Sheffield Medical School integrates the teaching, research and practice of medicine. The school's research focuses on seven areas, cardiovascular science; endocrinology and reproduction; infection, inflammation and immunity; musculoskeletal science; neuroscience; oncology; and primary care and ageing. In this article, you will find more information about this faculty.

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Overview of the Medical School

  • The Medical School at Sheffield integrates teaching, research and the practice of medicine. The school’s research focuses in seven areas, cardiovascular science; endocrinology and reproduction; infection, inflammation and immunity; musculoskeletal science; neuroscience; oncology; and primary care and ageing.
  • The medical school was founded in 1828. The school operated independently as the Sheffield School of Medicine until its merger with Firth College in 1879 and with Sheffield Technical School in 1884. In 1897, the schools were renamed University College Sheffield.
  • Among its alumni is Frank Ellis, leader in the treatment of cancer by radiation therapy. The school has been associated with notable medical discoveries such as Edward Mellanby’s studies on rickets, which established that cod liver oil prevented the disease, leading to its eradication. In the 1930s, Sir Hans Krebs made significant advancements in the study of cellular energy, codifying his observations in the Krebs Cycle, for which work he received a Nobel Prize in 1953.

Campus and Facilities

  • Campus:

Sheffield Medical School located next to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and close to the University’s central campus.

  • Facilities of the Medical School:
    • Open-plan social learning hub
    • Sector-leading clinical skills centre
    • Health sciences library.
    • Academic Unit of Reproductive Medicine
    • The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience
    • The Dental School
    • Access to central University’s facilities

National and International Rankings

  • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 29 (2016)
  • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 29 (2016)
  • QS World ranking for medicine: ranked between 101-150
  • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

General overview

  • The course leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), and there are 2 entry routes to Medicine:
    • A100 programme, designed for students who have studied science subjects (5 years)
    • A104 programme – Premedical Year Entry is for students with good grades in non-science subjects (6 years).
  • The philosophy of the curriculum is that all learning and teaching should be thought of from the perspective of the patient.
  • The programme is divided into 4 phases:
    • Phase 1: : Introductory Clinical Competence
    • Phase 2: Basic Clinical Competence
    • Phase 3: Extended Clinical Competence
    • Phase 4: Advanced Clinical Competence

Number of students on this course:

Small size groups: 18 places for the A104 programme and 219 for the A100.

Course Structure and Length:

  • Year 1: Phase 1- Introductory Clinical Competency
    • Information is presented in modules which cover the basic systems of the body and also involves Public Health and Population Health Science, Medical Ethics, Personal and Professional Development and Student Selected Components.
    • Phase 1 focuses on the normal structure and function of the human body.
  • September Year 2 to December Year 3: Phase 2 – Basic Clinical Competencies
    • Phase 2a: 1 year and starts with a 6-weeks research project.
      • Clinical presentation of disease (symptoms and signs), pathology, microbiology, immunology, the investigations that are used in diagnosis and the way that specific diseases are treated (pharmacology and therapeutics).
      • Training in procedural clinical skills in simulation (e.g. obtaining a ‘blood sample’ from a manikin arm).
    • Phase 2b: starts in June of year 3
      • Hospital wards, operating theatres and outpatient clinics
      • Introduction to basic clinical skills
      • Clinical placements
  • January Year 3 to December Year 4: Phase 3 – Extended Clinical Competencies
    • It is a period of study and clinical experience taking students into both primary and secondary care of the patient with an emphasis on ‘hands-on’ medicine.
    • Primary care: community placements centred on General Practice
    • Secondary care:
      • Hospital work in sub-speciality subjects: Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry and General Practice
      • Surgical sub-specialities including: ophthalmology, cardiology, rheumatology, accident and emergency medicine, orthopaedics, dermatology, urology and consolidates earlier experience in general medicine and surgery.
  • January to June Year 5: Phase 4 – Advanced Clinical Competencies
    • Through clinical attachments, its aim to develop advanced clinical competencies.
    • Shadow junior doctors in a manner that will allow you to develop the skills you require to become a Foundation Year 1 doctor.
  • For programme A104, there is a Premedical Year, which is a modified access to MBChB for students with no science background. It is designed to prepare students for Phase 1, the course is deliver over 2 semesters.

Course Content:

  • Sep Year 1 – June Year 1: Phase 1 – Introductory Clinical Competency
    • Introduction to Medical Studies and Medical Sciences
    • Introductory clinical competencies
    • Systems based learning and teaching (Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal and Liver, Musculo-skeletal, Skin, Nervous, Genitourinary, Endocrine, Reproductive, Haematology, Immunology)
    • Integrated Clinical Demonstrations
    • Intensive Clinical Experience: 2 weeks
    • Early Years General Practice Placement
    • Community Attachment Scheme
    • Public Health and Population Health Science
    • Medical Ethics
    • Personal and Professional Development
    • Student Selected Components (SSCs)
  • Sep Year 2 – Dec Year 3: Phase 2 – Basic Clinical Competencies
    • Research Project – 6 weeks
    • Early Years General Practice Placement
    • Clinical Attachments: four 3-weeks
    • SSCs in medical ethics and law, based on a real case that you have seen in clinical practice and the ethical issues this case raised
    • Clinical Medical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills – 3 weeks introduction
    • Teaching includes assistance with real patients who volunteer.
  • Jan Year 3 – Dec Year 4: Phase 3 – Extended Clinical Competencies
    • Clinical Team Attachments
    • Child Health
    • Women’s Health
    • Mental Health
    • SSCs (including Community-based and an Elective)
    • Medical Sciences
    • Acute Clinical Care
    • Continuing Clinical Care
    • Community and Public Health
    • Specialty Clinical Attachments
    • Further SSCs including Medical Audit
    • The emphasis is on evidence-based learning and you are encouraged to learn by investigation and teamwork.
  • Jan Year 5 – Jun Year 5: Phase 4 – Advanced Clinical Competencies
    • Final Preparation for becoming a Junior Doctor
    • A four week SSC period
    • Clinical Team Attachments
    • F1 Shadowing

