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MBChB Medicine 5 years at The University of Manchester
MBChB Medicine
We are the UK's largest medical school and the biggest provider of healthcare graduates to the NHS in north-west England.

MBChB Medicine

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MBChB
Duration
5 years
Typical A-level offer

AAA (including specific subjects)

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
AAB (including Chemistry or Biology and a second science)
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

37 points are required overall (to include core points) with at least 766 at Higher level. 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.

Major subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus another science (one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics) and one further subject at Higher Level.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
397/3000
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Gain the knowledge and clinical skills required to train as a doctor and become eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council.
  • Study at a university ranked 9th in the UK for medicine, according to the QS World University Rankings 2017.
  • Have the opportunity to learn a language and go on an overseas placement through the European Studies option.
  • Intercalate for a year to complete a BSc or master's degree in a subject of interest.
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Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 for years 1 and 2 of study. Clinical fees will be confirmed in due course.

Additional expenses

Clinical placement travel costs

Although there are currently small bursaries available to help you with the travel costs associated with clinical placements, this may not cover the full cost of your travel expenses to and from your clinical placements.

Scholarships/sponsorships

No specific academic scholarships are available for this course.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0211
Email
Website
http://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

A-level

Our standard A-level offer is AAA including:

  • Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology; and
  • One of the following subjects from Chemistry; Biology/Human Biology; Physics; Psychology; Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

A combination of three sciences is equally acceptable at A-level. However, our offer will not include combinations of very similar subjects, for example, Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths together.

Where the science offered includes a practical element that must also be passed.

If you have been invited to interview via our holistic assessment route and you are studying additional qualifications (over and above the standard offer) which have compensated for a lower UKCAT score, we may include these qualifications as part of our offer. We will only include subjects that you were studying at the point of application.

Achieved A-level grades

If you have already achieved your A-level grades (and these meet the above requirements) but do not have the required GCSE grades you may still be considered.

To be considered you must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum grade B at GCSE or AS-level.

AS-level

We have no specific requirements at AS-level. However, we would normally expect students to demonstrate a commitment towards achieving a broad and balanced education. Most applicants will therefore be studying beyond the 'bare minimum' in order to make the most competitive application possible.

You may wish to evidence this on your application in a number of ways, for example:

  • studying four A-level subjects;
  • studying for an additional AS level or BTEC qualification in addition to your three main subjects;
  • taking General Studies, Key Skills or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) in addition to your three main subjects.

We are aware that you may not be able to take the above qualifications at school or college and therefore we allow applicants to provide evidence of participating in other activities aimed at increasing social responsibility, for example, National Citizen Service (NCS) or the Duke of Edinburgh award in lieu of a formal qualification. A list of other suggested activities is provided on our FAQ page. If in doubt, please contact us.

Please note that if your school is unable to offer any of the above, they should state this in the UCAS reference and you will not be disadvantaged as a result.

Applicants with a WP/WP Plus flag are exempt.

Duration of A-level study

If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, to make an informed judgment on your application.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer

Although we warmly welcome applicants with Critical Thinking, Citizenship, EPQ, Key Skills or General Studies qualifications, these will not usually form part of the formal AAA offer.

Where applicants have declared any of these qualifications and they are considered for interview via the holistic route, we may include them as part of our offer in addition to the three standard A-level subjects.

GCSE

We require at least five GCSEs at grade A or A*.

English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B. If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB.

If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the circumstances that prompted this. We do not currently accept short courses; however, Level 2 BTEC qualifications are acceptable (at distinction grade or above) in lieu of one GCSE.

Due to the phased introduction of GCSE reform in England, we will accept a mixture of GCSE grading scales. We can confirm our position in terms of equivalencies:

  • A* = 8
  • A = 7
  • B = 6
  • C = 4

International Baccalaureate

37 points are required overall (to include core points) with at least 766 at Higher level. 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.

Major subjects must include Chemistry or Biology, plus another science (one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics) and one further subject at Higher Level.

