Medicine MBChB-USA, 5 years

If you want to combine British educational excellence with US clinical practice this is the medical degree for you. (Only available to US citizens and lawful permanent residents of the USA.)


Course description

Course description

To be an excellent doctor, you need to know how to meet the challenges of modern healthcare – not just today, but for years to come. Preparing you for this reality is our main aim.

At Leicester Medical School, you’ll study for the degrees of MBChB-USA (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, the UK professional qualification equivalent to an MD in the US) through our newly designed curriculum. As this course is patient-focussed from the very beginning of your education you’ll have many opportunities to interact with patients in preparation for treating people throughout your career.

During your time with us, you’ll develop the clinical competence to become a compassionate, caring and skilled professional. You’ll get the kind of quality education we’re known for and be exposed to a National Health Service that’s unique in the world and ensures every citizen receives excellent health care. At the same time our US-embedded curriculum will prepare you for the USMLE; this educational environment coupled with your hard work will optimize your opportunity for success in the US Residency Match Program.

There has been a Medical School at the University of Leicester, teaching the MBChB Medical Degree for more than 40 years. Our experience ensures an excellent standard of teaching and a supportive community and our excellent modern facilities provide a state-of-the art learning environment.

Our new curriculum is designed to prepare future 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 will be prepared for the inevitable changes in medical practice that will occur in the future.

  • Please note: This course is only available to US citizens and lawful permanent residents of the USA. On completion of this degree, you will be eligible to apply for a US Medical Residency Position, not a UK Foundation Programme. Applicants from the USA and from other countries who wish to apply to the UK Foundation Programme on graduation should apply for our regular MBChB medical degree. (A100 Medicine MBChB).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Be a US citizen or US permanent resident.
  • Have successfully completed at least 90 hours of college course work at an accredited US-based institution, and by enrolment have successfully obtained a four-year BA or BSc from an accredited US based institution. 
  • Have taken either the MCAT or UCAT

Entry Criteria

The goal of Leicester Medical School (LMS) in designing its selection process is to find people who will make excellent physicians ready to meet the challenges of health care in the 21st century. We value students who demonstrate commitment, intellectual engagement and flexibility, and a deep interest in whatever field they have chosen to study. Successful candidates will demonstrate that they treat other people with respect and they can work collaboratively to achieve shared goals in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.

Students may major in any subject they chose, however the listed prerequisites that follow below must be successfully completed prior to enrolment:

  • Biology – one full year with laboratory work,
  • Chemistry – two full years including organic chemistry with laboratory work,
  • Mathematics – one full year including statistics,
  • Humanities – one semester of a social science and one semester of a behavioral science.

Exams and Academic Criteria

While LMS does not have hard threshold requirements we adhere to the following guidelines in order to ensure candidates are able to manage the intellectual rigours of medical education and practice. 

  • either SAT overall score of ≥1200; Reading, writing and language section≥600; Math section ≥600 
    • or ACT ≥ 28
  • either MCAT overall score ≥495; no less than 123 in any individual component
    • or UCAT total score of ≥2420 with no less than 510 in any component and a Situational Judgement Test score in bands 1-3
  • overall GPA of 3.6
  • science GPA of 3.5


If you are selected for interview, you will be invited to Leicester Medical School in the UK for Multiple Mini Interviews. These interviews will take place in June. You must have a valid passport to travel to the UK for your interview.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language and you have not been taught through the medium of English for at least three years you will need to take an English language qualification such as IELTS. We require IELTS of 7.5 overall, with no component less than 7.0.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This course is only available to US citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States.

International Students

Starting in 2019

This five-year course costs £37,200 per year.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Phase 1: Laying the Foundations

Phase 1: Laying the Foundations

Our curriculum is divided into two phases.

Phase 1 (Years 1 and 2) will be spent at the University of Leicester in the UK. 

  • Early clinical apprenticeship with clinical attachments and development of clinical skills
  • Integrated teaching of molecular and cellular science and systems of the body
  • Integrated teaching on infection, pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Social, behavioral and population sciences
  • USMLE Step One preparation sessions running throughout the two year UK based program

During Phase 1, you’ll learn the essential knowledge and skills that will underpin your clinical practice throughout your career.

One of your first steps will be working with ‘simulated patients’ (trained actors) and other volunteers. These experiences will help you learn both the physical examination and professional communication skills you’ll need to progress.

