Overview of the Medical School

  • Leicester Medical School was founded in 1975, although between 2000 and 2007 it was part of the joint Leicester-Warwick Medical School. The school was formed following the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Education (1965–68). The Commission estimated that by 1994 the UK would need to train more than 4500 doctors a year, and that this would need to be achieved by both increasing the numbers of medical students at existing medical schools, and by establishing a number of new medical schools.
  • In 2000, Leicester Medical School assisted the University of Warwick in the foundation of the Leicester-Warwick Medical School, combining Leicester’s own school with a new institution based at the University of Warwick. The project was successful, and in 2007, the two institutions separated, creating Warwick Medical School, and recreating Leicester Medical School.
  • Among its notable people is Sir Liam Joseph Donaldson, he was previously the Chief Medical Officer for England and is a Visiting Professor in the University of Leicester’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.

Campus and Facilities:

  • University of Leicester
  • Facilities:
    • Maurice Shock Medical Science Building
    • Clinical skills center at the Leicester Royal Infirmary
    • Dissection room
    • New technologies: switch paper and pen for iPads
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 25 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 25 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 151-200 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • The curriculum is patient-focussed and integrated so that all learning takes place in clinical context
  • In Phase 1 there is a balanced mixture of lectures, clinical teaching and group work (supported by experienced academic teachers and clinically qualified staff), you work to solve problems related to clinical cases.
  • In Phase 2 you will be working with doctors in hospitals and the community in a variety of clinical placements.
  • The teaching is influenced by their expertise in such diverse fields as heart disease, cancer and genetics

Number of students on this course:

There are 214 places available (224 UK/EU and 17 international).

Course Structure and Length:

  • The A100 programme duration is 5 years.
  • It is structured as follows:
    • Phase 1: Laying the Foundation
      • Years 1 and 2
      • Interdisciplinary modules related to human structure and function in health and disease.
      • Undertake community attachments to illustrate the social and psychological context of medicine.
      • Theoretical study of social and behavioural science
      • Work with ‘simulated patients’
  • Phases 2-4: The Clinical Years
    • You will spend virtually all of your time in the clinical phases working full-time in clinical environments.
    • Phase 2: you will have longer apprentice style placements in medicine, surgery and community medicine, learning from experts in hospital or GP practices.
    • Phase 3: will allow time for speciality blocks such as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Child Health, and Psychiatry.
    • Phase 4 of the course, the scheduling of the Finals examination is arranged to allow time for an extended foundation apprenticeship designed to fully prepare you for work as a foundation doctor.

Course Content:

  • Year 1:
    • Semester 1& 2: Compassionate, Holistic, Diagnostic Detective Course
    • Semester 1:
      • Very early clinical experience
      • Medical Cell Biology and Genetics
      • Body logistics (Tissue structure & function)
      • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
      • Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology
      • Applied social, behavioral & healthcare sciences delivery 1
      • Semester 2:
        • Infection
        • Musculo-skeletal System
        • Cardio-vascular System
        • Metabolism, Endocrine & Haematopoiesis
        • Pathological processes
        • Introduction to public health & epidemiology
        • Applied social, behavioral & healthcare sciences delivery 1
  • Year 2:
    • Semester 3 & 4: Compassionate, Holistic, Diagnostic Detective Course – early clinical apprenticeship
    • Semester 3:
      • Immune system
      • Gastrointestinal system
      • Reproductive system
      • Urinary system
      • Respiratory system
      • Head & Neck & Neuroanatomy
    • Semester 4:
      • Clinical Pharmacology Therapeutics & Principles of Prescribing
      • Integration for Clinical Application
      • Nervous system & neuro-psychiatry
      • Applied social, behavioral & healthcare sciences delivery 2
  • Year 3: Clinical Apprenticeship
    • Medical care
    • Surgical care
    • Primary care / community
    • SSC
  • Year 4: Specialty Placements
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Child Health
    • Psychiatry
    • Acute care
    • Integrative care
    • Cancer care
  • Year 5: Foundation Apprenticeship
    • SSC
    • Foundation Apprenticeship – Medical
    • Foundation Apprenticeship – Surgical
    • Foundation Apprenticeship – Community
    • Foundation Apprenticeship – Elective

Teaching locations:

  • At the University
  • Clinical Practice: variety of clinical opportunities through our many partnerships with hospitals in the region, from Leicester’s big city hospitals to Lincoln and Northampton, and through our many links with community practices.

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • You can take an Intercalated BSc (iBSc) as a one year course after the second or third year of your Medical Degree.
  • This will extend your overall degree to six years.
  • Programmes:
    • iBSc in Medical Research: You will carry out an independent research project in a clearly defined area, for a full academic year.
    • iBSc in Clinical Sciences: after introductory module on research methods, you will then focus on one of three specialised areas: Infectious Diseases, Human Behaviour or Cancer Studies.
    • iBSc in Biomedical Science: choose from a range of modules to broaden your knowledge in areas such as Genetics, Physiology, Biochemistry or Microbiology. 

