Medicine MBChB, 5-6 years

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Typical offer AAA

UCAS code A100

Institute code L34

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10th for Medicine in Good University Guide 2023

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Ranked 2nd in the UK for clinical medicine - 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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UK top 5 for overall satisfaction among medical students (NSS 2022)

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Leicester Medical School

Meet patients from the outset, learn from experts in world-class facilities, and find out what it takes to become a doctor working in the profession today. Our excellent facilities include our purpose built teaching environment, state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit and anatomical dissection of human cadavers.

Course description

Course description

Doctors are witness to the most joyful and difficult moments of people’s lives. It’s no wonder they have such meaningful and rewarding careers. We are looking to attract high-achieving, aspirational students, from all backgrounds, who display a caring attitude and values consistent with those of the NHS constitution. We aim to help you become skilled, professional and caring doctors prepared to make patient care your first priority.

We have more than 40 years' experience of medical education at Leicester, which means that you will benefit from excellent training within an established, supportive community. Throughout the course, you will learn from expert academics and medical practitioners working day-to-day in the NHS. Their teaching is directly influenced by their expertise in a wide range of clinical disciplines, and in such diverse fields as heart disease, cancer and genetics – some of the areas where Leicester's research reputation is truly global. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Leicester was ranked 2nd in the UK for its world leading research in Clinical Medicine. Clinical Medicine at Leicester was also ranked 18th in the world and 5th in the UK by the 2022 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Equally, our new multi-million pound Centre for Empathic Healthcare reflects our commitment to educating compassionate doctors. 

Our course is truly patient-focussed, and enables you to take forward the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are required to practise medicine effectively and successfully in the modern healthcare environment. You will be prepared for the challenges that we are experiencing today and the inevitable changes in practice that will continue to occur in the future.

We run an integrated curriculum. Teaching and learning is based around patients and their needs. It is not a problem-based learning course, but rather a patient-focused curriculum which is delivered through a mixture of lectures, small group work and clinical teaching. This ensures that you learn the essential science underpinning how the human body operates, whilst learning how things can go wrong through the study of patients.

Your experience will be hands-on - you will work with real patients from the beginning. It's all designed to be clinically relevant - enabling you to acquire the medical knowledge, along with the  professional competencies, that are essential to practise medicine effectively. In your first year, you gain the Health Care Certificate and hospital ward experience that allows you to work as a Healthcare Assistant. Simultaneously, through our Phase 1 Compassionate, Holistic, Diagnostic Detective course you start to develop consultation and examinations skills with actors and patients in our medical school and hospitals, preparing you for Phase 2 (years 3-5) where you will be based full-time in hospital, general practice and community placements.

Our world-class facilities provide a state-of-the art learning environment and allow you to experience what other medical students don’t. For example, we are one of the few courses to offer full-body human dissection. All first year students are provided with iPads. Study material is delivered directly onto these iPads. All the resources you need will be at your fingertips throughout the clincal phase of the course.

You will also have the chance to develop your clinical procedures in our  state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit. During the clinical phase of the course, we offer a wide range of hospital and community placements in the region, including Leicester’s big city hospitals, and district centres across the Midlands, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire. This means you gain valuable experience in a diverse range of environments.

If you’re interested in medical research and/or enhancing your career prospects, you can take an intercalated degree by undertaking full-time research with experts at Leicester or elsewhere.

Towards the end of the course, there are additional opportunities to take an elective placement in a location of your choice - it could be anywhere in the world.

Our curriculum, along with the opportunities and support we provide, mean Leicester medical students graduate ready for successful careers. Over a five-year period, (2014-2019) Leicester Medical School graduates have ranked in the top 3 for their medical career progression. In addition, data from the General Medical Council (GMC) shows that our graduates rank in the top 10 in the UK for ‘preparedness for practice’.

