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Start your journey to a world-class medical degree and gain a global perspective on medicine.

Thanks to an international partnership with St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine (SGU), we are proud to provide the opportunity for you to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and complete up to 50% of your degree here at Northumbria University in Newcastle. 

As an established world leader in medical education for more than forty years, St. George’s University has contributed over 16,000 physicians to the global physician workforce with students, graduates and faculty from over 140 countries. 

Students of St. George’s University who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2018 achieved a 96% pass rate.  More than 1,200 SGU students taking the exam for the first time hailed from 49 countries over five continents. 

You will begin your studies here at our Newcastle City Centre Campus and will undergo one or two years of study in our Applied Sciences Department, dependent upon your enrollment in either the four- or five- year program. You will then complete one year of integrated basic sciences at St. George’s University’s campus in Grenada, which will lead on to your clinical rotations. 

The SGU/NU International Medical Pathway has been designed to deliver the knowledge, clinical skills, and research interests while experiencing a multitude of healthcare systems to enable you to practice medicine across all specialties with a global perspective. The program is identical to that delivered fully in Grenada but affords students the opportunity to study in and experience a different healthcare environment. 

Recent advances have changed the way we understand medicine and have led to a constantly changing understanding of diagnostic and treatment modalities. Our modern evidence-based teaching in the first two years at SGU will provide you with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and non-science subjects that underpin the practice of medicine. 

To discover more about the partnership between St George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine and Northumbria University please visit our partnerships page.

 *Subject to validation*

Start your journey to a world-class medical degree and gain a global perspective on medicine.

Thanks to an international partnership with St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine (SGU), we are proud to provide the opportunity for you to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and complete up to 50% of your degree here at Northumbria University in Newcastle. 

As an established world leader in medical education for more than forty years, St. George’s University has contributed over 16,000 physicians to the global physician workforce with students, graduates and faculty from over 140 countries. 

Students of St. George’s University who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2018 achieved a 96% pass rate.  More than 1,200 SGU students taking the exam for the first time hailed from 49 countries over five continents. 

You will begin your studies here at our Newcastle City Centre Campus and will undergo one or two years of study in our Applied Sciences Department, dependent upon your enrollment in either the four- or five- year program. You will then complete one year of integrated basic sciences at St. George’s University’s campus in Grenada, which will lead on to your clinical rotations. 

The SGU/NU International Medical Pathway has been designed to deliver the knowledge, clinical skills, and research interests while experiencing a multitude of healthcare systems to enable you to practice medicine across all specialties with a global perspective. The program is identical to that delivered fully in Grenada but affords students the opportunity to study in and experience a different healthcare environment. 

Recent advances have changed the way we understand medicine and have led to a constantly changing understanding of diagnostic and treatment modalities. Our modern evidence-based teaching in the first two years at SGU will provide you with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and non-science subjects that underpin the practice of medicine. 

To discover more about the partnership between St George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine and Northumbria University please visit our partnerships page.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
5 Year programme September 2019. 4 Year programme August 2019 and January 2020.

Department
Applied Sciences

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2020 or January 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

The core modules and learning of the programme remain the same across both campuses, and have been designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and behaviour that underpin your future practice of medicine.

You will learn through lectures, laboratory classes, early patient contact and small group work. These class activities will enable you to critically appraise the disciplines that encompass both the science and art of medicine.

In 2018, St. George's University's US and Canadian students achieved a 96% first-time pass rate on the USMLE step 1.

Some classes are facilitated by junior doctors, with groups of 6-8 students to 1 doctor. This ensures you are provided with expert one-to-one tuition throughout your studies. Classes will be clinically focussed, and based on clinical cases, practice examinations and real medical history.

Due to the ever developing nature of medicine, our modern teaching is evidence based. Staff on the SGU-UK programme are consistently are the forefront of cutting-edge medical practice, and therefore ensure our teaching is constantly evolving alongside new treatment methods and diagnostics.

Students in the 5-year program will spend 1 year in preclinical, 1 year in basic sciences and may do 6 months of clinical rotations in the UK. Students in the 4 year program will spend 1 year in basic sciences and up to one year in the UK. Clinical rotations may not be done in the UK for the last six months of year four/five.

To view the modules that will be studied, please click below: 

You will be based at our City Campus in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The University has invested more than £250 million in its estate over the last decade and our campus is continuously evolving to create an environment where you can shape your future.

All students enrolled on the programme will live together at the Trinity Square accommodation in Gateshead.  A twenty-minute walk or quick Metro ride from our City Campus.

St. George’s University’s network of over 16,000 School of Medicine graduates have practiced in all 50 US States and more than 50 countries around the world.

St George’s campus in Grenada is located on the South-West tip of the island in the Caribbean True Blue Campus. The campus is always expanding to keep up with the latest technologies and to provide students with the best learning environment.

Upon successful completion of the SGU-UK programme here at Northumbria, you will be prepared to continue your studies at St George’s University Grenada. Beyond your time in Newcastle, you will be exposed to a variety of experiences working within different healthcare systems, which will enable you to practice medicine across all specialities with a global perspective.

