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902155Y Medical English, 3 ECTS cr 
Code 902155Y  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Medical English  Abbreviation Medical English 
Scope3 ECTS cr   
TypeLanguage and Communication Studies Discipline8006 Language studies, English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Languages and Communication 

Eva Braidwood 

Proficiency level 



1st year students of medicine and dentistry. The course is  compulsory for 1st year students of medicine and dentistry if the student’s choice of foreign language is English.

Required proficiency level 

Students are expected to have had English as their A1 or A2 language at school or have acquired equivalent skills.

ECTS Credits 

3 op /ECTS = 80 hrs

Language of instruction 



This course is offered for 1st year students of medicine and dentistry both in the autumn semester (periods 0, 1 and 2) and the spring semester (periods 3 and 4).   

Learning outcomes 

Having completed the course successfully, students will be able to:

  • understand and use basic medical terminology appropriately, and learn strategies for  developing their own medical vocabulary;
  • understand medical case reports
  • demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively with patients (patient-centred interviewing);
  • and present cases to medical professionals using professional medical English;
  • discuss and present topics of interest in clinical psychology;
  • follow the conventions of scientific communication and general medical practice;
  • produce specific text types in English (scientific summary and scientific poster).

The course focuses on three communicative areas: writing, spoken interaction, and presentation skills involving mediation. To develop their writing skills, students learn about the structure, rules and conventions of appropriate language use in scientific reports. They will practice writing a scientific summary in English. They also practice summarising scientific sources in the form of multimodal communication (poster). The source texts will be Finnish as well as English. One Finnish source text, for example, is the students’ own essay submitted to the Cell biology course. The sources summarised for the poster are related to their studies in psychology. A major part of the course focuses on medical terminology. Students learn the basics of medical terminology and develop their own strategy for mastering English medical terms related to the body systems and their functions. Students will read case reports and learn about effective doctor-patient and doctor-doctor communication.

Mode of delivery 

Hybrid teaching comprising contact teaching (or virtual meetings) with online elements and web-based practice; small group sessions with online support and course work to be submitted online.


Learning activities and teaching methods 

The course uses blended learning approach: the course material is accessible through the online learning platform (Moodle), some instructions and course work will be delivered in face-to-face classroom lessons, while individual language development course work can be completed online (digital learning activities). Under exceptional circumstances, the classroom work will be replaced by online/virtual meetings through online communication platforms. Students will be working in pairs or small teams on set readings and present their work to small groups during the course as a team and individually to the whole class in the end. 3 ECTS credits: 80 hrs work altogether, comprising contact teaching and small group practice: 24 hrs; guided small group practice: 6 hrs; writing and poster preparation: 20 hrs; self-study: 30 hrs.

Target group 

Students studying medicine and dentistry; in the first year of their studies at the Faculty of Medicine.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Students taking the course should have studied English as their first foreign language and/or should have B1-B2-level language skills (CEFR scale).

Recommended optional programme components 

Students with a B1 level of English are encouraged to complete the self-access individual activities supporting vocabulary development and academic writing skills in English.  

Recommended or required reading 

A major part of the course uses professional, field-specific sources, such as common medical terminology material and anatomy and physiology texts as well as case reports published in leading medical journals. The selection of material and sources are available for students in the  electronic learning platform (Moodle) and through the university library.

Assessment methods and criteria 

The course utilises continuous assessment. Self-assessment and peer-feedback will also be utilised and counted in the final assessment. The assessment criteria and matrix will be available in the Moodle workspace of the course. 


The course numerical grading scale of 1-5 for pass grade, 0 for fail.  


Person responsible 

Eva Braidwood

Working life cooperation 

The course includes guest lectures as and when available.

Other information 

Students with an advanced level of English proficiency (C1) complete a shorter version of the course. Students with IB diploma can get exemption from attending the course but they must complete some assignments (English summary of cell biology essay, medical terminology and doctor-patient communication test, poster presentation on a psychology topic corresponding their choice of ‘small group work’ in the Clinical psychology course).


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended English medical communication: AUTUMN  Course  Eva Braidwood  16.08.21 -18.11.21
registration period has not begun English medical communication  Course  Eva Braidwood  17.02.22 -28.04.22

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended For 2020-2021 1st year students English medical communication_Module II_ exam  Exam  Eva Braidwood  20.09.21
Registration English medical communication: AUTUMN exam 26.11.2021  Exam  Eva Braidwood  26.11.21
registration period has not begun English medical communication exam  Exam  Eva Braidwood  02.05.22
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