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Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

School of Medicine and Dentistry

UCAS Code

8J68

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston and Burnley
  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    None, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    8J68; Short form:

  • Fees:

    Non-standard fees apply to this course, for more details please see further information.

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: Preston: U, Burnley: A)

  • Start Date:

    September 2015

  • Award Type:

Why study this course?

Study medicine and train to become a doctor, where you put the patient first and are compassionate to others. It’s a tough profession, but the thrill of being a doctor never leaves. Medicine is exciting, stimulating and intrinsically rewarding, and it is with this in mind that we’ve developed a modern MB BS programme in collaboration with local education providers (LEPs) to promote the teamwork and leadership skills necessary to become a successful doctor. Designed to meet the learning outcomes as laid down by the General Medical Council (GMC), you’ll spend Years 1 and 2 largely on campus in Preston and then, in Years 3, 4 and 5 also undertake clinical placements in East Lancashire - preparing you for a career as a qualified doctor.

Please note: This programme is for international students only. UK HE fee regulations prevent UK/EU students from applying for the programme.

Programme Spec

To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme spec.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for those taking A levels or international equivalent:

A-levels: Minimum grades AAB (Chemistry at Grade A, preferably Biology and a third academic subject).

GCSEs: A minimum of 4 GCSE subjects or international equivalent at Grade A which must include English Language and Mathematics.

If English is not first language: English language IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent), in each of the testing areas (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

There is no prescribed minimum for the UKCAT score for 2015 applications, but it may be used as a discriminator between well qualified candidates.

A personal statement including evidence of a minimum of 2 weeks working or volunteering in a medical or health care setting.

Entry Requirements for those on Foundation Programmes (from a foundation programme provider who works in partnership with UCLan)

A minimum of 70% in four subject areas, two of which must be English Language and Chemistry

There is no prescribed minimum for the UKCAT score for 2015 applications, but it may be used as a discriminator between well qualified candidates.

A personal statement including evidence of a minimum of 2 weeks working or volunteering in a medical or health care setting.

Entry Requirements for Graduates

A degree in a science or health related subject at 2.1 or equivalent or above (a masters qualification or higher degree does not compensate for a degree below 2:1 classification).

A Levels: Minimum grades BCC (Chemistry at Grade B, preferably Biology and a third academic subject).

If English is not first language: English language IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent), in each of the testing areas (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

There is no prescribed minimum for the UKCAT score for 2015 applications, but it may be used as a discriminator between well qualified candidates.

A personal statement including evidence of a minimum of 2 weeks working or volunteering in a medical or health care setting.

Supporting Information

All applications must be accompanied by an academic reference.

All applicants must provide a satisfactory enhanced DBS check or international equivalent.

All successful applicants will need to undergo occupational health screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to enrolment.

Detailed entry requirements for your country of residence (.docx 865KB)

Admissions process

The application deadline is the 15th of October 2014.  Applications can be made direct to UCLan or via UCAS. Late applications maybe considered. Foundation Programme applicants is the 15th of January 2015.

There are several stages to the admissions process.

The initial application will be assessed for both the academic and non-academic criteria. Applicants should therefore ensure that their application form (direct for 2015 entry) is as comprehensive as possible.

No candidate will be made an offer without interview.

Interview dates are currently scheduled for:

  • 15th - 18th December 2014
  • 2nd - 4th March 2015

A personal reflective statement is required and should be submitted with your application. Guidance from the admissions team on how to write this is detailed in the Guidance for MB BS Application document.. (.docx 25.8 KB)

If an applicant fails to achieve a place on the MB BS programme they may only make one further consecutive application to the programme.

UK HE fee regulations prevent UK/EU students applying for this programme.

Applications to be made via ia@uclan.ac.uk

Contact

Contact UCLan

Course Enquiries
University of Central Lancashire
Preston
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

How to Apply

How to Apply

Information about admissions; what to expect; what we need and your next steps. For information on financial support options see Bursaries/ scholarships.

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Course at a Glance

Our medical degree programme is an exciting development which is reflected in the School's modern inter-professional approach, with teaching being provided across a number of schools within the University and local education providers, so as to promote the team-working and leadership skills necessary to become a successful doctor.

