Our structured course will guide you actively along your personal journey to become a doctor well prepared to face the challenges of 21st century medicine. By the end of the course you will make the care of patients your first concern, and be able to apply your knowledge and skills in a competent and ethical manner.

Course TitleUCAS CodeDurationTypical Offer
MBChB Medicine A100 5 years full-time AAA
MBChB Medicine - Graduate Entry A101 4 years full-time 1st or 2.1 Honours Degree

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Medicine at Leicester

Leicester Medical School runs a five-year MBChB and a four-year accelerated MBChB for graduates with significant experience of working in a caring role. Our degrees take place in an unrivalled learning environment for you to acquire the knowledge and skills required to practise medicine in the new millennium.

Both curricula are highly integrated, both ‘horizontally’ so that disciplines within medicine are learned together, and ‘vertically’ in that clinical work and relevance are introduced from the beginning. They are divided into two phases. Phase 1 lays foundations that are built upon by full-time clinical work in Phase 2. Phase 1 lasts two and a half years for the five-year course, and one and a half years for the four-year course. Phase 2 is exactly the same for both curricula.

"As far as the General Medical Council is concerned, the training of students at Leicester is a splendid example of how we want young doctors to be equipped to handle society's medical problems."
Sir Donald Irvine, Past President of the General Medical Council

Why study Medicine at Leicester?

Applications: 3,147
Research rating: 95%
National Student Survey: 9th for student satisfaction. 95% of students satisfied overall with their course.
Position in 2013 Subject League Tables: Guardian 7th.
Example jobs: Foundation Year 1 Doctors.
Example Employers: Hospitals nationally.
Example jobs and employers information comes from the University’s ‘Where Did They Go?’ survey, and shows destinations of 2010/11 graduates 6 months after graduation.

  • There has been a highly successful Medical School at the University of Leicester for over 30 years and this experience means you will receive excellent teaching and support.
  • The five-year curriculum has been commended on several counts by the Education Committee of the General Medical Council in successive visits.
  • We offer an unrivalled learning environment for you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practise medicine in the new millennium. Our integrated approach means you will learn actively, develop practical clinical skills and meet patients during your first year.
  • Our aim is to prepare new doctors to meet the challenges of healthcare in the 21st century. You will take forward knowledge, skills attitudes and values that will prepare you for the inevitable changes in practice that will occur in the future.

Phase 1 – Laying the Foundations

Whichever degree programme you take, you will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to communicate with patients, examine them, and interpret your observations. You will take a core course, plus Student Selected Components (SSC) where you choose topics to suit your interests and aspirations.

Phase 1 takes place over five semesters for the five-year course and three semesters for the four-year course.

Clinical Skills

Much of your time in Phase 1 will be spent in direct clinical work. You will meet patients very early on in your studies. Clinical and communication skills are developed in a structured way by working with volunteers and actors simulating patients, and then by working with real patients in hospital.

Medical Sciences

You will learn medical sciences through integrated, interdisciplinary courses. Applied subjects like Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology are introduced very early, so that you can immediately understand both normal and abnormal function.

You will be helped always to understand the relevance of topics to medical practice.

Social and Behavioural Medicine

Doctors must be aware that patients have social and psychological dimensions to their lives that affect the kind of illness that they suffer, how they react to illness and the consequences of illness for them. Many parts of the course emphasise these aspects so you will appreciate the behavioural and social dimensions in clinical practice. You will learn about the full range of services for patients in need by working in multi-agency community centres.

Learning How to Learn

Medicine requires a commitment to lifelong learning. We aim progressively to develop your skills of self-directed learning. Core teaching in Phase 1 has few lectures, much more group work and learning by problem solving. There is lots of time for self-study and, guided by the course outcomes, you learn how to organise your own work.

Learning to Integrate

However integrated the curriculum, the subjects relevant to medicine must come together in your mind. The People and Disease course helps you develop skills of integration. You study clinical conditions with the help of a mentor, who will be a practising doctor. You must find and study suitable patients in our Teaching Hospitals and General Practices, so that you can prepare a dissertation linking basic medical science to real patients’ problems.

Rational Practice

Doctors must strive to practise ‘Evidence Based Medicine’, where the efficacy of medical practice is constantly assessed. In Student Selected Components, you will learn to assess scientific evidence and design of studies by studying a discipline in depth. There are two Student Selected Components in Phase 1 of the five year course and all students take Student Selected Components in Phase 2.

Phase 2 – Developing Your Skills

The best way to learn clinical medicine is to work with practising doctors. You will spend nearly all of your time in Phase 2 on long clinical attachments in hospitals and the community that maximise your chances to learn. In the community you will work as part of the primary care team. In hospitals you will undertake a series of themed clinical attachments to gain a wide variety of experience. The aim is that you should develop general skills rather than receive training in individual specialities. Clearly stated outcomes guide your learning. You will complete a series of structured tasks, including a ‘Clinical Skills Passport’ as you go along, to make sure you cover all outcomes.

The Learning Environment

Clinical education in the Medical School takes place in large, well-equipped teaching hospitals and the community. We have well-established facilities and enthusiastic staff committed to medical education. Despite the expansion of the school, our clinical teaching groups remain amongst the smallest of any Medical School.