SGU is the #1 international provider of physicians practicing in the US—more than any other non-US medical school in the world.*

Students of St George’s University who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2018 achieved a 96% pass rate, including a 96% pass rate for students from the United States and Canada. More than 1,200 SGU students taking the exam for the first time hailed from 49 countries over 5 continents.

*Data as of March 2019 (http://www.usmle.org/performance-data)

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Entry Requirements:

All applications will be assessed on an individual basis. However please click here for the current list of accepted entry qualifications by country and type.

Any interested candidates needing further information should contact the Northumbria University Applicant Services team for advice at bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Entry Requirements:

All applications will be assessed on an individual basis. However please click here for the current list of accepted entry qualifications by country and type.

Any interested candidates needing further information should contact the Northumbria University Applicant Services team for advice at bc.applicantservices@northumbria.ac.uk

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: TBC

Undergraduate fees are set by Government and are subject to annual review. Once these have been approved we will update fees/funding information for UK and EU students.


International Fee in Year 1: TBC

Scholarships for 2020/2021 entry have not been announced. Please visit the 2019/2020 international scholarship page for the 2019/2020 scholarship offer.


ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC


Scholarships and Discounts

20/21 fees and funding information has not been confirmed. 19/20 information is listed below.

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

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How to Apply

Prospective students for the Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences, offered in conjunction with St George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, should apply directly to Northumbria University.

Interview
Upon receipt of your application, Northumbria University will ask you to fill in an application form for St. George's University. Northumbria and St. George's University will then liaise to establish suitable candidates and dates for interview. An offer for the joint programme can only be made after an interview is conducted. Arrangements for the interview are flexible.

Enquiries

UK and EU Students

UK Admissions
Northumberland Building
Northumberland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

UK Phone: 0191 227 4444
UK Fax: 0191 227 4561
ar.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

International Students

International Admissions
International Office
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
United Kingdom

UK Phone: +44 191 243 4274
UK Fax: +44 191 243 7850
international@northumbria.ac.uk

Scholarships
The UK and EU Commonwealth Secretariat offers scholarships to qualified graduate and undergraduate students from Commonwealth countries. Some other countries also offer scholarships. Please ask for further information upon application.

Modules

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Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0421 -

Biochemistry (Core,9 Credits)

You will learn about the structure and function of biological molecules, the biochemical pathways of intermediary metabolism,
the functional significance of biochemical processes as well as their regulation in normal and aberrant states. In addition, you will be encouraged to
integrate the biochemical information covered by this module into a medically relevant context with an emphasis on organ-specific aspects of biochemistry,
the clinical significance of the concepts delivered and the regulatory mechanisms governing intermediary metabolism.

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AP0422 -

Biochemistry Lab (Core,3 Credits)

You will develop and deapen the knowledge developed in Biochemistry (AP0421). You will be introduced to and trained in various analytical and biochemical laboratory techniques including: scientific measurement (volume/mass), use a spectrophotometry, the use of electrophoresis equipment, chromatography and to develop Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). You will be also be expected to conduct laboratories experiments by following specific instructions and procedures, to interpret experimental results and then present these in in a clear and organized manner.

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AP0423 -

Genetics (Core,8 Credits)

This module is presented as part of the discipline-based curriculum in line with the expectations of the St George’s University School of Medicine and has been designed to provide you with a fundamental basis for the understanding of Human Genetics pertinent to clinical medicine. This module has been based on the Genetics Learning Objectives published by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). You will be introduced to the language embedded in Medical Genetics and Molecular Biology. These general competencies and specific objectives are described in the ASHG medical School core curriculum in genetics. This module is designed to introduce you to the fundamental design of DNA leading to the structure and function of the human genome. You will learn how recent advances in genetic research have led to a greater ability to diagnose and treat many human disease states. The module has been structured with four
distinct blocks of delivery. Block 1 – Begins with an introduction to the history of genetics where you will learn of how traits are inherited. Block 2 – Begins with understanding how genes are organized within genomic DNA and in this block you will learn of the importance of this organization according to how many copies of a gene is required and their exact location within the genomic DNA. In Block 3 you will learn about the chemical nature and structure of DNA and how genes are expressed. Lastly, in Block 4 you will learn about linking the information found in an organism’s DNA and how it is related to the way an organism looks and behaves, also known as “Genotype to Phenotype”.

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AP0424 -

Microbiology (Core,15 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the discipline of microbiology. You will review the basic characteristics and interactions of microorganisms with their environments and gain an overall understanding of their beneficial and harmful contributions to ecosystems and human colonization. You will learn a brief history of microbiology, microbiological classification, and basic principles of microbiology. You will also become familiar with prokaryotic, and eukaryotic cell structure and function as well as viral structure, function and replication. By exploring the basic characteristics of microorganisms you will obtain an overall understanding of their beneficial and harmful contributions to ecosystems and human colonization. You will learn microbiological nutrition and metabolism. This will provide a good foundation for the cultivation and study of bacteria, and fungi. You will also learn how microbial growth can be controlled. By understanding how microorganisms metabolize and grow you will obtain an overall understanding of their beneficial and harmful contributions to ecosystems and human colonization. You will learn how microorganisms interact with specific ecosystems. You will also learn how prokaryotic, eukaryotic microorganisms as well as viruses play a vital role in epidemiology and public health. Students will also learn how ones immune system functions to defend against invading pathogens. Finally, you will learn how microbes interact in various ecosystems and how microbes are very important for nutrient recycling, ecosystem maintenance. You will also learn the importance of microbes in food quality and the industrial production of various commodities. This exposure to the disciplines of bacteriology, mycology, virology and immunology is intended to serve as a basis for understanding microorganisms and microbial processes and as a foundation for more in-depth future studies in medicine.