Application date

Medical degrees have a UCAS application deadline of 15 October, three months ahead of most other courses.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The 2023 entry requirements are as follows: 

  • GCSE: You must have English Language, Maths and either Double Science or Chemistry and Biology - all at Grade B or 6.
  • A-levels: AAA in three subjects including Chemistry or Biology and one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths or Psychology, but excluding General Studies, Citizenship Studies, Critical Thinking or Global Perspectives. Our standard offer is AAA, although we will consider applicants with predicted or obtained A*AB provided they have at least an A*A in Chemistry or Biology, and one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. Maths and Further Maths count as one subject. Human Biology and Biology count as one subject.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 in Principal Subjects including Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology.
  • Access to Medicine course: Overall Distinction with 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, or distinction in all graded credits for pre-reformed courses.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 34 points overall including three higher level subjects at Grade 6 or above including Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. We also accept three higher level subjects at grades 7,6,5 with 7,6 in Biology or Chemistry and one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 2 Advanced Highers (to include chemistry or biology, and one from chemistry, biology, maths, psychology or physics) at AA and 3 other Higher subjects at AAB.<

Other national and international qualifications considered.

No second year entry.

Graduate entry

Graduates and final year undergraduates of any discipline are welcome to apply if you have achieved (or been predicted) at least a 2:1 Honours Degree. You must also have at least the minimum GCSE requirements above (or equivalent) plus BBB or ABC at A-level, including Chemistry or Biology at grade B.

Selection Process

All candidates are required to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). Those with a Band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test are not considered.

You will be assigned a score based on your GCSE grades, confirmed (not predicted) A/AS-levels, actual/predicted degree (where appropriate) and your UCAT result. Applications are then ranked and the highest scoring candidates invited for interview. All aspects of applications which score in a borderline group are assessed.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

You can find full details of our equivalent qualifications and entry requirements on the Medical School website.

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2023

Tuition fees for 2023/24 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2022/23 were: 

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

NHS Bursary

The fifth year of your course will be funded by an NHS Bursary. Visit NHS Health Careers for information about how funding works for medical degrees in the UK.

Intercalating year

If you extend your course to six years by taking the iBSc, you will still receive a tuition fee loan for the first four years, and you will then receive an NHS Bursary for Years 5 and 6.

Year-by-year breakdown

Additional costs

In your first year you will be given an iPad, which is included in your tuition fee.

You will need a stethoscope in your first year, which typically costs around £70. 

How much do doctors earn?

The BMA has information on current pay scales for doctors in the UK.

International Students

Starting in 2023

Tuition fees for 2023/24 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2022/23 were: 

Years 1 and 2

£23,000 per year for these two years.

Years 3, 4 and 5

These years include the cost of clinical training in the National Health Service so they have a significantly higher fee which rises each year during your course. 

NB. These are the projected fees for each clinical year, but inflationary uplifts may be applied.

  • 2024/25 clinical year fee: £40,140
  • 2025/26 clinical year fee: £40,140
  • 2026/27 clinical year fee: £40,140

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Additional costs

In your first year you will be given an iPad, which is included in your tuition fee.

You will need a stethoscope in your first year, which typically costs around £70.



The Education Committee of the General Medical Council has approved the Leicester curriculum. Graduation will make you eligible for provisional registration as a doctor.

What's in a name?

Confusingly, there is no consistent name in the UK for a medical degree. At Leicester we use MBChB; other British universities will award you an MBBCh, BMBCh, MBBS, BMBS etc. Each of these is a primary medical qualification (PMQ), equivalent to the American MD (but not the British MD, which is a medical research degree similar to a PhD).

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Studying with us at Leicester Medical School provides an excellent preparation for a career in medicine:

  • Over a five-year period, (2014-2019) Leicester Medical School graduates have ranked in the top 3 for their medical career progression
  • Our students have recently been ranked in the top 3 in their national Prescribing Skills Assessment (2021 data)
  • Data from the General Medical Council (GMC) shows that our graduates rank in the top 10 in the UK for ‘preparedness for practice’

At the end of the undergraduate course you will receive your MBChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to a 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.

