In this article, we will discuss important facts about The University of Manchester, which are valuable to consider for your decision making in your application year! Read on to find out more about its history, campus, faculties!

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Overview of the Medical School

  • Medical teaching in Manchester began when Charles White founded the first modern hospital in the Manchester district, the Manchester Infirmary (later the Manchester Royal Infirmary), in 1752. He was followed by Joseph Jordan, who opened a School of Anatomy in 1814. A faculty of medicine opened in 1873 (at Owens College), and medical degrees were awarded by the Victoria University from 1883. The medical school expanded in the 1950s, culminating in the opening of the Stopford Building in 1973 and additionally accepting University of St Andrews medical students (who have completed their pre-clinical course at St Andrews), for their clinical studies.
  • It is the third oldest medical school in England. The Faculty is a member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and has four affiliated teaching hospitals at Manchester Royal Infirmary, University Hospital of South Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital and the Royal Preston Hospital.
  • Among its notable alumni are: Catherine Chisholm, she retired in 1948 having founded the Manchester Babies’ Hospital (afterwards the Duchess of York Hospital) in 1914; Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England 2010–present, Brian Day, President of the Canadian Medical Association 2007-8, and John Haggie, President of the Canadian Medical Association 2012-3.

Campus and Facilities:

  • Campus: comprises two main areas:
    • The Oxford Road area – formerly The Victoria University of Manchester campus
    • The Sackville Street area – formerly the UMIST campus
  • Facilities:
    • Stopford Building on the University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus:
      • Dissection room
      • Consultation Skills Learning Centre
      • IT clusters
      • Dedicated library for Years 1 and 2 medical students.
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 17 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 17 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 49 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: 60 (2016)

MBBS Programme Information

General overview

  • There are two entry routes to medicine:
    • MBChB 5-year programme (A106)
    • MBChB with Foundation 6-year programme (A104)
  • The 6-year programme is designed to prepare students from diverse educational backgrounds for entry to the 5-year course.
  • The course combines science and clinical learning, and uses different teaching techniques, such as:
    • Themed case discussions through facilitated group activities
    • Understanding and application of knowledge and clinical reasoning
    • Lectures, practical classes, elearning, clinical and consultation skills, simulation and seminars
    • Anatomy learning through practical experience using cadavers and dissection
  • Opportunity to enrol on the European Studies option:
    • Undertake training in a European language (Spanish, French or German) alongside the MBChB and attend a placement at one of our partner universities in Europe.

Number of students on this course:

372 places available (344 for home and EU students) and around 2,000 applications received for the five-year programme and 20 places for the six-year programme.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The A106 course duration is 5 years.
  • The programme is divided into the following stages:
    • Years 1 and 2: foundations of the biomedical, social, behavioral and clinical sciences underpinning medicine.
      • Are divided into four modules, the content of which relate to the overall curriculum themes of doctor as scientist and scholar, doctor as practitioner and doctor as professional, as stipulated by the General Medical Council.
    • Years 3 and 4: clinical science teaching increasing in clinical learning
      • Year 3: will emphasise placements in general medical and surgical environments
      • Year 4: variety of clinical specialties.
    • Year 5: consolidate previous years of study and prepare for practice.
      • Supervised responsibility for patient care.
  • For the A104 course, automatic entry to the standard five-year MBChB Medicine course is granted upon satisfactory completion of the foundation year.

Course Content:

