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Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery

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About the Programme

The MBBS programme plays a vital role in the training of medical doctors for the Caribbean region.

The programme for the MBBS Degree lasts not less than ten (10) semesters:
  • Phase I (3 years/6 semesters)
  • Phase II (2 years/4 semesters)

What Will I Study?

On satisfactory completion of the programme, MB BS graduates should have acquired a core of knowledge, competencies and behaviours which will enable them to:

Patient Care
  • Apply relevant knowledge from the biomedical and behavioural sciences to the care of individuals, families and groups in community and hospital settings.

Community Awareness
  • Plan, and/or engage in health promotion activities aimed at promoting healthy life styles in individuals and communities.

Communication & Collaboration
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other members of the health team.
  • Function harmoniously and constructively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team within the health sector and between the health sector and other sectors of society.

Health Services Management
  • Participate in planning, organising, directing and evaluating heath care.

Personal Development
  • Keep abreast of social, medical and technological advances through participation in continuing medical education.


Career Opportunities

Persons opting to do this programme will be physicians.
After graduation, there are scopes for career progression in clinical specialities leading to the DM in hospital-based specialities. The FMS Cave Hill offers the following programmes:
  • Anaesthesia
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Family Medicine

In addition, Masters and Doctor in Public Health and a number of PhD programmes are also offered in other specialties.

Why Study in Barbados

Come and do a full degree in a multicultural learning environment.  The cultural diversity will assist in your cultural competency in healthcare systems, an asset to working globally.
Also, enjoy the beach, experience the local culture and excel in your studies.
We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: MBBS
  • Duration: 5 years


Programme Details

The undergraduate medical programme is divided into Phase 1 (Years 1-3) and Phase 2 (Years 4-5).
During the first three years, a modular, system-based approach is used, with courses designed to encourage integration between the basic medical science subjects and the clinical (patient-centred) disciplines.
During the final two years, students rotate through the main clinical disciplines, with emphasis on general training.
View details in Student Handbook

Applicants must submit their applications to the Campus registrar, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus by the end of the second week of January of each year. 

View details in Student Handbook
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Faculty of Medical Sciences
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