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AP0425 -

Communication for the Health Professions I (Core,6 Credits)

Communication for Health Professions I is a module that will develop your professional skills in reading, understanding, and evaluation of research within a One Health: One Medicine framework. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical analysis of research, determining whether arguments are sound and valid. This will enable you to support your professional decisions, claims, and arguments. You will also learn foundational skills for analysis such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing published work with appropriate documentation. You will build upon and develop these skills through short written assignments and quizzes, and apply these skills to writing a credibility analysis essay. Finally, you will learn how to develop a research paper from topic development all the way to the final draft to help you effectively synthesize research to support your arguments.

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AP0426 -

Interpreting Health Science Research (Core,9 Credits)

Like any project, research may be divided into two broad phases: design and implementation. Our focus in this module is on design: we examine those issues competent researchers consider when crafting their research purposes and selecting their research approaches. Students who successfully complete this module are able to describe how empirical research is distinguished from other ways of knowing; describe design components of empirical health science research; distinguish between and among quantitative and qualitative research purposes; distinguish between explanatory and predictive hypotheses, identify their variables, and assess the appropriateness of the instruments and measures used to measure variables; distinguish (conceptually) between and among popular quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches used in health science research; discuss appropriate indicators of research quality; and, on the basis of the foregoing review and critique design components of peer-reviewed articles found in health science journals.

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AP0427 -

Learning Strategies for Pre-Professional Programs (Core,2 Credits)

This module is designed to assist you in developing the cognitive and metacognitive skills required to aid you in your development as a self-regulated and directed medical student. Through highly participatory and critically reflective course activities you will develop the ability to examine and interpret your experiences as a student studying the medical sciences and your cognitive skills. You will be exposed to the fundamentals of creating a personalized and effective time management schedule. You will also identify underutilized learning strategies, formulating various learning approaches to enhance your retention of knowledge and long-term memory. Also important is the development of your ability to assess different memorization strategies along with different reading and note-taking strategies, the creation of effective study groups, designing activities for an effective small group session, combining different MCQ test-taking approaches, identifying types of test-taking errors, and appraising personal academic attitudes and mental habits. You will also become more competent in observing how stress, fear and anxiety affects the learning process. You will continuously improve your competence in formulating and revising a study plan to enhance long-term memory/retention throughout the course of this module and you will learn how to synthesize active learning strategies and higher order reasoning skills to develop effective learning tools for problematic module content in the medical sciences.

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AP0428 -

Molecular Biology (Core,9 Credits)

This module is divided into four blocks. In the first block you will be introduced to the concept of the central dogma of Molecular Biology with the aid of lectures on DNA structure and function, DNA replication, Transcription, RNA Processing and Translation. This is followed by a second block in which you will learn about Gene Regulation. The knowledge gained from the first block are vital for your understanding of this second block which will entail discussions on Prokaryotic gene Expression as well as Eukaryotic Gene Expression, and Translational Regulation. You will also learn about the mechanisms of Antisense, siRNA and micro RNA in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology with the aid of lectures on Restriction Endonucleases and Plasmid DNA manipulation, Cloning, Screening and making Genomic Libraries. You will also learn about the importance and techniques of PCR, Reverse Transcriptase and Real Time PCR and how these can be applied in evaluating DNA and RNA molecules in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about the Omics as emerging/ developing field of Molecular Biology. In this third block, understanding of Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology is assumed. The third block will be tackled with lectures on Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. The Molecular principles and mechanisms of manipulating plants and animals to make transgenic plants and transgenic animals respectively, will also be discussed in the third block as an extension of DNA Biotechnology which was discussed in block two. In the fourth and final block of this module, you will apply the knowledge you have gained in the first three modules towards understanding the molecular basis and molecular mechanisms of disease and how diseases may be treated or cured at the molecular level. In this fourth block you will have lectures on topics like Gene therapy, Molecular Medicine and Forensics, Cell Cycle Regulation and Cancer, Mechanism of Stem cell Self-Renewal and Cancer, and Apoptosis.

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AP0429 -

Molecular Biology Laboratory (Core,4 Credits)

In this module, you will practice the Molecular Biology principles and techniques learnt in the Molecular Biology – AP0428. An understanding of the structure and function of DNA is required to be able to understand and complete the isolation of DNA from biological tissues in the laboratory and as such this is covered by lecture material within this module. This is followed by lectures and hands on practical sessions on the mechanism of Transformation of Bacteria with plasmid DNA, followed by Plasmid DNA Extraction, purification and quantification. The aspect of Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology discussed in lecture is further developed and then practiced through experiments on restriction mapping, experiments on PCR and Primer Design, as well as Variable Number of Tandem Repeats - PCR (VNTR-PCR). The laboratory session on PCR VNTR helps to highlight similarities and differences in the genomes and genotypes of individuals as discussed in AP0428 Molecular Biology. Hands on laboratory sessions on Bioinformatics and on the identification of the Sickle cell gene from genomic DNA are valuable to your understanding of techniques employed in research and in molecular mechanisms/diagnosis in health and disease.

