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Start your journey to a world-class medical degree and gain a global perspective on medicine.

Thanks to an international partnership with St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine (SGU), we are proud to provide the opportunity for you to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and complete up to two years of your degree here at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

The Five Year Doctor of Medicine programme (MD5) is suitable for students who have completed their High School education with strong performance in science subjects. On this programme you will study for two years in Newcastle. Your first year of study with focus on pre-clinical studies followed by a second year of basic sciences.  After two years you will progress to the second year of basic sciences training at the SGU True Blue campus in Grenada. Upon completion of the second year of basic sciences students who satisfy the necessary requirements will be granted a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) award from Northumbria University. You will then have the option of completing up to two years of clinical rotations in the USA or UK subject to local visa policies and restrictions in each location.  The Doctor of Medicine (MD) award will be granted upon successful completion of the programme. 

The SGU/NU International Medical Pathway has been designed to develop knowledge, clinical skills, and research interests while giving you the opportunity to experience a multitude of healthcare systems and enable you to practice medicine across all specialties with a global perspective. The programmes offered in Newcastle are equivalent to those delivered in Grenada but give students the opportunity to study in and experience a different healthcare environment.

As an established world leader in medical education for more than forty years, St. George’s University has contributed over 17,000 physicians to the global physician workforce with students, graduates and faculty from over 140 countries.

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at SGU opens doors for a medical career on an international scale, having been accredited and/or approved by many external regulatory and accrediting bodies. The accreditation standards that have been used to accredit the SGU medical degree programme have been deemed comparable to those used by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the organisation that accredits US and Canadian medical schools.

Can students from UK Foundation programmes join SGU programmes?

Students who have completed a UK Foundation programme may be eligible to join the Five Year Doctor of Medicine programme (MD5) where their Foundation programme has a sufficient level of science and students are able to demonstrate academic progression (i.e. their Foundation programme is at a lower academic level than the SGU programme they want to study). However, international students on a tier 4 visa can only spend two years in the UK studying programmes below degree level. Time spent on the Foundation programme will count towards the overall visa time limit. Students who join MD5 from a UK Foundation programme would generally only be able to study for one year in Newcastle before progressing to the SGU True Blue campus in Grenada to complete their studies.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted online through the SGU website. Applications can also be submitted via the Apply Now button on each SGU course page. Once you have submitted your application representatives from SGU will be in touch to advise on the next stage of the process. If you have any questions about your SGU application, please contact the SGU at admission@sgu.edu.

Entry Requirements

Please visit the SGU entry requirements page for further information. Please note that the SGU Faculty Student Selection Committee will consider the whole of each applicant’s background – academic, personal development, extracurricular activities, social commitment – when making determinations for suitability for admission. If you have any questions about SGU entry requirements, please contact the SGU at admission@sgu.edu.

Fees & Scholarships

Fees for SGU programmes are different to those for standard Northumbria University courses. Please visit our SGU Fees and Scholarships page for further information. SGU also offer a range of scholarships options. If you have any questions about SGU fees or scholarships please contact SGU at admission@sgu.edu.

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
5 Year Programme

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Module Information

You will learn through lectures, laboratory classes, early patient contact and small group work. These class activities will enable you to critically appraise the disciplines that encompass both the science and art of medicine.

In 2018, St. George's University's US and Canadian students achieved a 96% first-time pass rate on the USMLE step 1.

Some classes are facilitated by junior doctors, with groups of 6-8 students to 1 doctor. This ensures you are provided with expert one-to-one tuition throughout your studies. Classes will be clinically focussed, and based on clinical cases, practice examinations and real medical history.

Due to the ever developing nature of medicine, our modern teaching is evidence based. Staff on the SGU-UK programme are consistently are the forefront of cutting-edge medical practice, and therefore ensure our teaching is constantly evolving alongside new treatment methods and diagnostics.

Students in the 5-year program will spend 1 year in preclinical, 1 year in basic sciences and may do 6 months of clinical rotations in the UK. Students in the 4 year program will spend 1 year in basic sciences and up to one year in the UK. Clinical rotations may not be done in the UK for the last six months of year four/five.

You will be based at our City Campus in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The University has invested more than £250 million in its estate over the last decade and our campus is continuously evolving to create an environment where you can shape your future.