Medical Licensing Assessment

The GMC has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA - from 2024/5 (i.e. for those graduating in July 2025) to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise.

The MLA will be in two parts: there will be an applied knowledge test, which will be set by the Medical School Council Assessment Alliance, and a clinical and professional skills assessment (our Final Objective Structured Clinical Examination), which will be set and delivered by our medical school. Both elements will be overseen and regulated by the GMC.  Leicester Medical School Finals will incorporate both elements of the MLA, and will include an additional written assessment paper.

Graduate profiles

Navin Leanage 

"The opportunities Leicester presents to its students has a unique feel. A mix of lectures and group work encouraged me to manage my time as well as helping me to learn through discussing questions. I found this way of learning suited me, and it has prepared me for clinical practice and continuous learning on the job. Early exposure to patients helped me to understand sympathy and empathy as well as appreciate the patient journey. I particularly enjoyed dissection, this allowed us to learn anatomy in a way that no textbook could do justice. Having experienced this I have found that my understanding of anatomy has stuck with me and is something I have found easier to apply every day.

"I completed my foundation training having worked in all three Leicester hospitals which I thoroughly enjoyed. I am also an Emergency Medicine trainee in the East Midlands. The hospitals here provide experience with some of the most diverse patient and staff demographic in the country with one of the biggest and busiest Emergency Departments that excels in teaching on a national level. We are lucky to have an incredible Cardio-Respiratory tertiary centre at Glenfield Hospital on top of the other outstanding departments. With all this on the doorstep of a friendly and empowering medical school it was not a difficult to decision to come here to study and start my career."

Other graduates

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Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Intercalated Degrees

If you’re interested in medical research and/or enhancing your career prospects, you can take an Intercalated Degree - an Intercalated BSc (iBSc) as a one year course after the second or third year of your Medical Degree. Alternatively you can take an Intercalated MSc (iMSc) in Medical Research after your third year. Either of these will extend your overall degree to six years.

You also have the opportunity to intercalate outside Leicester, which significantly broadens the choices available to you.

Healthcare Assistant Training

We offer all first year students the chance to train and qualify as Health Care Assistants (HCAs). This is a superb and rewarding way of immersing yourself into the clinical/hospital environment from early in your course. The experiences and knowledge you gain from working/training as a HCA will be vital to supporting your learning as you move in to your clinical phase of training (Phase 2), and it can provide you with the required training to gain paid employment as a HCA within the NHS. Our students really value this opportunity in terms of improving ward confidence and working as part of the interprofessional team.

Medical Elective

You will have the chance to undertake an elective of your choice – where you can study healthcare in a completely new environment. Many of our students choose to travel and broaden their medical experience in another country.

Activities and Outreach

Leicester Medical School has a long history of commitment to a range of outreach programmes that you can get involved in.

  • The University-led MedReach programme offers opportunities to engage with local school pupils from backgrounds underrepresented in medical schools to encourage a more diverse medical profession.
  • Independent student groups such as Junior Emergency Medicine (JEM), Sexpression, Nutritank, Teddy Bear’s Hospital and Medsin bring key healthcare issues to groups in Leicester and Leicestershire.
  • We have a very close relationship with local homeless charities through our Project Light Initiative.

LUSUMA – Student society

It is important to have a good social life and a balanced lifestyle. LUSUMA (Leicester University Students’ Union Medical Association) is run by students and organises a huge variety of social events, sports clubs, academic and medical interest groups, as well as providing support and resources for all medical students at Leicester.

Widening Participation

Widening Participation

Leicester Medical School’s aim is to widen access to medical school from under-represented groups and students whose background may have prevented them from achieving their full potential.

