Overview of the Medical School

  • Leeds School of Medicine is the medical school of the University of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The School of Medicine was founded in 1831, before the Yorkshire College which became the university, and now forms part of the university’s Faculty of Medicine and Health. It is located at the southern end of the campus in the Worsley Building. The School of Medicine is linked with the two major hospitals for clinical teaching: the Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital.
  • On 6 June 1831 six physicians and surgeons set up the Leeds medical school. The medical school admitted its first students in October of that year. It was one of ten provincial medical schools founded in the ten years between 1824-1834. In 1834 the school was moved to new premises and again in 1979, it moved to its current location in the Worsley Building
  • Among its notable alumni are: Berkeley Moynihan a noted British abdominal surgeon, William Pickles a British general practitioner and epidemiologist, and Harold Shipman a general practitioner convicted of murdering 15 of his patients.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus:
    • University of Leeds
  • Facilities:
    • Health Sciences Library
    • Clinical Practice Centre
    • Medical Teaching Centre
      • 260 seat lecture theatres
      • tutorial and seminar rooms
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 20 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 17 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 101-150 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

MBBS Programme Information

General overview

  • The course is five-year length.
  • It uses different teaching techniques, such as:
    • A blended learning approach, mixing a range of self, group and technology enhanced learning approaches.
    • Inter-professional learning.
    • Case-based learning which supports students to integrate learning in a spiral approach within the curriculum.
    • Innovative approach to technology –learning for teaching and assessment through a virtual health community, e-portfolio and access to mobile devices in practice.
    • Early patient contact to apply clinical science teaching and develop core consultation and practical skills.
    • A bespoke one-to-one learning approach with regular tutor contact to guide academic progress and personal development

Number of students on this course:

219 places available for home and EU students and 18 places for international students.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The MBChB programme is five-year length.
  • The programme is divided into the following stages:
  • Year 1: introducing the fundamentals of clinical practice
    • Introduction to the core professional themes, as well as the biomedical scientific principles which underpin clinical practice.
    • These form the foundation of what is called a ‘spiral curriculum’.
  • Year 2: building on the fundamentals
    • Developing knowledge of clinical laboratory science to understand the types of investigations carried out in diagnosis of common conditions and disease.
    • Teaching methods: academic teaching sessions, and exposure to the Patient | Carer Community.
  • Year 3: increasing clinical exposure with junior clinical placements
    • Integration of clinical skills and knowledge, demonstrating this through history taking and formulating basic differential diagnoses.
    • Gain experience of patients with more particular needs through placements in Integrated Medicine, Surgery, Perioperative Care, Primary Care and Elderly Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Year 4: gaining in clinical experience with specialty placements
    • Develop greater understanding of the genetic, social and environmental factors that determine disease, and understanding of the principles of treatment and the response to treatment.
    • Surgical and perioperative care; acute illness; recurrent and chronic illnesses; mental and physical disabilities; rehabilitation; relieving pain and distress; and palliative care.
  • Year 5: the transition from medical student to doctor:
    • Aims and outcomes are conflated into a series of domains, underpinned by a core set of cases, presentations and skills, linked to early postgraduate practices and the requirements of Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009) and the New Doctor.

Course Content:

