The clinical component of the curriculum is designed to equip students for a lifetime of medical practice in a changing world with emphasis on the acquisition of clinical skills by direct patient contact. At the start of the programme, students follow the Standard Course Year 4 (Core Clinical Practice) curriculum. Following Student Selected Component (SSC), most likely spent largely in the prospective PhD laboratory, and subject to satisfactory progress and performance in Final MB Part I, this is followed by a three-year period of full-time research combined with one hour per week of clinical education. It concludes with students rejoining the clinical course to complete their studies.
During the research component, students are based mainly in the laboratory or department of their choice at the Biomedical Campus, at one of the University sites in central Cambridge, or in a University affiliated institute.
The information given here on the clinical component of the MBPhD course, refers to the new clinical teaching programme due to commence for incoming clinical (Year 4) students in September 2015. The programme is three years in duration, each with its own focus:
Year 4: Core Clinical Practice (CCP)
(PhD – 3 years)
Year 5: Specialist Clinical Practice (SCP)
Year 6: Applied Clinical Practice (ACP)
The overall emphasis of the course remains unchanged – students will build on the scientific foundation of the first three years of study in Cambridge with the development of excellent clinical, communication and professional skills required for Good Medical Practice. By studying in the research-rich environment of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, students will be encouraged to pursue areas of their own interest in a series of clinical and research-based student selected components.
More information on the new clinical teaching programme can be found on the Standard Course website.