Medicine MBChB

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 31,740

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  • 5 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
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 reputation is truly global.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application date

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

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • GCSE: You must have English Language, Maths and either Double Science or Chemistry and Biology - all at Grade B or 6
  • A-levels: AAA including Chemistry or Biology, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Psychology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. 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.
    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 A-level 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.
  • Find out more about the selection process for the Medical Degree

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.

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.

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.

  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year. 
  • Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee. 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 See the year-by-year fees and funding breakdown if the MBChB will be your first undergraduate degree See the year-by-year fees and funding breakdown if the MBChB will be your second undergraduate degree (i.e. you are applying as a graduate) 
  • 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.

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