Medical English


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Content information

Starting level:
You have a good practical knowledge of English (level B2 of the European Framework).

This course is aimed at non-native speaking doctors and other healthcare professionals who want to improve their English language proficiency, as needed on the job. The course focuses on mastering specific medical idioms and on improving the ability to communicate in English in a clinical setting, both with patients and colleagues.

The texts, listening extracts and role plays used in this course concern the professional communication with patients and among colleagues.

Topics include (para-)medical terminology (diseases, symptoms, treatment, anatomy etc.), fluency in communication, taking a patient's history, explaining diagnostic procedures, discussing treatment plans in patient-friendly language. The grammatical focus is on functional issues only (e.g. using the correct tenses, asking appropriate questions, giving polite instructions, expressing conditions).

The course comprises six units with the following topics

  • Unit 1: Medical education and practice
  • Unit 2: Patient intake
  • Unit 3: Human anatomy
  • Unit 4: Examining a patient
  • Unit 5: Diagnosis and treatment
  • Unit 6: Prevention and screening

Placement test: no

Final test: no

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: MEDE

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: M

Useful info

Course book:

Neyts, D. en Verguts, C. (2014): English for Medical Practitioners. Not only for emergencies, Gent: Academia Press.

If you buy this book at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student.


Number of tuition hours: 20


  • 1st sem.
  • 2nd sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 10 x 2

Course book available at: Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent

For who?:

  • Students of Medicine and Health sciences
  • (para-)medicals