All students enrolled on the programme will live together at the Trinity Square accommodation in Gateshead.  A twenty-minute walk or quick Metro ride from our City Campus.

St. George’s University’s network of over 16,000 School of Medicine graduates have practiced in all 50 US States and more than 50 countries around the world.

St George’s campus in Grenada is located on the South-West tip of the island in the Caribbean True Blue Campus. The campus is always expanding to keep up with the latest technologies and to provide students with the best learning environment.

Upon successful completion of the SGU-UK programme here at Northumbria, you will be prepared to continue your studies at St George’s University Grenada. Beyond your time in Newcastle, you will be exposed to a variety of experiences working within different healthcare systems, which will enable you to practice medicine across all specialities with a global perspective.

SGU is the #1 international provider of physicians practicing in the US—more than any other non-US medical school in the world.*

Students of St George’s University who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2018 achieved a 96% pass rate, including a 96% pass rate for students from the United States and Canada. More than 1,200 SGU students taking the exam for the first time hailed from 49 countries over 5 continents.

*Data as of March 2019 (http://www.usmle.org/performance-data)

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: TBC

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

Scholarships and Discounts

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Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0421 -

Biochemistry (Core,9 Credits)

You will learn about the structure and function of biological molecules, the biochemical pathways of intermediary metabolism,
the functional significance of biochemical processes as well as their regulation in normal and aberrant states. In addition, you will be encouraged to
integrate the biochemical information covered by this module into a medically relevant context with an emphasis on organ-specific aspects of biochemistry,
the clinical significance of the concepts delivered and the regulatory mechanisms governing intermediary metabolism.

More information

AP0427 -

Learning Strategies for Pre-Professional Programs (Core,2 Credits)

This module is designed to assist you in developing the cognitive and metacognitive skills required to aid you in your development as a self-regulated and directed medical student. Through highly participatory and critically reflective course activities you will develop the ability to examine and interpret your experiences as a student studying the medical sciences and your cognitive skills. You will be exposed to the fundamentals of creating a personalized and effective time management schedule. You will also identify underutilized learning strategies, formulating various learning approaches to enhance your retention of knowledge and long-term memory. Also important is the development of your ability to assess different memorization strategies along with different reading and note-taking strategies, the creation of effective study groups, designing activities for an effective small group session, combining different MCQ test-taking approaches, identifying types of test-taking errors, and appraising personal academic attitudes and mental habits. You will also become more competent in observing how stress, fear and anxiety affects the learning process. You will continuously improve your competence in formulating and revising a study plan to enhance long-term memory/retention throughout the course of this module and you will learn how to synthesize active learning strategies and higher order reasoning skills to develop effective learning tools for problematic module content in the medical sciences.

More information

AP0428 -

Molecular Biology (Core,9 Credits)

This module is divided into four blocks. In the first block you will be introduced to the concept of the central dogma of Molecular Biology with the aid of lectures on DNA structure and function, DNA replication, Transcription, RNA Processing and Translation. This is followed by a second block in which you will learn about Gene Regulation. The knowledge gained from the first block are vital for your understanding of this second block which will entail discussions on Prokaryotic gene Expression as well as Eukaryotic Gene Expression, and Translational Regulation. You will also learn about the mechanisms of Antisense, siRNA and micro RNA in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology with the aid of lectures on Restriction Endonucleases and Plasmid DNA manipulation, Cloning, Screening and making Genomic Libraries. You will also learn about the importance and techniques of PCR, Reverse Transcriptase and Real Time PCR and how these can be applied in evaluating DNA and RNA molecules in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about the Omics as emerging/ developing field of Molecular Biology. In this third block, understanding of Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology is assumed. The third block will be tackled with lectures on Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. The Molecular principles and mechanisms of manipulating plants and animals to make transgenic plants and transgenic animals respectively, will also be discussed in the third block as an extension of DNA Biotechnology which was discussed in block two. In the fourth and final block of this module, you will apply the knowledge you have gained in the first three modules towards understanding the molecular basis and molecular mechanisms of disease and how diseases may be treated or cured at the molecular level. In this fourth block you will have lectures on topics like Gene therapy, Molecular Medicine and Forensics, Cell Cycle Regulation and Cancer, Mechanism of Stem cell Self-Renewal and Cancer, and Apoptosis.