Scottish requirements

Scottish Highers

We require 4 Highers at grades AAAA by the end of Secondary 5. Grades should be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. English language and any science subject (Maths, Chemistry or Biology) not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate II or Standard Grade Credit level grade 2 or above).

Applicants also need Scottish Advanced Highers in addition to Scottish Highers, so please also check the entry requirements for those qualifications.

Scottish Advanced Highers

We require at least two Advanced Highers at grades AA by the end of Secondary 6. Any of the following combinations are acceptable:

  • three Advanced Highers, including Chemistry or Biology; a second science (from Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, Psychology or Physics); plus one other rigorous academic subject;
  • two Advanced Highers, plus one A2-level subject at grade A (subjects as above);
  • two Advanced Highers, plus one new Higher at grade A (subjects to include Chemistry or Biology at Advanced Higher, plus one other science at Advanced Higher, and a further subject at Higher level).

You will also need Scottish Highers in addition to Scottish Advanced Highers, so please also check the entry requirements for those qualifications.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A-Level entry requirements.

Students will be required to have studied one of Chemistry/Biology/Human Biology and another science (Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics) at A Level and have achieved grade AA.

European Baccalaureate

We welcome applications from those taking the European Baccalaureate.

You must offer Maths 5 and English Language plus one science subject and one science option. One of the optional courses must be Chemistry or Biology.

We require an overall final result of 83% including 8.4 in the optional science.

Other international entry requirements

We welcome applications from overseas students.

Shortlisted candidates are required to attend an interview. Interviews are usually held in Manchester, Singapore / Kuala Lumpur and Dubai / Mauritius.

Please see our international entry requirements page for individual country requirements.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

We do not accept the following qualifications:

  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate
  • Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma
  • Pearson BTEC National Diploma
  • Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

We do not accept the following qualifications:

  • Cambridge Technical Certificate
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate
  • Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma 
  • Cambridge Technical Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

Access to HE Diploma

We welcome applications from those taking Access qualifications if you have not previously studied at University.

We do not accept Access courses to top-up A-level grades that do not meet the normal entry requirements at the first attempt. We also expect applicants to have had at least 3 years out of education prior to starting the Access course.

If you have spent 3 or more years out of education but have previously studied A-levels or other post-16 qualifications you must contact us before applying in order to determine the suitability of an application.

Your Access course must be science-based and you must have 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3. We require a minimum of 15 graded credits each in Biology and Chemistry. We require Distinctions in all Level 3 credits.

Applicants are also required to meet the English language requirements listed above and must offer GCSE Mathematics at Grade B.

Cambridge Pre-U

The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable for entry to Medicine and Principal Subjects are accepted in place of A-levels. D3 equates to grade A at A-level. The same subject specifications as A-level apply.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not usually be included in the conditions of your offer, it is likely to be included if studying the EPQ was taken into account for selection to interview via our holistic assessment. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

We welcome applications from graduates or those in their final year of study towards an undergraduate degree. You should have achieved or be predicted a minimum of an upper second (2:1) honours degree and should have achieved a minimum of BBB at A-level (32 IB) in your first sitting. Applicants with a relevant science degree are exempted from our subject specification at A-Level, but must still meet the BBB academic standard. Relevant subjects include most Biomedical and Life Sciences disciplines or other approved courses. Please see FAQ pages.

Applicants offering other degrees will need to hold at least two science subjects at A-level including Biology or Chemistry. We do not accept ordinary or ungraded degrees. If you have a non-relevant degree and don't have the requisite science A-levels you are eligible to apply for our foundation year. Alternatively, you may sit the missing A-level subject(s) and apply for the 5-year course. We don't accept A-level re-sits for the purpose of improving grades from graduates. UKCAT, Maths at minimum Grade B in GCSE and English Language requirements also apply. Graduates and final year undergraduates must offer an academic reference on their UCAS form.

We don't offer a fast track course for graduates but we do accept students to year 3 of the five-year course from:

- St Andrews University, Scotland: Around 90 graduates annually from the 3-year Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours degree. Application is via St Andrews University.