  • Year 1: Introducing the fundamentals of clinical and social sciences
  • Individuals and Populations (I&P)
    • Term 1:
      • Combined introduction to Medicine: IDEALS, RESS and Campus to Clinic (C to C)
      • Introduction to Medical Science (IMS)
      • Terms 2 and 3:
      • Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership & Safety (IDEALS)
      • RESS: Research Evaluation & Special Studies
      • Campus to Clinic (C to C)
      • Body Systems: Cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, and reproductive.
  • Year 2: Building on the fundamentals of clinical and social sciences
  • Term 1:
    • Innovation Development Enterprise Leadership & Safety (IDEALS)
    • Research, Evaluation & Special Studies (RESS)
    • Campus to Clinic (C to C)
    • Individuals and Populations 2 (I & P 2)
    • Control and Movement (C & M)
    • Essential Medical Science
    • Term 2:
    • Research, Evaluation & Special Studies (RESS)
    • Term 3:
    • Innovation Development Enterprise Leadership & Safety (IDEALS)
    • Research, Evaluation & Special Studies (RESS)
    • Campus to Clinic (C to C)
    • Individuals and Populations 2 (I & P 2)
    • Control and Movement (C & M)
    • Clinical Pathology
  • Year 3: Developing learning and clinical understanding
    • Term 1:
    • Integrated Medicine 5 weeks
    • RESS 3 / IDEALS 3 / C to C 3 Workshop
    • Paediatrics and Child Health 6 weeks
    • RESS 3 Project 2 weeks
    • Term 2:
    • Elderly and Rehab 5 weeks
    • RESS 3 / IDEALS 3 / C to C 3 Workshop
    • Primary Care 5 weeks
    • RESS 3 / IDEALS 3 / C to C 3 Workshop
    • Term 3:
    • Special Senses 5 weeks
    • Revision, exams and preparation for Year 4
  • Year 4: Gaining in clinical experience
    • Term 1:
      • 1 week project preparation
      • Psychiatry
      • LC, RESS, IDEALS, C to C workshop week
      • Paediatrics and Child Health
      • Term 2:
      • LC, RESS, IDEALS, C to C workshop week
      • Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Sexual Health (GOSH)
      • LC, RESS, IDEALS, C to C workshop week
      • Acute and Critical Care (ACC)
      • Term 3:
      • LC, RESS, IDEALS, C to C workshop week
      • Cancer and Continuing Care
      • End of year round up
  • Year 5: The transition from medical student to doctor
  • Term 1:
    • Professional Practice Placement 1
  • Term 2:
    • Lectures and Workshops
    • Professional Practice Placement 2
  • Term 3:
    • Lectures and Workshops
    • Professional Practice Placement 3

Teaching locations:

  • Classroom teaching:
    • The Medical Teaching Centre in the School of Medicine
    • The Leeds Clinical Practice Centre, located in St James University Hospital
  • Clinical Teaching: Teaching and District hospitals, Primary Care practice and the community.

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Generally students can intercalate after years 2, 3 or 4 of their medical training.
  • Only 150 Leeds students are permitted to intercalate after year 3; there is no set limit for the number of students intercalating after years 2 or 4.
  • There are currently nineteen undergraduate intercalated courses which cover a wide range of topics delivered by several different Faculties and Schools.
  • Programmes delivered by the School of Medicine:
    • BSc Applied Health (Public Health)
    • BSc Applied Health (Primary Care)
    • BSc Applied Health (Medical Education)
    • BSc (Hons) Applied Health (Clinical Leadership)
    • BSc Clinical Anatomy
    • BSc Clinical Sciences (Cardiovascular Medicine)
    • BSc Clinical Sciences (Medical Imaging)
    • BSc Clinical Sciences (Molecular Medicine)
    • BSc International Health
  • Other programmes delivered by the:
    • Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
    • School of Psychological Sciences
    • Faculty of Biological Sciences

Open day date

Book your place online

  • Saturday 18 June
  • Thursday 23 June
  • Friday 24 June
  • Saturday 10 September
  • Saturday 08 October 

Term dates:

  • Term 1: 26 Sep 2016 – 09 Dec 2016
  • Term 2: 09 Jan 2017 – 24 Mar 2017
  • Term 3: 24 Apr 2017 – 16 Jan 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • There are taught and research programmes.
    • Taught postgraduate programmes:
      • In the School of Medicine incorporate education in the techniques and application of research.
      • The programmes lead to a Master’s degree (MA, MSc, MPH or MRes) and Postgraduate Certificates (PGCert) and Diplomas (PGDip).
    • Research postgraduate programmes:
      • They host postgraduates involved in a range multidisciplinary research areas.
      • Opportunities at both Masters and Doctoral level to contribute to world leading research.

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT and BMAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)
  • Getting a decision

Entry requirements:

