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Let's excel in more than our studies. Let's excel in a future medical career.

We are proud to be training future doctors and Physician Associates as well as preparing students for other healthcare careers or developing skills and knowledge of qualified professionals in the sector.

Our courses are taught in Preston, Burnley and at the National Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine (NCRRM) at Westlakes, in West Cumbria.

State-of-the-art facilities include clinical skills laboratories with high fidelity clinical human simulators and human anatomy resource and learning centres containing new anatomical models, virtual dissection tables and VR headsets.

Many courses provide the opportunity to gain invaluable real-life experience with in-built and voluntary clinical placements in urban and rural NHS settings, as well as patient interaction through our volunteer patient group.

Our post-qualification courses allow students to convert previous CPD study into academic credits. Most courses can be studied part-time, with blended learning or are taught in CPD blocks, building to a higher qualification to fit with busy professional life.

Explore our post-qualification courses in Urgent and Rural Medicine, Integrated Care and Clinical Skills, and Performance and Rehabilitation in the 'Courses in Medicine' section below.

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Nigel Garratt, School of Medicine talks about our postgraduate courses

Why choose us?

  • Our MBBS programme is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) and listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools.

  • The postgraduate provision in the School of Medicine is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS).

  • Our School of Medicine was ranked as the Top Medical School in North West England in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
Sounds Interesting?

Future Careers and Opportunities

Our undergraduate courses will enable you to progress into a career as a doctor (MBBS) or a Physician Associate (MPAS). Our accelerated two-year Medical Sciences degree offers a fast track route into graduate entry medicine, dentistry or other health related courses and our foundation entry provides a pathway into further study if you don’t have the qualifications to start an honours degree.

Our flexible postgraduate programmes will provide the skills and qualifications to start a new role or develop your portfolio career whilst working in the medical team.

Join us for an Open Day this Autumn

Our Open Days are designed to give you a taste of what it's like to study with us and explore the very facilities you will be making use of during your studies.

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Explore the facilities

Meet the team

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.

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