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Medicine and Surgery

Entry requirements


Any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology are required at A2 level. Three subjects taken at one sitting, after 2 years of study, plus a 4th subject at AS-level or EPQ. Minimum grades required: AAB (b) Three subjects taken at one sitting, no 4th AS or EPQ. Grades required: AAA (depending on individual circumstances) Information: GCSEs in nine separate subject areas, to include the following subjects: Core and Additional Science (or Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), English Language, and Mathematics; all at least grade B/6 attained by the end of year 11 and scoring 15 points or more from the nine GCSEs (where 7+ or A*/A equals 2 points; B or 6 equals 1 point). Any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology are required at A2 level. Only one of Maths or Further Maths will be considered at A and AS level. General Studies and Critical Thinking only considered as 4th subject.

Specified Access to Medicine courses acceptable. For further information, please see https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lms/medicine/mbchb-medicine-and-surgery/entry-requirements/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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to include any 2 of Biology, Chemistry and Psychology plus one other subject at Higher level (required grades: at least 6,6,6 plus three further subjects at standard level (required grades: at least 5,5,5) For further information, please see https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lms/medicine/mbchb-medicine-and-surgery/entry-requirements/

At least AAAAB plus AA in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level. For further information, please see https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lms/medicine/mbchb-medicine-and-surgery/entry-requirements/

At least AAAAB plus AA in Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher Level. For further information, please see https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lms/medicine/mbchb-medicine-and-surgery/entry-requirements/

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About this course


Course option

5.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Clinical medicine

We are proud to remain one of the UKs smaller medical schools, even after the recent increase in the number of MBChB places available. Our size allows us to offer you a student-focused learning environment within a highly supportive community. In the 2019 National Student Survey, Lancaster Medical School came top in the North West of England for students overall satisfaction with their medicine degree.

Our MBChB is delivered through problem-based learning, lectures and clinical anatomy teaching. Problem-based learning is a form of small group learning. In groups of usually 7 or 8, you will explore realistic patient-based scenarios that resemble the clinical situations you may face in the future as a doctor. Your group will identify what you need to learn in relation to the scenario, and then you will 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. In later years, in some instances, you will use real patients as a stimulus for your learning in place of written scenarios, but using the same problem-based learning process. 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.

Your first clinical contact happens in year one when you will meet patients, under the supervision of a tutor, and discuss their experiences of healthcare and chronic illness. In year two, you will spend two days per week on hospital placement; you will also engage in a variety of community-related activities. Early patient contact allows you to practise your history-taking and examination skills, whilst providing a real-life context for your learning.

In years three to five, 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 Schools 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 one, clinical skills training takes place in the Clinical Skills Centre at Lancaster University. In years two to five, 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 one, you will study the evidence base around effective communication and start to develop your communication skills in a safe environment, through interaction with simulated patients (actors). From year two onward, you will develop your communication skills further through interaction with real patients in hospitals and GP practices.

In addition to the core curriculum, you'll have the opportunity to pursue your own areas of interest in more depth through Selectives in Advanced Medical Practice and coursework assignments. You can also 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.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lancaster University

Department:

Lancaster Medical School

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

94%
high
Clinical medicine

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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After graduation


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Clinical medicine

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£30,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
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Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals

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