Edinburgh Medical School

What you will study

The HCP-Med programme simply explained.

Students at the clinical centre

The HCP-Med degree programme is designed to prepare you for the contemporary challenges of medical practice.  The programme mirrors the main MBChB programme but with a greater emphasis on community-based learning.  HCP-Med is a new programme, and some details may change before the first students are enrolled. 

Online learning will involve pre-recorded lectures, live tutorials, podcasts and discussion forums.  You will learn collaboratively with your healthcare professional peers who will have complementary knowledge and skills.

Years 1 to 3 of the programme are part-time, while you remain part-time in your current employment. Three weeks of each year are full-time in Edinburgh.

Upon graduation, you will have learnt the values, behaviour, professional skills and knowledge required for a newly-qualified doctor.  These outcomes meet the standards of good medical practice outlined in the General Medical Council’s  Outcomes for Graduates, 2018.


Years 1 and 2

In your first two years, you will study clinical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, as well as social and ethical aspects of medicine. You will learn practical clinical skills such as resuscitation and interviewing patients, developing your clinical reasoning and decision-making skills.

Our ‘Knowledge to Clinical Practice’ course will ensure linkage between clinical sciences and clinical practice.

In your general practice (GP) attachment (up to four hours each week), you will learn history-taking and examination and gain an understanding of how GPs assess and manage patients.  Teaching will highlight multiple morbidity and emphasise the importance of patient-centred medicine and continuity of care.


Year 3

In Year 3, local clinical attachments will occupy up to two days each week.  You will study core specialities  such as respiratory medicine and cardiology.  Online teaching will be reinforced using case-based learning in clinical attachments.


Years 4 and 5

You will join current undergraduate MBChB students full-time for the final two years of study. 

Please note: the standard undergraduate Edinburgh MBChB is six years, as students undertake a BSc year in addition to five years of medical studies. These years are therefore known as years 5 and 6 of the MBChB.


Related links

The standard MBChB programme

Outcomes for graduates - General Medical Council