Medicine (MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)

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

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. Weighting will be given to UK Widening Participation students. Two regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are also available. For more information, read below.

Please note that applications are now closed for 2018 entry for UK entry. The deadline for 2018 entry UK/EU applications to MBBS at UCLan was the 15th October 2017. This does not affect international applications for 2018 entry which is still open. 

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Study Medicine (MBBS) in the UK

Key Information

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

AAB at A2 at least two science subjects to include Chemistry
Evidence of sustained academic achievement with broad study of Science, Math & English up to 16.
Hons degree in any science 2.1 or health degree 2.1 with 1 year professional experience.

A limited number of interview places are available for the MBBS programme. In order to shortlist applicants for interview the School of Medicine may use an additional aptitude test as part of the shortlisting process.

Applicants are likely to be liable for the cost of this test and details will be confirmed on our MBBS webpage in the near future.

How to Apply

  • UK/EU applications should be made via UCAS and submitted before the 15th October.
  • International applications should also be made via UCAS and can be submitted directly using our online application form.

View our application process

UK/EU Applications

Please note that applications are now closed for 2018 entry for UK/EU students. The deadline for 2018 entry UK/EU applications to MBBS at UCLan was the 15th October 2017. This does not affect international applications for 2018 entry which is still open.

AAB at A2 with at least two science subjects to include Chemistry. Evidence of sustained academic achievement with broad study of Science, Maths & English up to the age of 16. A 2:1 honours degree in any science or health degree with 1 year’s professional experience.

2018 Entry
In 2018, UCLan will accept some UK applications and additional weighting will be given to Widening Participation students. This will not affect our international recruitment.

View all of our 2018 entry requirements

2019 Entry
In 2019, a limited number of places will be available for UK students. Weighting will be given to UK Widening Participation students. 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 here.

Two regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are also available. For more information please click here.

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

If you have any queries, please contact

International Applications

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.

View all of our 2018 entry requirements

In order to process your application, we will 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)
  • A copy of your passport (photograph page) and any visas you hold or have held to be in the UK

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.

If you have any queries, please contact

Occupational Health

All applicants must obtain a satisfactory occupational health check as part of the application process. Find out more in our ‘Additional Guidance for Applicants’ document below.

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.

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Course Overview

Year 1

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



  • 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

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Course Information

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.

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.

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Placements and Opportunities

Work-based learning is incorporated in the programme from Year 1. You’ll 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 you 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.

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

Professional Accreditation

The General Medical Council (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 Facilities

UCLan medical students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities. The University’s on-campus 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 which contain new anatomical models and virtual dissection tables.


The pattern of assessment is a combination of continuous formative assessment and regular examinations throughout the programme. Continuous assessment provides you with regular opportunities to consolidate your learning. You can monitor your progress with your tutor and identify, at an early stage, where there may be a need for additional help with your studies.


Continuous assessment will include:

  • ePortfolio: an electronic reflective tool
  • Formative assessment: at the end of the first semester and informally throughout the year
  • End-of-year examinations: including computer based knowledge exams and objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs) and oral and poster presentations
  • Professionalism: assessed throughout the course in a variety of formative and summative ways

Graduate Careers

There are multiple options available upon graduation from the MBBS programme. Successful completion of the course will enable you to meet core requirements as a Junior Doctor and allow you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council. 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. Places on this programme are not guaranteed for every UK graduate.

Please note that 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. Please be aware that regulations in this area may change from time to time and check the GMC’s website for the most up-to-date information.

There are also a number of postgraduate training routes available to UCLan MBBS graduates and our Transitions Lead will work with you 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 on We must highlight to students who wish to work in Singapore and Thailand after graduation, that there are some issues with this and so we would advise you contact us prior to application for further information.

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 here.

National Student Survey 2017

At the end of the first semester 96% of students on the MBBS course rated their learning experience as “good or very good” according to the National Student Survey 2017 (NSS).

Student life


School of Medicine, First year trip to Wales



Sushilkumar Keshav Jadhav
2nd Year MBBS Student

Sushilkumar Keshav Jadhav

Important Information

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This course is based in the School of Medicine
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.