Queen’s is an exciting place to study medicine. Belfast is a vibrant city and boasts four major teaching hospitals all centrally located. In addition, our students study at a number of hospitals and general practices throughout Northern Ireland from first year onwards.
There are close bonds between the medical school and the Northern Ireland community and patients take an active interest in medical education through our ‘Patients as Partners’ programme.
As well as early clinical contact with patients there is a dedicated Clinical Skills Education Centre. It provides both clinical skills training, revision and assessment and is used extensively by students. In addition, the School is developing a state of the art simulation centre.
We place a strong emphasis on bedside teaching and clinical skills and underpin this with learning materials delivered using the latest technologies.
During your early years you have several opportunities to explore areas of personal interest through Student Selected Components. Examples of these modules include Sign Language, Arts in Medicine, Medics in Primary School, Medical ethics, Physical activity and languages.
Opportunities are provided to study for an Intercalated degree during your medical training which allows you the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest in much greater depth. This extra research focussed year will lead to either a BSc or MRes qualification.
At the end of year four you undertake an Overseas Elective. This gives you the opportunity to travel abroad to work in a medical environment. Destinations include Australia, India, USA, Africa and Indonesia.
There are several medical based societies, including BMSA, Scrubs, Medsin and SWOT. In addition, Queen’s has over 100 clubs and societies run by students, offering the opportunity to participate in a wide variety sports and activities.
Notable graduates of Queen’s medical school include Professor Frank Pantridge, dubbed the 'father of emergency medicine' and inventor of the portable defibrillator, and Dr Jack Kyle, former Irish International rugby player.