MBChB Medicine (Graduate Entry)

Year of entry: 2024


Degree awarded
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
4 years
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
Typical offer is 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), and BBB at A-level (32 IB points overall with 5,5,5 at higher level).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Please note the deadline for applying to medicine is 16th October 2023.

Course overview

  • This course is for students who have already achieved a life science or health undergraduate degree and want to pursue a career in medicine. Please see entry requirements and course description for more information.
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK for Medicine, according to the QS World University Rankings 2024.
  • Gain the knowledge, professional behaviours and clinical skills required to train as a doctor and become eligible to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council.
  • Intercalate to complete a master's degree or PhD in a subject of interest.
  • Tailor your learning through personalised excellence pathways and clinical career placements
A Week on the Medicine MBChB at The University of Manchester

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Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2024 will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students, including EU, are £34,500 for Year 1. Clinical tuition fees (years 2-4) are charged at the future rate which is applicable when you enter Year 2. Clinical fees for international students from Year 2 in 2024 are £56,000. These fees are subject to change with inflation each year.

Further finance information can be found on the student finance page.

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Undergraduate Medicine Admissions
0161 529 4577
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements


In addition to a 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), you should have achieved a minimum of BBB at A-level (32 IB) in your first sitting. We welcome applications from applicants who hold a wide range of equivalent pre-university qualifications (in place of GCSE and A-level).

Please see below for a full outline of the academic entry requirements for this course.

Please contact the admissions team ug.medicine@manchester.ac.uk if you have any queries.

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 BBB requirement for A-levels at first sit.


We require English Language, Mathematics at grade 6/B.

We permit GCSE resits. If you are resitting any GCSEs at point of application, we require you to list it as a pending qualification on your UCAS form.

If you are offering an international equivalent to GCSEs and this is not listed on our international entry requirements page, please contact the School of Medical Sciences Admissions Office to check suitability of the qualification.

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

Typical offer is 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent), and BBB at A-level (32 IB points overall with 5,5,5 at higher level).

Other international entry requirements

We welcome applications from overseas students.

Please see our international entry requirements page for individual country requirements. If your country is not listed, this means that we are unable to consider your application.

Scottish requirements

We normally require grades BBBBB in Scottish Highers level subjects

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

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 an undergraduate degree. 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 our FAQ page for more information.

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 five-year course. We don't accept A-level re-sits for the purpose of improving grades from graduates. UCAT, 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.

Academic entry qualification overview

You should hold or be predicted an Upper Second class (2:1) honours degree in the life sciences (eg biomedical science, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, healthcare science) or allied health professions (eg pharmacy, audiology, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy), or international equivalent. You should have achieved a minimum of BBB at A-level (32 IB) in your first sitting. We welcome applicants who hold a wide range of equivalent pre-university qualifications (in place of GCSE and A-level). Please contact us for more information.

Although we encourage applications from other healthcare professionals, we do not accept applications from candidates with medical degrees or those who have previously studied for, but not completed, a medical or healthcare degree.

You must sit the UCAT and offer Maths and English Language at minimum grade B (6) in GCSE. English Language requirements also apply.

English language

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

  • 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 65 with no less than 65 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.

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.

You must declare your English qualification (including those which are pending) on the UCAS form.

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

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 you to undertake some relevant work experience prior to interview so you 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 or volunteering 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. Please be aware that we may request confirmation of your 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 .

Please note the deadline for applying to medicine is 16th October 2023.

Advice to applicants

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


Previous guidance regarding mandatory vaccination for COVID-19 for courses with a clinical or healthcare placement has been paused, in line with government advice. However both NHS England and NHS Improvement view getting vaccinated for healthcare staff and students as a professional duty. We therefore continue to highly recommend all students on this course to take up their COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are eligible.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

You must complete an online information form with respect to non-academic activities. This form will be sent to all applicants after the 16 October UCAS deadline by the School of Medical Sciences Admissions Office.