Open day dates:

  • Saturday 09 July 2016 – Focus on Medicine Day
  • Friday 22 July 2016
  • Saturday 17 September 2016
  • Saturday 15 October 2016                       

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 26 Sep 2016 – 09 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 24 Mar 2017
  • Summer Term: 01 May 2017 – 23 Jun 2017

Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The school offers the following postgraduate courses:
    • Applied Health Research MRes, PGCert
    • Biomedical Engineering MSc
    • Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology MSc
    • Cancer Chemistry MSc
    • Chronic Disease and Immunity MSc
    • Diabetes MSc, PGDip, PGCert
    • Diabetes MSc, PGDip, PGCert
    • Infection and Immunity MSc
    • Medical Statistics MSc
    • Molecular Genetics MSc
    • Molecular Pathology and Therapeutics of Cancer MSc, PGCert
    • Occupational Psychology MSc
    • Psychological Research Methods MSc
    • Psychology of Work MSc, PGDip
    • Quality and Safety in Healthcare MSc MSc, PGDip, PGCert
  • About research opportunities,, there are 14 in Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology:
    • Biochemistry PhD/MPhil
    • Bioengineering PhD/MPhil
    • Biology
    • Cancer Studies PhD/MPhil
    • Cardiovascular Sciences PhD/MPhil
    • Cell Physiology and Pharmacology PhD/MPhil
    • Clinical Psychology DClinPsy
    • Genetics PhD/MPhil
    • Health Sciences PhD/MPhil
    • Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation PhD/MPhil
    • Medicine MD
    • Psychology PhD/MPhil
    • Psychology PsyD
    • Toxicology PhD/MPhil


MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT for undergraduates and GAMSAT for graduates
  • Submit the UCAS application:
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements:

  • A/AS Levels: AAA including Chemistry. Biology to at least AS-level (fourth AS-level not required if Biology taken at A-level).
  • GCSEs: English Language, Mathematics and two Sciences all at Grade C.
  • Cambridge Pre U: D3, D3, D3 in Principal Subjects including Chemistry and Biology.
  • Access to Medicine course: Overall Distinction with 45 Level 3 Credits at Distinction, plus GCSEs as above.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 36 points including Chemistry and Biology at Higher level. Grade 6 required in all subjects.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Either alone or in a combination with A-levels. AAA to include Chemistry and Biology. Scottish Highers are not considered.
  • Graduate entry: Graduates and final year undergraduates of any discipline are welcome to apply. A science background is not essential but you must have at least grade B in science GCSEs or equivalent and be predicted, or have achieved, at least a 2:1 Honours Degree.

Candidate Selection:

  • You will be assigned a score based on your GCSE grades, confirmed (not predicted) A/AS-levels, actual/predicted degree (where appropriate) and your UCAT result.
  • The score has a maximum of 24 points based on the UCAS form:
    • If you have predicted A-Levels (or equivalent) we will score 8 GCSE qualifications.
    • If you have achieved A-Levels (or equivalent) we will score 6 GCSE qualifications and 3 A-Levels.
    • If you have a predicted or achieved degree we will score 5 GCSE qualifications, 3 A-Levels and your degree prediction or achieved classification.
  • Then the UCAT results will be score, again maximum of 24 points.
  • Giving a maximum possible score of 48 points overall.
  • Applications are then ranked and the highest scoring candidates invited for interview.
  • Because applications are ranked, there is no set score which guarantees an interview.

Interview procedure:

  • They expect to interview about 900 UK/EU applicants and about 40 international (non-EU) applicants, in order to make approximately 500 offers for the 241 places (224 UK/EU, 17 International) available.
  • Interview invitations will be sent by email in late November 2016 and this will be an ongoing process until the end of February 2017.
  • Emails will be sent from [email protected]
  • The interviews use the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) style.
  • They consist of eight individual mini-interviews or ‘stations’ which will assess your:
    • Verbal communication
    • Written communication
    • Listening
    • Compassion, respect and dignity
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Problem solving
    • Motivation
    • Ethical Judgement
    • We will use the UCAT SJT score as a virtual interview station.
  • Each station will be scored and you will be ranked on the basis of those scores.
  • Where two or more applicants are equally ranked, your UCAS form score may be used as a tie-breaker.
  • For a morning interview you should aim to arrive on campus by 8.45am; for an afternoon interview you should arrive by 1.00pm.
  • If you cannot attend the date that you are given, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule.
  • On the day of your interview you will have an opportunity to tour the Leicester Campus with a current student who will tell you about the social life, accommodation, facilities etc.

Extra important information for candidates:

  • One of three decisions will be made:
    • Offer (this will be conditional if you have not yet received your A Level results)
    • Hold (the decision about whether to make you an offer will be made once our position is clearer)
    • Reject
  • The timing of offers can therefore vary from early January to mid-May 2017.
  • We do not take applications through clearing.
  • You cannot transfer from a Medical Degree at another university, or apply to Leicester if you have started or completed another Medical Degree elsewhere.

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • Opportunity to research a health-related subject of your choice.
  • Intercalation available after the second or third year of your Medical Degree.
  • External students are considered.


Other MBBS extras relevant to UK medical students: NA

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