- International Medical University, Malaysia; a few graduates annually from their 2-year, 6 months phase 1 course in medical sciences. Apply via IMU.

We also accept a small number of transfer students (approximately 10) who have performed exceptionally well in the first year of their degree programmes in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Manchester. Details of this scheme are published internally to eligible students.

Dental Graduates: We offer some places to dental graduates with FDS, MFDs or MDF who are planning a career in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and have full registration with the General Dental Council. If you wish to apply, you are required to have full MDF, MFDS, or FDS at the time of application. Application is via UCAS for A106 point of entry 3.

All applicants, including dental applicants, must sit the UKCAT and offer Maths at minimum Grade B in GCSE. English Language requirements also apply.

English language

In most cases, we expect applicants to satisfy our English Language requirement by offering English language at GCSE grade B or above (or a score of 5 in the International Baccalaureate diploma).

Applicants from outside the UK (including non-native speakers) need to meet specific English language requirements to study at Manchester. We accept:

  • IGCSE English at grade B;
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): A minimum average score of 7.0 and with not less than 6.5 in any one component taken at the same sitting;
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: An overall score of 73 with no less than 73 in each of the communicative skills domains taken at the same sitting;
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): An overall score of 185 with no less than 185 in each of the scoring domains taken at the same sitting;
  • a score of 5 at Standard or Higher level as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma.

Please note that some scores only remain valid for two years. If you apply using a certificate gained over two years ago, at the point that you start your course, you will need to retake the test.

If you hold English as a second language qualification, we will also require you to offer one of the Secure English Language Tests listed above.

Please contact us prior to application if you are unsure how to satisfy these language requirements.

Graduates: Graduates who have completed a degree conducted entirely in English at a UK institution may be exempt from the English language requirements. Please contact us if you are unsure.

At interview, if we have any concerns about your English language capability regardless of your origin, country of upbringing or existing qualifications, we may require you to take an additional English language test as a condition of any offer we make to you.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

We require applicants to undertake some relevant work experience prior to application in order that they can gain some insight into what the role of a doctor involves.

We are not looking for a particular number of hours doing a specific type of work experience. We are trying to ascertain that you have a clear idea of what it is like to study medicine and what the role entails.

Shadowing doctors in a hospital/GP setting is not essential or considered to be a substitute for hands-on caring work experience. Applicants should be aware that we may request confirmation of their work experience.

Please see our FAQs and Non-Academic Information Form pages for more information on work experience.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Please ensure that you refer to the application process guide before making your application through UCAS for this course.

How your application is considered

Applications are first screened according to whether or not they meet our standard academic threshold as given on this page.

Those applications that do not meet the appropriate academic criteria will not progress to the next phase of the screening process, and will receive notification that their application has been unsuccessful through UCAS in due course.

See more information about the application process and how we consider your application .

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

Each applicant to study medicine at The University of Manchester must complete an online information form with respect to non-academic activities.

Interview requirements

We do not make any offers without interview. Please see our Interviews page for more information.

Returning to education

We are pleased to consider applications from non-traditional applicants but would ask that you contact the Admissions Office for advice on suitability for a potential application.

Aptitude test requirement

Applicants are required to sit the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Please note that the result is valid for one application cycle only. If applicants are reapplying, they must re-sit UKCAT.

Further information specific to The University of Manchester is detailed on our UKCAT page.

Please note that we do not consider applicants who achieve Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test element of the UKCAT.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. The health screening is based upon the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS) standards of medical fitness to train for medical students [PDF, 71KB].

A potential student may be concerned that their health or disability may affect their ability to fulfil the competency standards of the course. Any such applicants are encouraged to contact the Occupational Health Service and/or The Disability Advisory and Support Service at an early stage in order to explore the situation in depth and consider the feasibility of making reasonable adjustments. Hopefully the process will prove helpful to the student in deciding whether to pursue an application.