Interview requirements

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

Aptitude test requirement

Applicants are required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the year they wish to make their application. Please note that the result is valid for one application cycle only. If applicants are reapplying, they must re-sit the UCAT.

Further information specific to The University of Manchester is detailed on our UCAT page. When we receive the UCAT scores for applicants who have applied to the Medicine course at Manchester, we will then be able to calculate our UCAT threshold for that year's entry.

The threshold will be based on the standard of scores received for that year, so we would not be able to confirm what our threshold would be in advance of the UCAT deadline. The threshold does vary year-on-year. You can see our previous UCAT thresholds on our application data page.

If you meet the UCAT threshold we apply, and you achieve Band 1 or 2 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), you will likely be invited to interview as long as you meet our minimum academic requirements (for example, GCSE and predicted grades).

There are, however, some operational constraints on the number of interviews available in any given year. Where the number of highly scoring candidates exceeds the number of interview slots available, we will rank candidates according to UCAT total score and SJT band.

We do not consider applicants who achieve Band 3 or 4 in the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) element of the UCAT.

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. To be admitted and continue on the course, you must be deemed 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.

Please see also the P rocedure 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.


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.


If you have applied in previous years and your application was not successful on two consecutive occasions, future applications will not be considered.

We 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 the UCAT 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.


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

Our Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course educates, trains and prepares students for practice in the healthcare systems of today and the future. We are the largest medical school in the UK, with over 2,500 undergraduate medical students.

This course is aimed at students who have completed or are due to graduate from a life science or allied-health professional degree and want to pursue a career in medicine. This accelerated programme will allow you to complete a medicine degree in 4 years, instead of the full 5-6 years it usually takes.

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 active learning through the study of themed case discussions combined with learning in clinical placements. This is supported throughout the course by lectures and practical classes (including anatomy).

Our course integrates science and clinical learning so you are able to apply scientific knowledge, decision-making and critical thinking 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 to meet the demands of changing healthcare environments.

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

Possible changes to course content

Although the information on this course page is currently correct, the MBChB is under review. This means that there may be changes to the structure of the course across any or all years, and/or to the relevant assessments and regulations.

Offer holders will be notified of any changes before the course begins, but as medicine is an evolving subject area, the course may also change after you begin your studies. Because of this, we update the programme handbooks for each year of study annually, and we notify students of the following year's content in advance.

Special features

Team-Based Learning at Manchester

Extensive clinical experience

You will gain clinical experience in both hospital and community settings throughout the four years of the course. These unique opportunities will expose you to the breadth of healthcare settings from patients at home, in general practices, community services to acute hospitals and leading specialist centres of care. Your learning in these environments is underpinned by cutting edge education in clinical decision-making to help you navigate the NHS and prepare you for practice.

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 in the north-west of England.


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

Personalised learning

Our course offers the opportunity to explore personal interests through Student Selected Clinical Placements in Years 2 and 4 and a clinical elective in Year 3. The aim of these placements is to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the speciality and to help you consider your potential future career path.

The SSCPs will be undertaken within the usual regional footprint of Manchester placements, but the elective can be organised anywhere in the world.

Intercalated degrees

Intercalate to complete a master's or PhD 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, collaboration and application to clinical practice.

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;
  • Clinical Competency Assessments (CCAs), formerly known as 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

Your curriculum comprises different elements carefully integrated to promote your ability to learn effectively and succeed in your medical degree.

During Year 1, 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-west.

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

Year 1 addresses the foundations of medicine through your study of 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 and clinical experience. Personal development activities are designed to introduce you to the skills and attitudes necessary to become a successful junior doctor.

You will learn about the body, and the basis for disease, through detailed studies of molecules, cells, tissues and organs and the systems that control their activities. You will also learn about the behaviour of patients and of populations, about epidemiology and about the ethical and legal basis of medical practice.

Course content for year 2

From the beginning of Year 2 until the end of your final year, you will learn alongside students who commenced our 5 and 6 year courses. You will learn primarily through clinical placements organised around our Clinical Education Campuses that comprise three base hospitals and their associated teaching hospitals and community placements. Limited time is spent on the University campus.

