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Ulster University have newly instituted a medical school in Northern Ireland. The university, with its already well-established foundation in Health Sciences, hopes to respond to the growing demand for medical professionals that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new course is presently only accepting postgraduate students only with a 2.1 and is due to begin for the 2021/22 academic year.
The medical course is a four-year integrated programme with clinical exposure taking place throughout the course which includes altogether 83 weeks of placements in GPs, hospitals and other healthcare institutions across Northern Ireland.
Entry requires applicants to have at least a 2:1 Honours Degree or a Masters qualification (in any subject). Applicants must also sit the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) and score above the cut-off mark.
The tuition fee is £4,530 for NI/ROI students, £9,250 for GB students and £37,000 for international students. The university also offers Medical Education Scholarships for eligible students.
Ulster university is partnered with St George’s, University of London medical school, who have decades of experience in medical education, and the two universities are working side-by-side to bring the level of education delivered at Ulster to the highest standard.
The programme aims to take a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to teaching with a focus on the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork and integrated healthcare. The course offers students experience in a multitude of specialities including paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, palliative care, surgery, psychiatry and much more. The programme also offers students the opportunity to undertake Student-Selected Components (SSCs) to expand their learning into wider areas of Medicine.