MBChB 2nd Year MED2004

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Second year is systems based, integrating physiology, pharmacology, anatomy and other biomedical sciences and public health. This is combined with relevant clinical issues explored by problem-based learning, lectures, small group tutorials and fixed resource sessions.


Various times throughout year. The class is timetabled as three separate cohorts, although the whole year is taught together for lectures. On average, each week there are 4 lectures, one two-hour PBL session, two 3 hour laboratories and one 3 hour Vocational Skills session.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Year 1

Excluded Courses





MED 2005 - Coursework: critical analysis of a scientific paper; Family Project essay

MED 2010 - Student Selected Component (included under project work): form of assessment varies according to the component selected

MED 2006 - Written Examination: Part A at the end of Semester 1 (1 hour paper of multiple choice questions), Part B at the end of Semester 2 (Paper 1: 3 hours, modified essay questions; Paper 2: 1 hour, multiple choice questions). Candidates are required to sit all papers.  Compensation is permitted between Parts A&B.

MED 2007 - Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in 2 parts: one in the medical school and one at a hospital site (total time 1.5 - 2 hours approximately).


Note that students must obtain grade D3 or D for Schedule B examinations (OSCEs) or better in each component of the assessments: MED 2005; MED 2006, MED 2007 and MED 2010). No compensation is permitted between components, with the exception of MED 2006.

Main Assessment In: December and April/May

Course Aims

The second year of the programme aims:

■ To help students acquire and apply knowledge in biomedical sciences that underpins clinical medicine; to encourage acquisition of skills and competences that underpin clinical practice, and the values, attitudes and behaviours of medical practitioners.

■ To provide the opportunity for students to spend five weeks studying a topic of their choice to greater depth, thereby developing skills in data analysis, report writing and oral presentation as well as enhancing biomedical and clinical knowledge.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ Demonstrate their knowledge of biomedical sciences and disease mechanisms underpinning clinical medicine (assessed via MED 2006, see Section 29)

■ Apply their knowledge of body systems (from molecules to tissues) and their knowledge of social and environmental factors to health and disease (assessed via MED 2006, see Section 29)

■ Integrate knowledge from a variety of sources (library, virtual media, lectures, laboratories and PBL sessions) into a coherent understanding of a topic (assessed via MED 2006 see Section 29)

■ Use appropriate search engines to find relevant clinical and scientific literature, and to critically appraise literature (assessed via MED 2005, see Section 29)

■ Integrate communication and clinical skills, with vocational and professional skills [formatively assessed in personal and professional development domain of Vocational Studies; (assessed in OSCE - MED 2007, see Section 29)

■ Recognise the professional values, attitudes and behaviours they will be required to demonstrate as practitioners [formatively assessed in personal and professional development domain of Vocational Studies; (assessed in OSCE - MED 2007, see Section 29)

■ Apply and refine skills in small-group learning and self-directed learning begun in first year (assessed via MED 2006 and in OSCE - MED 2007, see Section 29)


Student Selected Component (included under project work): form of assessment varies according to the component selected (assessed via MED 2010, see Section 29).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must complete all components of the course and have 100% attendance.