Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our MBChB Medicine course has been designed to prepare you for the demands of a medical career, with an emphasis on working compassionately with patients as partners, within a multi-disciplinary team. You’ll gain exposure to real clinical settings through a series of clinical placements each year, develop a wide range of skills and a broad knowledge base. Our patient-centred curriculum is taught across five years in two phases. It starts by expanding and deepening your existing science education, covering topics such as the fundamentals of body structure, infection and pathological processes. As you move into the second phase, a large proportion of your learning will take place in clinical environments, working with practising doctors and healthcare professionals in placements ranging from cancer care to integrated medicine. Throughout your time with us, you will be encouraged to develop into an independent life-long learner, with critical thinking skills and the caring and empathetic attitude needed to embark on your first post after graduation as a foundation doctor. Key benefits

  • Enhance your skills in a range of authentic clinical settings from your very first year.
  • Prepare for work in a rapidly changing healthcare system with an optional Postgraduate Certificate in Health Leadership in conjunction with Aston Business School.
  • Thrive in our modern and friendly campus, equipped with dedicated facilities for Aston Medical School students.
  • Complete a six-week Foundation Assistantship in your final year, where you will undertake foundation doctor level work under very careful supervision.
Cohort Full details of our cohort makeup can be found on our website. In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to 40 per cent of our UK/EU places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria; preference will be given to our local students including those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme.

Course details


Phase 1 – Years 1 & 2 Throughout Phase 1, you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge in blocks covering topics such as physiology, pharmacology, public and global health and the musculoskeletal system. You’ll be introduced to clinical practice, learning how to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other healthcare professionals, develop consultation skills as well as an introduction to diagnostic reasoning.The Very Early Clinical Experience placement gives you an opportunity to develop an understanding of what it’s like to be a patient,and to gain real-world experience of the work carried out by doctors and other members of the general practice (primary care) team. Phase 2 – Years 3, 4 & 5 Much of your learning in Phase 2 will take place in clinical environments, working with practising doctors and healthcare professionals. Your progress will be supplemented and supported with lectures, group work, workshops, independent study and other learning opportunities.The Student Selected Components delivered in this phase, offer you the chance to study an area of particular interest, including our Health Leadership module, delivered in conjunction with Aston Business School. Successful completion of the modulewill lead to an additional certificate. You will also have the opportunity to complete a research-based Student Selected Component with the Aston Medical Research Institute whose four themes of research include: maternal health, mental health, cardiovascular medicine and regenerative medicine. Full details, including information on what is covered in each year of study and how clinical placements are taken can be found on our website.

Assessment method

We employ a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. There is an emphasis on working with peers to apply learning and solve problems, and we use technology and digital resources to make materials more accessible, to enhance learning and to make it fun. Modes of assessment include in-course assignments, computer-based knowledge exams, practical clinical skills tests, and continuous assessment of professional behaviour.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Medical Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 October

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Application codes

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Course codeA100
Institution code A80
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA The normal requirement is a minimum of AAA including chemistry, biology (including passing the practical elements) and any third subject, excluding general studies and critical thinking. Applicants who meet specified widening participation criteria, may be eligible for our contextual offer of ABB (more details available at
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally be considered on a case-by-case basis but will need to obtain a minimum of DDD in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science in combination with chemistry and biology A Levels with grade A
Access to HE Diploma Not accepted
Scottish Higher Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher AAA Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers, will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA, to include chemistry and biology.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 36 points Applicants will normally be expected to achieve or to have achieved an overall score of at least 36 points with a mark of 6, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including chemistry and biology and the rest from three Standard Level subjects and Core.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 All applicants must normally have a minimum of 5 GCSEs/IGCSEs at Grade B/6 which must include Maths, English Language, Chemistry, Biology or double science (or overseas qualifications.)

For applicants taking a degree, normally a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree (2:1) in any discipline plus three A Levels at grades AAB to include Chemistry and Biology with either at grade A. The university degree must be from a recognised UK or NARIC approved university. In addition, applicants will normally be required to have the same GCSE requirements as outlined in our requirements. We do not accept transfers from applicants currently studying degrees at other universities. We would always expect applicants to apply to Aston Medical School in the final year of their degree programme. Although we are happy to consider applications from graduates but there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston. Transfers - We cannot permit any transfers from applicants currently studying Medicine into our year 1 of our programme. We also cannot consider applicants if they are at another university for any course and are not applying in their final year of study. International qualifications: In addition to A Level and IB grades we accept a range of overseas equivalent qualifications. Foundation programmes: We accept some UK foundation programmes and these are considered on a case by case basis. Details of the foundation programmes we accept are available at Full details qualification requirements can be found at

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

If you are successful beyond interview you will be required to submit a health questionnaire and complete an occupational health clearance check.


Aston Medical School will interview applicants using the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI's). Aston University is committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable all applicants to participate fully in the selection process for the Medical Course (MBChB). The Enabling Team helps to facilitate this process by working independently from the academic school.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Applicants are required to sit the UCAT in 2020 to be considered for 2021 entry onto the MBChB course. Further information can be found at

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Applicants who are asked to take the IELTS must achieve an overall score of 7, with a minimum score of 7 in each individual component.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £41900 Year 1

Additional fee information

If you are uncertain whether you would be classed as an international fee payer for tuition fee purposes by us, please follow this simple guide by reading the information found here: The latest information relating to EU fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: The University is currently reviewing EU fees in response to recent government announcements and will publish EU fees for 2021 in due course

Sponsorship information

Each year we will have a number of small financial awards and prizes for the most talented students on admission to first year at Aston and in subsequent years of study. Announcements of these awards can be found on our website. Financial awards covering all or the majority of tuition fees will not be available.

Medicine at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS