A flexible curriculum
If you want to be stretched further and tailor your studies to your own interests, we have many opportunities for you to take.
Student selected components (SSC)
In all years of the MBBCh programme there are opportunities for you to explore in-depth areas of medicine which are of interest to you.
You choose your speciality, location and tutor and you will work with the tutor to design the project, meaning that you will be undertaking study tailored to you. Your projects can be undertaken anywhere in Wales and, in your year five elective module, can take place almost anywhere in the world.*
Student selected components can include any activity as long as there is a medical element to it. So, whilst many students choose hospital based projects, others have worked with homeless societies to see how common illnesses are managed, at military bases to immerse themselves in services healthcare and some even create e-learning modules to be used by students around the world.
European exchange programme
The European exchange programme has been in place for over twenty years. In year 4 (as part of the Women, Child and Family block) we can offer you the chance to study abroad at a European partner institution.*
To date, over three million students from across Europe have participated in the scheme.
These placements are meant to provide you with a rich and stimulating learning environment and we visit our partner institutions periodically to make sure that they do.
Each year approximately 100 medical students get the chance to spend an additional intercalating year between years three and four or years four and five, studying in a programme of international academic standard.
An intercalated degree will take you much deeper into a particular area of medicine, and will earn you a BSc.
* Please note: placements outside of Cardiff may incur additional costs. Programme fee details are available on our website but additional costs vary from student to student. As an example, if you are a medical student, your year five elective could be spent in Cardiff or you could choose to do it in India. We can’t predict how much extra you will need to budget because some of what you study is your own personal choice.