Date of entry

September 2022


We use a range of teaching methods as we know that not everyone learns in the same way, and we know from experience that certain subjects are better taught in a particular way. We'll help you to get the most out of your studies through our varied, engaging, and challenging curriculum.


You'll learn via:

  • traditional lectures
  • problem-based lectures - where you'll explore a specific problem
  • case-based lectures - where you'll look into cases related to the topic you're learning about
  • team-based lectures - where you'll work in teams throughout the class


You'll be taught about human anatomy through hands-on full-body dissection sessions using Thiel-embalmed cadavers. These cadavers retain flexible, realistic tissue and full joint mobility – qualities which are lost in traditionally-embalmed cadavers.

This will help you understand human anatomy through true-to-life placement of body systems and tissue. You'll also develop practical skills such as scalpel handling and suturing (using medical implements to stitch tissue together).

Simulation-based learning

You'll use our Clinical Skills Centre with its purpose-built replica ward to learn your clinical skills. Here, you'll interact with real and simulated patients to practice what you'd do in real-life scenarios.

As well as building your practical skills, this immersive experience will help build your knowledge, confidence, people skills, and resilience – all important characteristics for medical professionals.

We also have a Surgical Skills Centre where you'll learn the hands-on skills required for surgery and gain an understanding of surgical procedures.

Ward-based placements

As we're based on-site at Ninewells, an NHS teaching hospital, there are many opportunities to gain experience on a real working ward. You'll spend time shadowing doctors, assessing patients, and contributing to the overall ward team.

Many of our lecturers are clinicians at Ninewells, so if you have a specific interest in an area of medicine, it's often possible to arrange your own ward experiences by speaking to a relevant clinician.

Clinical placements

In your clinical years, you'll have longer-term placements where you'll be embedded in a clinical setting for a number of weeks. These placements are designed to give you broader experience in a range of clinical areas and may take place away from Dundee. There are also many placements based in General Practice for short periods in early years and longer blocks later.

Dundee Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (DLIC)

This is an optional opportunity to work in a parallel curriculum during Level 4 and spend a year working in an NHS medical practice in one of our partner healthboards. You'll learn from real-life experiences and will follow specific patients to hospital and experience their entire patient journey. You'll need to reflect on your personal experience as you'll have to ensure you gain the right exposure to all parts of medicine during this year.

Digital resources

We have a huge library of digital resources including animations, graphics, and notes to help supplement your learning. We employ an in-house medical artist to ensure these are of the highest quality and many students also contribute to these resources.


You'll be assessed in a range of ways during this course. Some assessments will take place throughout the course, your portfolio for example, and others will be exams that you'll do at the end of a year.

The assessments will take the form of:

  • essays
  • case discussions
  • self-directed research
  • online exams – usually multiple choice
  • anatomy spot tests

Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs)

These exams will test your clinical capabilities through a series of scenarios where you'll be faced with a problem in our simulated ward and assessed on how you deal with this.

You will either be given instructions to perform a clinical task or respond to an actor pretending to have symptoms. These assessments are a great way to show your knowledge and practical skills as well as demonstrate you can stay calm and make good decisions under pressure.

Professional portfolio

This is a part of the formal assessment in each year of the programme. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on your progress and ensure the development of core skills alongside aspects of professional practice.

Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) 

It is expected that from 2024 onwards that all doctors practicing in the UK will need to pass the MLA which is formed of two parts: an applied knowledge test and a professional skills assessment. You'll undertake this assessment so that by the time you graduate, you are able to be licensed to practice as a doctor.

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