The 3-year Bachelor’s course is divided into six terms. The first is devoted to training in the various fields of fundamental sciences, providing essential knowledge for many courses at Bachelor and Master level. During the second, third and fourth terms, the course focuses on medical knowledge with regard to healthy human beings. During term 5, students will be taught the basic concepts of malfunctions of the body, as well as their implications. Finally, during the sixth and last term of the Bachelor's course, students will learn about diseases and treatments.
Term 1: Since the duration of the course in Medicine has decreased to 6 years, the overall learning of fundamental sciences is concentrated in the first term (except for Descriptive Statistics). Biology, Chemistry and Physics are the three subject areas which form the key skills necessary for the remainder of the course. Mathematical concepts useful for the understanding of the phenomena studied in these subjects is part of the programme for this first term.
Terms 2, 3 and 4: Most of this period is devoted to the course "Normal States in Human Beings", learning about molecules (biochemistry, immunology, genetics), tissue (histology) of the individual (physiology, neurophysiology), structure (anatomy, embryology) and functioning (psychology).
Term 5 focuses on pathological states in their different aspects: molecular (molecular biology of cancer, pathological biochemistry), tissue (pathological anatomy), functional (physiopathology, neurophysiopathology) and clinical (semiotics). Formerly taught at PhD level, diseases and their treatments, particularly cardio-circulatory and respiratory conditions, are now addressed in the Master's programme.
In terms 2 to 6, Some of the lessons aim to develop professional and human competencies. In the first year of the Bachelor's, students take an integration course on subjects applied to biomedical issues, allowing them to better understand the required transferable skills for their learning and subsequent use. Consequently, students will be used to using their critical sense and scientific knowledge during the basic theoretical courses in medical applications (medical reasoning, clinical epidemiology). Relational aspects are very important for future professions and are not overlooked. They are developed theoretically in the psychology course, but learning in this area is enhanced by group work and presentations spread over three years. An introductory medical placement in a hospital also allows students to perceive the different facets of a patient-carer relationship.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Students perfectly master the the knowledge acquired from the course "Normal States in Human Beings" as well as what determines organ failure. Students will address the mechanisms involved in certain pathologies.
Students who achieve the Bachelor's in Medicine are allowed to continue their medical training at Master level at a university of their choice.