Overview of the Liverpool Medical School

  • Liverpool Medical School integrates a high-quality teaching through senior clinicians and clinical academics who are research active, and front-line clinical experience in their teaching hospital and with their NHS partners.
  • The medical school pre-dates the University of Liverpool. When the University received its royal charter in 1903, the medical school was incorporated into the University. Until 1905 women were accepted.
  • Alumni include Lord Henry Cohen CH FRCP, who was  a prominent lecturer at the medical school and taught there for over 5 decades, and Sir Charles Scott Sherrington OM GBE PRS, the discoverer of the synapse.

Campus and Facilities

  • Campus:
    • Cedar House of the School of Medicine at University of Liverpool
  • Facilities:
    • Cedar House Building: teaching rooms, medical student common room
    • Waterhouse building for clinical skills teaching and examinations
    • Clinical Skills Resource Centre for clinical teaching
    • Centre for the development of personalized medicine
    • Human Anatomy Resource Centre for anatomy teaching

National and International Rankings

  • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 32 (2016)
  • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 31 (2016)
  • QS World ranking for medicine: ranked between 51-100
  • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

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MBBS Programme Information

There are 2 undergraduate programmes: Medicine and Surgery MBChB (A100) and Medicine and Surgery (A101) MBChB graduate entry:

General overview

  • (A100) The curriculum of this programme is based on the three main outcomes of Tomorrow’s Doctors (GMC 2009): the Doctor as Scholar and Scientist, the Doctor as Practitioner and the Doctor as Professional. Each of these outcomes has vertical themes to create a spiral curriculum, also 4 horizontal themes cut across the vertical themes to provide stage appropriate coverage.
    • Vertical themes: The Science of Medicine, Research and Scholarship, The Chronically Ill Patient, The Acutely Ill Patient, Patient Safety, Leadership and Management and Professionalism.
    • Horizontal themes: Psychology and Sociology as Applied to Medicine, Population Perspective (Public Health, Epidemiology and Evidence), Communication for Clinical Practice and Therapeutics.
  • (A101) Programme length is 4 years. It starts with a 2 week summer school, and then join Year 2 of the A100 programme. At the end of Year One, students will sit the same examinations as students at the end of their second year on the five-year programme.

Number of students on this course:

As a guideline: 307 students in year one in 2014.

Course Structure and Length:

  • Year 1 and 2: basic and clinical sciences
    • Taught using systems approach.
    • Each system will include physiology, biochemistry and anatomy lectures and practical sessions, clinical skills sessions, small group teaching and case based learning.
    • Communication skills training starts since year 1.
  • Year 3 and 4: focus on clinical placement
    • Learn to recognize health problems, develop the skills needed to diagnose illness and disease and manage patients.
    • Rotations through several hospitals and community-based placements.
    • The placements are complimented with consolidation weeks spent at the University to analyses the witnessed cases with clinicians.
    • You complete your final written and OSCE (clinical examinations) assessments at the end of Year Four.
  • Year 5: intensive clinical experience in hospitals and the community.

Course Content

  • Year 1: Foundation of Medicine
    • Introduction to the science and practice of medicine through a series of problem-based learning modules.
    • Biomedical sciences such as Biochemistry, Physiology and Anatomy are explored through their application to various human body systems.
    • Weekly classes in a specially designed clinical skills centre introduce students to basic clinical methods.
    • Communication skills training
  • Years 2, 3 and 4: modules focus on human life cycle from conception to old age
    • Progress through 4 stages:
      • Understanding how healthy bodies normally develop and function
      • Learning to recognize health problems
      • Developing skills needed to diagnose illness and disease
      • Knowing how to manage patients
    • Hospital and community-based clinical experience
    • Students complete their final written assessment at the end of year 4
  • Year 5: intensive clinical experience
    • Gaining intensive clinical experience in hospitals and the community to prepare students for their careers as doctors.

Teaching locations:

  • At the School of Medicine, Cedar House – University of Liverpool
  • Teaching hospitals:
    • Royal Liverpool University Hospital
    • Broadgreen Hospital
    • Whiston Hospital
    • Aintree University Hospital
    • The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery
    • Arrowe Park Hospital
    • Liverpool Women’s Hospital
    • Countess of Chester Hospital
    • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

Integrated BSc opportunities:

  • Opportunity to take 1 year from the medical programme to study for an additional BS.
  • Wide variety of subjects available, range from: basic sciences, humanitarian aid, to translational, bench to beside research.

Open day dates:

Registration is required, and 3 weeks before the event visitors will received a guide to give an idea of the activities that will be available:

  • Friday 24 June 2016
  • Saturday 25 June 2016
  • Saturday 24 September 2016
  • Saturday 08 October 2016

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 26 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Lent Term: 09 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017
  • Summer Term: 24 Apr 2017 – 02 Jun 2017

MBBS Admissions:

Application process:

  • Meet the entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
    • For applying to A101 4-year Graduate MBChB programme it also requires the GAMSAT test.
  • Make an online application via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), by of the 15 October in the year prior to the expected entry to the medical school.
    • Personal Statement: any mitigating circumstances should be noted and as appropriate in the academic reference.
    • Personal Reference: should aim to be as informative as possible and personalised to emphasise the strengths and personal qualities of the applicant
    • A101F For dentists wishing to pursue a career in maxillofacial surgery (3-year route), should apply via UCAS to the 2nd year of the A101 programme and will need to mention it in the 1st line of their personal statement.  

