English for Medics International Spring Programme

The Online English for Medics International Spring Programme is ideal for medical students and health professionals who want to improve their English for use in a hospital or medical setting. The traditional campus-based course has been running for over fifteen years and was initially devised with the support of a University of Leicester alumnus who is now a doctor in Japan. The Online version has been developed following the principles and structure of the campus-based course.

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Aims of the Online English for Medics International Spring Programme

The main aims of the course are to develop participants’ ability to communicate when using English for medical purposes and to provide them with opportunities to find out about the health system and medical practice in the UK. We focus on all four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing but the main emphasis will be on improving spoken English. An important aspect of the course is to learn to communicate in an appropriate way. When health professionals communicate with patients, they are expected to have a good ‘bedside manner’.

Why join the Online English for Medics International Spring Programme?

  • Improve your English skills specifically for use in a medical environment.
  • Learn about health issues in the UK and meet British medical professionals online.
  • Develop general English language skill for everyday communication.
  • Enhance your research and study skills.
  • Find out what it’s like to study at a British university and meet local students during online social events.
  • Meet other medical students online.

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Course description

This intensive course primarily focuses on language used in medical contexts. Participants will be provided with opportunities to use new medical vocabulary and structures in different contexts such as with a patient or consulting with fellow health professionals. Areas covered during the course include:

  • Taking a patient history
  • Giving a physical examination
  • Diagnostic and treatment procedures
  • Development of research and presentation skills
  • Cultural and social aspects of English usage

Some of the topics covered in the healthcare lectures and seminars have previously included:

  • Genetics
  • Perspectives from a general practitioner (GP)
  • Perspectives from an emergency doctor
  • Perspectives from a hospice
  • Palliative care
  • Introduction to the National Health Service (history, structure, challenges, future)
  • Midwifery
  • Physiotherapy
  • Molecular and cell biology (developments in diabetes research)
  • International medical education approaches

Key facts


  • Course dates: 22nd February to 12th March 2021.
  • Application deadline: 29th January 2021
  • Payment deadline: 8th February 2021
  • Registration deadline: 15th February 2021

Entry requirements

  • Participants are expected to have a minimum English level of IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. Alternative English qualifications will be accepted or we may be able to test your English. Please email us at eltu@le.ac.uk if you have any questions.
  • Participants must be 18 or over.
  • Participants must be students or professionals in a medical or healthcare field.


£850 per person.
Payment is required in full to accept a place on the course.

What's included:

  • 15 hours per week of live video classes or events.
  • An estimated of 10 hours independent guided study per week
  • All study materials
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Tutor feedback
  • Access to University of Leicester online facilities, including the award winning David Wilson library.

Cancellation/refund policy

  • Up to 8th February - Full refund
  • 9th to 21st February - Half refund
  • 22nd February or after - No refund