and external consultants, many of national and international eminence. The teaching is clinically-oriented and delivered on the medical wards, out-patients, Accident & Emergency department and in the ITU.


Applicants to the Clinical MD in General Internal Medicine should have:

* An MBBS or equivalent degree
* Successfully completed one year of internship at a hospital and must supply their Certificate of Completion.
* An IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent unless all previous training in medicine has been in English. This must be confirmed in one of the academic references.
* Graduated from an internationally recognised medical school (external link).
* Completed their undergraduate training and be fully registered with the Medical Council in their respective countries.

There is no necessity to pass the PLAB test but candidates may find it useful to do so.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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