The health screening requires the completion of a detailed health questionnaire by the applicant and a possible appointment with the University's Occupational Health Department. In order to be admitted and continue on the programme, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. You will be required to comply with any viral screening as requested by the Department of Health.

General enquiries about health screening should be addressed to Student Occupational Health, Tel +44 (0)161 275 2858, Fax +44 (0)161 275 3137

Please see also the Procedure for Admission to Courses Requiring Medical Fitness Assessment [Word, 59KB].

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will be required, as part of the non-academic conditions of your offer, to provide a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In the UK, this takes the form of an Enhanced Level search by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and will reveal any criminal convictions, spent or unspent, as well as any police cautions, warnings or reprimands.

Regulations and record systems in other countries vary. Overseas applicants are encouraged to contact our Admissions Team.

Anyone who considers it possible that a criminal record or other disclosure may reveal any offence must contact the Admissions Team before applying.

Deferrals

We welcome applications from students who wish to defer their entry to the following year, but we prefer this to be indicated at the point of application.

It may not be possible to defer entry once an offer has been made and we are unlikely to be able to consider any requests after the release of A-level results.

We do not have any specific requirements for how you use your gap year, but we would expect it to have been used constructively.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We welcome applications from those re-sitting their A-levels, though applicants may only re-sit one of either Year 12 or Year 13.

Where A-levels have been attempted in Year 13, applicants are expected to have obtained a minimum of grade B in each subject at the first sitting for the re-sit grades to be considered.

All re-sitting applicants are required to achieve Grades A*AA in the A-level subjects specified above, and the A* is expected to be achieved in the final examinations in either of the two required sciences.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful we may permit one further application. Please contact us in advance to determine the suitability of a re-application. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.

We would require re-applicants to continue with their work experience in their year out and would also expect to see a material difference in their application from the previous year. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

All re-applicants must retake UKCAT and provide updated information that refers to the initial application and chronicles subsequent events.

Applicants applying with achieved qualifications must explain in their personal statement what they are doing during the gap year.

Transfers

Due to the highly integrated structure of the degree course, we do not grant exemptions from subjects. Transfers from other institutions are not considered. If you feel that you have embarked on the wrong course elsewhere, and who wish to be considered for entry to study medicine and The University of Manchester, you should first complete your current programme of study, or be in the final year before you apply to us.

We do not consider applications from students who have started a clinical programme elsewhere.

Course details

Course description

Medicine MBChB - Brandon Yeo

"The more research I did into Manchester, the more convinced I was that I should study here.

"The clincher was the interview process, when the panel of interviewers seemed genuinely interested in me as a person, not just my academic capacity. I knew when I left the room what my first choice would be."

Brandon Yeo / MBChB Medicine, Year 2 international student

Our Medicine MBChB course educates, trains and prepares students for practice in the healthcare systems of today and the future. We are largest medical school in the UK, with over 2,200 undergraduate medical students.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods to ensure you benefit from the best attributes of traditional and novel teaching methods.

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.

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. You will also develop the resilience to meet the demands of changing healthcare environments.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to meet the core requirements for junior doctors and entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council and apply for Foundation Year 1 posts. See the Careers tab for more details.

Special features

Extensive clinical experience

You will gain clinical experience in both hospital and community settings throughout the five years of the course. Read a blog post by one of our Year 1 students about her first GP placement.

Excellent reputation

We have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, including close links with the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre - the only academic health science centre outside of the south-east.

Whole body anatomy

You will learn about the intricacies of the human body through whole body dissection activities in our anatomy facilities.

Personalised learning

Our course offers the flexibility to create a bespoke education through the Personal Excellence Path .

Study in Europe

Have the opportunity to learn a language and go on an overseas placement through the European Studies option.

Intercalated degrees

Intercalate for a year to complete a BSc or master's degree in a subject of interest.

Teaching and learning

The course uses mixed learning methods, but the key Manchester approach is the study of themed case discussions through facilitated group activities to emphasise enquiry, discussion, self-education, and the development of critical faculties and communication skills - all essential skills for doctors.

