You will complete a quality improvement project and submit a written report. You will study in depth a clinical topic of personal interest and relevance, analyse data and make evidence-based recommendations for changes that can be implemented to improve care.
You will sit your final examinations at the end of Year 4, allowing you to focus on preparation for clinical practice in the apprenticeship-style Year 5.
After completing your final examinations, you will spend four weeks on elective placement. You will arrange the elective yourself, with advice and guidance from Lancaster Medical School. The elective is an opportunity to broaden your clinical experience and learn about healthcare delivery in another setting. You may choose to spend your elective abroad, observing differences in healthcare delivery in another country, or you may choose to spend your elective exploring a specialty of particular interest to you.
Between Years 4 and 5 of the MBChB programme, you will have the option to take a year out from your studies to complete an intercalated degree. Intercalation provides you with an opportunity to study a subject related to medicine at greater depth or engage in academic research for a year.
If you decide to complete an intercalated degree, you will suspend studies on the MBChB programme for a period of twelve months whilst you undertake studies for a BSc, an MSc, an MRes or an MPhil degree. You will then return to the MBChB programme at the beginning of Year 5.