Medicine (MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) MBBS

Medicine (MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) MBBS

School of Medicine




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    A100; Short form: MBBS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Our medicine degree offers an innovative approach to medical education, training students to become professional, compassionate doctors. You will benefit from a state-of-the-art curriculum; designed with local patients. We offer a warm, supportive and multi-cultural learning environment, where every student is treated as an individual. You’ll enjoy early patient contact and clinical placements in the NHS from Year 1. The programme is delivered by expert staff in the University and our associate NHS education providers. 

In 2018, this course is open to international students and a limited number of places will be available for UK students from the North West of England. Weighting will given to UK Widening Participation students. UK applications from outside the North West will not be considered. Two regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are also available. For more information, see below*

Download the MBBS eBrochure

Entry Requirements

International Students:

In order to process your application, we require:

  • Copies of your completed academic qualifications
  • Evidence of English language proficiency. If you cannot send us a completed English Language qualification or test, we will accept official evidence that you have booked a test such as IELTS.
  • One satisfactory academic reference – this must include predicted grades if you are still studying
  • Personal statement
  • Transferable Skills Statement (TSS)
  • Copy of your passport (photograph page) and any visas you hold or have held to be in the UK

You will find the TSS and advice on completing your personal statement and academic statement, as well as all entry requirements below.


If you have any queries, please contact

View details of the UCLan MBBS application process and the 2018 entry requirements  (.doc 118KB)

When applying directly through the UCLan website please choose UG FT non UK/EU at UCLan. Please note that the UKCAT is not required for entry to the MBBS Programme.  

Personal Statement Guidance 
MBBS Multiple Mini Interview Guidance
Transferable Skills Statement
Additional Guidance for Applicants

During the 2016 admissions cycle approximately 30% of applicants to the MBBS programme were interviewed. Approximately 75% of interviewed candidates received an offer to study medicine at UCLan.

In line with GMC recommendations, students on the MBBS programme must achieve the required NHS standard of IELTS to progress to Year 3 of the course due to the importance of language competency for clinical placements.

Students must achieve the equivalent of an IELTS score of at least 7.0 in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and an overall score of 7.5 The scores must be from the same ‘academic version’ of the test and the certificate must include the original stamp and test report form.

Any student who has yet to reach this standard on entry to the course will be offered English language support and guidance on how to achieve this level. If a student fails to attain this level before the start of Year 3 their study on the MBBS they may not progress to year 3 of the course but do have a number of options. Students who have successfully completed and passed all Year 1 and Year 2 modules of the course can opt to suspend their studies for a maximum of one year in order to achieve the required level or leave with an Exit Award of the Diploma of Higher Education in Medical Sciences. Students also have the option to transfer to the BSc (Hons) Medical Science degree and complete a further year of study, on successful completion of which they would be eligible for the award of BSc Medical Sciences.

If you have any queries, please contact

UK/EU Students

In 2018, UCLan will only accept UK applications from the North West of England and additional weighting will be given to Widening Participation students. We strongly discourage students who are not resident in the North West of England from applying to the UCLan MBBS programme in 2018 as they will not be eligible and will waste a valuable UCAS choice.

View details of the UCLan MBBS application process, available scholarships and the 2018 entry requirements (.doc 97.1kb)

Please note that the UKCAT is not required for entry to the MBBS Programme.  

Personal Statement Guidance 
MBBS Multiple Mini Interview Guidance
Transferable Skills Statement
Additional Guidance for Applicants

Widening Participation

We will apply a preferential weighting to Widening Participation (WP) students from the North West of England*.

Applicants may make reference to their personal circumstances in their personal statement. Additionally, during the application process, all UK applicants will be invited to complete a WP form if they wish to be considered against these criteria. An example of that form showing the criteria which will be considered can be downloaded now (.doc 21.8kb)

The deadline for 2018 entry UK/EU applications to MBBS at UCLan was October 15th 2017. Applications for UK/EU students are now closed.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1:

  • Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine 1
  • Evidence-informed Practice of Medicine 1
  • Medical Skills and Quality Care 1

Year 2:

  • Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine 2
  • Evidence-informed Practice of Medicine 2
  • Medical Skills and Quality Care 2

Year 3:

  • Medicine in Clinical Practice 1
  • Evidence-informed Practice of Medicine 3
  • Medical Skills and Quality Care 3

Year 4:

  • Medicine in Clinical Practice 2
  • Evidence-informed Practice of Medicine 4
  • Medical Skills and Quality Care 4

Year 5:

  • Transition to practice

Further Information

*In 2018, UCLan will only accept UK applications from the North West of England and additional weighting will be given to Widening Participation students. This will not affect our international recruitment.

The university has a long history of encouraging participation in higher education by those who are academically capable, but whose participation in HE has been disadvantaged or have not been encouraged to consider this option. This is reflected in our Access Agreement.

It is also our strategy to support regional medical workforce recruitment and sustainability by training local students who are committed to studying and working in the region. The school also aims to widen the demographic profile of the medical student body, encouraging those traditionally less likely to enter into medicine and help develop a workforce which better reflects the local population which it serves.

In 2018, 17 UK places will be available at UCLan. UK Application will be very competitive and we strongly discourage students who are not resident in the North West of England from applying to the UCLan MBBS programme in 2018 as they will not be eligible and will waste a valuable UCAS choice.

This will not affect our international recruitment.

This degree will deliver graduates with a UK primary medical qualification who are to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical doctor entering into foundation postgraduate training or international equivalent, as required by the GMC.
There is an emphasis on basic medical sciences, communication and clinical skills to help you develop skills in evaluating clinical and scientific evidence. Throughout the programme, you will benefit from a range of learning strategies, such as small group tutorials, seminars, laboratory-based teaching sessions, workshops and clinical placements in primary and secondary care. 