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AP0430 -

Human Anatomy (Core,15 Credits)

AP0430 is a module that presents a systematic approach to the study of the human body. The module has been developed to provide you with a basic foundation in the anatomical sciences. The anatomical sciences include human gross anatomy, developmental anatomy, histology and cell biology. AP0430 begins with an introduction to anatomical terminology and imaging, cellular organization and the basic tissues. The module continues with an extensive study of the major systems of the human body: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, Male & Female Reproductive Systems, Nervous System and Endocrine System. The course is composed of lecture, laboratory, small group and online activities

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AP0431 -

Social Science and Medicine (Core,9 Credits)

This module examines the social aspects of health and illness and is particularly relevant to current political controversies related to health care policies of various nations and regions. This module will introduce you to the systematic study of illness, health, medicine and medical treatments through the use of sociological perspectives. Throughout the module, we will attempt to enable you to obtain a deeper understanding of the social reaction to and interaction with illness, disease and wellness. At the micro-, meso- and macro-level approaches and within this module we will dissect and deconstruct the various manifestations of health and illness that exist on a mutually reliant continuum between the individual and health care systems. In this module you will also compare systems of health care to broaden your understanding of social and political factors which relate to accessibility, quality, and cost of services and treatments. All information relevant to the module including; syllabus, objectives, timetable, staff contact details and assessment will be posted on the SAKAI module site. You will be provided with dedicated online learning resources for all components of the module encompassing. Formative feedback is further supplemented across all of the modules on the DipHE Medical Sciences programme after lectures or during office hours aligned to the assessment and feedback pillars in the programme framework for Northumbria awards.

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AP0432 -

Clinical Cases (Core,5 Credits)

This module will provide you with an introduction to clinical medicine. Here you will be provided with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that you will need to acquire as a Physician. It intends to help you understand how material taught in Physiology (AP0433) applies to Clinical Medicine. So in this module you will learn to apply basic Physiology and Anatomy to a variety of common clinical conditions and you will also have the opportunity to observe the Practice of Medicine by health care professionals with emphasis on professionalism, ethics, communication skills and socio-economic impact. Visits to the various hospital department and community health care facilities will help you to further understand how health care providers and services integrate to provide for the total care of patients.

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AP0433 -

Physiology (Core,11 Credits)

Human Physiology provides the fundamental basis for understanding how the human body functions normally. You will be introduced firstly to the cellular and molecular concepts. As the module progresses, you will be encouraged to critically integrate these essential element with the human organ systems. The module is designed to be delivered across four consecutive blocks. In Block 1 (CTP) Cell and Tissue Physiology, you will be introduced to Homeostasis, Excitable tissue, & Intro to Nervous System. Block 2 (S1) is the first systems based module in which you will explore neurophysiology, the autonomic, nervous and cardiovascular systems. In Block 3 students will learn about the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. Finally, in Block 4 you will learn about the Renal and Endocrine Systems. Whilst studying the normal physiological mechanisms, students are encouraged to think about what happens when things go wrong in diseased states.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry or research, then this module provides a solid foundation. You will also be exposed to a large amount of clinical correlates, which are integrated in the lectures, clinical tutorials, online simulations, assessments and final research project.

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AP0434 -

Communication for the Health Professions II (Core,8 Credits)

Communication for the Health Professions II is a module that builds on the research and academic writing skills developed in Communications for the Health Professions I. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical thinking and professional communication through oral and written assignments. This module is guided by the One Health concept. This is a concept where there is an integration of multiple disciplines in the delivery of healthcare for the benefit of patients; as such it is a central part of this module. Assignments and in-class activities will therefore concentrate on practical applications to human, animal, and environmental health. The module is split into two major sections: analysing arguments and formulating arguments. In the first section, you will learn theoretical strategies for evaluating ethical and empirical arguments, and develop writing skills to enable you to articulate your opinion on these arguments. In the second part of the module, you will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate One Health: One Medicine issues and to offer solutions to specific problems. This component will reinforce and enhance your academic research skills and develop scientific writing skills to help you produce clear, organized, concise writing.

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PY0422 -

Introduction to Psychopathology (Core,8 Credits)

In the module Introduction to Psychopathology (PY0422) you will learn about mental illness. In the first block of teaching, you will be exposed to psychological and biological theories of behavior and their corresponding treatment derivatives. At the end of the first block and through the remaining teaching blocks, you will learn the major psychiatric disorders as defined in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). You will learn the salient diagnostic features of the mental disorders along with the theories of the etiology of mental illness, and the neurobiological correlates of abnormal behavior. You will also learn major psychotherapeutic and biological treatment options available to treat mental illness. Alongside these aspects you will also become conversant in ethical and legal issues particularly relevant to mental illness.

