MBChB, 5-6 years

This is for you if... you want to become a doctor.

Course Description

There has been a Medical School at the University of Leicester for 40 years. Our experience ensures an excellent standard of teaching and a supportive community. Our brand new facilities (opening in 2016) 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 work 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 important fields such as heart disease, cancer and genetics – 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.

Intercalated BSc

As part of your degree, you can take an Intercalated BSc (iBSc) as a one year course after the second or third year of your Medical Degree. This will extend your overall degree to six years.

Medicine Open Day

A dedicated Open Day just for prospective medical students is held each year.

This 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.

Key Facts
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Start date
September each year

All enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2969 or 2985 or 2966

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Why Leicester?

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.

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.

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.

We have excellent, dedicated facilities including a large dissecting room where anatomy is taught using real cadavers. Our new medical teaching building (opening in 2015) will enhance our already excellent facilities.

Course Structure

  • 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.

    Student Selected Components – following your interests

    Doctors must be able to critically evaluate information. During the course you will have the opportunity to take ‘Student Selected Components’, which will help you to develop skills of understanding and evaluation and allow you to explore areas which you are interested in. Examples include:

    • Mechanisms of action and clinical use of opiates
    • British Sign Language
    • Medical Ethics, law and human rights
    • Genetics Research - application and ethical, social and medical implications
    • How to deal with Mood Disorders

    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.

  • Phases 2-4: The Clinical Years

    We believe that the best way to learn medicine is to work with practising doctors. You will spend virtually all of your time in the clinical phases 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 Phase 2 you will have longer apprentice style placements in medicine, surgery and community medicine, learning from experts in hospital or GP practices. Phase 3 will allow time for speciality blocks such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health, and Psychiatry. In Phase 4 of the course, the scheduling of the Finals examination is arranged to allow time for an extended foundation apprenticeship designed to fully prepare you for work as a foundation doctor. During the clinical years learning in each placement will be by a series of structured activities, guided by a workbook 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.



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).

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

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. Your iPad will support your learning throughout. 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.


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.

Entry Requirements

  • A/AS Levels: AAA including Chemistry. Four AS-levels including Chemistry and Biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted. Maths and Further Maths count as one subject.
  • GCSE: English Language, Maths and two Sciences all at Grade C.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, D3 in Principal Subjects including Chemistry and Biology.
  • Access to Medicine course: Overall Distinction with 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, plus GCSEs as above.
  • European Baccalaureate: Pass with 85% overall including Chemistry and Biology at grade 9 plus one other science.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 36 points including Chemistry and Biology at Higher level. Grade 6 required in all subjects.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Either alone or in a combination with A-levels. AAA to include Chemistry and Biology. Scottish Highers are not considered.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

No second year entry.

Graduate entry

Graduates and final year undergraduates of any discipline are welcome to apply. A science background is not essential but you must have at least grade B in science GCSEs or equivalent and be predicted, or have achieved, at least a 2:1 Honours Degree.

Selection Process

All candidates are required to take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).

You will be assigned a score based on your GCSE grades, confirmed (not predicted) A/AS-levels, actual/predicted degree (where appropriate) and your UKCAT result. Applications are then ranked and the highest scoring candidates invited for interview.

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

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Fees for 2015

  • Starting in 2016

    • £9,000 per year (including iBSc year, if taken)

  • Starting in 2016

    • £18,045 per year for Year 1, Year 2 and iBSc year (if taken)
    • £35,560 per year for Years 3, 4 and 5

Career Opportunities

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 practice for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice.


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Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
Medicine MBChB 5 years full-time A100 Apply Now
5 years full-time