MBChB Medicine

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UCAS Code:A100
Course Length:5 Years Full-Time
Start Dates:September 2020
Department:Medical School
Location:Edge Hill University
Example Offers:AAA (A Level)
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The MBChB Medicine is also available as an integrated 6-year programme, MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year, where you will complete a Foundation Year before progressing onto the MBChB Medicine degree.

  • Gain a Primary Medical Qualification and eligibility to apply for provisional registration as a doctor with the General Medical Council (GMC);
  • Work with and learn from health care professionals and develop the skills and knowledge required to diagnose and manage patients effectively;
  • Benefit from extensive clinical practice experience across a range of settings and become an advocate for the health and flourishment of the local community.

This five-year programme enables you to apply for provisional registration with the General Medical Council. With a focus on developing future doctors who have patient safety, reflection and professionalism at the core of their practice, the MBChB involves early and extensive clinical placements with a focus on community and mental health care settings, as well as exposure to medicine, surgery and a range of hospital specialities. Theory and practice are integrated through a combination of case studies and team-based learning alongside extensive clinical skills and simulation training. Equipped with medical leadership skills, resilience and fully prepared for practice, you will graduate as a doctor ready to make a major contribution to the healthcare services of today and tomorrow.

In common with all new UK medical schools, Edge Hill University Medical School is subject to successful progress through the GMC’s rigorous quality assurance processes. We have successfully completed several stages of this process and will now be subject to ongoing review. The final-stage assessment and approval for the award of a UK medical degree is at the end of the first complete delivery of the course. The University of Liverpool will act as our contingency school during this time. 

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In Depth

What will I study?

A doctor talks with colleagues during a meeting.Each year of the course carries a distinct overarching theme, with patient safety and professionalism key priorities across the whole programme.

You will gain an understanding of key concepts within the science of medicine, explore the structure and function of the human body, examine the social and psychological context of health and illness, and discover how health care is delivered as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

This knowledge will be aligned with key legal and ethical principles, the development of diagnostic, decision-making, communication and reflection skills, as well as personal and professional attitudes that align to the profession.

  • Understanding the Person and the Community – the focus in Year 1 is on the life sciences, with an emphasis on the normal structure and function of the whole human body. You will explore the seven core systems (endocrine, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital and neuroscience) and receive a grounding in public health and social science. The aim is to build your understanding of health, normal variation, diversity and the contexts in which people live;
  • Understanding Where and When People Receive Health Care – there will be a greater focus on the patient in Year 2. You will gain an increased understanding of illness and wellbeing and more clinical exposure (including general practices and hospitals) with an emphasis on the different settings in which patients receive their care. You will also undertake a community project;
  • Integrative Care Within Multi-Disciplinary Teams – Year 3 provides an insight into care for specific patient groups in hospital and community settings. As you increase your clinical exposure, your learning will be supported through consolidation weeks at University. As well as enhancing your clinical and professionalism skills, there will be a focus on how doctors work with other disciplines in health and social care to deliver high quality, person-centred care;
  • The Patient Journey – Primary and Secondary Interface – there will be a greater clinical emphasis in Year 4 within a range of specialities. You will also reflect on the relationship between primary and secondary care and consider where it is most appropriate to treat patients in a range of different circumstances;
  • Preparedness for Practice – Year 5 of the MBChB is an apprentice year which will fully prepare you for practice. It will include student assistantships, a specialist placement and a focus on acute medicine. You will be given increasing clinical responsibility for patient care and support as you progress towards the end of the programme and your intended future career path.

How will I study?

The programme utilises a wide variety of different teaching and learning opportunities. It will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, science-based practical sessions, clinical skills and simulation sessions, tutorials and clinical placements in local healthcare settings.

The main educational approach across the first two years will be a hybrid model of case-based learning and team-based learning to equip you with essential inquiry, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A spiral curriculum will be adopted, enabling you to revisit topics, build on previous knowledge, link theory to practice, and gain increasing confidence. Students will be required to access learning materials via an electronic smart device.