During Years 1 and 2, you will be taught by expert practitioners in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories based at the Preston Campus. In both years you will have community placements and will have a secondary care placement at the end of Year 2.

In Years 3 and 4, you will complete supervised clinical placements in one of our clinical education partners including; East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and GP practices across Lancashire and Cumbria, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and others. You will also spend one day per week either at the UCLan Burnley or Westlakes campus for additional teaching.

After Year 4, high performing students may be offered the opportunity to take an additional year and gain a master’s degree. Additionally, many students will also produce publications and have the opportunity to present their research work at national or international conferences.

Year 5 is dedicated to providing you with the opportunity to develop your early professional practice, through a rotation of four, six-week apprenticeships. These are designed to encourage independent working with close supervision from departmental mentors and an assigned clinical supervisor.

There are three themes which run throughout the five-year programme:

1. Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine (ISCM) – the scientific concepts that underpin biology, health and disease in relation to the practice of medicine. In Years 3 and 4, ISCM becomes Medicine in Clinical Practice (MICP) which integrates patient care and science through study in the clinical setting. 
2. Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine (EIPOM) – factors of health and wellbeing at community and population levels. You will learn about key concepts from epidemiology, public health, the sociology and psychology of health and illness and evidence-based practice.
3. Medical Skills and Quality Care (MSQC) – develop the clinical and communication skills needed by a medical doctor, practising skills in a laboratory setting and with patients.

MBBS Course Content 

Highlights of the Course

Apply to UCLan Medical School and enjoy medical training to the highest UK standards, enabling you to confidently and competently approach your first working day as a compassionate, qualified doctor wherever you choose to practice in the world.


International applications for the MBBS programme can be made direct via our online application form or through UCAS.
UK applications should be made via UCAS before 15th October 2017.

Dress Code

The undertaking of clinical placements is mandatory on this MBBS programme. For the purposes of both student and patient safety the School operates a dress code policy which is in line with the NHS dress code policy and also allows for specific hazards such as laboratory settings. The full dress code policy can be found in this document (.pdf, 850KB)


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Apply Now

You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: International students Full-time: £38,000 for the first year of study, to increase each year in line with UK Retail Price Index. Home (UK/EU) students Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Professional Accreditation

General Medical Council

The GMC recognises bodies to award primary medical qualifications and the process has started to quality assure UCLan and its first undergraduate medicine programme. This takes the form of a year by year review following the first cohort to graduation. Only during the final year of the programme will the GMC be able to approve UCLan and add it to its list of bodies that can award primary medical qualifications. There can be no guarantee that this will be the outcome of the review and UCLan has contingency arrangements in place with the University of Liverpool, so that students enrolled in the programme who are successfully passing all assessments, will be able to complete their studies and graduate with a GMC recognised medical qualification.

Learning Environment and Assessment

UCLan medical students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities. The University’s five campus-based clinical skills laboratories have a vast range of equipment - including a number of high fidelity clinical human simulators - to help develop clinical skills in realistic hospital, home and GP surgery environments. You’ll learn about the workings of the human body in the Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centres.

You’ll undertake placements with one of our clinical education partner National Health Service Trusts, which includes one of the busiest hospitals in the North West of England. The Royal Blackburn Hospital has  large inpatient and outpatient departments, first-class medical facilities and a purpose-built learning centre.


Assessment is by a variety of methods, including but not limited to written exams and assignments, verbal assessments, presentations, clinical skills assessments, portfolio and e-portfolio reviews, ward simulations and a four-week student assistantship.

Led by Professor Cathy Jackson the MBBS team includes practising senior clinical teachers with wide-ranging experience in medical education and research and a strong team of scientists to teach anatomy and medical sciences.


Work-based learning is incorporated in the programme from Year 1. Students undertake 2x, two-week placements in a GP practice and community clinic in Year 1. There is a further 20 days clinical placements in Year 2 which start in primary care and then move to secondary care to prepare students for Year 3.

The majority of learning in Years 3, 4 and 5 will be work-based learning undertaking supervised clinical placements at our partner NHS Trusts in both primary and secondary care. Examples include Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and GP practices in East Lancashire, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and others.

Between Years 4 and 5, you may have the opportunity to take an elective period of study, which will help prepare you for your future career. You may use this opportunity to sample medical practice in the country which you hope to undertake postgraduate training, or use the time to sample a particular medical specialty.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their research skills throughout the programme by undertaking student selected components in each year.

Graduate Careers

With multiple options for postgraduate training available to UCLan MBBS graduates, our Transitions Lead will work with students on a prospective and proactive basis, from early in training, to facilitate onward working across the globe. If you have a country specific enquiry regarding postgraduate training and working after the MBBS programme please contact us: . We would like to highlight to students who wish to work in Singapore and Thailand after graduation, that there are particular issues with this and so we would advise you contact us prior to application.

All UK graduates are eligible to apply to the UK Foundation Programme. Entry onto this programme requires an applicant to have the right to work in the UK and involves a highly competitive process with other UK and EU graduates and there is no guarantee of success.

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. Cost of one sitting of this assessment is included in the MBBS course fees. Any resits of the assessment will be at the student's additional cost.

Student Evaluation Results

At the end of the first semester 96% of students on the MBBS course rated their learning experience as good or very good.


The University has invested in state-of-the-art facilities to ensure a high quality student learning experience. One of the many examples of technology-enhanced learning is the use of virtual dissection tables during anatomy sessions. The use of this virtual learning tool dramatically changes the approach of practical anatomy teaching sessions, providing students with a realistic experience of whole body dissection whilst at the same time avoiding many of the disadvantages of conventional methods.

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