More information

AP0430 -

Human Anatomy (Core,15 Credits)

AP0430 is a module that presents a systematic approach to the study of the human body. The module has been developed to provide you with a basic foundation in the anatomical sciences. The anatomical sciences include human gross anatomy, developmental anatomy, histology and cell biology. AP0430 begins with an introduction to anatomical terminology and imaging, cellular organization and the basic tissues. The module continues with an extensive study of the major systems of the human body: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, Male & Female Reproductive Systems, Nervous System and Endocrine System. The course is composed of lecture, laboratory, small group and online activities

More information

AP0433 -

Physiology (Core,11 Credits)

Human Physiology provides the fundamental basis for understanding how the human body functions normally. You will be introduced firstly to the cellular and molecular concepts. As the module progresses, you will be encouraged to critically integrate these essential element with the human organ systems. The module is designed to be delivered across four consecutive blocks. In Block 1 (CTP) Cell and Tissue Physiology, you will be introduced to Homeostasis, Excitable tissue, & Intro to Nervous System. Block 2 (S1) is the first systems based module in which you will explore neurophysiology, the autonomic, nervous and cardiovascular systems. In Block 3 students will learn about the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. Finally, in Block 4 you will learn about the Renal and Endocrine Systems. Whilst studying the normal physiological mechanisms, students are encouraged to think about what happens when things go wrong in diseased states.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry or research, then this module provides a solid foundation. You will also be exposed to a large amount of clinical correlates, which are integrated in the lectures, clinical tutorials, online simulations, assessments and final research project.

More information

AP0435 -

Introductory Biochemistry (Core,17 Credits)

This module will provide you with an important and invaluable introduction to the structure and function of the principal molecular components of living systems, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. In addition, you will learn about the actions and properties of enzymes. The first part of the module will provide you with a foundation for this by explaining relevant chemical concepts, which underpin chemistry in biological systems, including atomic structure, chemical bonding and the nature of molecular interactions. Then we will consider several carbon containing compounds that are present in biological systems and their chemical and physical properties. Following this, an investigation will be conducted into the structure, nomenclature, functions and significance of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. The role of proteins as enzymes will also be investigated to provide a foundation for the study of biochemistry in successive years.

More information

AP0436 -

Introduction To Cell Biology (Core,17 Credits)

You will learn about basics of the diversity of life and the unifying cell theory including, DNA as the universal information store and the central dogma of molecular biology as the unifying mechanism in all life. You will learn the structure and function of cells and the organelles they contain along with their life cycle, division, self-replication and eventual death.

You will learn the basic principles of heredity, including molecular, classical, human and microbial genetics. You will learn the structure, function, regulation of genes and genomes. You will also learn the fundamentals of applied genetics including an introduction to clinical genetics and the identification of genetic mutations and polymorphisms and their influence on disease processes.

Underpinning these theoretical concepts and principles covered in the lecture course you will be trained in basic techniques of handling DNA in the laboratory.

More information

AP0437 -

Practical Skills for Health Sciences (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn the primary skills required to be a student of a science degree. These skills will cover both laboratory based and data/information retrieval and handling. As part of the laboratory skills, you will study the importance of health & safety, ethics and appropriate sample handling. You will then move into the laboratory where hands on sessions offer you an opportunity to develop key skills in areas of liquid handling, microscopy, buffers, making solutions and dilutions, and enzymatic analysis. You will use your generated laboratory data to then study and understand appropriate methods of data manipulation and presentation. You will also on this module gain experience and confidence in searching for, understanding of and appreciation of scientific literature.

More information

AP0438 -

Health Science Communication (Core,7 Credits)

Health Science Communication is a module that develops professional skills in reading, understanding, and evaluation of research within a One Health: One Medicine framework. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical analysis of research, determining whether arguments are sound and valid. To enable you to support your professional decisions, claims, and arguments, you will learn foundational skills for analysis such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing published work with appropriate documentation. You will build upon and develop these skills through short written assignments and quizzes, and apply these skills to writing a credibility analysis essay. Finally, you will learn how to develop a research paper from topic development all the way to the final draft to help you effectively synthesize research to support your arguments.

