MCBhB Medicine course preparation

To help you feel prepared for your university studies, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities including suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Open the links below to find out more:

Welcome from the Medical School

Welcome to Edge Hill University Medical School; we’re looking forward to supporting you throughout the MBChB programme.

Firstly, congratulations on successfully securing a place on the programme. Being a healthcare professional is a privilege, and we’re proud to be a part of your journey. We hope that you’ll enjoy this new and innovative course, and that it will provide you with the building blocks for developing and sustaining a long and rewarding career in medicine.

Whilst we understand that this is an exciting time for you, we also understand that embarking on a university course can feel a little daunting at times (especially in the current environment), but please remember that you’re not alone. Your course sits within the Medical School and is part of the Faculty of Health Social Care and Medicine (FHSCM), which offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across health and social care. When you first arrive in September, there will be a whole faculty of new healthcare students starting at the same time and we’ll do our best to help you to feel welcome and supported.

The applicant website provides important information and will be supported by further information that you’ll receive during your Induction Week in September. We’ve also included some helpful links in the ‘Useful websites’ section below for you to explore alongside your family members, carers and support network – we understand that they’re part of your journey too and we hope that you all find the information helpful.

We’re looking forward to meeting you in September.

With best wishes,

The MBChB Team


Important: Occupational Health

You’ll be allocated an Occupational Health appointment at the clinic being held at our Ormskirk campus between 26 and 29 September.

Can we remind you that it’s a condition of entry to the programme that you’re cleared and immunised by OH and failure to meet this requirement could result in your place on the programme being jeopardised. If you’re not fully cleared by OH, you won’t be able to access your maintenance loan via Student Finance England as you cannot fully enrol.

To ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible, we ask that you provide details of your immunisation record to the OH Team when you complete the questionnaire.

Please let us know if you’re unable to attend your allocated slot, preferably giving at least 24 hours notice.  If you’re unable to give 24 hours notice or have an issue on the day of your appointment, please email [email protected] or call the team on 01695 650946. At such short notice, the OH and School team will try to provide a subsequent appointment, but it’s likely that it would be at the OH department based in Wigan and it’s your responsibility to ensure that you attend.

Please note that most of our placement settings will require you to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a condition of placement. If you’re not vaccinated or are part way through vaccination, please let us know as soon as possible. It’s likely that this will be included on your immunisation record which will be sufficient to confirm your clearance.

We routinely collect data on short notice cancellations and non-attendance, if this happens more than once, the University will charge you the full cost of the appointment.

Virtual Q&A Session

More information coming soon.


Suggested texts

This section relates to reading specifically for your programme. For suggested reading and other materials to read or watch now, please view the other sections on this page.

You will be given suggested reading lists for each of the themes you will study when you begin the course. The vast majority of these will be accessible on-line and / or via electronic copies.

There are 16 themes within the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Outcome for Graduates (2018) which we have grouped into 5 clusters namely:

  • Biomedical and Scientific Principles
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Professional Behaviours
  • Public Health and Social Sciences
  • Information for Clinical Practice

We fully appreciate that the current context is likely to have significantly interrupted your education journey and whilst this may seem like a lot of information, please don’t worry – these themes will be brought to life for you through a variety of teaching and learning methods. Through the spiral curriculum, you’ll revisit topics, build on previous knowledge, link theory to practice, and gain increasing confidence as you progress through the course.



Things to do now

It’s very important that you attend your Induction Week programme, where key information such as accessing the Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard) and timetables will be delivered. During this period, the group will also meet together for the first time – you’ll get to meet your fellow students as well as the academic staff within the Medical School team. This is an important part of getting to know the programme, your fellow students and tutors, and will help you to settle into university life.

To help you to get started, download the Blackboard app on your smart device – this will enable you to access learning materials easily following your enrolment on the course (search for Blackboard in your device’s App store).

In preparation for your degree programme, it is recommended that you begin to explore some of the General Medical Council (GMC) documents, such as Outcomes for Graduates. This document outlines the guiding principles for medical education and training, and hence underpins the curriculum of the MBChB Medicine programme.


Handy checklists

Things to do before you start:

  • Read through all the information on the Applicant website
  • Share the information link in the ‘Useful websites’ section with your parents, carers and home supporters
  • Explore the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre virtually on our website.
  • Follow us on social media: @EHU_FHSCM

Things to do during Induction Week:

  • Find out who your PAT and Student Support Lead are and their contact details.
  • Meet the members of the Medical School Team
  • Chat to someone new on your course
  • Attend Occupational Health appointments (as required)
  • Declare any pre-booked holidays (if made before the start of the programme) to your PAT.
  • Access and “have a look around” the online platform (Blackboard) where all course timetables, resources and links are hosted.

Additional ways to prepare

Join our virtual session: Preparing to start with Edge Hill, Wednesday 10 August, 4pm – 5pm.

This session examines how to make a successful transition to University study, from planning your results day, accommodation and commuting tips, extra support available to you as a prospective student before you start in September and what to expect as well as what to get involved in during your first week.

Use this link to join the session

University can be one of the most exciting and amazing experiences, and can offer the chance to learn, meet new people, gain independence and find out more about who you are.

We want to make sure you get the most out of your university experience! The following information provides an insight into what to expect when coming to university along with some good advice on how to navigate some of the potential challenges you may face.

Starting preparing yourself