Years 2 and 3 are underpinned by blended learning. This means your clinical practice will be supported by online cases and face-to-face themed cased discussions to develop your clinical knowledge, communication and decision-making skills. You will spend the majority of your week learning from real patients, applying the basic scientific knowledge and clinical skills you acquired in the earlier parts of the course.

In Year 2, you will rotate through five clinical placements, starting with a four-week Introduction to Clinical Learning followed by experience in medical and surgical settings. Your clinical placements will allow you to not only learn to assess patients, but also understand how a health service work and practice clinical procedures necessary as a junior doctor.

Towards the end of the year, you will undertake a dedicated block of teaching for GEM students that will build on the foundations of your learning in Year 1 to prepare you for the specialty-based teaching in Year 3. This teaching will be predominantly based on the University campus and will use the learning approaches you established in Year 1.

The final activity of the year will enable you to select a four-week Student-Selected Clinical Placement in an area of your clinical interest from within our Clinical Education Campuses. The placement will give you the time and opportunity to reflect on your future career choices within medicine.

Course content for year 3

Year 3 is structured to broaden your clinical learning and practice across 14 specialities, offering immersion in new clinical placements with supervision and teaching by expert clinicians.

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.


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 4

The final year of the course is focused on preparing you for your final university exams, national assessments such as the Prescribing Safety Assessment, Medical Licencing Assessment, and for your role as a foundation year doctor in the NHS. This year is your preparation for practice.

Clinical placements will include further general medical and surgical placements, general practice and acute medicine. As a final-year medical student, you will be appropriately supervised and integrated into a clinical department while you undertake most of the duties of a newly qualified doctor, including shift-working and being on-call.

You will also undertake a Quality and Evidence activity to understand clinical audit and governance in healthcare. You will have another opportunity to explore career choices through a second Student-Selected Clinical Placement.

Additional fee information

Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2024 will be £9,250. Tuition fees for international students, including EU, will be £34,500 for year 1 of study. Clinical tuition fees (years 2-4) are charged at the future rate which is applicable when you enter Year 3. Clinical fees in 2024 will be £56,000. These fees are subject to change with inflation each year.

Scholarships and bursaries

Year 2 onwards

Currently, the NHS Business Services Authority contributes to the cost of undergraduate medicine tuition fees and a means-tested amount of funding to help with day-to-day living expenses for eligible students on an accelerated four-year pre- registration course for graduates who are in their second 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

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


"Consultation skills was the favourite part of my week.

"Over the course of the semester, in small groups, we learnt how best to conduct a patient consultation to gather a good history whilst being an empathetic doctor."

Arabhi Krishnan / Medicine student

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, IT clusters and a dedicated library for Year 1 and 2 medical students.

Clinical Education Campuses

During Years 2 to 4, 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. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk


Career opportunities

When you successfully complete the undergraduate course, you will receive your MBChB (or equivalent) degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ).

Holding a PMQ entitles you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council UK (GMC), subject 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 (UKFPO) scheme, which allocates these posts.

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 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, candidates and students need to be aware that regulations in this area may change and requirements for registration are determined through the GMC and applications to Foundation Training through UKFPO.

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.

From academic year 2024-2025 onwards, all final-year medical students in the UK will be required to complete the GMC's Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA). In the Manchester MB ChB course, the MLA will replace Year 4 assessments, with the MLA-provided AKT (knowledge papers) replacing our internal Year 4 Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), and with continued running of our own clinical skills assessments (Clinical Competency Assessments (CCAs), in accordance with GMC’s MLA requirements. You will not be required to undertake any additional examinations to complete the MLA. As the MLA examinations will be fully integrated within our course, both the AKT and CCA components must be passed to be awarded the MB ChB degree and graduate. Further details of how the MLA will be integrated into Year 4 will be provided in the programme handbook for all our students.

Accrediting organisations

This course is accredited with the General Medical Council (UK).