What Will You Study

Lancaster Medical School is part of Lancaster University - The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2018. Lancaster University has been training medics since 2006, initially in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and independently since 2012.

We are proud to remain one of the UK’s smaller medical schools, even after the recent increase in the number of MBChB places available - we have 125 places for UK and EU students for September 2019 entry. Our size allows us to offer you a student-focused learning environment within a highly supportive community. In the 2018 National Student Survey, Lancaster Medical School came top in the North West for students’ satisfaction with their medicine degree.

Our Medicine and Surgery degree is delivered through problem-based learning, supplemented with lectures and clinical anatomy teaching. Problem-based learning is a form of small group learning. In groups of 7 or 8, you will explore realistic patient-based scenarios that resemble the clinical situations you may face in the future as a doctor. The group identifies their learning needs in relation to the scenario and then independently research the topics, drawing on resource lists, seeking information and critically appraising its worth. An experienced tutor facilitates group discussions and feedback meetings to ensure that you learn the appropriate breadth and depth of material. Problem-based learning is an excellent method of developing and applying your medical knowledge, preparing you for your first day as a junior doctor and beyond.

You will experience early patient contact in year 1, when you meet patients in general practice under the supervision of a tutor. In year 2, you will spend two days per week on hospital placement, and engage in various community-related activities throughout the year. In years 3-5, the majority of your time will be spent on clinical placements, rotating through a variety of hospital and community settings to gain experience of different specialities. Your clinical placements will be in the acute hospitals and primary care settings of north and east Lancashire, and south Cumbria.

A modern medical school, Lancaster utilises new technologies in its anatomy teaching, including an Anatomage table for virtual dissection. The School’s Clinical Anatomy Learning Centre has also invested significantly in ultrasound teaching, enabling you to learn anatomy, ultrasonography and clinical interpretation together.

During your clinical skills training, you will learn the practical procedures and examinations required for clinical practice. In year 1, clinical skills training takes place in the Clinical Skills Centre at the nearby Royal Lancaster Infirmary. In years 2-5, you will learn to perform clinical skills on patients whilst on clinical placements, supervised by senior medical staff.

Doctors need to be able to communicate effectively with patients and their families in difficult times, to be their advocate and help inform their choices. In year 1, you will study the evidence base around effective communication, as well as having the chance to develop your communication skills in a safe environment by using simulated patients (actors). From year 2 onwards, you will develop your communication skills further through interaction with real patients in hospitals and GP practices.

Lancaster’s MBChB also allows you to pursue your own areas of interest through Special Study Modules to 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 course (between years 4 and 5) to study a medicine-related topic at BSc, MSc or MPhil level.