  • GCSE:
    • Have obtained a substantial number of GCSE passes, at a high standard.
    • At least 6 grade Bs must be offered including the following: English Language, mathematics, Dual Science/Double Science, or Chemistry and Biology.
  • AS:
    • For those that do not have three cashed-in AS results (including Chemistry) , we score the GCSE and A2 results.
    • For those that have cashed-in at least three AS results, we will score the better of either your AS or GCSE results
  • A2:
    • For school leavers our standard offer is AAA including Chemistry.
    • Certain combinations are not acceptable. Specifically, we do not accept
      • Chemistry with Biology and Human Biology
      • Chemistry with Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • IB: Overall score of 35 points with a mark of 6 in three Higher Level subjects one of which must be Chemistry. Two subjects from Biology, Maths and Physics must also be offered at either Higher or Standard Level if not offered at GCSE.
  • European Baccalaureate: overall final result of 85% including 8 in Chemistry.
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Three Distinctions (D3) in three Principal subjects, one of which must be Chemistry.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: AAAAAA, including Chemistry, and two subjects from Biology, Mathematics and Physics.
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB at Higher including Biology, and AB at Advanced Higher, including A in Chemistry.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Students should pass
  • Graduate applicants: 2i or higher in a science or medically related subject is acceptable in place of A2 examinations.
    • For applicants not offering Chemistry grade B at A2, evidence must be provided that they have studied Chemistry to this level.Three rigorous arts/humanities subjects
  • Foundation courses:
    • Foundation in Clinical Sciences, University of Bradford: Successful completion (entry into Year 1).
    • Clinical Sciences BSc course, University of Bradford: Successful completion of Year 1 (entry into Year 2).
    • Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO): Successful completion of the year with an overall score of at least 70% and a minimum score of 70% in Chemistry 1 and 2.

Candidate Selection:

  • Around 1,800 applications are received each year.
  • The admissions team assesses the applications for academic criteria.
    • BMAT score: top 20% will receive the full mark available for this part of their application and those in the bottom 20% will receive the lowest mark available.
    • The BMAT total score will be calculated from a sum of the scores achieved in section 1, 2 and 3 although section 3 will have half the weighting of the other sections.
  • Once these forms have been ranked 1000 forms are assessed for non-academic criteria independently by two senior medical staff using explicit criteria that are reviewed annually by the Admissions Committee.
  • Around 550 candidates will be invited to interview.

Interview procedure:

  • Short-listed applicants will receive a written invitation from the School to attend an interview on a specific time or date.
  • A questionnaire will also be sent out at this time asking for further details on work and voluntary placements including contact details.
  • On the day of interview, applicants will also have the opportunity to look around the School of Medicine and meet some of our students.
  • The interview will be in a multiple mini-interview (MMI) format.
  • Scores from each station in the MMI will be collated to achieve an overall rating of the applicant.
  • The MMI process consists of eight different stations.
  • Each station will last seven minutes and you will have one minute to move between stations and read the next task.
  • Most stations involve discussion with the examiner but the station may require you to interact with an actor who will be playing a role.
  • The skills that we will be assessing will include ethical reasoning, self-evaluation, communication skills and problem solving.
  • At the end of your eight stations you will then be ranked using the scores that you have achieved.

Extra important information for candidates:

  • On the day of your MMI you will receive a briefing from a member of the admissions team and we will be there to answer any queries that you may have.
  • The decision whether to make an offer or not after interview depended entirely on the candidates’ performance on the day.
  • The number of offers made will be calculated in reference to previous years’ intake statistics and conversion rates.
  • Any offer is subject to the standard conditions (i.e. entry requirements).
  • Applicants who narrowly fail to meet the requirements of the offer may still be considered for a place. This will depend on the availability of places and the grades actually achieved.
  • Feedback for applicants rejected before the interview is generic, and for those rejected after the interview, the feedback given will consist only of the ranking amongst applicants in two domains: communications skills and station-related skills, each aggregated across all MMI stations.
  • The School also offers several alternative routes from the standard application:
    • Up to 20 students are admitted via the University of Bradford course Foundation in Clinical Sciences (at the beginning of the first year), and 20 more from the Clinical Sciences BSc course (at the beginning of second year).
    • A separate Foundation Year is run at the University of Leeds as part of the Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Programme (CFGO).
    • As of 2104, Leeds School of Medicine accepts only the Sussex Downs Adult College and College of West Anglia, King’s Lynn Access to Medicine courses.

Admissions contacts:  

Pre-application enquires:

Post-application enquires:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • Intercalated programmes at Leeds welcome applications from medical students studying at other UK medical schools.
  • Available to intercalate externally.
  • Students can intercalate after years 2, 3 or 4 of their medical training.
  • Only 150 Leeds students are permitted to intercalate after year 3; there is no set limit for the number of students intercalating after years 2 or 4.
  • Intercalation can be at Masters level courses including MSc, MA, MPH and the MRes.


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