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AP0543 -

Foundations to Medicine (Core,21 Credits)

In this first module, you will learn about the biological molecules associated with cells, tissues and organs from biochemical and cellular discussions towards a molecular understanding of human disease and pathology. You will learn about normal and abnormal physiological states including homeostasis and how it is controlled via biochemical and genetic means. Cellular control of proliferation, senescence, apoptosis and necrosis will be explored. Histological, biochemical, physiological, and genetic aspects of cancer will be synthesized to develop a comprehensive analysis of the principles of this disease state. You will increase your knowledge of human patterns of genetic inheritance beyond Mendelian concepts with the objective of seeing patients through a genetic lens. Genetic and genomic tests for diagnosis and characterization will be taught so that students will have a broad understanding of the advantages and limitations of these technologies. An overarching theme of this module is to introduce you to the language embedded in pathology tests and to provide an understanding and interpretation of the results. To this end, biochemical, physiological and genetic aspects of pharmacology will also be introduced.

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AP0544 -

Musculoskletal System (Core,14 Credits)

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the anatomical, histological, physiological and pharmacological principles of this organ system. The overall goal of this module is to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for understanding the normal gross anatomical and microscopic structures as well as the development and functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Case studies, practical laboratory sessions and small group discussions are an integral component throughout the entire module. The module also exposes you to cadaveric prosections and ultrasound simulation sessions with standardized patients to aide in their understanding of key anatomical concepts and allows them to apply this knowledge to a clinical setting.

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AP0545 -

Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems (Core,25 Credits)

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the anatomical, histological, physiological, biochemical, and pharmacological principles of these organ systems. The overall goal is to provide you with a sound comprehensive knowledge base for understanding the normal anatomical and microscopic structures, biochemical processes, and functioning of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal organs. Case studies and practical laboratory sessions are also presented as an integral component throughout the entire module. An introduction to inflammation, various cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal acid-base disorders will be explored to aid you with the application and integration of the normal basic science principles into the pathological disease process.

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AP0546 -

Endocrinology and Reproduction (Core,18 Credits)

This module provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the gross and microscopic structure, physiology, biochemical processes and metabolic disorders in relation to the endocrine organs. This will include the study of gross and developmental anatomy, physiology, microscopic anatomy and cell biology of the male and female reproductive sytems. You will learn to integrate and apply this knowledge to the cadaver in wet lab sessions and micrographs and radiological images in small group sessions. At the end of each system two to three pathological conditions will be explained through micrographs and imaging relevant to the specific organ systems. You will also cover developmental genetics, genetic screening techniques and facts about nutrition in relation to neonates, infants and the elderly. You will be able to appreciate the normal structure and functions of these organ systems and will be able to correlate pathological outcome due to abnormal changes within the respective tissue.

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AP0547 -

Digestion and Metabolism (Core,11 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the anatomy and histology of the digestive system and actively integrate it with the biochemistry and physiological function of this organ system. You will familiarise yourself with the digestion and metabolism of the macromolecules: carbohydrates, lipids and proteins and their nutritional significance. Special emphasis will be placed on the inborn errors of metabolism associated with each of these metabolic pathways and the lab tests and the molecular basis for the clinical signs and symptoms of these disorders. The module will be interspersed with clinical cases and study of imaging and histology of the gastrointestinal tract. Clinical cases on inborn errors of intermediary metabolism and metabolic disorders will enhance your understanding of the importance of these aspects of metabolism.

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AP0548 -

Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences (Core,31 Credits)

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the function of the head, neck and nervous system, simultaneously addressing the anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry and some pharmacology and pathophysiology. Behavioural science (psychopathology), life span development and learning theory will also be covered. Neurological and psychiatric case studies will be presented as an integral component. The overall goal is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the effects of damage to the head, neck and nervous system as presented in general clinical medicine as well as in specialties such as Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology.

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Modules

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Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0421 -

Biochemistry (Core,9 Credits)

You will learn about the structure and function of biological molecules, the biochemical pathways of intermediary metabolism,
the functional significance of biochemical processes as well as their regulation in normal and aberrant states. In addition, you will be encouraged to
integrate the biochemical information covered by this module into a medically relevant context with an emphasis on organ-specific aspects of biochemistry,
the clinical significance of the concepts delivered and the regulatory mechanisms governing intermediary metabolism.

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AP0422 -

Biochemistry Lab (Core,3 Credits)

You will develop and deapen the knowledge developed in Biochemistry (AP0421). You will be introduced to and trained in various analytical and biochemical laboratory techniques including: scientific measurement (volume/mass), use a spectrophotometry, the use of electrophoresis equipment, chromatography and to develop Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). You will be also be expected to conduct laboratories experiments by following specific instructions and procedures, to interpret experimental results and then present these in in a clear and organized manner.

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AP0423 -

Genetics (Core,8 Credits)

This module is presented as part of the discipline-based curriculum in line with the expectations of the St George’s University School of Medicine and has been designed to provide you with a fundamental basis for the understanding of Human Genetics pertinent to clinical medicine. This module has been based on the Genetics Learning Objectives published by the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). You will be introduced to the language embedded in Medical Genetics and Molecular Biology. These general competencies and specific objectives are described in the ASHG medical School core curriculum in genetics. This module is designed to introduce you to the fundamental design of DNA leading to the structure and function of the human genome. You will learn how recent advances in genetic research have led to a greater ability to diagnose and treat many human disease states. The module has been structured with four
distinct blocks of delivery. Block 1 – Begins with an introduction to the history of genetics where you will learn of how traits are inherited. Block 2 – Begins with understanding how genes are organized within genomic DNA and in this block you will learn of the importance of this organization according to how many copies of a gene is required and their exact location within the genomic DNA. In Block 3 you will learn about the chemical nature and structure of DNA and how genes are expressed. Lastly, in Block 4 you will learn about linking the information found in an organism’s DNA and how it is related to the way an organism looks and behaves, also known as “Genotype to Phenotype”.

