Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

MBChB Year 5 MED5035

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 120
  • Level: Level 5 (BDS, BVMS, MBChB)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Fifth year is clinical teaching in hospitals and general practice throughout the West of Scotland. This covers medicine and surgery including exposure to subspecialties.


Various times throughout year

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Year 4

Excluded Courses





The final MBChB written examination and the final clinical summative assessment take place at the end of Year 5 of the programme. There will be a resit diet in August.


The ILOs for Year 4 and Year 5 are similar as essentially it is the context of learning that changes from general medicine and surgery in Year 4 to the specialties in Year 5. The MBChB4 written examination will assess those outcomes students will have had the opportunity to attain by the end of Year 4.

The Final MBChB written examination at the end of Year 5 may re-visit some of the Year 4 outcomes. However, blueprinting will ensure that all outcomes are appropriately sampled at the appropriate time.


In addition there is a supervisor assessment at the end of each 5-week clinical block which students are required to pass.


During clinical blocks students are assessed on:

Clinical examination of patients.

Presentation of portfolio cases.


MED 5034 -MBChB Final examination 100% (written)

MED 5033 - Final MBChB - Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 100% (practical)


Note that students must obtain grade D3 or D for Schedule B examinations (OSCEs) or better. Students must also pass all clinical placements, complete the prescribed number of portfolio cases, satisfactorily complete a Preparation for Practice block and must be assessed as competent in resuscitation.

Main Assessment In: March

Course Aims

The fifth year of the programme aims:

■ To provide learning and teaching opportunities to ensure that students have the competencies and knowledge necessary to begin independent, effective and safe practice on graduation

■ To provide learning and teaching opportunities to ensure that students develop skills, professional and ethical values, and attitudes necessary to work as doctors

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will:

■ Be able to describe immediate care in emergency situations

■ To describe principles of acute and emergency care and demonstrate ability to apply these principles in an acute situation

■ Communicate effectively and efficiently in writing with patients, carers and colleagues in the clinical specialty healthcare teams

■ Be able to apply biomedical scientific principles of anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, pathology and pharmacology to the clinical specialties

■ Be able to apply principles of psychology, social science, population health and scientific method to the clinical specialties

■ Be able to prescribe safely and cost-effectively

■ Understand the clinical responsibilities and the role of the doctor in the context of the clinical specialties

■ Demonstrate respect for individuals, an understanding of ethics and law relating to patient care

■ Be able to reflect, learn and teach, and work in a team in the context of the clinical specialties

■ Demonstrate an understanding of how to improve healthcare for populations and individuals in the context of clinical specialties in primary, secondary and tertiary care


All ILOs are assessed at the end of each 5 or 10 week block as well as the written finals in Years 4 and 5 and the OSCE finals in Year 5.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must achieve 100% attendance.