The aim of the MB BS programme is to deliver a curriculum which ensures that our students emerge as doctors who are not only well grounded in clinical knowledge and skills but also with strong values of caring and compassion. Students will follow 'their' patients along their care pathways in primary and secondary care in years three to five in addition to the early patient contact in year one. This element of continuity is a particular attribute of the MB BS programme and supports the development of the integration of knowledge, skills and professional values in our students.

The emphasis will be on basic medical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and communication and clinical skills. Students will work in small groups to undertake problem based learning (PBL). PBL scenarios, presented by a facilitators, have been designed to link with the learning outcomes for each year.

The purpose of using this format of teaching is to help students develop skills in evaluating clinical and scientific evidence. Working in small groups will also help develop team-working and communications skills in addition to developing skills as a scholar.

Throughout the programme, students benefit from a range of learning strategies PBL tutorials, seminars, laboratory based teaching sessions, workshops, and clinical placements in primary and secondary care. All students will be provided with a portable tablet to support their learning activity across the programme.

During years 1 and 2, students are taught by expert practitioners in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories based at the City campus in Preston. In both years students will have community placements across East Lancashire and will have a secondary care induction at the end of year 2.

In years 3 and 4, students undertake supervised clinical placements in a variety of specialities, in both primary and secondary care. Placements are based mainly at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) with some specialist placements being provided by Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT) and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTr).  In addition, students will undertake primary care placements in general practices and community settings across East Lancashire as well as spending one day per week at a UCLan campus for additional teaching in Preston or Burnley.

There will also be an opportunity for students who are considering USMLE/STEP examinations to be provided with additional teaching sessions.

In year five students will rotate through four six week student apprenticeships. These will include ward based medicine/surgery, emergency medicine and trauma, community medicine, and a student special study module in which a clinical topic can be studied in more depth.  Year 5 will conclude with a four week student assistantship shadowing a foundation doctor.

Please find the course outline here (.docx) 22.8Kb

The aims of this programme are to deliver graduates who are able to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical doctor entering a foundation postgraduate training programme (or international equivalent) as required by the General Medical Council.

There are four themes underpinning the UCLan MB BS curriculum that run throughout the 5 year programme:

  • Integrating medical sciences with clinical practice
  • Communication skills and health informatics
  • Public health (personal, community and population)
  • Quality of care and professionalism

Special study modules (SSMs) are integrated throughout the MB BS programme and give students the opportunity to explore areas of interest in medicine in more depth and breadth. During the 7 SSMs, for a period of 3 or 4 weeks, all other learning activities are placed on hold. The programme primarily fosters skills in research and scholarly writing which are core skills for medical professionals.

SSMs give students the opportunity to do the following:

  • Learn about and begin to develop and use research skills
  • Study, in depth, topics of particular interest outside the core curriculum, whilst supporting the core curriculum
  • Develop greater confidence in their skills and abilities as an independent and team worker
  • Present the results of their work verbally, visually or in writing within a scholarly manner
  • Consider and explore potential career paths

Years 1 and 2 are designed to give students a good grounding in the medical sciences so that they can begin to integrate this knowledge with their teaching in communication and clinical skills.

Years 3 and 4 build on the foundations of the early years as students rotate through the clinical specialities at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and in community settings led by general practice placements. The teaching content for these placements complement each other. As for the early years programme, the curriculum develops along a spiral trajectory with on-going integration of clinical sciences with clinical and communication skills. The remaining themes of Quality of Care and Professionalism and Public Health will be explored through students following patients on their care pathways from primary to secondary care and vice versa.

These will be tailored to the learning outcomes for each speciality but also expose students to the complexity of patients’ health problems. This process ensures the interaction and integration of the four MB BS programme themes.

Based at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Hospitals, three days per week, which includes one day in a primary care placement, students rotate across specialties to develop their clinical knowledge and skills in hospital and community settings. The teaching and learning for the remaining days will occur at a UCLan campus.

Year 5 is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to develop their early professional practice. This is realised through a rotation of four 7 week apprenticeships. These are designed to encourage independent working with close supervision from departmental mentors and an assigned clinical supervisor.

