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MBChB Medicine (6 years including foundation year) / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
6 years
Typical A-level offer
We require grades AAA (all subjects taken at the same sitting after no more than two years of study).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

Acceptable Higher Level (HL) subjects are:

  • Three arts/humanities subjects
  • Two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject
  • One arts/humanities subject and two science subjects (but not Chemistry)

35 points are required overall to include core points with at least 666 at Higher Level (HL) and minimum 555 at Standard Level (SL). If your HL subject combination includes Chemistry and Physics, Biology or Maths are not considered for the Foundation Year.

Science subjects (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology) not offered at Higher level must be taken at Standard level or GCSE. Alternatively, a referee's statement confirming proficiency in one intermediate unexamined science subject is accepted.

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.

The English Language course taken/to be taken in the IB must be clarified with the Medicine Admissions Office prior to application.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply

Please ensure that you refer to the application process guide before making your application through UCAS for this course. You will need to choose from three options, which hospital sector you wish to attend in your clinical teaching years (3 to 5). There is also further guidance on the application process which be may be useful to you when writing your application.

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Course description

The Manchester medicine programme educates, trains and prepares students for practice in the healthcare systems of today and the future. Upon graduation, you will be able to apply knowledge, intellectual and practical skills to understand and manage the complex healthcare needs of individuals and society, while developing the resilience to meet the demands of changing healthcare environments. We run the largest medical programme in the UK with over 2200 undergraduate medical students.

The one-year foundation course, taught at The University of Manchester and Xaverian College is specifically designed to prepare you for entry to the five-year MBChB Medicine degree. We aim to recruit from all sections of the community and encourage able students from all backgrounds to apply. Automatic entry into the standard five-year MBChB Medicine course is granted upon satisfactory completion of the foundation year.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods but the key Manchester approach is the study of themed case discussions in small groups where students are proactive learners. This is supported throughout the course by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience. Our course integrates science and clinical learning so you are able to apply scientific knowledge and concepts to your clinical practice.

Graduates of the MBChB Medicine meet the core requirements for junior doctors and successful completion entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council and apply for Foundation Year 1 posts. See the Careers section for more details. You can enter this course with the appropriate qualifications, or if you have successfully completed the Foundation Year 0. We aim to recruit from all sections of the community and encourage able students from all backgrounds to apply.

Foundation year

Students on the foundation year are full-time students at the University of Manchester, the learning and teaching is delivered jointly at the University and Xaverian College . The College is a long-term partner of the University of Manchester and has an enviable reputation as a provider of innovative and effective Foundation Programmes to different faculties within the University.

Five-year MBChB Medicine:

Further information on what to expect on the five-year MBChB can be found in the course details .

Open days

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


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum in Years 1 and 2 and £38,000 per annum for clinical learning in Years 3 to 5.

For general information, please see the  undergraduate finance  pages.


No specific academic scholarships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0211
+44 (0)161 275 5584
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Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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