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Medicine and Surgery MBChB

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 North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

You can also pursue your own areas of interest through four 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

You’ll begin your degree with the Foundation of Medicine, where you will learn key concepts in biomedical and social science. You’ll also choose the first of four SSMs to study.

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 most of your second year and throughout your third and fourth years.

In your second and third years, you will continue to pursue your own areas of interest through three more 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 specialities, giving you the opportunity to explore different potential medical careers during the course of your undergraduate degree.

Where could it take you?

Most medical graduates work in clinical practice, either in hospitals or in the community. There are more than 60 different clinical specialities to choose from. All medical graduates that work in clinical practice must undertake specialist postgraduate training to prepare them for their chosen clinical speciality. Approximately half of all UK medical graduates work in general practice. For those who decide against a career in clinical practice, the transferable skills acquired during this degree prepare our graduates for a wide variety of possible careers in fields such as public health or medical research.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2015:

Entry requirements for our medical degree programme include both academic and non-academic criteria.

We do not use the UKCAT score in our selection process.

Academic criteria: Evidence of excellent attainment in general (e.g. GSCE) and advanced secondary (e.g.A-level) education.

Subject requirements: Biology, Chemistry and one other subject at A-level (or equivalent).

A level: AAA plus B in 4th AS subject and must include Biology and Chemistry

Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher: at least AAAAB plus AA in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level

International Baccalaureate: Biology, Chemistry + one other (6, 6, 6 points) at Higher level, plus 3 subjects at SL (5,5,5 points) minimum points score 36

Irish Leaving Certificate: Not accepted on its own

BTEC National Diploma: Not accepted on its own

Access: Specified Access to Medicine courses acceptable

General Studies: Accepted as 4th subject at AS level only

GCSE: Minimum score of 15 points from 9 subjects (A or A* = 2 points; B = 1 point). The 9 subjects must include Core & Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Maths and English (grade B or above).

Key Skills: At level 3

Graduate entry: (i) a 2i degree in Biomedical/Health Sciences plus normally a minimum of BBB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry. (ii) a 2i degree in any other subject plus normally AAB at A-level including Biology and Chemistry. In addition, all graduate applicants must meet the GSCE requirements (see above).

English Language Requirements: You must study English, as part of your secondary education, and achieve the equivalent of GCSE English, grade B or above. For those offering IGCSE, please note only English as a First language is acceptable.

If English is not your first language, in addition, you must demonstrate proficiency in English through either IELTS or the Pearson PTE Academic qualification. We do not accept any other English language proficiency qualifications. You need to sit your English proficiency test before application and include details of the achieved grades on your UCAS application form. English language qualifications must be less than 2 years old at the time of application.

Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information about admissions

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600

*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.

An initial Criminal Record Bureau check is paid for by the University but any subsequent checks will be paid for by the student. Any travel costs will need to be accounted for by the student, such as travel to and from GP and community placements and any travel to and from Furness General Hospital and Lancaster at weekends. Students are also expected to purchase a stethoscope at a cost of £59, a scientific calculator at a cost of £6 and smart clothes for their clinical placements.

Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.