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

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

School of Medicine and Dentistry




Under- graduate


Preston and Burnley

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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    None, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    8J68; Short form: MBBS

  • Campus:

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

  • Start Date:

    September 2016

  • Award Type:


Why study this course?

Our degree in Medicine (MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery) will train international students to become professional, compassionate doctors.

The programme emphasises continuity of care. You’ll enjoy early patient contact from Year 1 and follow ‘your’ patients along primary and secondary care pathways on clinical placements in Years 3 to 5. The programme is delivered by the School of Medicine and Dentistry and teaching is provided by expert staff in the University and our associate local NHS education providers, preparing you for a rewarding career practicing medicine.

This programme is for International Students. UK HE fee regulations prevent UK/EU students applying for this programme.

For GMC status see section on professional accreditation.

Entry Requirements

For the 2016 entry requirements please contact the university at

Admissions process

Applications can be made direct to UCLan via using the online application form, or by downloading an application form from this webpage. Alternatively, you can apply via the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). 

Your application will be assessed against both academic and non-academic set criteria, so please make sure your application form is as comprehensive as possible. A personal reflective statement is required as part of your application. The personal statement is a key element of the admissions process and guidance from the admissions team on how to write this in line with our set criteria is detailed in the Guidance for MBBS Application. You should also ensure that you include all supporting information for your application including copies of your IELTS qualification (or equivalent) and academic qualifications (where available), a minimum of one reference and a letter confirming any work experience, job shadowing or volunteering you have undertaken.

Applicants who are successful in being invited for interview will be asked to participate in Multiple Mini Interviews and more information on these can be found here.

The University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry values the positive impacts of disabilities and diversity on our MBBS programme. We welcome and encourage applications from all students and provide guidance on diversity and disability which students should refer to before completing their application.

No applicant will be made an offer without interview which are normally held at the UCLan Preston campus.

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

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Course at a Glance

This degree will deliver graduates with a UK primary medical qualification who are able to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical doctor entering into the international equivalent of a foundation postgraduate training programme as required by the GMC.

There are three vertical themes which run throughout the 5 year programme:
• Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine
• Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine
• Medical Skills and Quality Care

Student Selected Components (SSCs) are integrated throughout the programme and give you the opportunity to explore areas of interest in more depth and breadth.

Years 1 and 2
Years 1 and 2 are designed to give you a good grounding in medical sciences, so you start to integrate this knowledge with communication and clinical skills. You’ll be taught by expert practitioners in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories on the city campus in Preston and enjoy community placements across East Lancashire and in Bridgewater Community NHS Healthcare Trust, with a secondary care induction at the end of Year 2.

Years 3 and 4
In Years 3 and 4, you’ll rotate through supervised clinical placements in a variety of specialties, in both primary and secondary care. Placements are based mainly at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust with some specialist placements being provided by Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In addition, you’ll undertake primary care placements in general practices and community settings across East Lancashire and in Bridgewater Community NHS Healthcare Trust, as well as spending one day per week at a UCLan campus for additional teaching in Preston or Burnley.

If you’re considering USMLE examinations, you’ll be provided with additional support for preparation.

Year 5
Year 5 is dedicated to providing you with the opportunity to develop your early professional practice through a rotation of apprenticeships. These are designed to encourage independent working, with close supervision from departmental mentors and your assigned clinical supervisor. Apprenticeships will be completed in a range of specialties, including:

  • Urgent/Emergency Care 
  • Acute Medicine and Surgery 
  • Community 
  • Student Selected Component

Year 5 concludes with a 4-week student assistantship shadowing a foundation doctor.

Further Information

Our modern Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery programme has been developed in conjunction with local education providers (LEPs) to promote the teamwork and leadership skills necessary to become a successful doctor.

You’ll develop 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. It’s a challenging programme of study, but, like medicine itself, one that’s exciting, stimulating and intrinsically rewarding if you’re willing to work hard.

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 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.
  • The course is delivered using a variety of teaching methods five main locations: UCLan Preston, UCLan Burnley, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, at the two sites of Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and General Practices within East Lancashire.
  • All students will be provided with a Windows 8 tablet computer to support their learning.

Download the MBBS eBrochure

Fees and Funding

The standard fee for all students commencing the programme in 2015 shall be 35,000 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 this web page and will be sent to those holding offers. For the avoidance of doubt, the MBBS tuition fees for students entering in 2015/16 will remain unchanged from above. 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.

Programme Specification

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

Apply Now

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

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


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

Further information:

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

General Medical Council

The GMC will quality assure UCLan and its first undergraduate medicine programme. This will 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 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. Our five campus based Clinical Skills Laboratories have a vast range of equipment - including a number of high fidelity clinical human simulators - to help you 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 Centre.

You’ll undertake placements at 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.

View full details on medical facilities

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 4-week student assistantship.

The members of staff who will be involved with the course can be found on the School Staff pages here.


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 at

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.