Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery BM BS

UCAS code


Institution code



5 years




September 2020


Canterbury Christ Church University

University of Kent



Medicine involves long-term commitment and dedication, so our course offers you diverse career opportunities and experience to reach your full potential to practise medicine across primary care, acute care, community and mental health settings, as well as the major medical and surgical specialities.

Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)* is jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

* Subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council's quality assurance programme.

Download KMMS course outline

Course details


20% spent in clinical settings

Your modules for years 1 and 2 cover the fundamentals of health and disease as well as developing clinical skills on placements in community and primary care settings. You will also have the opportunity to study optional topics in both years. The clinical placements, will be spent in General practice and other community clinical and social care settings, linking your academic study with the core clinical skills you will need as a doctor.

You will study modules totalling 120 credits each year.

  • Induction
  • Foundations of Health and Disease
  • Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion
  • Heart, Lungs and Blood
  • Person Centred Collaborative Practice 1
  • Community and Primary Care in Practice 1
  • Skills for Clinical Practice 1
  • Induction
  • Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Reproduction and Endocrinology
  • Musculoskeletal and Immune Systems
  • Person Centred Collaborative Practice 2
  • Community and Primary Care in Practice 2
  • Skills for Clinical Practice 2

Download KMMS course outline


80% spent in hospitals and general practices across Kent and Medway

Your studies will largely (80%) be based around longer clinical placements in hospitals and general practices across Kent and Medway with 20% campus learning at the start of each year and Integrated Practice modules at the end. If you decide to take an intercalated year it will be between years 3 and 4.

Clinical placements will include general practice, community health and social care, public health, and with Third Sector organisations. Specialist disciplines will be introduced through hospital, general practice and community clinical placement settings. You will learn how patients present and are cared for by General Practitioners GPs) with extended roles, as well as by hospitalists working outside the hospital environment.

While on your placements, you will monitor and log your learning on an ePortfolio. You will learn more about the professional values and behaviours of doctors and will receive feedback from the team members you encounter, as well as through reflective case writing and patient feedback.

You will follow a series of patients on their journeys, seeing them when they are admitted to hospital or first visit a GP, following their progress through their care and back home again. You will visit your patient at home along with their GP and any relevant community services.

In this stage you can choose topics to study in greater depth through the Student Selected Components (SSCs) and Individual Research Project (IRP), usually based in a clinical or healthcare environment or either university. Options include the whole spectrum of biomedical, psychological and social healthcare as well as the humanities, physical and social sciences.


During year 3, you will use your learning from years 1 and 2, working with real patients in clinical settings, and build your medical knowledge with new modules studied on campus. The emphasis for year 3 is on developing clinical expertise, by observation, practice under supervision, and reflection.

You will study modules totalling 120 credits.

  • Clinical Foundations Course
  • Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Scientific Basis of Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Student Selected Components (SSC)
  • Integrated Practice 1

The first three modules are campus based and will prepare you to spend the rest of the year on clinical placement. They focus on the key clinical knowledge and skills you will need to maximise your learning while you are on placement.

The clinical placements in General Medicine, Surgery, Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry will be spread across the whole of Kent and Medway. If required your accommodation will be provided, based at the main site, with visits to other sites arranged as required. This means you can settle into your learning, get to know the staff and patients well, and do not have to spend time re-adjusting every time you move to a different placement. You will complete a Student Selected Component in each of semesters one and two, and the year will conclude with a period of consolidation while on placement, called Integrated Practice.

Year 4 will consist of two Clinical Placement modules and an Independent Research Project, studied in parallel, followed by the second Integrated Practice module.

You will study modules totalling 180 credits

  • Specialist Rotations module, consists of eight x 5-week placements in:
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Paediatrics
    • Neurosciences and Rehabilitation
    • Musculoskeletal Medicine and Surgery
    • Ophthalmology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Medicine
    • Infectious Diseases, HIV / Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM), and Health Protection
    • Dermatology
    • Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care
  • General Practice and Public Health Medicine placement for one day per week for the year
  • Independent Research Project, taking one day per week for the year
  • Integrated Practice 2

To enable you to experience working in a different NHS environment for your secondary care placements you will be allocated to a different hospital to year 3. In addition, you will also be assigned to a second general practice close to this hospital, so that you can learn how a different practice operates. Your placements for the entire year will be within the same geographical location wherever possible and accommodation will be provided if you are placed away from Canterbury.

Download KMMS course outline

Year 5 will consolidate your learning and help you prepare for clinical practice and your final exams. Your placements will normally be planned around one geographical location and a co-located General practice placement. In line with the pattern of earlier years, the modular structure of Year 5 will consist of concurrent strands of Professional Knowledge, Professional Skills and Professional Values and Behaviours*.

