Medical Sciences Diploma (followed by study on the Doctor of Medicine degree at St. George's University in Grenada)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
four or five years depending on point of entryHealth and Life Sciences
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus
The Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences is a two-year course delivered in partnership with St. George’s University School of Medicine. The first year of the joint course provides a foundation in the core scientific subjects underpinning Biomedical Sciences alongside an introduction to the disciplines of the biomedical laboratory.
You will need to complete the first year of the Diploma achieving a grade of 65% or over, in order to enter St. George’s University to continue the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. You have the option to continue your studies in Newcastle*, completing the second year of the Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences at Northumbria University, which is the first year of the Basic Medical Sciences of St. George’s University’s Doctor of Medicine degree. You will study for a total of five years.
Years 1 and 2 form the Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences.
You will commence your studies in September in the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. Your first year of study will be Year 1 of the Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences, which equates to a Certificate of Higher Education in Medical Sciences. This is a pre-entry programme to the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
After successful completion of Year 1 with a mark of 65%, or higher, you will undertake the first year of your MD studies at Northumbria University, or alternatively study this year in Grenada. If you opt to remain at Northumbria, you will, upon successful completion of Year 2, also be awarded the Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences.
Please note: if you are applying for direct entry to Year 2, there are two intakes per year in August and January.
You will continue the Basic Medical Sciences study at St. George’s University in Grenada.
Years 4 and 5
The final two years of your MD degree will be spent in clinical training at affiliated hospitals and Clinical Centres in the United Kingdom, the United States and/or Canada. You will have the choice of where you complete your training.
Note: Northumbria University also offers a foundation year for students who do not have the relevant qualifications to enter Year 1 of the programme. Please contact Northumbria University for more information.
*Upon successful completion of the MD, to meet General Medical Council (GMC) criteria and practice in the UK, UK students must have studied a minimum of two years in the country in which the awarding institution of the medical degree is based, (ie two years in Grenada).
**Direct entry to Year 2 for suitably qualified students is possible. Please contact Northumbria University Admissions for application guidance.
CAREERSThe ethos of the joint degree is to provide a pathway to educate and train doctors who can register with relevant licensing authorities and practice medicine in most countries across the world. This may be your 'home' country, or you may wish to enhance healthcare in the developing world and make a difference to many peoples' lives. You may undertake a career in medical research or teach the next generation of medical students.
For the first year of the Medical Sciences Dip HE, you will pay Northumbria University fees. After Year 1, upon progression to the Medical Degree, you will pay St. George's University fees. For further information, please go to: www.sgu.edu/ - information on fees can be found under Future Students/Financial Aid/School of Medicine.
Course facilities in the School of Life Sciences at Northumbria include well-equipped and refurbished laboratories and teaching rooms as well as specialist IT facilities. You will also have access to all the University's facilities, including the library, student support services and sports facilities.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences has a strong team of academics who have delivered high quality teaching in the subject area and which has recently expanded, bringing expertise in subjects such as neurosciences and anatomy. In the first year of the course, practitioners from local hospital laboratories bring their expertise and skills to the Introductory Pathology module, and in the second year, academic staff from St. George’s University and visiting professors from around the world form part of the teaching team.
Research within the Department of Biomedical Sciences is very active with almost all staff contributing and providing postgraduate research opportunities. Collaboration between research staff at Northumbria and St. George's University is opening new areas of medical/biomedical research. Research informs much of the teaching in both years of the Diploma ensuring that the knowledge is current and relevant.
Upon completion of the programme you may choose to progress (after internship) to postgraduate specialist/family medicine training, or top up your qualifications with an MSc or MPH degree.
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