Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning

The teaching and learning methods used on the Medicine programmes take many different forms. Examples of these include anatomy sessions, case-based learning, clinical relevance sessions, clinical skills sessions, eLearning, lab sessions, lectures, placements, practical classes, self-study, seminars, and tutorials. Examples of some of these areas can be found below.

Practical Classes

In practical classes learning is ‘hands on’, and designed to allow students to apply and test the theory they have been learning.

The ‘Drugs in the Eye’ practical session for example involves the use of topically administered drugs to the eye to investigate their effect on smooth muscle, enabling students to gain a greater understanding of the autonomic nervous system.

Drugs in the Eye Practical

Interprofessional Education Event

Inter-Professional Education

The Medicine programme at Lincoln incorporates inter-professional learning opportunities at different stages to allow medical students to prepare for providing optimal patient care in a collaborative team environment.

These events and activities allow medical students to interact with, learn from, and about the role of other healthcare professionals, and explore case studies that allow them to identify how they correlate in order to achieve the best outcomes for patients.


Students at Lincoln are taught anatomy through pro section in our new Anatomy Suite. In addition, the Medical School also has a suite of models of human body parts as well as bones which will be used throughout the course.

There will be significant emphasis placed on surface anatomy education. Surface anatomy is the ability to relate human internal body parts to the surface of the body and is a vital part of anatomy education.

There are also a host of online learning materials such as radiological imaging and videos that will also be used to enhance the learning of anatomy.

A practical anatomy session

Clinical Suite in the Sarah Swift Building

Clinical Skills and Early Clinical Professional Development

Early insight and exploration of clinical issues as well as practice of clinical skills are important components of the early years of the Medicine programmes.

Our students can explore communication and ethical issues in medicine and can begin learning the skills of clinical practice such as history taking, examination, and assessment.

External Clinical Contribution

During the early years of the Medicine programme, medical themes are explored using case studies against which all of the different learning methods are aligned.

To enhance and add value to our students' learning, we invite members of our clinical community to deliver teaching sessions on specialist clinical subjects and co-host plenary sessions at the end of each teaching week to help assimilate all of the learning from the case of that week and respond to student questions.

students discussing their learning

Dr Yasser Chaudry

"As a Lincolnshire GP, I am pleased to see students having the opportunity to directly ask questions and gain experience from a practising doctor in the early year of the medical programme. I feel this helped consolidate their theoretical learning with real life cases which I see in my daily practice.

"The case-based plenary session was an excellent way to learn about Atrial Fibrillation. I personally found the experience rewarding, the students were very engaged, and it was a privilege to participate in their learning."

Dr Yasser Chaudhry, Lincolnshire GP

Optional Modules

Optional modules are offered in addition to the core curriculum on the Medicine programme from the first year. These help to provide medical students with an opportunity to study specific topics in greater depth. Examples of previous optional modules include Global Health, History of Medicine from Antiquity to the Present, Introduction to Psychiatry, Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions, Safeguarding, Protection and Inter-Professional Practice: Working with Vulnerable Adults, and The Science and Myths of Sleep.

Global Health

Dr Matthew Bates, module lead explains: “irrespective of their eventual specialisation, having a solid grounding in global health can prepare medical students from Lincoln Medical School to be able to work equitably in a global context.

"In a world where health service provision is not evenly distributed, we must strive to uphold the founding principles of the medical profession, the Hippocratic oath."

History of Medicine from Antiquity to the Present

Professor Anna Marie Roos, module lead explains: “this survey module (undertaken by both historians and for medical students with shared lectures and seminars), analyses how physicians, other practitioners, and the public understood the body, disease, and health from antiquity to the modern era.

"It was offered to medical students so they could understand the backstory of their profession, as well as teaching them to work with others from different disciplines to improve their oral and written communication skills, important later for their interactions with patients and colleagues."

Our First Cohort

In September 2019, our students took part in a tailored induction programme to introduce them to their course and the University as well as the medical and health challenges in the Lincolnshire region. This included a number of visits to health and emergency service providers across the county.