Teaching locations:

  • At the School of Medicine – at University of Sheffield
  • Clinical experience at Sheffield’s Teaching Hospitals:
    • Northern General Hospital
    • Royal Hallamshire Hospital
    • Jessop Wing
    • Weston Park Hospital
    • Charles Clifford Dental Hospital
  • Premedical year (programme A104) is delivered at Sheffield College, Hillsborough

Integrated BSc opportunities:

  • Once Phases 1 and 2 are completed, you have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated degree of BMedSci.
  • This comprises of a year of research which may be taken at any stage after Phase 2a.
  • A broad range of research subjects, including research in areas such as Cancer Studies, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychiatry, Immunology, and Pathology.

Open day dates:

To attend an open day, you should book the online form

  • Thursday 23 June
  • Saturday 16 July
  • Saturday 10 September

Term dates:

  • Autumn Term: 12 Sep 2016 – 16 Dec 2016
  • Spring Term: 04 Jan 2017 – 17 Mar 2017
  • Summer Term: 03 Apr 2017 – 09 Jun 2017

MBBS Admissions:

Application process:

  • Meet the entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the UCAT
  • Make an online application vita UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), as complete as possible:
    • Personal Statement
    • References

Entry requirements:

  • GCSE: 6 ‘A’ grades, minimum grade C in English, Mathematics and the Sciences
  • A level:
    • A100: AAA – Chemistry, another science and a third subject, excluding General Studies
    • A104: AAA
  • Cambridge Pre-U:
    • A100: D3,D3,D3 – Chemistry, another science and a third subject, excluding General Studies
    • A104: D3,D3,D3
  • Scottish Highers:
    • A100: AAAAB + AA in Advanced Highers – Chemistry and another Science
    • A104: AAAAB + AA in Advanced Highers
  • Irish Leaving Certificate:
    • A100: AAAAAB – Chemistry and another Science
    • A104: AAAAAB
  • International Baccalaureate:
    • A100: 37 points overall, with 6’s in Higher Level subjects – Chemistry and another science, and 4’s in Standard Level subjects
    • A104: 37 points overall, with 6’s in Higher Level subjects, and 4’s in Standard Level subjects
  • European Baccalaureate:
    • A100: 82%, with 8/10 in Chemistry and another Science subject
    • A104: 82%
  • Graduates:
    • A100: 1st class degree in a Science based subject + BBB at A Level
    • A104: 1st class degree + BBB at A Level

Candidate Selection

  • UCAT: Currently the score required is under review and may increase for 2017 (the score for 2016 entry was 2510).
  • All aspects of the UCAS form are considered:
    • references and predicted grades
    • qualifications being taken
    • personal statement
  • UCAS forms are assessed using a grading system that takes into consideration your predicted or achieved A Level grades (or equivalent), and previous qualifications.
  • Each year they received around 2,500-3,000 applications, there are 550 places for interview and 400 students received offers.

Interview procedure

  • The interview panel consists of two or three interviewers.
    • Medically qualified senior members of staff, Biomedical Scientists, junior hospital doctors, senior nurses, senior medical students, and lay people.
  • The interview lasts for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Students are asked structured around the following areas:
    • Understanding of overall structure of the Sheffield MBChB Programme
    • Motivation for Medicine
    • Breadth of interests
    • Depth of interests (with achievements in specific fields)
    • Communication skills
    • Understanding of the nature of Medicine
    • Relevant work experience
    • Evidence of commitment to caring
    • May include questions on topical issues relating to Medicine, so you may wish to undertake research into medical history, recent medical advances, ethical issues, and the NHS.
  • You will be assessed in:
    • Motivated and enthusiastic to join the profession
    • Communication and inter-personal skills
    • Have a developed interest in Medicine
  • Students attending interviews have the opportunity to participate in a campus tour with a current medical student.

Extra important information for candidates

  • Feedback to unsuccessful applicants is in response to requests made to the Admissions Service. Once feedback has been issued, they may not respond to additional requests for information on the same application.

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  • 3-year programme that reflects a transition from learning codified information and techniques to researching new methodologies.
  • To be awarded the degree you must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject and training in relevant research skills.
  • There is a wide range of highly regarded research ongoing at the Medical School, which comprises the five departments of Cardiovascular Science, Human Metabolism, Infection and Immunity, Neuroscience, Oncology and the Academic Unit of Medical Education.
  • PhD with integrated MSc: combines a one-year specialised taught MSc programme in Molecular Medicine with a three-year individual research PhD.
  • PhD with Integrated Translational Neuroscience: combines a one-year specialised taught MSc programme in Translational Neuroscience with a three-year individual research PhD.


  • Instead of doing a research project, Medical Students can intercalate into a masters degree for one year.
    • Master of Public Health Degree
    • Msc(Res) In Translational Oncology
    • Masters in Public Health and International Development (MPHID)
    • Masters in Human Nutrition
    • MSc Clinical Neurology
    • MSc Translational Neuroscience
    • MRes Musculoskeletal Ageing
    • MSc Molecular Medicine
    • MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine
    • MSc Clinical Research
    • MSc in Genomic Medicine
    • Msc in Translational Pathology

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