Medicine

As finals are approaching I am beginning to feel that actually ‘I can handle this’ or even more importantly ‘I am aware I can’t handle this on my own and I need to call for someone who can.’ That feeling’s pretty awesome. I’d say that’s probably what five years of medicine will feel like come graduation time!

Liberty, Medicine blogger

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Welcome to Medicine at Leicester

There has been a Medical School at the University of Leicester for over 30 years. Our experience ensures an excellent standard of teaching and a supportive community. Our brand new facilities (opening in 2015) provide a state-of-the art learning environment. Our Medicine course is integrated, meaning that you will acquire the medical knowledge and professional competencies that are essential to practise medicine effectively. At the same time you will also have the chance to get hands-on experience – working with real patients on hospital wards from the beginning.

Throughout the course you will be working with academics at the cutting-edge of their fields and medical practitioners working at the sharp end of the NHS. Their teaching is directly influenced by their expertise in such diverse fields as heart disease, cancer and genetics – some of the areas where Leicester’s reputation is truly global.

Our aim is to prepare new doctors to meet the challenges of healthcare in the 21st Century. When you graduate you will take forward the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are required to practise medicine effectively and successfully, and be prepared for the inevitable changes in practice that will occur in the future.

Why choose Medicine at Leicester?

For all undergraduate (MBChB) degrees in Medicine

  • Places: 224
  • Applications: 3,147
  • Employability: 100%
  • NSS: 89% overall satisfaction

Detailed entry requirements

  • We offer the smallest clinical teaching groups in the UK. This is due to our many partnerships with hospitals in the region, from Leicester’s big city hospitals to Lincoln and Northampton.
  • We have excellent, dedicated facilities for medical education, including a large dissecting room. We have maintained the learning of anatomy through extensive study of cadavers.
  • Our new medical teaching building (opening in 2015) will enhance our already excellent facilities.
  • If you’re excited by medical research you can opt to take an intercalating year. You will have the chance to conduct an academic research project working alongside our world-leading academics.
  • You will have the chance to devise and undertake your own seven-week medical project – the Elective. Your elective can be anywhere in the world and many students use this opportunity to travel and get medical experience in a completely new environment.
  • We have a vibrant student community. LUSUMA (Leicester University Students’ Union Medical Association) organises academic, sporting, charity and social events throughout the year, as well as being a source of peer support.

Medicine Open Day

The next Medicine Open day is in June 2015.

The Medicine Open Day is a great chance for you to find out more about studying at Leicester and ask any questions. You will have the chance to:

  • Attend talks covering the course, how to get a place and the students’ perspective.
  • Meet current staff and students.
  • View and take part in demonstrations.
  • See our facilities.
  • Visit the campus, including the library, accommodation and the Students’ Union.

Please note that places will fill quickly so book your place online now.

NB. We take part in the general University of Leicester open days as well, but we are unable to offer such a comprehensive programme.

How to get a place

We are a highly rated Medical School so competition for places is keen. We are seeking men and women from all backgrounds who will have a thoughtful, caring and compassionate approach to medical practice. As well as your academic grades, the selection process comprises:

Written Application Form

We wish to see academic achievement and evidence of a motivation towards a career in medicine. We know getting work experience in hospitals, GP surgeries, residential homes etc can be difficult to obtain. Experience involving working with people is key – the important aspect of any work experience is what you learn from it.

UKCAT

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test assesses your verbal, quantitative and abstract reasoning, decision making and situational judgement. There is no curriculum to study, however you can complete practice tests online and via an app.

Interview

We run a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) approach, rather than a single, formal interview. Across various stations you will be assessed on your communications skills, problem solving abilities and your motivation for a career in medicine.

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