Southampton Medicine Personal Statement

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Applying to study Medicine at Southampton? Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

The Admissions process

Which programme should I apply for?

Details of all our programmes can be found on our website where prospective applicants can download our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery Programmes Brochure

BM5 BMedSc - five-year programme
BM4 - four-year graduate entry programme
BM6 - six-year widening access programme. Eligibility criteria applies
BM (EU) BMedSc -five-year bilingual programme open to European students bilingual in German and English

What are your entry requirements?

For entry requirements for the BMBS programmes see our entry requirements page

How many places do you have?

Intakes: (BM5) 210; (BM4) 48; (BM6) 32; (BM(EU)) 24

What do you look for?

As well as academic criteria we also want to see evidence of non-academic criteria. Please view the entry requirements page.

How important is work experience, what do I need?

For our programmes you need to show you that you are motivated to study medicine and have the experience and personal qualities to be successful in this career. – Good evidence may include work experience, paid employment and personal experience, both in and outside health and social care settings. This might include helping to look after an ill family member or friend or could be voluntary/paid work or work shadowing. It can be difficult to obtain experience in a hospital setting so consider other settings such as a nursing home, homeless shelter, local hospice, work with people with special needs or a youth group.

All of the above applies to the BM(EU) but there is also a requirement for nursing experience.

Further information on entry requirements for the BM(EU) can be found at www.ksm-info.de.

Do you require an admissions test?

All applicants for BM4, BM5 and BM6 must undertake the UKCAT (Clinical Aptitude Test) . Find out more about how the UKCAT is used here

What if English is not my first language?

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test. We require an IELTS level of 7.0 overall with a 7.0 in each component, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, achieved in the past two years.

Do I have to be 18 to apply for Medicine?

Due to early clinical contact, students must be a minimum of 18 years of age when they start our medical degree programmes.  Applicants who apply but are under 18 at the start of the programme will be considered for a deferred place or advised to reapply as appropriate. The start date is the beginning of induction.  There are no upper age limits.

The BMBS programmes

When will I get to see patients?

BM5, BM(EU) and BM4 - within the first few weeks of year one.

BM6 - in year zero you will go on day placements every other week usually as part of a pair or small group. Placements will take place in both primary and secondary care around the Southampton area.

Where will I be based?

BM6: In year zero students are taught on the Highfield Campus and Southampton General Hospital and attend placements in the local area.

BM5: In years one and two students are taught on Highfield campus and Southampton General Hospital. Students also undertake Medicine in Practice sessions at the hospital or local GP surgeries for which transport is provided. In year three, students undertake clinical placements in hospitals in Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth. In fourth and final year students undertake clinical placements in hospitals across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Jersey, Surrey and Sussex.

BM4: In years one and two students are taught on Highfield campus and Southampton General Hospital and also attend Winchester Hospital one day per week, plus some sessions with GPs out at practices, for which transport is provided.   In the second half of year two, students are based at Basingstoke Hospital and undertake placements in Medicine, Surgery and Primary Medical Care at GP Practices. The year four and five clinical placements are undertaken in hospitals across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Jersey Surrey and Sussex. 

BM(EU): After their initial induction in Kassel, Germany, students are taught in the UK alongside BM5 students. In year three students return to Germany and for the next three years are mainly taught at Klinikum Kassel and other local health care facilities. BM(EU) students return to Southampton during years three and five for revision and assessments.

Can I choose where I do my attachments?

No. Students are allocated to a mixture of clinical attachments in order to give a variety of clinical settings, different hospitals and locations across the specialties.

What are the assessments like?

Students undertake a variety of assessments throughout the programmes - methods include in-course assignments; multiple choice papers; one-best answer papers; problem solving and short notes papers; spotters; clinical attachment assessments plus clinical examinations including Assessments of Clinical Competence (ACC) and OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). Students also undertake assessments for a variety of student-selected units, and will be assessed on their group work and by their peers at various stages.