These will be completed in a range of specialities, including:

  • Urgent/Emergency Care
  • Acute Medicine and Surgery
  • Community
  • Special Study Module
  • Students’ progress will be monitored using the ongoing ePortfolio. This will document work-based competencies and evidence of continuing professional development. Students will continue to work within small peer groups

Support will be provided in the form of meetings with peer groups.

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Further Information

The MB BS places considerable emphasis on developing the student's expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, team-work and leadership skills. The programme focuses on early patient contact alongside the learning of basic medical sciences such as anatomy, biochemistry and immunology. This will be a challenging programme of study, but one which is very rewarding if the student is prepared to work hard to achieve their goal.

Course Highlights
  • Enjoy outstanding academic excellence, small class sizes, early patient contact, and exceptional practical clinical training.
  • You’ll receive top quality teaching in state-of-the-art buildings, with clinical placements based in the very heart of an area with a diverse population and which has significant health inequalities.
  • We have top-of-the-range medical facilities including five high specification clinical skills laboratories, with life-size human simulators and equipped with the latest video technology, and a Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre (HARLC).
  • The course is delivered via the latest blended learning method at four main locations: UCLan Preston, UCLan Burnley, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), at the two sites of Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital, and General Practices within East Lancashire.

Download the MB BS eBrochure

* GMC status 
The GMC recognises bodies to award primary medical qualifications and plans to start to quality assure UCLan and its first undergraduate medicine programme. This is likely to take 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 so that students enrolled in the programme will be able to complete their studies.

Course Aims

The aims of this programme are to deliver a graduate who is able to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical doctor entering a foundation postgraduate training programme (or equivalent internationally) and underpinned by the requirements laid out by the General Medical Council. Learning outcomes of the course By completion of the MB BS programme, graduates will be able to:-

  • Apply biomedical scientific principles, methods and knowledge to their medical practice.
  • Carry out consultations with patients, using appropriate communication and examination skills and use their findings to diagnose problems and formulate management plans.
  • Demonstrate competence in a range of professional skills necessary for patient care, working with others in an ethical manner and putting patient safety at the core of their work.
  • Use reflective practice to inform continuing professional development and enhanced competencies and to continually maintain their skills as a doctor.
  • Demonstrate and apply the principles of quality of care and legal and ethical principles and regulations as described by the Care Quality Commission, General Medical Council, Royal Medical Colleges and WHO guidance.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology to support understanding of various pathologies, as well as to facilitate examination of, and interventions for, patients.
  • Apply principles from the biomedical sciences to support the diagnosis and management of medical problems.
  • Appraise and interpret the full variety of research methodologies used in medical practice so as to facilitate the completion and application of such research.
  • Apply a practical understanding of principal aspects of public health to support disease prevention and reduce the burden of illness on society.
  • Interpret the key principles related to quality of care, including clinical governance, medicine in society and non-technical skills and apply them to clinical practice.
  • Complete key diagnostic procedures required of a graduate medical professional, as identified by the General Medical Council.
  • Complete key therapeutic procedures required of a graduate medical professional, as identified by the General Medical Council.
  • Prescribe medications and other licensed products in a safe, effective and efficient manner.

  • Deliver Basic / Intermediate Life Support skills.
  • Assess patients. healthcare needs, taking into account their physical and mental health and personal and social circumstances, and apply their knowledge and skills to synthesise information from a variety of sources in order to reach the best available diagnosis and understanding of the patient's problem.
  • Work in multi-disciplinary teams, taking on a variety of leadership and teaching roles as needed to support best medical practice.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to interpret history, examination and investigation findings and develop a differential diagnosis of medical problems in a variety of situations.
  • Evaluate risk factors and update risk assessment using situational awareness skills to identify potential sources of error.
  • Critically appraise medical research in a manner that supports and informs the use of evidence based medicine within practice.
  • Participate and contribute to a number of sub roles within the workplace, including a leader, a researcher and a teacher, assuming associated responsibilities as required.
  • Demonstrate attitudes and behaviours in all professional and personal contacts, consistent with the values set out by the General Medical Council.
  • Use life-long learning skills to continuously review practice and inform CPD needs in order to remain up to date and offer the best care to patients.
  • Communicate with colleagues and patients in a manner that is efficient, effective and safe in all settings.
  • Utilise and foster medical leadership and management skills.
  • Evidence and reflect upon career progression within an international perspective.
  • Manage own time and workload and set priorities.
  • Work effectively as a team member and leader.