More information

PY0422 -

Introduction to Psychopathology (Core,9 Credits)

In the module Introduction to Psychopathology (PY0422) you will learn about mental illness. In the first block of teaching, you will be exposed to psychological and biological theories of behavior and their corresponding treatment derivatives. At the end of the first block and through the remaining teaching blocks, you will learn the major psychiatric disorders as defined in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). You will learn the salient diagnostic features of the mental disorders along with the theories of the etiology of mental illness, and the neurobiological correlates of abnormal behavior. You will also learn major psychotherapeutic and biological treatment options available to treat mental illness. Alongside these aspects you will also become conversant in ethical and legal issues particularly relevant to mental illness.

More information

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AP0421 -

Biochemistry (Core,9 Credits)

You will learn about the structure and function of biological molecules, the biochemical pathways of intermediary metabolism,
the functional significance of biochemical processes as well as their regulation in normal and aberrant states. In addition, you will be encouraged to
integrate the biochemical information covered by this module into a medically relevant context with an emphasis on organ-specific aspects of biochemistry,
the clinical significance of the concepts delivered and the regulatory mechanisms governing intermediary metabolism.

More information

AP0427 -

Learning Strategies for Pre-Professional Programs (Core,2 Credits)

This module is designed to assist you in developing the cognitive and metacognitive skills required to aid you in your development as a self-regulated and directed medical student. Through highly participatory and critically reflective course activities you will develop the ability to examine and interpret your experiences as a student studying the medical sciences and your cognitive skills. You will be exposed to the fundamentals of creating a personalized and effective time management schedule. You will also identify underutilized learning strategies, formulating various learning approaches to enhance your retention of knowledge and long-term memory. Also important is the development of your ability to assess different memorization strategies along with different reading and note-taking strategies, the creation of effective study groups, designing activities for an effective small group session, combining different MCQ test-taking approaches, identifying types of test-taking errors, and appraising personal academic attitudes and mental habits. You will also become more competent in observing how stress, fear and anxiety affects the learning process. You will continuously improve your competence in formulating and revising a study plan to enhance long-term memory/retention throughout the course of this module and you will learn how to synthesize active learning strategies and higher order reasoning skills to develop effective learning tools for problematic module content in the medical sciences.

More information

AP0428 -

Molecular Biology (Core,9 Credits)

This module is divided into four blocks. In the first block you will be introduced to the concept of the central dogma of Molecular Biology with the aid of lectures on DNA structure and function, DNA replication, Transcription, RNA Processing and Translation. This is followed by a second block in which you will learn about Gene Regulation. The knowledge gained from the first block are vital for your understanding of this second block which will entail discussions on Prokaryotic gene Expression as well as Eukaryotic Gene Expression, and Translational Regulation. You will also learn about the mechanisms of Antisense, siRNA and micro RNA in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology with the aid of lectures on Restriction Endonucleases and Plasmid DNA manipulation, Cloning, Screening and making Genomic Libraries. You will also learn about the importance and techniques of PCR, Reverse Transcriptase and Real Time PCR and how these can be applied in evaluating DNA and RNA molecules in the second block. In the third block of this module, you will learn about the Omics as emerging/ developing field of Molecular Biology. In this third block, understanding of Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology is assumed. The third block will be tackled with lectures on Genomics, Transcriptomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics. The Molecular principles and mechanisms of manipulating plants and animals to make transgenic plants and transgenic animals respectively, will also be discussed in the third block as an extension of DNA Biotechnology which was discussed in block two. In the fourth and final block of this module, you will apply the knowledge you have gained in the first three modules towards understanding the molecular basis and molecular mechanisms of disease and how diseases may be treated or cured at the molecular level. In this fourth block you will have lectures on topics like Gene therapy, Molecular Medicine and Forensics, Cell Cycle Regulation and Cancer, Mechanism of Stem cell Self-Renewal and Cancer, and Apoptosis.