You will also learn through anatomy sessions involving dissection of whole body cadavers, lessons in the Consultation Skills Learning Centre, and clinical and community placements.

Find out more on our teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

Methods of assessment include both summative exams (which demonstrate you have reached the required standards to progress to the next phase of the course) and formative tests (which tell you how you are performing on the course and how you can improve).

Your assessments will include:

  • written examinations;
  • objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs);
  • workplace-based assessments;
  • reflective portfolio work;
  • written reports to assess personalised modules;
  • assessment of professional behaviour.

Summative assessment will normally happen at the end of each year, with formative assessments occurring at regular intervals throughout the course.

Assessments closely reflect the course content, with assessment of knowledge and skills in the initial phase, moving on to clinical assessments and application of knowledge including in complex situations by the end of the final phase.

You will receive feedback on your performance in assessments from your academic and clinical advisors in addition to generalised feedback about your cohort's performance. Feedback on performance is integral to all learning activities.

Course content for year 1

During Years 1 and 2, you will be mostly based on The University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus, with visits to centres of excellence for clinical medicine, community settings and teaching hospitals across the north north-west.

At the start of the course, you are introduced to the learning processes necessary for successful study at university level, and you will learn the consultation skills needed to equip you for early clinical experiences.

Years 1 and 2 are divided into four modules, the content of which relate to the overall curriculum themes of doctor as scientist and scholar, doctor as practitioner and doctor as professional, as stipulated by the General Medical Council.

Each module is divided into a series of topics that can take the form of one or more themed cases. The cases contextualise learning to prepare you for the way in which doctors meet patient problems. The approach to learning around the themed case discussions will develop your skills in collaborative group working and independent learning.

There is an emphasis on practical work, including anatomy dissection, physiology and pharmacology practical classes, clinical experience, and personal development activities that are designed to introduce you to the skills and attitudes necessary to become a successful junior doctor.

You will learn about the body through detailed studies of molecules, cells, tissues and organs and the systems that control their activities. The modules are partially system-based.

In the Year 1 Life Cycle module, you will study the cellular and molecular processes that underlie reproduction, development and growth. In addition, you will explore the immune system and the pathophysiology of genetic disease and cancer. The second module of Year 1, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, focuses on the chest and the function of the heart, lungs and blood.

Course content for year 2

Year 2 continues with two more modules. The first is Mind and Movement, where you will explore the brain and the nervous system connections to the muscles that move the skeleton. The focus is on neuroscience, but the concepts in this module prepare you for concepts applied to clinical medicine, including mental health.

The final module, Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion, introduces you to the gastrointestinal system, the kidneys and the key hormonal mechanisms involved in regulating these systems.

There are also opportunities for you to begin developing a Personal Excellence Path for your special interests in medicine. The activities in Years 1 and 2 support literature appraisal, academic writing, team-working and presentation skills.

Course content for year 3

From the beginning of Year 3 until the end of your final year, you will learn primarily though clinical placements organised around our Health Education Zones that comprise four base hospitals and their associated teaching hospitals and community placements.

You will have a base hospital where you will spend a greater proportion of your time; some time will be spent at other Health Education Zones according to their areas of specialty and expertise. Limited time is spent on the University campus.

In Year 3, you will spend the majority of your week learning from real patients, and the basic scientific knowledge and clinical skills you acquired in the earlier years will be applied in clinical settings.

The first semester will involve general medical placements giving you access to common conditions in appropriate settings. These two 6-week blocks will be followed by three 4-week blocks in the second semester that will expose you to a more complex clinical environment, which will include more acute medical settings and a placement within a surgical specialty.

Personal Excellence Pathway: Applied PEP project

Towards the end of the year, you will undertake the Applied Personal Excellence Pathway (APEP). This will give you the opportunity to carry out an original project involving, for example, basic or applied research, service evaluation, or educational development, supervised by a subject expert from the University or the NHS.

