Train as a doctor at our School of Medicine in Chelmsford, and get hands-on experience of patient care in hospitals, GP surgeries and community settings in this five year medicine course.
As a medical student at ARU, you’ll have use of our cutting-edge skills laboratories and ARU Anatomy Centre. Our experienced tutors include consultants, surgeons, nurses and GPs – and they’re joined by visiting clinicians from NHS Trusts.
But you won’t just learn on campus. Placements start early and continue throughout your course. You’ll get experience in primary and acute care settings, and in specialist medical centres.
There’s a genuine need for qualified medical professionals and, as a doctor, you’ll be ready to build a bright future for yourself – and your patients.
Medicine degree - To become a doctor in the UK you need a GMC-approved Medical degree. For historical reasons different institutions give their degrees different names: you might graduate as a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with the letters MBBCh, MBChB, MBChirB, MBBS or a few other options after your name. It does not matter which you choose, they are equivalent and enable you to progress into the next stage of your training (a foundation programme then GP or specialty training). The GMC-approved degree from ARU is an MBChB.
A BA Medicine, BSc Medicine or similar-sounding degrees such as our BSc Medical Science is not a qualification to practice medicine.
This degree will prepare you for a rewarding career in the NHS as a foundation doctor and beyond.
We have an integrated modern curriculum, where you’ll be on placement in primary and secondary care from the early months of your course. You’ll be given a robust foundation in the clinical sciences combined with clinical experience, leadership, quality improvement, innovation and technology for health.
Your training for clinical experience will include placements in primary care, mental health, five acute care providers and tertiary units in Essex, such as the St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns and the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre. On campus teaching will take place in our cutting-edge, purpose-built School of Medicine, fitted out with the latest laboratory equipment and cadaveric anatomy suite.
Our curriculum is innovative, student-centred and community-based, which combined with the East of England location and its mix of urban and rural areas, offers a diverse and all-encompassing experience for medical students.
We’ll build your knowledge up gradually and revisit aspects of learning throughout the course. This allows you to form links between scientific concepts, clinical practice and professionalism to deepen your understanding.
As a new School of Medicine, our MBChB course is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s rigorous quality assurance programme.
Study an exciting curriculum and apply what you've learned in hospitals and primary care settings.
Explore the structure and function of the human body in our state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory.
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As a medical student at ARU, you’ll be based in our £20m School of Medicine, which opened its doors in 2018. It features:
Nothing beats real-world experience and, by studying Medicine, you’ll benefit from:
As a new School of Medicine, our MBChB course is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s (GMC) rigorous quality assurance programme.
Deputy Head, School of Medicine
Senior Lecturer/Course Leader
Head of School of Medicine
Senior Lecturer in Child and Family Health
GP Lead, School of Medicine
Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology
Senior Lecturer in Physiology and Admissions Tutor, School of Medicine
Cardiovascular System Block Lead
Gastrointestinal System Block Lead, School of Medicine
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy
Respiratory System Block Lead
Senior Lecturer, General Practitioner, EDI Lead
Dermatology Block Lead
Senior Lecturer-Practitioner in Clinical Skills & Simulation
Lecturer in Anatomy and Anatomy Theme Lead, School of Medicine
Training as a doctor opens up a range of career paths, with opportunities to undertake further training and specialise in an area of medicine that’s of real interest to you.
When you graduate with your MBChB degree you’ll be able to apply for the two-year Foundation Training programme. During this programme you combine work experience with further training – essentially it’s your first paid job as a doctor.
Having studied with us you’ll be in a good position to apply to the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH) Foundation School.
Once you complete foundation training, you can choose to work as a doctor, or to apply for further study in a particular medical specialism. There are around 60 specialisms you could follow, with options including GP training, surgery, paediatrics, emergency medicine and pathology.
With an ageing population and a shortage of GPs and healthcare professionals, career opportunities abound in Essex. As a qualified doctor here, you will find that you have a genuine opportunity to change people’s lives.
“The Medical School houses all the facilities we could possibly want to become successful, well-rounded doctors. I feel lucky to be learning in such a modern and welcoming environment.”
MBChB Medicine studentFaye's university journey
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You’ll spend time on placement throughout your course. It's a great chance to get hands-on experience in hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare settings.Your guide to placements
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