Unlike the rest of the curriculum, Student Selected Components (SSC's) offer students the chance to choose what they study. They also allow us the opportunity to drive innovation across the curriculum. Some of the SSC's on offer are designed as an extension to material in the 'core' course whilst others allow wider study to broaden overall perspective as a doctor. Although the SSC outcomes mapped to 'Tomorrow's Doctors' (2009) are covered in other areas of the curriculum, SSC's provide an additional learning environment to nurture these broader skills required to graduate as a medical professional. A list of subject areas is provided below, with a brief introduction. More information on the rationale and selection process is given in the Handbook, along with more details of each SSC. Each SSC is assessed separately and must be passed in order to progress, and assessment criteria are also described in the Handbook.

To view the complete mapping of the MB ChB curriculum towards 'Outcome for Graduates' (2015) outcomes use the MB ChB Learning Outcomes Matrix.

This SSC aims to allow students to demonstrate intellectual development through exploring a subject of their choice in depth. It will also allow development of skills in presentation, particularly post presentation.

Please use the form below to rank the taught SSCs that you wish to study in order of preference with 1 being your first choice and 7 your least preferred choice.

The aim of this SSC is to provide the students an opportunity to study, in depth, selected areas of human anatomy particular reference to modern imaging technologies and common disease presentations. It will begin with microanatomy, with practical experience in preparation of histological specimens and the use of relevant techniques in microscopy. Students will pick an anatomical feature to study in more detail to develop their understanding of the basis of surgical and other procedures used to treat common disorders. 

At the end of the Drug Discovery SSC students will be able to describe the drug discovery process from concept to market, and understand the scientific principles for each component underlying this process. They will also develop skills in electronic communication and information retrieval and be able to survey and analyse scientific literature and be able to use other open access resources to model aspects key to drug discovery such as pharmacokinetics and drug safety. This will be achieved by studying three drug classes where there is abundant data in all relevant databases; thrombin inhibitors, renin inhibitors and anti-biotic resistance.

The Medical School is able to offer a limited number of projects to students who wish to gain practical experience in laboratory methods, including (but not limited to) histology, microscopy, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular techniques. A list of projects and supervisors will be made available, and supervisors will provide mentorship for the duration of the project.