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

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

School of Medicine




Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 895024

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    None, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    8J68; Short form: MBBS

  • Campus:

    Preston and Burnley (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Our medicine degree offers an innovative approach to medical education for self-funded and sponsored international students (non UK/EU), training them to become professional, compassionate doctors. Delivered in the newest medical school in the UK, you will benefit from a state-of-the-art curriculum; designed with local patients. As we are recruiting a small cohort of students, we are able to offer a warm, supportive and multi-cultural learning environment, where every student is treated as an individual. You’ll enjoy early patient contact from Year 1 and follow ‘your’ patients on clinical placements in Years 3 to 5. The programme is delivered by expert staff in the University and our associate NHS education providers. Our course has been closely aligned to the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) curriculum structure in order to help those students who wish to undertake USMLE. This programme is for international students. UK HE fee regulations prevent UK/EU students applying for this programme.

Download the MBBS eBrochure

Entry Requirements

View details of the UCLan MBBS application process and the 2016 entry requirements.

Please note that the UKCAT is not required for 2016 entry to the MBBS Programme. 

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

UCLan Open Day

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27th September 2015

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

Course at a Glance

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 in East Lancashire, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and others. You will also spend one day per week at the UCLan Burnley or Preston 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.

Fees and Funding

The standard fee for all students commencing the programme in 2016 shall be 36,500 GBP per year (subject to an annual increase in-line with UK inflation).

Following recent changes in consumer legislation, the terms and conditions of the University's tuition fee policy is currently under review for 2015/16 and once this review is complete it will be posted on our web page. If you have any concerns in relation to this please contact us at

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


Applications for the MBBS programme can be made direct via our online application form or through UCAS.

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)

Course Specification and Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course specification and course handbook (2015 intake).

Apply Now

You can now apply to start the course in September 2016.

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+44(0)1772 895024


Full-time: Non-standard fees apply to this course.

The standard fee for all students commencing the programme in 2016 shall be 36,500 GBP per year (subject to an annual increase in-line with UK inflation).

See full details of the MBBS tuition fees policy.

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

Further information:

Scholarships and bursaries

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 is quality assuring 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 add UCLan to the list of bodies that can award UK 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 and 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 in the UK’s newest medical school. Our 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 include two of the busiest hospitals in the North West of England. The Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital have 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 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.