Medicine and Surgery MBChB - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
A100

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 5 Year(s)

Course Overview

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. 

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    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. 

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Lancaster Medical School considers applications to its medical degree programme in a four stage selection process. Please see the Lancaster Medical School web pages for further information.

    All applicants are required to take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) to be eligible for consideration.If you are applying from outside the UK or if English is not your first language, you must sit either IELTS or the Pearson PTE Academic qualification before application and include details of the achieved grades on your UCAS application form.

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAA plus B in 4th AS subject and must include Biology and Chemistry. Or AAA-A*AA if no 4th AS or EPQ taken (depending on individual circumstances).

    International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with at least 6 points in 3 Higher Level subjects which must include Biology and Chemistry

    BTEC Not accepted on its own

    Access to HE Diploma Specified Access to Medicine courses acceptable

    Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

    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 below)

    Essential subjects

    Subjects Biology and Chemistry are required at a level for entry

    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)

    Further information

    General Studies Accepted as 4th subject at AS level only

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed

    Interviews No applicant will be offered a place without being interviewed in person. Lancaster Medical School uses the multiple mini interview format for their admissions interviews. More information can be found on the Lancaster Medical School website

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

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Over the course of five years at Lancaster Medical School, you will accumulate the knowledge and develop the skills required for modern clinical practice. The knowledge curriculum falls into four themes: Medical Sciences; Health, Culture and Society; Population Health; and Professional Practice, Values and Ethics.

    In year 1, you will be based primarily at the University. Through eleven two-week problem-based learning modules, you will be introduced to key concepts in biomedical and social science, and learn about normal structure and function of the human body. You will receive a thorough grounding in basic clinical skills (examinations, procedures and techniques) and undertake extensive communication skills training to prepare you for patient contact in years 2-5.

    In year 2, you will be on campus Monday and Friday, spend two days per week on hospital placement and engage in various community-related activities throughout the year. This may include GP placements, community clinical teaching sessions and community-related assessments.

    Year 3 comprises five rotations, each of which includes patient contact, clinical teaching, problem-based learning and other teaching activities such as tutorials and lectures.

    In year 4, you will spend a minimum of three days a week in hospital and one day a week in general practice. You will complete two 16-week blocks, each of which will include patient contact, clinical teaching, problem-based learning and other teaching activities, such as lectures or tutorials.

    In year 5, you will undertake five clinical attachments each consisting of seven weeks of intensive clinical experience. A portfolio is used to guide and assess your learning. You will take responsibility for your own learning and engage in reflective practice, to prepare you for Foundation training and life-long learning.
    Full information on our MBChB course, including a more detailed year by year breakdown of what you will study, is available on Lancaster Medical School's website.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Medicine is a challenging but rewarding career that offers an enormous variety of possible career paths, almost 100% employment after graduation and excellent remuneration. As a doctor you will face the intellectual challenge of diagnosis, apply critical analytical and reasoning skills to decide on the best treatment for your patients, provide an empathetic and understanding ear to your patients and their families (often in times of great distress), and work effectively in a team with other healthcare professionals.  If you want to make a difference to patients’ lives, if you have an enquiring mind and an aptitude for science, and if you enjoy working with people, then medicine might be the career for 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.

    If you decide against a career in clinical practice, the transferable skills you will acquire will prepare you for a wide variety of possible careers in fields such as public health or medical research. 

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £30,330

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

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

    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. 

The Faculty was proud to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award (operated by The Equality Challenge Unit) in 2012 and the Athena Swan Silver Award in 2014.
The Faculty was proud to achieve an Athena Swan Bronze Award (operated by The Equality Challenge Unit) in 2012 and the Athena Swan Silver Award in 2014.

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