In order to widen access to medicine, Leicester Medical School has taken several approaches, which include:

  • We have developed a six-year Medicine with Foundation Year, which offers an alternative route onto the medical degree for talented school leavers who have achieved or are predicted to achieve BBB at A-level in our required subjects. This course is designed to give the background and support to enable students to flourish and become compassionate and skilled doctors. Additional financial scholarships are available for these students.
  • We recognise the successful completion of the University of Leicester’s widening participation progression programme Access Leicester: Medicine as well as the national Realising Opportunities programme by giving students a guaranteed interview and a two-grade offer reduction for our five-year Medicine MBChB. To receive the guaranteed interview, students must be predicted or achieved at least ABB in our required subjects (A in either Biology or Chemistry), have a minimum of a 6/B in GCSE English language, maths and two sciences and have a UCAT in the top 8 deciles with a SJT band 1-3. Please note: there is no differential offer or guaranteed interview for our Medicine with a Foundation Year course.
  • At both application and following interview for our five-year Medicine MBChB course, contextual markers for borderline groups are taken into consideration. These include students who claimed the UCAT bursary, students who attended a secondary school where the Key Stage 4 (GCSE) performance is lower than the national average (based on Attainment 8), as well as students who live in an area with low participation in higher education (those living in Polar4 quintiles 1 or 2).
  • For mature candidates, we will consider an Access to Medicine course (for more information, please see our entry requirements page). We do not accept Access courses in lieu of poor science A-levels, but we will consider candidates who are re-entering education from another career or have undertaken non-science A-levels and have fully considered a change in their career path. 
  • We organise and support a range of innovative outreach events to help students understand the process of applying to medical school as well as giving them an insight into the role and skills required to be a doctor. 

Course structure

Phase 1: Laying the foundation

Phase 1: Laying the foundation

Phase 1 lasts two years. You will take a series of integrated, interdisciplinary modules related to human structure and function in health and disease. You will also undertake community attachments to illustrate the social and psychological context of medicine. Theoretical study of social and behavioural science supplements this learning in the community.

By the end of Phase 1 you will:

  • Be able to communicate with patients and examine them clinically
  • Have a good understanding of the structure and function of the human body and how this relates to health and illness
  • Appreciate the psychological and social context of health and illness

Knowledge and Skills

The learning in Phase 1 provides you with essential knowledge and skills that will underpin your clinical practice throughout life. You will learn skills of professional communication and physical examination by working first with 'simulated patients' – actors trained to help you learn, and other volunteers. Very soon you will begin working on hospital wards with real patients. You must pass a formal clinical examination at the end of Phase 1 to demonstrate that you have the basic clinical skills necessary for the clinical phases.

Understanding People

You will learn how the human body is put together, and how it works in health and illness, but you will also come to understand that patients are not just the illnesses they suffer from. They have social and psychological dimensions to their lives that affect how they become ill, how they react to illness, and the consequences of illness for them. Learning about social and behavioural medicine will help you to understand the whole person in the context of health care. Early patient contact will help you to understand these issues.

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: years 3-5

Phase 2: years 3-5

We believe that the best way to learn medicine is to work with practising doctors. You will spend virtually all of your time in Phase 2 working full-time in clinical environments. Working with medical staff in hospitals and the community is the best way to apply your knowledge, gain experience and learn more. In each placement you will be part of a team caring for patients – the range of patients and illnesses you see will reflect the demands on doctors, preparing you for the working environment after you qualify. We have placements in various hospitals in the city, county and region, as well as community attachments. This means you will experience a diverse range of environments, colleagues and patients.

In year 3 you will have longer apprentice style placements in medicine, surgery and general practice, learning from experts in hospital or GP practices. Year 4 focuses on specialty blocks such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health, Cancer Care and Psychiatry. In year 5 you will have time for an extended foundation assistantships designed to fully prepare you for work as a foundation doctor. Learning in each placement will include structured activities, procedural training, and simulation experience.  Your learning will be guided by workbooks and led by experienced clinical teachers.