What support is available for medical students?

All medical students are allocated a Personal Academic Tutor and are introduced to the Senior Tutor team on arrival who will help you to settle in and obtain the help and support you need. Academic and administrative staff are also available to assist students with day to day issues.

A range of learning and web-based resources are also available to support you in your academic work.

The University Student Services Centre provides advice and information for students on issues such as fees and accommodation. Support is also provided for students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, and the University also offers a wide range of support services. For more information visit the University website www.southampton.ac.uk/studentservices

How many hours a week do medical students do?

All programmes are full-time. In BM6 year zero students are normally taught over three days.

The BM5 & BM(EU) programmes are full-time and based around students undertaking about 40 hours of learning activity each week including about 22 hours scheduled activity and about 18 hours of non-scheduled activity (comprising tutor-directed and self-directed activity). Students follow a 30-week year in the first two years with normal University vacation periods. From year three onwards, students are based in hospital settings and undertake full-time placements including some early starts/late finishes.

The BM4 programme is full-time. In the first two years the normal University academic year will apply, except for a two-week clinical attachment, plus an additional two days. For all programmes, the academic years from year three onwards are also longer with much less vacation time.

What will I graduate with?

Students graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) degree - this equates to other medical degrees such as MBBS. Those undertaking the BM5, BM6 or BM BM(EU) programmes will undertake a research study in the third year and, if successfully completed, will graduate with a BMedSc (Ordinary) as well as the BMBS degree.

The University of Southampton

How can I visit the University of Southampton?

The University of Southampton runs open days, usually in July and September each year and you are encouraged to attend one of these to see the University and attend talks from different academic schools. Unfortunatley it is not possible to arrange individual visits to Medicine.

Will I get accommodation?

All full-time, registered undergraduate students are offered a place in halls during their first year of study providing they meet the criteria as outlined on the accommodation website.

BM6 students can apply for University accommodation in both year zero and BM5 year one providing they meet the criteria outlined on the accommodation page.

During the BMBS programmes, students will undertake commutable clinical attachments whilst living in halls/private accommodation up to and including year three.

In Year 4 and 5, all UK-based students are expected to hold private accommodation in Southampton. They are usually provided with student accommodation at the majority of the regional hospitals for their placements during Year 4 and 5, excepting hospitals that are within commutable distance. .

What about fees and living costs?

BM6 year zero students receive a £1,000 bursary in their year zero. Find out more about fees and funding.

 

These UCAS personal statements have been kindly provided by students applying to University of Southampton. You can click on one of the links below to view the entire statement and find out if the applicant was offered a place.

You can also view our entire collection of personal statements or view personal statements for application at other universities.

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Economics Personal Statement
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Sociology & Anthropology Personal Statement
The study of Sociology and Anthropology is appealing to me because of the diversity of topics they cover and their relevance to our world today. In an increasingly globalised world, it is important to have a deep understanding of the economic and political institutions that govern, and the cultural backgrounds and values of its citizens...

Maths Personal Statement
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Biomedical Sciences Personal Statement
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Physics Personal Statement
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Criminology Personal Statement
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Geography Personal Statement
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Biomedical Science Personal Statement
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English Literature & Creative Writing Personal Statement
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Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement
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Civil & Architectural Engineering Personal Statement
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Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement
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English and Philosophy Personal Statement
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Chemistry Personal Statement (IB background)
Few aspects of life fall outside the scope of chemistry and this is what fascinates me about this dynamic and fundamental science subject. From a young age I have enjoyed and excelled in mathematics which reflects my logical and enquiring mind...

Computer Science Personal Statement
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Civil Engineering Personal Statement
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Postgraduate Linguistics Personal Statement
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Geography Personal Statement
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Medicine Personal Statement
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Medicine Foundation Year Personal Statement
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Chemistry Personal Statement
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Early Childhood Studies Personal Statement
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Environmental Engineering Personal Statement
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Geography Personal Statement
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Psychology Personal Statement
Studying psychology will be the beginning of my journey to a challenging, fascinating and gratifying career. Since I was quite young I have aspired to work in a caring role, and more recently in the area of mental health...

