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As part of a modern university offering a wide spectrum of health and social care education and research, the School of Medicine has quickly become a trusted and sought-after education partner for service providers in the regional health and social care economy.

The School has a strong staff team of experienced scientists and medical professionals, many of whom are clinically active, and with 3 campus sites in Preston and Burnley in Lancashire and Whitehaven in Cumbria, we are ideally placed to meet the diverse needs of both urban and rural communities, working in partnership to create new models of integrated care.

Foundation Courses

At the School of Medicine we aim to develop the medical professionals of the future. The foundation Medical Sciences degree will give you a strong core of scientific knowledge, and a broad range of transferable study skills to improve scientific and English language skills. This programme is a ‘gateway’ course to prepare students to become competitive graduate entry candidates for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other professional programmes. During your first year, if you are expected to achieve a high level of success, you can apply to Medicine, Physician Associate Studies, Pharmacy, Biomedical Science, or Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy programmes.

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Undergraduate Courses

The School offers a selection of competitive undergraduate programmes, on which students can use our state-of-the-art facilities, virtual dissection tables and modern anatomical models. Physician Associate and Medicine students study many of the same modules alongside each other gaining extensive clinical and communication skills to aid them in their future careers. Our Accelerated 2-year Medical Sciences degree is designed to prepare students for further study on professional healthcare programmes, such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Masters or PhD studies. The recent introduction of Optometry, enables those working within the optical industry the chance to gain qualifications while they are working. For more information see the course pages below.

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Collaborating closely with service providers and patients, the School offers a range of post-qualification and professional courses, responding to the needs of our students, their portfolio careers and the future medical economy.

Many of our courses allow students to convert their previous CPD study into academic credits towards a postgraduate award. Most courses can be studied part time, some offer blended learning and others are taught in CPD blocks, building to a higher qualification to fit with busy professional life.

Postgraduate Courses


Courses Coming Soon

MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Surgery


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.

Visit our Faculty Research Website