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. 

This course is open to international (Non EU) students and a limited number of places will be available for UK students from the North West of England and students who have taken the BSc Medical Sciences Foundation entry. Weighting will be given to UK Widening Participation students. UK applications from outside the North West of England will not be considered. Four regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are also available. 

Please note, due to the global health situation, interviews will be conducted remotely for the foreseeable future. If you are shortlisted, you will receive more details from our Admissions team in due course.

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


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

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: International students Full-time: £40,500 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)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

AAB at A Level. At least two science subjects to include Chemistry and a third academic subject.

Students must be able to provide evidence of sustained academic achievement (GCSE or equivalent to include English Language B or higher) with a broad study of Science and Math up to the age of 15-16. UK applicants not meeting the English Language requirement should read the detailed entry requirements via the link below. English as medium of instruction will not be accepted for any student.

A recognised honours degree in any science subject at 2:1 or above or equivalent or, a recognised degree in a health care profession at 2:1 or above or equivalent with at least one year’s professional work experience. (A master's qualification or higher degree does not compensate for these degree requirements).

View further detailed information regarding our entry criteria.

How to Apply

  • UK applications should be made via UCAS and submitted before the 15th October.
  • International applications can also be made via UCAS or can be submitted directly using our online application form.
  • All students will be required to submit a Transferable Skills Statement* as part of the application process. Guidance and a copy of the form are available using the links below.

View our application process

UK Applications

A limited number of places will be available for UK students. UCLan will only accept UK applications from applicants resident in the North West of England or from students who are currently taking the UCLan BSc Medical Sciences Foundation Entry programme both at UCLan. We strongly discourage students who are not resident in the North West of England or taking the foundation entry course from applying to the UCLan MBBS programme as they will not be eligible and will waste a valuable UCAS choice. For further information, see the FAQs.

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.

Four regional UK scholarships offering full tuition fees and a maintenance grant are also available.

Please note that the UCAT is not required for entry to the MBBS Programme and we do NOT consider deferred entry for entry onto MBBS.


  • Week Commencing Monday 12th April - UK candidates only
  • Week Commencing Monday 19th April - UK candidates only

If you have any queries, please contact

International (Non EU) Applications

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
  • 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 UCAT is not required for entry to the MBBS Programme.


  • w/c  December 14th  - Dec 18th  - INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY
  • w/c  January 11th /12th -  January 14th /15th – INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS ONLY

If you have any queries, please contact

Our entry requirements state that international students require IELTS of 7.0 in all components. Before entering phase 2 of MBBS and 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. Before Year 3 of the MBBS, 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.

Change of International Status

The UK government imposes strict limits on the number of places available to home (UK/EU) students on the MBBS programme. If you are holding an offer for the UCLan MBBS programme, and your status changes from an international student to a home (UK/EU) student, the offer will lapse and you will not therefore be automatically entitled to accept your offer or take up your place if you have already accepted your offer. You will  therefore need to reapply for the course as a home (UK/EU) student. Please note that because of the UK government restrictions referred to above, different entry criteria may apply for home (UK/EU) applicants and places may not be available for the same academic year. If you are already enrolled on the programme and your international status changes (e.g. because of an error in the original assessment of your status), it is likely that you will have to withdraw from the programme. The University will provide you with appropriate support and advice during this process.  Application for home (UK/EU) places on the UCLan MBBS programme is a highly competitive process.

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.

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*UCLan School of Medicine recognises the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust Health Careers Passport (HCP). Students with the HCP do not need to submit the Transferable Skills Statement, only their HCP.

Scholarships and Bursaries

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DBS Checks

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Further Information

Study Medicine (MBBS) in the UK

Human Anatomy Learning Centre

Clinical Skills Suite

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

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.

Clinical placements on the course will be in both East Lancashire and West Cumbria and will involve relocation from Preston Campus in Years 3,4 and 5.

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.

The multi-professional environment of the School of Medicine and Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences provides shared learning opportunities as professionals in training learn together. An example of this is seen in years 1 and 2 of the MBBS and MPAS courses where students will share many classes that are important to healthcare professionals in training.

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.

MBBS students

MBBS students

MBBS students

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, North West Boroughs NHS Foundation Trust and others.

Clinical placements on the course will be in both East Lancashire and West Cumbria and will involve relocation from Preston Campus in Years 3,4 and 5.

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.

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Professional Accreditation

The General Medical Council (GMC) recognises UCLan as one of the bodies to award primary medical qualifications.

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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


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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.

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 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.

Information from the GMC regarding the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA)

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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.


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Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Medicine

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.