  • Year 1: modules are partially system-based:
    • Life Cycle module:
      • Cellular and molecular processes that underlie reproduction, development and growth.
      • Immune system and the pathophysiology of genetic disease and cancer
      • Cardiorespiratory Fitness module:
        • Focuses on the chest and the function of the heart, lungs and blood.
      • Emphasis on practical work, including:
        • Anatomy dissection
        • Physiology and pharmacology practical classes
        • Clinical experience
        • Personal development activities, designed to introduce the skills and attitudes necessary to become a successful doctor.
  • Year 2:
    • Mind and movement module:
      • Brain and the nervous system connections to the muscles that move the skeleton
      • Focus on neuroscience
      • Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion module:
        • Gastrointestinal system
        • Kidneys
        • Key hormonal mechanisms involved in regulating these systems.
  • Year 3:
    • Learning from real patients
      • 1st semester (two 6-week blocks): general medical placements practice
      • 2nd semester (three 4-week blocks): more complex clinical environment, which will include more acute medical settings and a placement within a surgical specialty.
    • Personal Excellence Pathway: Applied Personal Excellence Pathway (PEP) project
      • Project supervised by a subject expert from the University or the NHS.
      • Student Selected Clinical Placements:
      • Placement in an area of clinical interest to you from within our Health Education Zones.
    • Year 4: broaden your clinical learning across the medical specialties
      • Clinical placements in:
        • General practice and clinical public health
        • Mental health, neurology and special senses
        • Musculoskeletal health
        • Ageing and complex health
        • Women´s health
        • Child health
        • Oncology and breast health
        • Dermatology and infectious diseases
      • PEP: Quality and evidence:
        • Focus on concepts of working in the NHS through quality enhancement projects.
        • Completed in a single 4-week placement.
      • Elective
  • Year 5: preparation for practice
    • Clinical placements will include further general medical and surgical placements, general practice and acute medicine.
    • Community placement to understand how medical services are delivered outside of the hospitals and general practices
      • For example, through experience in community paediatrics or community psychiatry
    • Undertake a Student Assistantship placement
    • Further Quality and Evidence PEP project and a second Student-Selected Clinical Placement.
  • For the A104 programme, students take one foundation year and then continues with the five-year MBChB medicine course.

Teaching locations:

  • Years 1 and 2: mostly based on The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus, with visits to centres of excellence for clinical medicine, community settings and teaching hospitals across the northwest.
  • Year 3 – 5: clinical placements organized around the Health Education Zones that comprise four base hospitals and their associated teaching hospitals and community placements:
    • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Preston)
    • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
    • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • The foundation year is delivered at Manchester Medical School and Xaverian College.

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • The course allows you to interrupt your medical studies for one year (after Year 2, 3 or 4) to study an intercalated degree.
  • Available to intercalate externally.
  • For students intercalating at Year 2 or later, you can choose from BSc courses in a range of relevant science, law and humanities subjects allied to our medical courses.
  • For students intercalating after Year 3 or 4, it is also possible to study on a Master’s courses.
  • Undergraduate courses:
    • Anatomical Sciences (BSc)
    • Biochemistry (BSc)
    • Biomedical Sciences (BSc)
    • Cell Biology (BSc)
    • Developmental Biology (BSc)
    • Global Health (BSc)
    • Innovation and Enterprise in Clinical Medicine (BSc)
    • Medical Biochemistry (BSc)
    • Neuroscience (BSc)
    • Pathology (BSc)
    • Pharmacology and Physiology (BSc)
    • Physiology (BSc)
    • Psychology (BSc)
  • Postgraduate courses:
    • Healthcare Ethics & Law (MSc)
    • Humanitarianism & Conflict Response (MA)
    • Medical Humanities (MSc)
    • Medical Mycology (MSc)
    • Neuroimaging for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (MSc)
    • Genomic Medicine (MSc)
    • Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences (MSc)
    • Clinical Immunology (MSc)
    • Medical Microbiology (MSc)
    • Medical Virology (MSc)
    • Cardiovascular Health & Disease (MRes)
    • Reproduction and Pregnancy (MRes)
    • Medical Sciences (MRes)
    • Oncology (MRes)
    • Primary Care (MRes)
    • Tissue Engineering for Regenerative Medicine (MRes)
    • Translational Medicine (MRes)
    • Public Health (MPH, MRes)
    • Public Health-Emergency Humanitarian Assistance and Global Health (MPH) 

Open day date:

Campus wide open days: attend sessions specific to Manchester Medical School.

  • Two 90-minute talks about the MBChB course and the application process
  • Book through the University website
  • Friday, 17 June 2016
  • Saturday, 18 June 2016
  • Saturday, 1 October 2016
  • Saturday, 8 October 2016

Term dates:

  • Semester 1: 19 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Semester 1 Exams: 16 Jan 2017 – 27 Jan 2017
  • Semester 2: 30 Jan 2017 – 31 Mar 2017
  • Semester 2 Exams: 18 May 2017 – 07 Jun 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • The Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences offers options for postgraduate study:
    • Taught Masters
    • Postgraduate Certificates and diplomas
    • Research programmes
    • Continuing professional development

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Submit the UCAS application:
    • Five-year Medicine (MBChB) course: A106
    • Six-year Medicine (MBChB) course with a foundation year: A104
    • UCAS institution code: M20
    • Choose from two options, which hospital sector you wish to attend in your clinical teaching years (3 to 5)
    • They look for information on the following areas:
    • reasons for choosing/changing to medicine
    • amount of work experience in a caring role
    • knowledge/experience of the UK healthcare system
    • interests/hobbies
    • team working
    • communication skills
    • determination
    • conscientiousness
    • intellectual potential.
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)
  • Getting a decision
  • Request feedback