To consolidate your clinical practice you will undertake a 24-week rotation consisting of six four-week clinical placements in the specialties of:

  • Medicine
  • Elderly Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • General Practice

In addition, you will complete a Preparation for Practice module, attend seminars and prepare to sit two national assessments: the Situational Judgement Test and the Prescribing Safety Assessment.

By the time you finish this year, you will have achieved all the learning outcomes from the General Medical Councils' 'Outcomes for Graduates'.

*Potential changes to year 5

The General Medical Council (GMC) is currently planning to introduce a new Medical Licensing Assessment in all UK medical schools in 2022. This may result in significant changes to the structure of Year 5 of your course but we will keep you informed and carefully consider the impact on your studies as more details become available.

Download KMMS course outline

You will have the option to take a year out of your medical degree between years 3 and 4 to undertake an intercalated degree. This will allow you to study an area of interest in depth and gain an extra BSc, BA or a Masters (postgraduate) degree. If you decide to do a BSc or BA, you will normally join the 3rd year.

Undertaking an intercalated degree will lengthen your studies by a year but will provide you with extensive training in research methods, which you may be able to carry out research and publish the results. This extra degree and research training will add to your CV and make you stand out as you look to develop your career. We will discuss a range of options that you can choose from at Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent.

Your Experience

25% of your time will be spent in the community rather than practice or hospital based

Throughout your five year undergraduate programme, placements will form an integral part of your learning and the direct hands-on practical experience will enable you to practise your newly acquired skills, attitudes and knowledge.  You will work and learn alongside different professionals and experience being part of a health care team, whilst ensuring that patients and their families are at the centre of their care.  You will have the opportunity to follow  patients on their health care journeys across NHS and non NHS organisations that are providing those patients’ care and support.   

Your placements will be provided by a range of practice partners across Kent and Medway.   In years one and two you will be in placements where you will be able to see how patients are cared for in general practice and other community settings that support patients outside of hospital.  In years three, four and five you will have placements in hospitals, general practice and in organisations that focus upon public health. 

Your placements will enable you to apply the theory you learn to practice.  By the time you graduate you will understand the variety and challenges of generalist medicine and have a holistic approach to patients as individuals rather than people with illnesses or diseases.  

Using feedback from your peers, as well as from your teachers, you will be able to analyse, assess your own performance, reshaping your practice to develop your competence and performance, and gain new perspectives and opinions. This reflective practice, using an ePortfolio and with access to role models across many specialisms, will form a key part of your personal and professional development.


Transport and Accomodation for Clinical Placements

  • It is anticipated that our students will be able to take public transport to all their placements.
  • All placements for a week or more will include accommodation as part of the placement. This is free.

We are negotiating a discounted bus pass for all KMMS students – details will be published on the website once they are finalised.

Teaching includes lectures, laboratory classes, workshops and tutorials in the Medical School’s purpose-built facilities. For example, you will learn anatomy and physiology in a state-of-the-art anatomy suite, using full-body dissection and radiological imaging.

In addition, right from the start, you will learn in a range of integrated medical, surgical, primary care and community placements, gaining vital hands-on experience, developing clinical skills and learning to work in collaboration as part of a multi-professional team.

You will also undertake self-directed learning, normally split between university and healthcare settings. This will allow you to study topics of particular interest in greater depth and develop your academic and scholarly skills in disciplines allied to medicine and healthcare.

As a trainee doctor, you will be required to sit many exams and complete formal and informal assessments throughout the course. We use a combination of written assessments including essays, short answer questions and single best answers. We will also test your communication and clinical skills through practical assessment methods.

Your professional development will be captured through assessments within the ePortfolio, including feedback from colleagues and staff and reflective writing. Regular meetings with your tutors and supervisors will ensure that you are given support to keep on track with the course.

As a 'founding' graduate, you will be a doctor, equipped with the curiosity, academic, professional and clinical skills to influence and improve future healthcare in Kent and Medway, and beyond.

We very much hope you will choose to work in Kent and Medway or the South East of England. However, your qualification will allow you to apply for a Foundation Programme job anywhere in the UK, providing you with the required postgraduate experience to gain full registration with the General Medical Council.

Once fully registered you will have the education and experience to apply for any one of over 100 possible medical specialties. Qualified doctors also work in media, the arts, business, the Third Sector, government, research and technology. There are national programmes available for medical graduates to obtain specialist postgraduate training and experience in leadership, management, entrepreneurialism and research.

The annual tuition fees for UK students starting the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate medical degree in 2020 have not yet been set by government. As a guide only the full-time tuition fee for new and returning UK undergraduate courses for 2019/20 is £9,250. Where permitted by law or government policy in the second or subsequent years of your course we reserve the right to increase tuition fees to the maximum permitted level.

The annual tuition fees for EU students starting the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery undergraduate medical degree in 2020 have not yet been set by government.

International students

The tuition fee for international students for the academic year 2020/21 has been set at £45,000. For continuing students fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.

Fees and the financial support available differs for international students. More information on funding your degree.