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AP0424 -

Microbiology (Core,15 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the discipline of microbiology. You will review the basic characteristics and interactions of microorganisms with their environments and gain an overall understanding of their beneficial and harmful contributions to ecosystems and human colonization. You will learn a brief history of microbiology, microbiological classification, and basic principles of microbiology. You will also become familiar with prokaryotic, and eukaryotic cell structure and function as well as viral structure, function and replication. By exploring the basic characteristics of microorganisms you will obtain an overall understanding of their beneficial and harmful contributions to ecosystems and human colonization. You will learn microbiological nutrition and metabolism. This will provide a good foundation for the cultivation and study of bacteria, and fungi. You will also learn how microbial growth can be controlled. By understanding how microorganisms metabolize and grow you will obtain an overall understanding of their beneficial and harmful contributions to ecosystems and human colonization. You will learn how microorganisms interact with specific ecosystems. You will also learn how prokaryotic, eukaryotic microorganisms as well as viruses play a vital role in epidemiology and public health. Students will also learn how ones immune system functions to defend against invading pathogens. Finally, you will learn how microbes interact in various ecosystems and how microbes are very important for nutrient recycling, ecosystem maintenance. You will also learn the importance of microbes in food quality and the industrial production of various commodities. This exposure to the disciplines of bacteriology, mycology, virology and immunology is intended to serve as a basis for understanding microorganisms and microbial processes and as a foundation for more in-depth future studies in medicine.

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Communication for the Health Professions I (Core,6 Credits)

Communication for Health Professions I is a module that will develop your professional skills in reading, understanding, and evaluation of research within a One Health: One Medicine framework. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical analysis of research, determining whether arguments are sound and valid. This will enable you to support your professional decisions, claims, and arguments. You will also learn foundational skills for analysis such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing published work with appropriate documentation. You will build upon and develop these skills through short written assignments and quizzes, and apply these skills to writing a credibility analysis essay. Finally, you will learn how to develop a research paper from topic development all the way to the final draft to help you effectively synthesize research to support your arguments.

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Interpreting Health Science Research (Core,9 Credits)

Like any project, research may be divided into two broad phases: design and implementation. Our focus in this module is on design: we examine those issues competent researchers consider when crafting their research purposes and selecting their research approaches. Students who successfully complete this module are able to describe how empirical research is distinguished from other ways of knowing; describe design components of empirical health science research; distinguish between and among quantitative and qualitative research purposes; distinguish between explanatory and predictive hypotheses, identify their variables, and assess the appropriateness of the instruments and measures used to measure variables; distinguish (conceptually) between and among popular quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches used in health science research; discuss appropriate indicators of research quality; and, on the basis of the foregoing review and critique design components of peer-reviewed articles found in health science journals.

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AP0427 -

Learning Strategies for Pre-Professional Programs (Core,2 Credits)

This module is designed to assist you in developing the cognitive and metacognitive skills required to aid you in your development as a self-regulated and directed medical student. Through highly participatory and critically reflective course activities you will develop the ability to examine and interpret your experiences as a student studying the medical sciences and your cognitive skills. You will be exposed to the fundamentals of creating a personalized and effective time management schedule. You will also identify underutilized learning strategies, formulating various learning approaches to enhance your retention of knowledge and long-term memory. Also important is the development of your ability to assess different memorization strategies along with different reading and note-taking strategies, the creation of effective study groups, designing activities for an effective small group session, combining different MCQ test-taking approaches, identifying types of test-taking errors, and appraising personal academic attitudes and mental habits. You will also become more competent in observing how stress, fear and anxiety affects the learning process. You will continuously improve your competence in formulating and revising a study plan to enhance long-term memory/retention throughout the course of this module and you will learn how to synthesize active learning strategies and higher order reasoning skills to develop effective learning tools for problematic module content in the medical sciences.

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AP0428 -

Molecular Biology (Core,9 Credits)

This module is divided into four blocks. In the first block you will be introduced to the concept of the central dogma of Molecular Biology with the aid of lectures on DNA structure and function, DNA replication, Transcription, RNA Processing and Translation. This is followed by a second block in which you will learn about Gene Regulation. The knowledge gained from the first block are vital for your understanding of this second block which will entail discussions on Prokaryotic gene Expression as well as Eukaryotic Gene Expression, and Translational Regulation. You will also learn about the mechanisms of Antisense, siRNA and micro RNA in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology with the aid of lectures on Restriction Endonucleases and Plasmid DNA manipulation, Cloning, Screening and making Genomic Libraries. You will also learn about the importance and techniques of PCR, Reverse Transcriptase and Real Time PCR and how these can be applied in evaluating DNA and RNA molecules in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about the Omics as emerging/ developing field of Molecular Biology. In this third block, understanding of Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology is assumed. The third block will be tackled with lectures on Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. The Molecular principles and mechanisms of manipulating plants and animals to make transgenic plants and transgenic animals respectively, will also be discussed in the third block as an extension of DNA Biotechnology which was discussed in block two. In the fourth and final block of this module, you will apply the knowledge you have gained in the first three modules towards understanding the molecular basis and molecular mechanisms of disease and how diseases may be treated or cured at the molecular level. In this fourth block you will have lectures on topics like Gene therapy, Molecular Medicine and Forensics, Cell Cycle Regulation and Cancer, Mechanism of Stem cell Self-Renewal and Cancer, and Apoptosis.

