Medicine & Surgery (Foundation Entry)

International students only
6 years
September 2024

Do you aspire to be a doctor, but don't have the qualifications to apply? Our MBBS Medicine & Surgery with a foundation year is a 6-year programme which will allow you to become a doctor. This course is open to international students only.

Why study with us

  • 8th
    in the UK for academic support
    National Student Survey (Medicine (non-specific) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • We have a large number of international students so you will benefit from learning alongside students from around the world.
  • The programme is recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) on its list of bodies able to award UK primary medical qualifications.
  • Our foundation year will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be successful and automatically progress onto to our 5-year MBBS Medicine course.

What you'll do

  • Your foundation year will be taught at our fantastic Westlakes Campus, where you’ll enjoy a supportive, multicultural learning environment with access to open countryside. You’ll be based close to the Lake District, England’s largest national park.
  • You will have access to our on-campus clinical skills laboratories - to help develop clinical skills in realistic hospital, home and GP surgery environments.
  • Once you progress to our 5-year MBBS course, you’ll benefit from a mixture of work-based learning and clinical placements throughout the programme.
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Academic working with MBBS students
Academic working with MBBS students


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

Geraldine in a dress and cardigan smiling
Dr Geraldine O'Connor
Principal Lecturer
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Geraldine teaches Medicine, Physician Associate and Medical Science students with a focus on immunology and haematology subjects. She is Academic Lead for Year 1 of the MBBS (Medicine) programme as well as theme lead for Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine for Year 1 and Yea…

Robert Sims
Dr Robert Sims
Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Robert teaches pharmacology and neuroscience subjects on the MBBS, MPAS and BSc Medical Sciences programmes at the University of Central Lancashire. His research interests are in neuroscience, particularly in the mechanisms of cellular communication in the brain.


  • The GMC recognises the University as one of the bodies to award primary medical qualifications. The School has been added to the GMC's list of bodies approved to award UK medical degrees.
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What I like the most about studying medicine at UCLan is that, unlike many medical schools, we have patient contact early to practise our clinical and communication skills.
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Hasaan Aziz
Medicine (MBBS Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)

Future careers

We aim to produce graduates educated to the highest UK standards and who will become effective, safe and knowledgeable doctors wherever in the world they practice medicine. 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 graduates. 

International entry requirements

This course is for international applicants only

This course requires 128 UCAS tariff points unless stated, these points are calculated from your qualification grades.

  • A2: ABB at A2 in at least two science subjects including Chemistry
  • IB: 3 HL subjects to include Chemistry at grade H6, 1 other at H6 and 1 other science at no less than H5
  • Evidence of sustained academic achievement with a broad study of Science and Maths up to 16 and GCSE English Language
  • IELTS: 6.5 with no component lower than 6.0

Find out more about English language entry requirements on our webpage.

To enquire about specific entry requirements for your country please contact our International Admissions Team.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, this may include children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB).

Fees and funding

First year£30,000 for the first year
Full-time£50,000 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page