Entry requirements:

  • A-levels in three subjects (at A-grade) plus a grade B in a fourth subject at AS-level.
  • Biology and Chemistry must be offered at A2.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are only considered as the 4th subject. Only one of Mathematics or Further Mathematics will be considered.
  • Science graduates are expected to graduate or to have graduated with at least a good 2:1 honours degree and to be able to offer a minimum of three B-grades in the required A- levels plus a grade B in the fourth subject at AS-level. Accredited Prior Learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) are not usually accepted.
  • They accept Access to Medicine qualifications from local further education (FE) Colleges (City of Liverpool College, Halton, Hugh Baird, Wirral Metropolitan, Southport) and from Manchester College, West Anglia College of Medicine, the Pre-medical Studies course at Lancaster (A900), and the Staffordshire Access to Higher Education (HE) course.
  • International Baccalaureate
    • Higher level: 36 points overall (to include at least a 6 in Biology, Chemistry and one other subject at Higher Level [HL]) and 3 at Standard level, at a minimum of 5 points each.
  • Other: Open University Modules
    • Compulsory Units: S104 (Exploring Science), Level 1=60 points; SK277 (Human Biology) Level 2 = 30 points
    • One of the following modules must also be taken:
      • SDK 125 (Introducing Health Sciences), Level 1 = 30 points
      • S205 (The Molecular World), Level 2 = 60 points
      • SD 226 (Biological psychology; exploring the brain), Level 2 = 30 points
      • S320 (Infectious Disease), Level 3 = 30 points
      • S377 (Molecular and Cell Biology), Level 3 = 30 points
      • SD329 (Signals and Perception), Level 3 = 30 points
  • Graduate entry:
    • A minimum Upper Second Class honours degree (or a predicted upper second class degree or above if you are on or about to enter the final year of your degree programme) in a Biological, Biomedical, or Health Science subject.
    • Dental graduates must already hold MJDF (Portfolio plus Part 1 and Part 2 exams).
    • Dental graduates who hold a BDS degree from outside the EU will need ORE/LDS. BDS degrees will need to be registered with the General Dental Council.
    • Performance above cut-off in the GAMSAT entrance exam.
  • UCAT score: As Liverpool School of Medicine is using the UCAT test for this years admissions cycle; there are no guidelines on what is likely to constitute a competitive UCAT score

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Candidate Selection

  • Applications are assessed using prior academic achievement, predicted grades, admissions tests and applicants’ non-academic values/ attributes/experience.
  • The selection procedure is a three-stage process:
    • Stage 1: academic ability and use of admissions test
      • Places for interview are strictly limited.
      • For non-graduate applying to the A100 programme, preference may be given to applicants offering higher GCSE scores.
      • Only those applicants who meet /exceed our minimum academic criteria and who offer the most competitive overall UCAT scores will have their applications proceed to the second stage.
    • Stage 2: non-academic attributes
      • Health care career awareness and insight, caring for the community.
      • Critical, coherent, and informative approach to written communication
      • Values that embody and underpin good healthcare practice
      • Preference may be given to those applicants judged to most ably demonstrate the necessary core skills, values and attributes.
    • Stage 3: Interviews

Interview procedure

  • Interviews take place in February
  • Applicants are being interviewed in person
  • The interviews are in the format of multiple mini interviews
  • The criteria used are: knowledge of modern medical practice, medical ethics, and teamwork.
  • The numeracy of the applicants will be assessed together with written communication skills.
  • The overall interview-scores are ranked, and the top-scoring applicants are made an offer.

Extra important information for candidates

  • In making borderline decisions, it may be necessary to make offers based on the combination of both academic achievement/potential and the interview score of the applicant
  • The Admissions Tutor may take additional factors into account, including relevant skills and contextual factors.
  • Applicants should include in their personal statement explanations of ‘poorer than expected’ performance/mitigating circumstances, and this may be supported by their academic referee.
  • Feedback:
    • Provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants via UCAS Track at the time of notification of the result of their application.
    • Further written feedback may be provided at the discretion of the Admissions Tutor, and will be considered after the 1st June in the year following their application.
    • Applicants who fail to meet the minimum academic criteria are notified of the result of their application by the end of December of the year in which they applied.
    • Applicants who pass the academic requirements, but who are not called to interview may be notified of the outcome at any time between the end of December and the end of the following March.
    • Applicants who are called to interview for the A100 and A10 programmes cannot expect to be informed of the decision until at least the 31st of March in the year following application.

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