What Will You Study

Your Medicine and Surgery course (MBChB) will be delivered through problem-based learning, supplemented with lectures, and clinical anatomy teaching. You will be trained in clinical and communication skills and you will spend years 2-5 on clinical placements in the acute hospitals and primary care settings of Lancashire and Cumbria.

You can also pursue your own areas of interest through Special Study Modules (SSMs) that broaden your experience and develop skills that are essential for applying scientific rigour in your future medical practice. You can choose to study abroad during your Elective or take a year out from the programme (between years 4 and 5) to study a medicine-related topic at BSc, MSc or MPhil degree level.

In Year 1 (Foundation of Medicine) you will learn key concepts in biomedical and social science. You’ll also complete a Study Skills Module that will prepare you for Special Study Modules and other coursework in subsequent years.

For the next three years, you’ll continue your studies learning how to diagnose and manage illness.
You will develop your knowledge and skills through interaction with patients, spending time on clinical placement for over 40% of second year and throughout your third and fourth years.

In your second, third and fourth years, you will continue to pursue your own areas of interest through two SSMs. At the end of your fourth year, you’ll undertake your Elective, which includes the opportunity to study abroad.

Throughout your final year you will gain intensive clinical experience in hospitals and the community to prepare you for your future career as a doctor. You’ll undertake five different rotations, two of which are Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice (SAMPs). You can choose to follow SAMPs in a wide variety of clinical specialties, giving you the opportunity to explore different potential medical careers during the course of your undergraduate degree.