30 July 2015
First cohort of international students ready to begin
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has accepted its first cohort of students, from 29 different countries, on to its new self-funded five-year medical programme commencing in September.
Aimed at international students and predominately at those who lack opportunities in their own country, the new MBBS degree will teach medical sciences along with clinical and communication skills out of UCLan’s multi-million pound facilities in Preston and Burnley.
Undergraduates will also undertake clinical placements as part of their course, thanks to opportunities provided by some of the busiest hospitals in the North of England.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust (LTHT) and other regional NHS Trusts will be providing clinical placements in secondary care, while primary care placements will take place in regional GP practices and community settings in Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, servicing the significant health needs across the area.
Following a recent visit to UCLan School of Medicine, the General Medical Council (GMC) has committed to work with the university to enable the MBBS programme to acquire full GMC recognition.
“The UCLan MBBS will attract the best global medical students to study and work in the NHS here in Lancashire.”
UCLan’s Professor Cathy Jackson, Head of the School of Medicine, said: “Our MBBS programme offers a more inclusive approach to typical medical education. The programme offers international students a state-of-the-art curriculum, exceptional practical clinical training, early patient contact and small class sizes, all delivered in the UK’s newest medical school.
“We have recruited a strong academic team well ahead of the launch, and thanks to the quality of the programme and our outstanding facilities, we are already receiving high calibre applications for 2016.”
Dr Damien Lynch, Director of Undergraduate Education at ELHT, said: “The UCLan MBBS will attract the best global medical students to study and work in the NHS here in Lancashire. Our partnership with the UCLan Medical School is a cornerstone of our plans to become a teaching hospital and we look forward to the research and teaching opportunities it will bring.”
UCLan’s new School of Medicine now offers a strong portfolio of programmes and sits within the new College of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences, offering a multi-professional approach to medical education alongside colleagues in pharmacy and dentistry.