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AP0429 -

Molecular Biology Laboratory (Core,4 Credits)

In this module, you will practice the Molecular Biology principles and techniques learnt in the Molecular Biology – AP0428. An understanding of the structure and function of DNA is required to be able to understand and complete the isolation of DNA from biological tissues in the laboratory and as such this is covered by lecture material within this module. This is followed by lectures and hands on practical sessions on the mechanism of Transformation of Bacteria with plasmid DNA, followed by Plasmid DNA Extraction, purification and quantification. The aspect of Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology discussed in lecture is further developed and then practiced through experiments on restriction mapping, experiments on PCR and Primer Design, as well as Variable Number of Tandem Repeats - PCR (VNTR-PCR). The laboratory session on PCR VNTR helps to highlight similarities and differences in the genomes and genotypes of individuals as discussed in AP0428 Molecular Biology. Hands on laboratory sessions on Bioinformatics and on the identification of the Sickle cell gene from genomic DNA are valuable to your understanding of techniques employed in research and in molecular mechanisms/diagnosis in health and disease.

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Human Anatomy (Core,15 Credits)

AP0430 is a module that presents a systematic approach to the study of the human body. The module has been developed to provide you with a basic foundation in the anatomical sciences. The anatomical sciences include human gross anatomy, developmental anatomy, histology and cell biology. AP0430 begins with an introduction to anatomical terminology and imaging, cellular organization and the basic tissues. The module continues with an extensive study of the major systems of the human body: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, Male & Female Reproductive Systems, Nervous System and Endocrine System. The course is composed of lecture, laboratory, small group and online activities

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AP0431 -

Social Science and Medicine (Core,9 Credits)

This module examines the social aspects of health and illness and is particularly relevant to current political controversies related to health care policies of various nations and regions. This module will introduce you to the systematic study of illness, health, medicine and medical treatments through the use of sociological perspectives. Throughout the module, we will attempt to enable you to obtain a deeper understanding of the social reaction to and interaction with illness, disease and wellness. At the micro-, meso- and macro-level approaches and within this module we will dissect and deconstruct the various manifestations of health and illness that exist on a mutually reliant continuum between the individual and health care systems. In this module you will also compare systems of health care to broaden your understanding of social and political factors which relate to accessibility, quality, and cost of services and treatments. All information relevant to the module including; syllabus, objectives, timetable, staff contact details and assessment will be posted on the SAKAI module site. You will be provided with dedicated online learning resources for all components of the module encompassing. Formative feedback is further supplemented across all of the modules on the DipHE Medical Sciences programme after lectures or during office hours aligned to the assessment and feedback pillars in the programme framework for Northumbria awards.

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AP0432 -

Clinical Cases (Core,5 Credits)

This module will provide you with an introduction to clinical medicine. Here you will be provided with an introduction to the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that you will need to acquire as a Physician. It intends to help you understand how material taught in Physiology (AP0433) applies to Clinical Medicine. So in this module you will learn to apply basic Physiology and Anatomy to a variety of common clinical conditions and you will also have the opportunity to observe the Practice of Medicine by health care professionals with emphasis on professionalism, ethics, communication skills and socio-economic impact. Visits to the various hospital department and community health care facilities will help you to further understand how health care providers and services integrate to provide for the total care of patients.

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AP0433 -

Physiology (Core,11 Credits)

Human Physiology provides the fundamental basis for understanding how the human body functions normally. You will be introduced firstly to the cellular and molecular concepts. As the module progresses, you will be encouraged to critically integrate these essential element with the human organ systems. The module is designed to be delivered across four consecutive blocks. In Block 1 (CTP) Cell and Tissue Physiology, you will be introduced to Homeostasis, Excitable tissue, & Intro to Nervous System. Block 2 (S1) is the first systems based module in which you will explore neurophysiology, the autonomic, nervous and cardiovascular systems. In Block 3 students will learn about the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. Finally, in Block 4 you will learn about the Renal and Endocrine Systems. Whilst studying the normal physiological mechanisms, students are encouraged to think about what happens when things go wrong in diseased states.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry or research, then this module provides a solid foundation. You will also be exposed to a large amount of clinical correlates, which are integrated in the lectures, clinical tutorials, online simulations, assessments and final research project.