The School is committed to working in partnership with practitioners and employers within the NHS to ensure that teaching and learning is current, innovative and flexible, meeting health sector needs and ensuring that professional body requirements are fulfilled.

As part of the School's commitment to ensuring high quality teaching, all staff delivering the MB BS programme and involved with students, at both UCLan and in Local Education Partnerships (LEPs), will be expected to present appropriate evidence of their competence to take on such a role.

Dean of School of Medicine and Dentistry. Professor Stjohn Crean
Curriculum Lead. Dr Paul Milne
Professor Of Public Health Epidemiology. Paola Dey
Head of Early Years. Dr Andrew Ginty

Postgraduate training

Graduates from UK medical schools normally apply for foundation training in the UK. The number of places is planned around the number of graduates. There is significant competition to achieve a training position. If graduates from the UCLan MB BS programme decide to stay in the UK for their foundation training, they would be eligible to enter this highly competitive process, which carries no guarantee of successful placement. Some international students will seek GMC registration and plan to return to their home countries to undertake the equivalent of foundation training. These students must obtain prospective approval during their undergraduate studies from the UCLan School of Medicine and Dentistry that the proposed training is equivalent to foundation training in the UK and is acceptable to the GMC.

Fees and Funding

The standard fee for all students shall be 35,000 GBP per year (subject to an annual increase in-line with inflation). The University's standard policy in relation to Tuition Fees shall not apply.

The full MB BS tuition fee policy is set out in this document (.pdf 44 Kb) 

Please note: This programme is for international students only. UK HE fee regulations prevent UK/EU students from applying for the programme.

Late Applications

We are still accepting applications for a number of courses starting in 2014, please contact us for further information.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

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Professional Accreditation

General Medical Council

Learning Environment and Assessment

All teaching rooms at UCLan are equipped with the latest technology to aid learning. In addition, we have state-of-the-art facilities for our medical students.

The Human Anatomy Resource and Learning Centre (HARLC)

A comprehensive understanding of human anatomy is essential for tomorrow’s doctors. The (HARLC) is our focal point for students to engage in learning about the workings of the human body.

Knowledge and understanding of anatomy is taught through a range of lectures and practical activities including the use of anatomical models, teaching guides and instructional videos in this up to date centre. Access to the centre’s resources is encouraged throughout the course for both private and group study to promote both independent learning skills and active learning. We see the anatomy resources of HARLC as supporting the student’s developing clinical skills and competencies.

Clinical Skills Laboratories

UCLan currently has five high specification skills laboratories that are stocked with a vast range of equipment to help the student develop their clinical skills. These dedicated areas provide a safe, realistic clinical environment in which students can integrate their medical science knowledge with their clinical skills.

Within these clinical suites there are a number of life-size human simulators of all ages. These will allow students to practise a variety of clinical skills and techniques so that they are well prepared for real situations on hospital wards. So that simulated scenarios can be reviewed, suites are equipped with the latest video technology to record and allow students to review each scenario. Additional space includes simulated primary care settings, such as a GP surgery and patient’s home setting.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Students will undertake their placements at two state-of-the-art hospitals, the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital. With large inpatient and outpatient departments, these are amongst the busiest hospitals in the North West of England. With first-class medical facilities, the Trust also provides a purpose-built learning centre with a clinical skills laboratory, simulation room, library, common room and office space.

View full details on medical facilities (.docx 878KB)

Assessment
Year 1
Formative: Annual appraisal to include a personal development plan, eportfolio (review on reflection in clinical, communication, patient contact and use of IT), knowledge, OSCE and communication skill assessments at the end of Semester 1 in order to introduce students to these methods of assessment. At end of each PBL scenario formative assessment using 10-15 on line questions.

Summative: Knowledge, application of knowledge and critical thinking: 150 item exam using Extended Matching Item(EMI), Single Best Answer (SBA), in computer based format, and shortfree text answers, ’hot spot, drag and drop’ items, OSCE 1 10 clinical skills (minimum) and OSCE 2 10 communication skills stations.

Special study module: 3,000 word assignment literature review.