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?

Our integrated course offers the best of both worlds. Learn through a mix of traditional lectures, small group work and clinical skills training. Our course is truly patient-focussed and hands-on, so you'll meet real patients from Year 1.

We have outstanding facilities, including a large dissecting room where you will learn anatomy through full body dissection on cadavers. Perfect your clinical skills in our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Unit.

The University of Leicester is ranked 2nd in the UK for its world leading research in clinical Medicine (2021 Research Excellent Framework - REF) . We are also ranked in the top 20 in the world (and the top 5 in the UK) for clinical medicine, according to the 2022 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Learn from leading clinicians at the front line of their speciality. Our many partnerships in the region offer a wide range of clinical placements in hospitals or in the community. You'll experience working in a diverse range of healthcare environments - from big city hospitals to smaller, district centres - preparing you fully for life as a Foundation Doctor.

Teaching and learning

The Leicester Medical School Approach

The course is patient-focused and integrated so that all learning takes place in a clinical context. In Phase 1 there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical teaching and group work. Group work is supported by experienced academic teachers and clinically qualified staff - you work to solve problems related to clinical cases. In Phase 2 you will be working with doctors in hospitals and the community in a variety of clinical placements. For each placement you will be given clear outcomes defining what you should be able to do by graduation. Structured activities guide you through. Medicine requires a commitment to lifelong learning. Throughout the course you should be prepared to reflect on your skills and organise your own self-directed study.

Clinical Exposure from Day 1

You will have the opportunity to go on clinical placements from the very beginning of your Medicine degree. We offer all 1st year students the chance to train and qualify as Health Care Assistants (HCAs). This gives you a taste of a clinical/hospital environment from the start of the course. The experiences you gain from working/training as a HCA can be used to support your learning as you move through Phase 1, as well as providing you with the required training to gain employment as a HCA within the NHS.  

Technology Focused Teaching

You will be provided with a free iPad at the beginning of the course. This is yours to keep and will be used to support your learning throughout Phase 1 and Phase 2. All our video tutorials, lectures and group work material is provided in an electronic format. You can use your iPad in lectures and group work, to write notes and enhance your learning. Alongside this, we use the latest technology-enhanced learning approaches, including 3d printing and 3d reconstructions. When you move into Phase 2, you can take your iPad with you into the clinical setting, all your resources and learning materials will be at your fingertips. 

Clinician Guided Group Work

In Phase 1, approximately 50% of your learning will be in guided group work sessions. You will have the opportunity to work with a small group of students to apply your knowledge to clinical scenarios. All the group work sessions are guided by Clinical Teaching Fellows (CTFs). The CTFs are all qualified doctors, who have been working in the NHS for at least 2 years. They are able to share their clinical knowledge and experience as they guide you through the clinical scenarios. 

Empathy-focused Curriculum

Our students will be the first in the UK to be taught a ground-breaking empathy-focused curriculum, with the purpose of educating doctors who will be able to, and appreciate, seeing the situation from their patients' perspectives. Training in empathy has been shown to improve patient outcomes while making doctors more resilient. Our aim is to provide the NHS with the most empathic, compassionate and resilient junior doctors possible who are ready to meet the challenges of complex healthcare systems.


At the end of the day all parts of the curriculum must come together in your own mind, so you may focus them on clinical problems. Our assessments are integrated to help you to consider all aspects of the course when tackling a clinical problem. You will have regular opportunities for formative assessments throughout Phase 1. This gives you an informal opportunity to test your learning and get feedback. We will also give you feedback on the summative assessments which you must pass to progress to the next stage. We use a variety of assessment techniques to test your ability to apply your knowledge and skills to clinical problems and patient management. In the clinical years you will receive continual feedback on your developing clinical skills during your placements.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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I chose Leicester because you get patient contact from year one. This keeps me focused on what I will be doing throughout my career.


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