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Opportunities for self-directed study outside the core are provided throughout the course. Four-week blocks of special study in year 4 (year 1 of the clinical course) offer you opportunities to develop a worthwhile project using the facilities and expertise available in the University. It is possible to pursue interests ranging from philosophy, theology or ethics to mathematics, management or global health. There are also opportunities to sample medical research in both years 4 and 6 when time may be devoted to a single project. The twelve-week modular programme in year 6 allows you to select up to six modules from a broad range of clinical and scientific options. The elective period (ten weeks) in the final year is longer than in many medical schools. Most students use this period for clinical experience abroad.