Before you know it you’ll be learning from attending physicians, and from examining and talking with patients. In order to demonstrate that you have the basic clinical skills needed for the clinical years, you must pass a formal clinical examination at the end of Phase 1. In addition, you must pass the USMLE Step 1 in order to progress to Phase 2.

During this course, you’ll learn things about the human body that people outside the healthcare professions may struggle to understand. But it is essential that you understand how everyone that you treat, thinks, feels and reacts to the care that you provide.

Social and behavioural medicine is about looking at the whole person in the context of health care. Having early contact with patients will help you understand and deal with these issues when you’re out in the field.

The MBChB-USA course here at Leicester has a unique unit developed specifically to prepare you for both the USMLE Step One and medical practice in the USA; this unit will run through both years that you are here in the United Kingdom.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Phase 2: The Clinical Years

Phase 2: The Clinical Years

Phase 2 (Years 3 to 5) will be based in the USA.

Your clinical placements in the USA will follow the Leicester model of clinical apprenticeships.

  • Each clinical placement lasts for an extended period of 7-12 weeks to ensure maximum experience is obtained and to integrate you fully into the clinical setting. These placements are firmly based on hands-on clinical experience and education within the US healthcare system.
  • Year 3 consists of three clinical apprenticeships covering internal medicine, surgery and family practice in order to develop key clinical skills. There is also an elective offered in Year 3 (Elective One) in which you will choose a topic of particular interest to you, and under the guidance of a clinician spend four weeks conducting research on that topic.
  • Year 4 consists of six shorter speciality placements covering special senses, neurology and dermatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, integrated care, psychiatry, and cancer care.
  • Year 5 covers emergency medicine and a residency assistantship in hospital medicine and family practice designed to prepare you for life in early clinical practice and residency.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

The course is patient-focused and integrated so that all learning takes place in a clinical context.

You will be given an iPad when you start which you will use daily in lectures and group work.

Throughout the course you will learn from expert academics 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.

You will benefit from our excellent dedicated facilities, including a large dissecting room where anatomy is taught using real cadavers.


Second year student Ray explains why the Leicester MBChB medical degree is a great choice for US students.

Teaching and learning

This course is patient-focused and designed in such a way that all learning takes place in a clinical context.

During Phase 1, there’s a balanced mix of lectures, clinical teaching and group work. You’ll be solving a range of cases in an environment supported by leading academics and clinically qualified staff.

During years 3 to 5, you’ll work with doctors in the US in a range of clinical placements. Each placement comes with its own set of outcomes that will define what you should know and be able to do by graduation.

The medical profession is always evolving, which means lifelong learning is an important part of a career in medicine. During the course, you should be prepared to reflect on your skills and progress, and organize your own self-directed study.


You’ll be covering a lot of ground in this course. But ultimately, everything must come together in your mind when solving clinical problems. The ways we assess and teach will help consolidate your knowledge and understanding as you go along.

During Phase 1, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to test your learning and get feedback. We’ll give you feedback on the summative assessments you must pass to get to the next stage, and we’ll use a range of techniques to test how well you’re applying your knowledge and skills to clinical problems and patient management.

During the clinical years, you’ll get regular feedback during your placements

Preparation for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examinations is integrated into and supported within the course.

Personal support

You’ll be supported from the moment you arrive. We’ll assign you a personal tutor to regularly meet and talk to about feedback, continuing professional development, or any personal issues you might have.

You’ll also have access to our dedicated Pastoral Support Unit. Plus, we offer welfare, study and accessibility support to any student who needs it.

The George Davies Centre

The Centre offers a truly state-of-the-art teaching environment: new lecture theatres, seminar rooms and consultation rooms, each featuring high quality IT gear and the latest infrastructure to support iPads and teaching technology.

The Centre is also a hub for medical research, where our academics team up to generate new knowledge and research into major chronic diseases and patient safety

Key dates


The application deadline for all materials including letters of reference is May 15 2019. Notification of invitation to interview will be sent out on a rolling basis as applications are received.


Interviews will be conducted in the city of Leicester, UK on June 13 and June 14 2019. The interview format will be Multiple Mini Interview. On the day of the interview you will also have a welcome and orientation meeting, introduction to our curriculum and facilities, a visit to student housing, and an opportunity to meet with some of our current students.

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