Welcome - Croeso
So you're thinking of studying at Swansea University Medical School? This page should give you an idea of what it's like to be a student here. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
The medical school run open days to students who have received their invitation to interview, following their application and submission of GAMSAT results. You can visit the school during general UCAS open days at the university. Alternatively, get in touch with the school to find out if there are any upcoming Medical School specific open days. This will allow you to get a feel for the campus as a whole, as well as seeing the medical school and meeting this team.
Here is a link to the Singleton Park campus map, which may be helpful for your visit. Please note that medical students do not have anything timetabled on the new Bay campus.
Early Clinical Contact
One of the benefits of a Graduate Entry degree is that you have the opportunity of clinical contact much earlier than undergraduate medical degrees. Swansea is particularly good for this. This year, students had their first day in a GP surgery within 6 weeks of starting. Furthermore, once you start at Swansea, as soon as you pass the health check and give evidence of your DBS check you will be able to book LOCS.
Learning Opportunities in a Clinical Setting, or LOCS, are a great way to get into the clinical setting early, and to try out different areas of medicine. LOCS are typically 3-hour blocks spent in an area of the student's choosing. There is a catalogue of hundreds of LOCS that can be booked by students when they have a free morning or afternoon. Some examples are:
- Shadowing a junior doctor in A&E.
- Working alongside paramedics in the back of an ambulance (12 hours).
- Shadowing a maxillofacial surgeon.
- Going along to help at the Maggie's centre at Singleton (see Charities).
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic.
- Shadowing team doctor for Swansea RFC at a match.
- Many, many more across all specialties.
Instead of a modular learning curriculum, Swansea Medical School adopts a spiral learning scheme. This means that each week can be completely different to the next, but over time key themes are revisited and a strong foundation knowledge is built upon. This is beneficial as the further you get into your course, the more the spiral works and you can start linking weeks with previous topics. This also means that if you have a particular topic that you're struggling with or finding it difficult to engage with, you'll be learning something new within a week!
Swansea University Medical School: Funding
Below is a short video by the medical school explaining the funding you will be able to get when you enrol as a medical student at Swansea. For more information, please visit the Graduate Entry Medicine Funding page.