Testing Your Skills: Assessment

We will monitor your progress and give you regular feedback, so you may improve. To progress from Phase 1 to Phase 2 you must pass assessments testing core material and Student Selected Components.

In Phase 2 you will be assessed by continual review of your clinical performance and your developing patient portfolios. Your clinical knowledge, skills and attitudes will also be tested in two fully integrated examinations, which you must pass.

The Intermediate Professional Examination, halfway through Phase 2, involves written papers and a structured clinical examination. The Final Professional Examination, in the Spring of the Final Year, involves written papers based on clinical problem solving and a further structured clinical exam. You will always be tested on your ability to solve the clinical problems you will have to face as a doctor.

Looking After You

Medicine is a demanding course that will test you to the limits of your inner resources.

A good social life will help you, and the University provides an excellent environment for social, cultural and sporting activities, so that you can develop a balanced lifestyle.

You will have easy access to a wide range of support. You will have a personal tutor and a team of School Tutors who are available for help and advice, as well as the Student Health Services, Counselling Services, Student Welfare Services and others.

Getting to Know One Another

All new medical students attend a pre-sessional induction week where you will be introduced to the Medical School, the curricula, the educational methods employed, and most importantly, one another. This will help you settle in and work together with the staff as the course progresses.


Following Your Interests – Intercalating a Year

Many students on the five year course choose to take an intercalated BSc Honours Degree, by full-time research, which is a special feature of the five-year course. You may study for an extra year between years 3 and 4, or 4 and 5, working on a project of your choice. Scientists and clinicians who are often world leaders in their field will guide you. Some students may enter our MB PhD programme.

The Elective

For one block in the Final Year you will devise and undertake a medical project in a setting of your choice. The elective can be anywhere in the world, subject to suitable arrangements. Financial assistance may be available. Over 80% of electives are spent abroad.

Preparing for Postgraduate Training

Final Professional Examinations are completed early, and are followed by a period of shadowing the Foundation Doctor whose post you will fill from August. This will prepare you for the vital next step in your training as a doctor.

Outcome of the Course

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBChB degrees, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an excessive number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

Life After Medical School

A medical degree is just the beginning of your medical career. There are excellent opportunities for Foundation Programmes across hospitals in the East Midlands with a wide range of posts available. Our graduates enter postgraduate training for all specialities both locally and elsewhere.

How to Get a Place

Leicester Medical School is highly rated, so competition for places is keen. All applicants applying to Leicester Medical School are required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The test helps Universities widen access and make fairer choices amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for medical degree programmes.

We are seeking men and women from all backgrounds who will have a thoughtful, caring and compassionate approach to medical practice. The selection process has two stages. Selection for the first stage depends on academic achievement and evidence of motivation towards a career in medicine. For school leavers we expect high grades in appropriate A-Levels or equivalent. For the four-year graduate entry course you will need to have a first class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree in any discipline and with paid experience of postgraduate employment in a caring role. In the second stage we use a structured series of interviews and tasks to judge your ability to communicate, how considered and realistic is your motivation for medicine, and your personal qualities such as determination, interest in people and potential capacity to cope with stress.

International students are normally only considered for the five year course. All applications must be made through UCAS; the deadline for 2014 entry applications is October 2013.

Student Health

Leicester Medical School is mindful of its overriding duty of care to the public. Consequently, if your application is successful and you accept our offer, you will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire and return it to our Occupational Health Service. On entry to medical school the Occupational Health Service will arrange checks for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis, Rubella and Chicken Pox. They will provide, post-registration, any necessary immunisations and any further specific health assessments or advice which may be required in relation to your medical training.

If a student is found to be a carrier of Hepatitis B or other chronic virus infection you may be allowed to continue your course but not allowed to assist with or undertake surgery or other ‘exposure-prone’ procedures on patients. It will not prevent you from qualifying or practising as a doctor, except for the restriction on exposure-prone procedures.

Applicants with Disabilities

Leicester Medical School aims to be as inclusive as possible in its admissions policy.

It is important that potential applicants with disabilities gain an insight into the demands of a medical career prior to application.

Fitness to Practise

Admission to the Medical School is contingent on a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Check. If you have any criminal convictions, or cautions, warnings or reprimands from the police these should be declared at the time of application, as failure to do so will be taken very seriously, and may result in termination of your course.

The Medical School has a Fitness to Practise Committee. If the Committee concludes that there is sufficient reason to judge that a student will be unfit to practise medicine, they may be required to withdraw from the course.

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Opportunities to Visit and Further Information

Admissions Tutors: Dr Margaret Barnes-Davies, Dr Suzanne Dawson
For a course brochure or for course enquiries
0116 252 2969/2985/2966

Medicine Focus Day

You can also find out more about the department on the Medicine Focus Open Day on 14 June 2014. This will give you a chance to meet staff and students, attend sessions about Medicine at Leicester and have a look around the Medical School Building. We also run sessions on the other Open Days but there will not be tours of the Medical School.

Due to staff constraints it is not normally possible to visit the Medical School outside of the Medical Focus Day.

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Admissions Tutors:
Dr Margaret Barnes-Davies
Dr Suzanne Dawson
For a course brochure or for course enquiries
0116 252 2969/2985/2966
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