University of Leeds

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our challenging curriculum combines thorough training in the medical sciences with a strong emphasis on communication and practical skills. You’ll continually build and reinforce core professional skills, throughout the course. Clinical experience at Leeds is second to none. You’ll have early patient contact and then build your experience. The diversity of the region and our strong partnerships with the major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practice mean we offer a wide range of placements. We’re a recognised leader in patient and carer involvement. Our Patient Carer Community contributes to teaching, learning and assessment, giving our students invaluable insight into the experience of people with a medical condition or disability, and their carers. We are also top 10 in the UK for our research power. We use technology to support learning anywhere. We’re national leaders in mobile learning and staff and students have created several successful apps. More reasons to study Medicine at Leeds

  • You'll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research
  • Strong partnerships with the major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practices mean we offer a diverse range of placements
  • Technology is embedded in the MBChB course and we continue to invest and innovate
  • Our students are well supported through personal tutors, course tutors, support staff and peer mentoring
  • You'll have access to various facilities including the Medical Teaching Centre, Clinical Practice Centre, libraries and study space
GMC registration Successful completion of the MBChB (and meeting Fitness to Practise criteria) allows you to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulatory body for doctors in the UK. Gateway Year to Medicine In order to open up access to medical education to students from a wider range of backgrouds, we’ve developed a new Gateway Year to Medicine course. This year is designed to enable students to develop the relevant skills and provide the scientific background required to advance to the MBChB course. You can find details about entry requirements and the application process on our course page. Additional course information As well as the wide-ranging curriculum, there’s also chance to tailor your studies through: Intercalation – taking an extra degree in one year, usually after year 2, 3 or 4 of the MBChB. It’s a chance to broaden your knowledge and enhance your career opportunities. Nearly half of our year 3 undergraduate medical students choose to intercalate each year. 6-week elective – between years 4 and 5, this can allow you to gain wider clinical experience or carry out a particular project in the UK or abroad. This elective is about gaining wider clinical experience or carrying out a specific project. Past students have worked in health centres, charities, universities and hospitals in Australia, Samoa, Vanuatu, China, Italy, Nepal and Tanzania.

Course details


Year 1 Introducing the fundamentals for clinical practice You’ll start year one with a four-week induction period, to get to know your tutors and fellow students and the course requirements. There’ll be an introduction to study and the challenges of medicine, as well as social activities. The first year introduces you to the core professional themes, which run throughout the course, and the biomedical scientific principles which underpin clinical practice. These form the foundation of your undergraduate teaching which later years will build on. The IDEALS (Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership, Safety) theme addresses the challenges and requirements of modern practice, whilst Campus to Clinic develops your clinical decision-making and patient safety skills. You’ll study biomedical sciences and integrate anatomy dissection with radiology, physiology, clinical assessment and pharmacology. You’ll learn about the psychological and societal aspects of behaviour and human development, their role in health and illness and treatment of medical problems. Your communication skills, with both patients and fellow professionals, will be developed through teaching and through clinical placements with multi-disciplinary teams. You’ll increase your understanding of research methods central to delivering evidence-based medical care. Year 2 Building on the fundamentals You’ll enhance your understanding of clinical conditions, whilst developing insight into clinical laboratory science and the role of ethics and law in healthcare provision. You’ll learn about the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Further exposure to clinical practice will help develop your consultation, diagnostic and practical skills. You’ll appreciate the different types of investigations carried out in diagnosing common conditions and diseases across populations, and the ways in which illness impacts on individuals and society. Your understanding of human experience and behaviour in health and illness will also continue to grow through academic teaching sessions, patient visits and exposure to the Patient Voice Group. Year 3 Increasing clinical exposure with junior clinical placements In your third year, you’ll continue to develop and consolidate the programme’s core elements and to learn about evidence-based medicine. The SAFER-MEDIC theme links our core curriculum with GMC-identified outcomes and standards of undergraduate medical education. Year 4 Gaining in clinical experience with speciality placements In year four, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the genetic, social and environmental factors that determine disease, appreciate the principles of treatment and response to treatment. You’ll learn about anaesthetic and perioperative care, acute and critical care, women and children’s health, recurrent and chronic illnesses, mental and physical disabilities, rehabilitation, relieving pain and distress, and palliative care. You’ll further enhance your leadership, team-working, conflict management and negotiating skills and learn about the NHS business and organisational environment, legislation, strategic analysis and how to manage change effectively. Year 5 The transition from medical student to doctor As a final year MBChB student, you’ll be expected to call on knowledge from previous years that are of relevance to practice as a F1 doctor. You’ll participate in three eight-week placements with a strong focus on making the transition from student to qualified practitioner. These longer placements help to build strong relationships with clinical teams.

Assessment method

Assessment throughout the programme builds your knowledge and skills. It follows two broad approaches: Informal/less traditional evaluation (Assessment for Learning) helps students understand how they are assessed and how this connects with their own continuous learning and development. It includes testing student learning “in course”, through written and practical exams, coursework and clinical assessments and delivering effective feedback, which may result in specific individual support and in students reflecting on their performance and working towards better outcomes. More formal evaluation (Assessment for Progression) provides a standard against which decisions are made about whether you progress through the course. Students are tested in Clinical Anatomy, Clinical Skills and Practice, Knowledge Application, Critical Analysis, Writing and Project Skills, and Attitudes and Professionalism. Assessments involve written examinations, projects, case reports and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). The MBChB with Honours is awarded to outstanding students.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course codeA100
Institution code L23
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

English language requirements IELTS 7.5 overall, with no less than 7.5 in Spoken English. For other English qualifications, visit our coursepage.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA A Level Chemistry
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher AAAAB Five Highers should be offered with grades of AAAAB including Biology. In addition applicants should offer at least grades of AB at Advanced Higher, including Chemistry with grade A
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points At least 35 points required overall including marks of 6 in three Higher Level subjects, one of which must be Chemistry. Two subjects from Biology, Mathematics, and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard level if not offered at GCSE. If English is not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard Level
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3, D3 Three Distinctions (D3) in three Principal subjects including Chemistry

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

Any offer of a place to study is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential health assessment which will include a health questionnaire


Applicants who are successful in the initial stages of the application process will be asked to attend interview. The interview will take the form of the Multi Mini Interview

Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

All applicants for the MB ChB course are required to take BMAT in either September or November each year. The result from first sitting only will be accepted

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For further information please see
Medicine at University of Leeds - UCAS