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Queen’s University is the only university in Northern Ireland that offers Medicine. The course is an integrated course lasting five years. This means that you have exposure to the clinical environment from the very beginning alongside lectures, practicals and tutorials.
In the first two years you are taught the scientific background underlying medicine which includes an understanding of the physiological systems of the body, anatomy (via cadaveric dissections), pathology, microbiology, therapeutics, genetics, etc. This is combined with learning the foundations of clinical practice through patient interactions and clinical simulations.
From your third year, clinical placements take place in GPs and hospitals across Northern Ireland. You receive clinical teaching in all of the medical and surgical specialities and the shift to increase the focus on clinical medicine begins. You can take an optional intercalation after your second or third year which would qualify you for a BA or MA.
In the fourth and fifth years, teaching of clinical medicine expands further toinclude mental health, women’s health, children’s health, cancer, etc. You also further develop your clinical skills in communication, medical ethics, patient investigation and diagnostics, professionalism, etc.
Queen’s offer students plenty of research opportunities during their degree through summer studentships. You can take a nine week assistantship in your final year where you will have the opportunity to learn and practice some of the roles of ajunior doctor. Student also have the chance to travel abroad during an elective module in their fifth year.
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