English Literature & Spanish Personal Statement
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Natural Science/Geology Personal Statement
The sheer intricacy of our planet is something that has always left me in utter amazement. From the creation of mountains to the way we as humans evolved. Science is a deep rooted love that has grown since I was a young child...

Physics & Maths Personal Statement
The nobility of physics together with my aspiration to explore natural phenomena mathematically and to formulate theories that govern them has changed my perception of reality and this has made me ponder difficult questions...

Politics and International Studies Personal Statement
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Law Personal Statement
Law is ever changing, whether parliament is passing new legislation, existing legislation is being rewritten or the courts are interpreting laws in different ways. In the case of Anthony Bland the distinguishing of earlier precedents was vital...

Economics Personal Statement
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Aerospace Engineering Personal Statement
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Aerospace Engineering Personal Statement
The aerospace industry is at the forefront of innovation, pushing the boundaries of technological advancement at an exponential rate. The design and manufacture of craft that can defy the limits of our world, or go beyond the decree of nature, is arguably the pinnacle of engineering in the world today...

Politics Personal Statement
In the Oxford English Dictionary, politics is merely described as the science and art of government. I disagree; it is much more than that. Politics applies to everything we do, it is innate and has been since long before any government existed...

Medicine Personal Statement
White coats, stethoscopes hung around necks and the sense of playing hero were popular amongst childhood dreams. However, unlike others around me, this dream was not lost when I realised reality paved a much tougher road- instead, it grew to become a fierce ambition...

Archaeology Personal Statement
I have always enjoyed learning about different cultures and civilisations, reflected in my enduring love of history, and more recently, archaeology. Compared to modern history, archaeology carries a sense of enigma which makes it much more stimulating for an imaginative and inquisitive mind...

Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement
These days, we are surrounded by engineering marvels. From radios to space shuttles, everything involves a vital feat of engineering. That is what I find most attractive about this field as its application is everywhere...

Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement
Having spent most of my early childhood abroad and the rest in an international school, English has become my primary language. Despite being fluent in my native language, Vietnamese, I prefer using English most of the time, especially when it comes to studying...

General Engineering Personal Statement
As I triggered the release mechanism and watched two pounds of rock hurtle skywards I thought to myself, "trebuchets are awesome!". Years passed before I realised that this was my first engineering project...

Engineering Personal Statement
When I was a child, most of the sentences I spoke out finished with a question mark, asking how everyday things work. Receiving answers to these questions and learning more about Mathematics and Physics has enlarged my desire to make human life easier and become an Engineer...

Computer Science Personal Statement
Computer Science - the most exciting insight into humanity's mission to conquer the future. It has been my favourite and most fascinating preoccupation since childhood, though back then I did not even know it...

History & International Relations Personal Statement
The study of history is a lens through which political developments can be viewed, enabling us to see how past policies between nations have sculpted western society today. The intertwinement of history and political relations was best epitomised through my discovery of historical revisionism and negationism; how the realities of history can be altered and distorted in the name of political gain...

Philosophy Personal Statement (Mature Student)
Since leaving education in 2006 I have always wanted to return; a great love of learning, desire for knowledge and natural curiosity throughout my life resulted in an ambition to teach. It was with this ambition in my heart that I took the plunge and returned to education, beginning my Access course last year with the intention of applying to study for a primary education degree...

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Personal Statement
Curiosity has always been my nature since I was young and I was never afraid to know more as I really like challenges. This is why I have a keen interest in science ever since I started formal education, it explains the hows and whys in almost anything and everything...

Philosophy Personal Statement.
The way philosophy can challenge our assumptions will never cease to astound me. I particularly remember my first lesson on Descartes, where I was asked to prove that I knew the room around me was real...

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