Student-Selected Clinical Placement

The final activity of the year will allow you to select a placement in an area of clinical interest to you from within our Health Education Zones. The placement will give you the time and opportunity to reflect on your future career choices within medicine.

Course content for year 4

Year 4 will broaden your clinical learning across the medical specialties, offering immersion in new clinical placements with supervision and teaching by specialty experts.

There will be clinical placements in:

  • general practice and clinical public health;
  • mental health, neurology and special senses;
  • musculoskeletal health;
  • ageing and complex health;
  • women's health;
  • child health;
  • oncology and breast health;
  • dermatology and infectious diseases.

PEP: Quality and Evidence

As you become more experienced in clinical environments, the PEP in Year 4 will focus on broader concepts of working in the NHS through quality enhancement projects. This will be completed in a single 4-week placement.

Elective

The year will end with a student elective placement, commonly an overseas experience of medical practice in an unfamiliar healthcare environment.

Course content for year 5

The final year of the course will prepare you for your final university exams, national assessments such as the Prescribing Safety Assessment and, for your role as a foundation year doctor in the NHS, the year is your preparation for practice.

Clinical placements will include further general medical and surgical placements, general practice and acute medicine. A community placement will allow you to understand how medical services are delivered outside of the hospitals and general practices, for example, through experience in community paediatrics or community psychiatry.

All students will undertake a Student Assistantship placement. You will be appropriately supervised and integrated into a clinical unit while you undertake most of the duties of a newly qualified doctor, including shift-working and being on-call.

The final year will include a further Quality and Evidence PEP project and another opportunity to explore career choices through a second Student-Selected Clinical Placement.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 for years 1 and 2 of study. Clinical fees will be confirmed in due course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Year 5 onwards

Currently, the NHS Business Services Authority pays the cost of undergraduate medicine tuition fees, and a means-tested amount of funding to help with day to day living expenses, to eligible students who are in their fifth year of study onwards and who are ordinarily resident in England.

If you move to England from Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland primarily for the purpose of undertaking a full-time course of education, you will not normally be classed as being ordinarily resident in England for NHS Bursary purposes.

If you reside in Wales , Scotland or Northern Ireland , broadly comparable arrangements will apply, but you will need to consult the relevant national authority 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.

What our students say

MBChB Medicine - Rory Tinker

"I was drawn to Manchester because it has good resources and lots of opportunities to do research.

"There are many hospitals and a large patient population in contrast to a lot of medical schools, which are much smaller and less specialist."

Rory Tinker / MBChB Medicine
See what our students have to say about studying Medicine at Manchester on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

During Years 1 and 2, you will be based mostly in the Stopford Building on the University of Manchester's Oxford Road campus. The Stopford Building contains facilities such as the anatomy dissection room , the Consultation Skills Learning Centre , and IT clusters and a dedicated library for Year 1 and 2 medical students.

Health Education Zones

During Years 3 to 5, you will spend your time learning in clinical placements in these Health Education Zones:

See the facilities page for more information.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service

Careers

Career opportunities

At the end of the undergraduate course, you will receive your MBChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ).

Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration.

Provisional registration is time limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1,125 days in total). After this time period, your provisional registration will normally expire.

Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts; the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post, you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis.

So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed if, for instance, there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Although this information is currently correct, students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time.

There is some discussion about whether to remove provisional registration for newly qualified doctors. If this happens, UK graduates will receive full registration as soon as they have successfully completed an MBChB (or equivalent) degree.

It should be noted that it is very likely that UK graduates will still need to apply for a training programme similar to the current Foundation Programme and that places on this programme may not be guaranteed for every UK graduate.

The GMC is currently considering the introduction of a formal assessment that UK medical graduates would need to pass in order to be granted registration with a licence to practise. Although no final decision has been taken as to whether or when such an exam will be introduced, applicants should be aware that the GMC envisages that future cohorts of medical students may need to pass parts of a medical licensing assessment before the GMC will grant them registration with a licence to practise.

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited with the General Medical Council .