School of Medicine

Medicine students

The School of Medicine offers a range of clinical programmes in medicine, including a UK-based medical degree – MBBS – which will train global doctors through a programme recognised by the UK General Medical Council, postgraduate and undergraduate Physician Associate training, a foundation entry and an accelerated Medical Sciences course, a unique Optometry provision and a range of postgraduate and professional programmes, aimed at helping practitioners develop specialist skills and knowledge.
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About the School

The School of Medicine offers an innovative MBBS programme. Our MBBS trains doctors through a programme recognised by the UK General Medical Council and offers a medical education to the highest UK standards for self-funded and sponsored international students. The course builds on UCLan’s existing expertise in dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health professions and students become part of a School which allows for unique interactions with these groups of students. UCLan’s MBBS programme delivers outstanding teaching, combined with real-world clinical experience, to shape the global doctors of the future. It has been developed in line with General Medical Council (GMC) quality assurance processes and as with any new medical school receives regular quality assurance visits from the GMC.

Taught at our Burnley campus, both the Medical Sciences accelerated degree and foundation entry programme prepare students for further study on graduate entry Medicine, Dentistry or Physician Associate Studies, Masters or PhD studies, as well as creating opportunities for students to competitively apply for careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries or academia.

The introduction of our MSci Optometry, a unique programme in the field combines both Ophthalmic Dispensing and Optometry within one programme and is delivered through a blended learning format which is designed to offer colleagues working within the optical industry a range of entry points and paths to gain qualifications while they are working.

Successful graduates from our undergraduate and postgraduate Physician Associate courses are eligible to sit the national Physician Associate exam and once successful apply for registration as a UK Physician Associate. This group of professionals, although relatively new to the UK are designed to form part of the integrated NHS workforce of the future, and employment of registered Physician Associates is at present close to 100 percent.

The School also offers postgraduate medical courses for general practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals who want to develop skills and knowledge in clinical and non-clinical roles, with the objective of increasing specialisation, enhancing leadership skills and developing practice. Our quality-assured programmes offer personal and professional development to support revalidation and equip health professionals with the skills they need to respond to the new healthcare environment. We have achieved this through collaboration with the North West England Faculty of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the North Western Deanery.

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Centre accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons

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Professional Skills Application

You will benefit from patient interaction from early on via work with our volunteer Comensus group and embedded placements

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Real World Experience

You will gain invaluable real life experience with opportunities to use your skills and knowledge to complete in built and voluntary placements

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The aim of the School of Medicine is to provide high-quality research evidence to inform and guide clinical practice and health policy and make a difference to the experience of patients and the public.

Global research culture

The creation of the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences allows multidisciplinary teams of basic and research active clinicians to work together to achieve an effective and sustainable critical mass. The Faculty is well placed to exploit exciting new multidisciplinary approaches to translational academic research to have a real impact on society. The Faculty has the vision of an integrated discovery path from bench to bedside along with appropriate research facilities and collaborations.

visit our new Faculty research website

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Study Medicine

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School of Medicine First year trip to Wales


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