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Medicine (5 years) [MBChB]

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UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
5 years
Number of places/applicants
Typical A-level offer

Normally grades AAA (all taken at the same sitting after no more than two years of study).

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

Major subjects must include Chemistry, plus Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further academic subject. Any sciences not offered at Higher Level (HL) must be taken at Standard Level (SL) or at GCSE; or a referee's statement confirming proficiency at intermediate level in one unexamined science subject is accepted.

37 points are required overall to include core points with at least 766 at HL including Chemistry and minimum 555 at SL. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply through UCAS . For help through the application process, see the step-by-step guide

The Medical School is reviewing its admissions process and therefore it is subject to change. Applicants will be informed if this happens.

To assist both you and us in allocating you to one of the four hospital sectors for your clinical teaching in years 3 to 5 you will be required to select from one of the following three options when submitting your application to UCAS for either A106 or A104.

  • M for the Manchester sectors which include Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (known locally as Central, Salford and South);
  • P for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (known locally as Preston) or
  • E (either) if you have no preference

You will be allocated to one of the four hospital sectors at the start of year 1 (students on the Foundation Year will be allocated during that year), which you will attend from year 3 onwards. The School endeavours to take your preference into account but there is no guarantee that this will be possible. A balance of student across the hospital sectors is required to ensure the quality delivery of teaching and provision of clinical placements. Once the Medical School has allocated you to a teaching hospital sector it is only in exceptional circumstances, in line with the School's approved Mitigating Circumstances Policy, that a request for re-allocation to a specific sector will be considered.

You will be expected to live in the vicinity (10 miles) of your teaching hospital in years 3 to 5. Buying or renting accommodation after commencing the course is not sufficient mitigation to be allocated to a particular teaching hospital sector.

Please read the Allocation Policy (doc, 152KB) before applying.

Course description

The medical undergraduate course at Manchester produces excellent well rounded scholars, scientists, professionals and practitioners. Graduates of Manchester Medical School meet the core requirements as junior doctors and also, through personalised themes, create a bespoke education suited to their areas of interest.

The MBChB course at Manchester Medical School is divided into 3 Phases over 5 years. A wide variety of teaching and learning methods are used but the key approach is the study of clinical cases or problems in small groups. This activity is supported throughout the three Phases of the course by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience. Throughout all Phases, science and clinical learning is integrated, so that our graduates are able to apply scientific knowledge and concepts to clinical practice.

Students may interrupt their Medical Studies for one year to study on an intercalated degree programme. They may intercalate after Year 2, 3 or 4 of the MBChB to complete a BSc or, after Year 3 or 4, a postgraduate degree (MRes, MPH, MA or MSc).

Students start the course in Phase 1, predominantly studying the foundations of the biological, social, behavioural and clinical sciences underpinning medicine. However, within a few weeks of starting their scientific studies students are meeting patients in the community and teaching hospitals in the Manchester region. After two years and successful completion of Phase 1 students move into Phase 2 where there is ongoing clinical science teaching but a significant increase in clinical learning. In Phase 2 the driver is to enable students to acquire clinical competence. Phase 2 lasts for two years and if successfully completed students enter Phase 3 where there is a final consolidation and integration of the previous four years of activity, and students are allowed to take on supervised responsibility for patient care.

Every student follows a personalised theme throughout the undergraduate course. Examples of this are the integrated Personal Excellence Path and the European studies option. Students can expand on this theme during an intercalated year or choose a new area of interest for their intercalated year.

Intercalated degree option

Students are given the opportunity to interrupt their Medical Studies for one year to study on an intercalated degree. Students may intercalate after Year 2, 3 or 4 of the MBChB to complete the final year of a BSc or, after Year 3 or 4, a Postgraduate degree.

An intercalated degree offers the opportunity to study in depth either a subject already covered in part by the medical course, or a new area in which the student may be particularly interested. Intercalated degrees enable students to gain new skills, depending on which option they choose, and to experience a different kind of study. An intercalated degree will also provide an excellent foundation for a career in Academic Medicine and will strengthen a student's CV: Intercalated degree option

MBChB (with European Studies)

In addition to studying on the MBChB, students can apply to enrol on the European Studies option during Year 1. During Years 1 to 4, students will develop their knowledge and enhance their skills in the selected language by attending weekly classes. In Year 5, if an adequate level of proficiency is attained, students undertake a substantial placement at one of our partner universities in Europe. The Medical School has established excellent working relationships with a number of universities across Europe over a number of years and we know that our students receive a high quality formative experience during these placements.

For further detail, please see: Study in Europe

Students may enter this course with the appropriate qualifications (see entry requirements), or if they have successfully completed the Foundation Year (A104). The School aims to recruit from a broad range of the community. The outreach courses are designed to encourage applications from able students from all backgrounds.

Please note the Medical School is reviewing the European Studies option during 2013 and therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any significant changes.

Personal Excellence Path (PEP)

The Personal Excellence Path (PEP) is an integrated series of student selected educational modules for all students integrated into Years 1 to 4 which forms part of the Manchester Medical School Undergraduate course. The PEP delivers the Student Selected Component (SSC) of the curriculum, whilst allowing students the breadth of choice and access to experts that these components have always offered. The PEP is designed to provide a set of core competencies focusing mainly on the GMC Tomorrows Doctors 2009 theme `Doctor as a Scientist and Scholar. In particular, the PEP will provide learning opportunities around scholarly activity which broaden understanding of scholarship and provide increasing depth to their skills in this area. At the same time, PEP is flexible enough to provide an opportunity for students to study a personalised range of topics within and beyond the field of medicine or, if the student prefers, pursue a single theme or subject throughout their period of study.

For further details, please see: Personal Excellence Path (PEP)

Open days

The best way to get a feel for what it's like to study at Manchester Medical School is to come and visit us on one of the University of Manchester's open days


  • Home/EU students: £9,000 per annum
  • International students:
    • First 2 years: £18,000 per annum
    • First 3 'clinical' years: approx. £33,000 per annum (NB: exact fee payable depends on year of entry to 'Year 3')


5th Year of Study Onwards: Currently the NHS Business Services Authority pays the cost of UG medicine tuition fees and a means-tested amount of funding to help with day to day living expenses, to eligible UK students who are in their fifth year of study onwards. See NHS Bursary

NB If you attend a course in Wales , Scotland or Northern Ireland , broadly comparable arrangements will apply, but you will need to consult the relevant national authorities for details as NHS Student Bursaries will not be able to administer your funding.

Visit our Student Finance pages to find out about the financial support that may be available to you.

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