Year 2
Formative: Annual appraisal to include a personal development plan, e-portfolio (review on reflection in clinical, communication, patient contact and use of IT), knowledge, 

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) and communication skill assessments at the end of Semester 1 in order to introduce students to these methods of assessment. At end of each PBL scenario formative assessment using 10-15 on line questions.

Summative: Knowledge, application of knowledge and critical thinking: 150 item exam using EMI, SBAs, in computer based format, and shortfree text answers, ’hot spot, drag and drop’ items, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) 1 10 clinical skills(minimum) and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) 2 10 communication skills stations.

Special study module: 3,000 word assignment literature review.

Year 3
Formative: Annual appraisal, modelled on Good Medical Practice, i.e. knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork and maintaining trust.

Review of eportfolio/work based portfolio:

a: reflective practice will inform personal development plan
b: make use of competency tools e.g. Cex, DOPs, PBAs, MSF, 360°, CBDs

10-15 on line items at end of each clinical attachment. Completion of e-portfolio with review by clinical supervisors.

Summative(end of year): Knowledge computer-based assessment; 150 item exam using EMI, SBA, and shortfree text answers, ’hot spot, drag and drop’ items, two Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) station assessments, each consisting of minimum 10 stations.

Special Study Modules: 2 SSMs, 3,000 word assignments per module.

Year 4
Formative: Annual appraisal, modelled on Good Medical Practice, i.e. knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork and maintaining trust.

Review of eportfolio/work based portfolio:

a: reflective practice will inform personal development plan
b: make use of competency tools e.g. Cex, DOPs, PBAs, MSF, 360°, CBDs

10-15 on line items at end of each clinical attachment. Completion of e-portfolio with review by clinical supervisors

Summative (end of year): Knowledge computer-based assessment; 150 item exam using EMI,SBA, and short free text answers, ‘hot spot, drag and drop’ items, Two Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) 10 station(minimum) assessments

Special Study Modules: 2 SSMs, 3,000 word assignments per module

Year 5
Formative: Annual appraisal, modelled on Good Medical Practice, i.e. knowledge, skills and performance, safety and quality, communication, partnership and teamwork and maintaining trust.

Review of eportfolio/work based portfolio:

a: reflective practice will inform personal development plan
b: make use of competency tools e.g. Cex, DOPs, PBAs, MSF, 360°, CBDs

Summative: Satisfactory completion of clinical skills assessments (e.g. mini-CEX,DOPS), prescribing skills, preparation to practice assessment (PPAT) summative examination, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE’s) stations on safety relates issues within summative examinations, including prescribing, handover of care and communicating errors, satisfactory completion of work based portfolio.

Preparation for Practice Assessment (PPAT)

Towards the completion of the 5th year and prior to students starting their assistantship, a Preparation for Practice Assessment simulation examination will take place. This ward simulation examination offers students the chance to be assessed, both formatively and summatively, in areas outside of their previous examinations or portfolio assessment. This assessment brings a focus on the wider professional, communication and leadership roles within a contextual setting.

Student assistantship

After summative assessments, students will complete a four week assistantship shadowing a foundation doctor. This will complete the transition period and lead into continuing postgraduate education.

Opportunities

This programme aims to deliver graduates who are able to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical doctor entering a foundation postgraduate training programme (or international equivalent) as required by the GMC. If graduates from the MB BS programme decide to stay in the UK for their foundation training, they would be eligible to enter the highly competitive UK Foundation Programme process, which carries no guarantee of success. Some MB BS graduates will seek GMC registration and plan to return to their home countries to undertake the equivalent of foundation training. These students must obtain prospective approval during their undergraduate studies from the UCLan School of Medicine and Dentistry that the proposed training is equivalent to foundation training in the UK and is acceptable to the GMC.

The MB BS course is delivered by UCLan in partnership with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) who is the main provider of the clinical placements for the course.

Delivery of education in the School of Medicine and Dentistry takes place predominantly at four main locations:

  • University of Central Lancashire campus in Preston
  • University of Central Lancashire campus in Burnley
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), at the two sites of Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital
  • General Practices within East Lancashire

In addition, a small number of additional placements or teaching activities may be provided at other locations such as Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (mental health services) and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.