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AP0434 -

Communication for the Health Professions II (Core,8 Credits)

Communication for the Health Professions II is a module that builds on the research and academic writing skills developed in Communications for the Health Professions I. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical thinking and professional communication through oral and written assignments. This module is guided by the One Health concept. This is a concept where there is an integration of multiple disciplines in the delivery of healthcare for the benefit of patients; as such it is a central part of this module. Assignments and in-class activities will therefore concentrate on practical applications to human, animal, and environmental health. The module is split into two major sections: analysing arguments and formulating arguments. In the first section, you will learn theoretical strategies for evaluating ethical and empirical arguments, and develop writing skills to enable you to articulate your opinion on these arguments. In the second part of the module, you will apply critical thinking skills to evaluate One Health: One Medicine issues and to offer solutions to specific problems. This component will reinforce and enhance your academic research skills and develop scientific writing skills to help you produce clear, organized, concise writing.

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PY0422 -

Introduction to Psychopathology (Core,8 Credits)

In the module Introduction to Psychopathology (PY0422) you will learn about mental illness. In the first block of teaching, you will be exposed to psychological and biological theories of behavior and their corresponding treatment derivatives. At the end of the first block and through the remaining teaching blocks, you will learn the major psychiatric disorders as defined in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). You will learn the salient diagnostic features of the mental disorders along with the theories of the etiology of mental illness, and the neurobiological correlates of abnormal behavior. You will also learn major psychotherapeutic and biological treatment options available to treat mental illness. Alongside these aspects you will also become conversant in ethical and legal issues particularly relevant to mental illness.

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Foundations to Medicine (Core,21 Credits)

In this first module, you will learn about the biological molecules associated with cells, tissues and organs from biochemical and cellular discussions towards a molecular understanding of human disease and pathology. You will learn about normal and abnormal physiological states including homeostasis and how it is controlled via biochemical and genetic means. Cellular control of proliferation, senescence, apoptosis and necrosis will be explored. Histological, biochemical, physiological, and genetic aspects of cancer will be synthesized to develop a comprehensive analysis of the principles of this disease state. You will increase your knowledge of human patterns of genetic inheritance beyond Mendelian concepts with the objective of seeing patients through a genetic lens. Genetic and genomic tests for diagnosis and characterization will be taught so that students will have a broad understanding of the advantages and limitations of these technologies. An overarching theme of this module is to introduce you to the language embedded in pathology tests and to provide an understanding and interpretation of the results. To this end, biochemical, physiological and genetic aspects of pharmacology will also be introduced.

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Musculoskletal System (Core,14 Credits)

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the anatomical, histological, physiological and pharmacological principles of this organ system. The overall goal of this module is to provide a comprehensive knowledge base for understanding the normal gross anatomical and microscopic structures as well as the development and functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Case studies, practical laboratory sessions and small group discussions are an integral component throughout the entire module. The module also exposes you to cadaveric prosections and ultrasound simulation sessions with standardized patients to aide in their understanding of key anatomical concepts and allows them to apply this knowledge to a clinical setting.

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Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems (Core,25 Credits)

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the anatomical, histological, physiological, biochemical, and pharmacological principles of these organ systems. The overall goal is to provide you with a sound comprehensive knowledge base for understanding the normal anatomical and microscopic structures, biochemical processes, and functioning of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal organs. Case studies and practical laboratory sessions are also presented as an integral component throughout the entire module. An introduction to inflammation, various cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal acid-base disorders will be explored to aid you with the application and integration of the normal basic science principles into the pathological disease process.

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Endocrinology and Reproduction (Core,18 Credits)

This module provides you with the knowledge and understanding of the gross and microscopic structure, physiology, biochemical processes and metabolic disorders in relation to the endocrine organs. This will include the study of gross and developmental anatomy, physiology, microscopic anatomy and cell biology of the male and female reproductive sytems. You will learn to integrate and apply this knowledge to the cadaver in wet lab sessions and micrographs and radiological images in small group sessions. At the end of each system two to three pathological conditions will be explained through micrographs and imaging relevant to the specific organ systems. You will also cover developmental genetics, genetic screening techniques and facts about nutrition in relation to neonates, infants and the elderly. You will be able to appreciate the normal structure and functions of these organ systems and will be able to correlate pathological outcome due to abnormal changes within the respective tissue.

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Digestion and Metabolism (Core,11 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the anatomy and histology of the digestive system and actively integrate it with the biochemistry and physiological function of this organ system. You will familiarise yourself with the digestion and metabolism of the macromolecules: carbohydrates, lipids and proteins and their nutritional significance. Special emphasis will be placed on the inborn errors of metabolism associated with each of these metabolic pathways and the lab tests and the molecular basis for the clinical signs and symptoms of these disorders. The module will be interspersed with clinical cases and study of imaging and histology of the gastrointestinal tract. Clinical cases on inborn errors of intermediary metabolism and metabolic disorders will enhance your understanding of the importance of these aspects of metabolism.

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Neurosciences and Behavioural Sciences (Core,31 Credits)

This module is an interdisciplinary study of the function of the head, neck and nervous system, simultaneously addressing the anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry and some pharmacology and pathophysiology. Behavioural science (psychopathology), life span development and learning theory will also be covered. Neurological and psychiatric case studies will be presented as an integral component. The overall goal is to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the effects of damage to the head, neck and nervous system as presented in general clinical medicine as well as in specialties such as Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Ophthalmology.

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