BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
M Medicine
See also: VFD “Popular medicine and health”
MM Other branches of medicine
MMB Anaesthetics
MMC Palliative medicine
MMD Dentistry
MMF Pathology
MMG Pharmacology
MMH Psychiatry
MMJ Clinical psychology
See also: JMP “Abnormal psychology”
MMK Accident and emergency medicine
MMN Nuclear medicine
MMP Medical imaging
See also: TTBM “Imaging systems and technology” for underlying technology
MMQ Forensic medicine
MMR Environmental medicine
MMS Sports injuries and medicine
See also: WSDF “Sports science, physical education”
MMZ Therapy and therapeutics
Use for disorders and therapies not listed separately. See also: MJCL1 “Radiotherapy”; MJCL2 “Chemotherapy”; MMJT “Psychotherapy”; MQS “Physiotherapy”; MQT “Occupational therapy”

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