Entry requirements:

  • GCSE:
    • At least seven subjects are required at grade C or above; at least five must be at A or A*.
    • English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum grade B.
    • Physics and Biology are required either at AS or at GCSE at minimum grade C. (Chemistry is essential at A2).
  • A Levels:
    • AAA (after successful interview)
    • If you perform exceptionally well at interview but fail to meet these grades, you may also be accepted.
    • AAA in the following subjects: Chemistry, plus one from Biology or Human Biology; Physics; Mathematics or Further Mathematics, plus one further rigorous subject (not Critical Thinking, Citizenship or General Studies)
  • IB: Overall score of 37 points with at least 766 at HL including Chemistry and minimum 555 at SL
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB
  • English language and any science subject (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or Biology) not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate II or Standard Grade Credit level grade 2 or above).
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAA in one of the following combinations:
  • Three Advanced Highers, including Chemistry; one other subject from Mathematics, Biology, or Physics; plus one other rigorous subject
  • Two Advanced Highers, plus one A2-level subject (subjects as above)
  • Two Advanced Highers, plus one new Higher (subjects to include Chemistry at Advanced Higher, plus one other science at Advanced Higher, and a further rigorous subject).
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: pass the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma including two science A2 levels at AA grades. Chemistry A2 level is essential at minimum grade A.
  • European Baccalaureate: overall final result of 82% including 8.4 in Chemistry.
  • Graduate Entry: 2:1 degree nd should have achieved minimum BBB at their first attempt at A2 to include grade B in Chemistry.
  • For A104 course:
    • AAA levels with one of the following combination:
      • Three rigorous arts/humanities subjects
      • Two rigorous arts/humanities subjects and one science subject
      • One rigorous arts/humanities subject and two science subjects (not chemistry)
  • IB: Three arts/humanities subjects Two arts/humanities subjects and one science subject One arts/humanities subject and two science subjects (but not Chemistry) 35 points are required overall to include core points with at least 666 at Higher Level (HL) and minimum 555 at Standard Level (SL)
  • Irish leaving certificate: A2A2A2B2B2 in the ILC at HL
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades AAB are required in one of the following combinations:
  • Three arts/humanities subjects; or
  • Two arts/humanities and one science subject; or
  • One art/humanity and two sciences (not including Chemistry).

Candidate Selection:

  • Pre-interview screening process is based on academic grading, personal statement, reference and UCAT ranking.
  • Most shortlisted candidates will be called for interview at Manchester Medical School.
  • Out of the 2,000 applications received, 900 will be interview and make offers to 590.

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews are held in January and three half-day sessions in February and March for applicants who cannot make the January dates.
  • You will be interviewed in a seven station ‘multiple mini-interview’ format
  • Each of which has an interviewer and will be seven minutes long and there will be a two-minute gap between stations.
  • In the two-minute gap, you will be provided with some information about the next station so that you can begin to prepare your thoughts.
  • The station where you start will be allocated at random.
  • Some or all of the following points are included:
    • details in your non-academic information form or personal statement;
    • motivation to study medicine as a career;
    • communication;
    • problem solving;
    • capacity for self-reflection;
    • capacity for logical thinking;
    • understanding of professional responsibility;
    • capacity for team working;
    • ability to discuss issues of a wider nature in the field of medicine

Extra important information for candidates

  • Fast track course for graduates are not available, but they do accept students on to year 3 of the five year course from:
    • St Andrews University, Scotland: Around 90 graduates annually from the 3 year Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours degree. Application is via St Andrews University
    • International Medical University, Malaysia; a small number of graduates annually from their 2-year, 6 months phase 1 programme in medical sciences. Application is via IMU.
  • The School aims to notify all applicants of its final decisions by the end of March each year.
  • All offers are conditional upon the achievement of the appropriate standard in forthcoming examinations.
  • Feedback is available upon request to the admission contact.

Admissions contacts:

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • Available to intercalate externally.
  • For students intercalating at Year 2 or later, you can choose from BSc courses in a range of relevant science, law and humanities subjects allied to our medical courses.
  • For students intercalating after Year 3 or 4, it is also possible to study on a Master’s courses.


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