More information

AP0430 -

Human Anatomy (Core,15 Credits)

AP0430 is a module that presents a systematic approach to the study of the human body. The module has been developed to provide you with a basic foundation in the anatomical sciences. The anatomical sciences include human gross anatomy, developmental anatomy, histology and cell biology. AP0430 begins with an introduction to anatomical terminology and imaging, cellular organization and the basic tissues. The module continues with an extensive study of the major systems of the human body: Integumentary System, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, Male & Female Reproductive Systems, Nervous System and Endocrine System. The course is composed of lecture, laboratory, small group and online activities

More information

AP0433 -

Physiology (Core,11 Credits)

Human Physiology provides the fundamental basis for understanding how the human body functions normally. You will be introduced firstly to the cellular and molecular concepts. As the module progresses, you will be encouraged to critically integrate these essential element with the human organ systems. The module is designed to be delivered across four consecutive blocks. In Block 1 (CTP) Cell and Tissue Physiology, you will be introduced to Homeostasis, Excitable tissue, & Intro to Nervous System. Block 2 (S1) is the first systems based module in which you will explore neurophysiology, the autonomic, nervous and cardiovascular systems. In Block 3 students will learn about the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. Finally, in Block 4 you will learn about the Renal and Endocrine Systems. Whilst studying the normal physiological mechanisms, students are encouraged to think about what happens when things go wrong in diseased states.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry or research, then this module provides a solid foundation. You will also be exposed to a large amount of clinical correlates, which are integrated in the lectures, clinical tutorials, online simulations, assessments and final research project.

More information

AP0435 -

Introductory Biochemistry (Core,17 Credits)

This module will provide you with an important and invaluable introduction to the structure and function of the principal molecular components of living systems, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. In addition, you will learn about the actions and properties of enzymes. The first part of the module will provide you with a foundation for this by explaining relevant chemical concepts, which underpin chemistry in biological systems, including atomic structure, chemical bonding and the nature of molecular interactions. Then we will consider several carbon containing compounds that are present in biological systems and their chemical and physical properties. Following this, an investigation will be conducted into the structure, nomenclature, functions and significance of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. The role of proteins as enzymes will also be investigated to provide a foundation for the study of biochemistry in successive years.

More information

AP0436 -

Introduction To Cell Biology (Core,17 Credits)

You will learn about basics of the diversity of life and the unifying cell theory including, DNA as the universal information store and the central dogma of molecular biology as the unifying mechanism in all life. You will learn the structure and function of cells and the organelles they contain along with their life cycle, division, self-replication and eventual death.

You will learn the basic principles of heredity, including molecular, classical, human and microbial genetics. You will learn the structure, function, regulation of genes and genomes. You will also learn the fundamentals of applied genetics including an introduction to clinical genetics and the identification of genetic mutations and polymorphisms and their influence on disease processes.

Underpinning these theoretical concepts and principles covered in the lecture course you will be trained in basic techniques of handling DNA in the laboratory.

More information

AP0437 -

Practical Skills for Health Sciences (Core,20 Credits)

On this module, you will learn the primary skills required to be a student of a science degree. These skills will cover both laboratory based and data/information retrieval and handling. As part of the laboratory skills, you will study the importance of health & safety, ethics and appropriate sample handling. You will then move into the laboratory where hands on sessions offer you an opportunity to develop key skills in areas of liquid handling, microscopy, buffers, making solutions and dilutions, and enzymatic analysis. You will use your generated laboratory data to then study and understand appropriate methods of data manipulation and presentation. You will also on this module gain experience and confidence in searching for, understanding of and appreciation of scientific literature.

More information

AP0438 -

Health Science Communication (Core,7 Credits)

Health Science Communication is a module that develops professional skills in reading, understanding, and evaluation of research within a One Health: One Medicine framework. This module is designed to help you develop skills in critical analysis of research, determining whether arguments are sound and valid. To enable you to support your professional decisions, claims, and arguments, you will learn foundational skills for analysis such as summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing published work with appropriate documentation. You will build upon and develop these skills through short written assignments and quizzes, and apply these skills to writing a credibility analysis essay. Finally, you will learn how to develop a research paper from topic development all the way to the final draft to help you effectively synthesize research to support your arguments.

More information

PY0422 -

Introduction to Psychopathology (Core,9 Credits)

In the module Introduction to Psychopathology (PY0422) you will learn about mental illness. In the first block of teaching, you will be exposed to psychological and biological theories of behavior and their corresponding treatment derivatives. At the end of the first block and through the remaining teaching blocks, you will learn the major psychiatric disorders as defined in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). You will learn the salient diagnostic features of the mental disorders along with the theories of the etiology of mental illness, and the neurobiological correlates of abnormal behavior. You will also learn major psychotherapeutic and biological treatment options available to treat mental illness. Alongside these aspects you will also become conversant in ethical and legal issues particularly relevant to mental illness.

More information

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