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School of Medicine

We offer a range of clinical programmes in the field of medicine and vision sciences. Our undergraduate courses include MBBS, Physician Associate Studies, Ophthalmic Dispensing plus an accelerated Medical Sciences degree and a foundation entry programme, designed to prepare students for further study in Medicine or other healthcare subjects.

As a Royal College of Surgeons accredited centre, we also provide postgraduate and CPD medical courses for doctors and other health professionals who want to develop skills and knowledge in clinical and non-clinical roles. Our quality-assured programmes offer personal and professional development to support career development and equip health professionals with the skills they need to respond to the new healthcare environment.

Key features:

  • Programmes delivered by expert staff in the University, many of whom are practising clinicians and our associate NHS education partners.
  • MBBS degree accredited by the General Medical Council.
  • Patient contact and clinical or voluntary placements from an early stage on many programmes.
  • State-of-the-art facilities including clinical skills labs, virtual dissection tables, fully equipped eye healthcare clinic with eye simulator.
  • Evidence-based teaching to inform and guide clinical practice and make a difference to the experience of patients and the public.
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Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

Our Medicine (MBBS) programme offers an innovative approach to medical education training students to become professional, compassionate doctors. Taught in state-of the-art facilities, the programme is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) and is on its list of bodies able to award UK primary medical qualifications.

As part of this course, you will benefit from early patient contact and clinical placements in the NHS from your first year.

Westlakes campus

National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine

The National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) provides a unique set of opportunities for students, exposing them to the challenges of remote and rural medicine at our Westlakes Campus in West Cumbria.

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Mackenzie Clinical Research Institute

The Mackenzie Clinical Research Institute is a newly established research centre based at our Burnley Campus. The Institute brings clinical research excellence back to Burnley, where clinical research in primary care really began, as it follows in the footsteps of Sir James Mackenzie, a Burnley GP in who is considered the father of general practice-based research.


Our facilities

Honorary staff

Johann Malawana is the Founder and Director of The Healthcare Leadership Academy, this is a social enterprise that is training the next generation of leaders in Healthcare on how to have the greatest impact on leading and delivering healthcare services for the benefit of society. Johann is the Lead for Education and Training for Healthcare UK at The Department of International Trade. In 2016 Johann founded Medics.Academy, a digital education technology company that has been awarded many prestigious awards and has delivered projects for organisations including Health Education England, NHS Organisations and the World Health Organisation. Medics.Academy has been thinking about how health education will be delivered over the next generation and finding scalable solutions using Technology to facilitate impactful change.

Johann is a former chair of the Junior Doctors Committee of the British Medical Association, a member of the board of Directors of the General Medical Council, a member of the board of Directors of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board and a council member of the British Medical Association. He has held a variety of Leadership roles in Healthcare and the NHS over 18 years.

As a result of all this, Johann developed a strong representative and leadership reputation. Johann served as an advisor on several reviews of the medical education environment in his career. Johann is passionate about how we educate healthcare professionals to deliver health services societies need. Johann's academic work focusses on Technology Enhanced Learning and how we can use technology to solve health education problems in all healthcare economies and environments.

We are always looking for willing volunteer patients to take part in student teaching or assessment sessions. Volunteers should be happy to allow students to record their medical histories and in some cases, carry out physical examinations. Volunteers can attend sessions just once or twice a year if they wish, or can choose to be more active participants.

We are particularly looking for volunteers with any of the following conditions:

  • Neurological problems: for example, Parkinson’s disease, previous stroke, previous spine or brain surgery, peripheral neuropathies.
  • Heart problems: for example, angina, myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension, peripheral vascular disease, valve disease.
  • Chest/breathing problems: for example, asthma, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, restrictive lung disease or anything related.
  • Endocrine problems: for example, thyroid problems, goitre, diabetes type 1 and type 2.
  • Gastrointestinal problems: for example, inflammatory diseases (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), stoma, liver problems.
  • Kidney problems: for example, somebody who has received a kidney transplant, polycystic kidney disease.
  • Joint problems for example: for example, rheumatoid arthritis, severe osteoarthritis.
  • Dermatological problems: for example, psoriasis, eczema.
  • Breast surgery/problems: for example, previous breast surgery.

If you would like to be involved and your condition does not appear on the list we would still be delighted to hear from you.

Each Volunteer Patient will be well looked after and provided with refreshments and free parking. Additionally, everyone who takes part will receive a small token to say ‘thank you’ for giving up your time to help our medical students’ progress.

If you are interested in becoming a patient volunteer please email and a member of our team will contact you with further information.

Please complete these forms if you would like to let us know of any positive feedback, professionalism lapses, or wellbeing and safety concerns.

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