Although the weekly direct contact hours will vary, attendance will typically be required for four days a week in the first two years of the programme and potentially more than this in years 3-5. Your placements will be in the North West of England and you will be responsible for travel and parking costs while on placement.

You will be provided with scrubs to wear on placement, when appropriate. At other times, you will be responsible for providing your own professional attire, depending on placement requirements and will need to purchase a stethoscope (from £30).

As your clinical exposure increases, you will return to the University at regular intervals between placements for consolidation weeks. This will enable further teaching around public health, research methods or professionalism, additional clinical skills training and simulation relevant to a forthcoming placement, inter-professional education, reflection, careers support and contact with your personal tutor.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment methods on this programme include research projects and written assignments, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), and written examinations including short answer tests. Your skills and professionalism will also be assessed on clinical placements and via a portfolio.

Regular feedback and assessment will enable you to practice technique and test your accumulated knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by medical practitioners with a comprehensive range of medical and surgical specialties. These include mental health and primary care professionals, biomedical scientists, public health specialists, psychologists, medical education and clinical researchers, legal experts, sociologists and nurses.

Complementing the programme team from Edge Hill University and local health care settings will be a variety of service users and carers, as well as expert guest lecturers, including senior clinicians, who will cover specialist themes.

A Great Study Environment

A doctor with stethoscope speaks to two members of the public and takes notes.The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.

The faculty is also home to a thriving research culture which includes a series of staff and student conference programmes, guest lectures and seminars, as well as active research groups.

The existing clinical skills and simulated learning facilities are undergoing expansion in 2019. A new multi-professional clinical learning centre will offer a variety of simulated environments from home, through primary and/or emergency care, to secondary care and beyond. This will enable you to undertake practical scenarios in realistic settings. You will also have access to simulation and clinical skills teaching in a wide range of NHS facilities when you undertake clinical placements.


Adopting a non-modular approach, the curriculum is aligned with sixteen themes which have been mapped against the requirements of the General Medical Council’s Outcomes for Graduates (2018) and Quality Assurance Agency’s Subject Benchmarks: Medicine (2002).

Professionalism and Ethical Responsibilities

Newly qualified doctors must conduct themselves in line with professional and ethical principles. You will learn these responsibilities throughout the programme.

Legal Responsibilities

You will develop knowledge of the principles of the legal framework and jurisdiction in which medicine is practiced and gain awareness of where further information on relevant legislation can be found.

Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

Newly qualified doctors must demonstrate they can practise safely. You will therefore learn how to take part in and promote activity designed to improve the quality and safety of patient care and clinical outcomes.

Dealing with Complexity and Uncertainty

The nature of illness is complex and the health and care of patients can frequently be complicated and uncertain. You will discover how to recognise complexity and uncertainty and develop confidence in managing these situations and responding to change.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Patients

You will gain the skills and knowledge required to recognise and identify factors that suggest patient vulnerability and take appropriate responsive action.

Leadership and Team Working

You will explore how doctors contribute to the management and leadership of the health service.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

You will discover how to communicate openly, honestly and effectively with patients and their relatives, carers and other advocates, as well as with colleagues. The importance of patient confidentiality will be a key focus of this strand of the programme.

Diagnosis and Medical Management

Collaborative working with patients and colleagues is essential in the diagnosis and safe management of clinical presentations, whether they take place in patients’ homes or community, primary or secondary care settings. Newly qualified doctors must, wherever possible, support and facilitate patients to make decisions about their care and management. You will therefore learn, under supervision, how to perform a range of diagnostic, therapeutic and practical procedures both safely and effectively, as well as identifying, according to your level of skill and experience, the procedures for which supervision is required to ensure patient safety. You will discover how doctors work collaboratively with patients, their relatives, carers or other advocates to make clinical judgments and decisions based on a holistic assessment of patients and their needs, priorities and concerns. Pathophysiological, psychological, spiritual, religious, social and cultural factors will also be considered.

Prescribing Medications Safely

You will learn how to prescribe medications safely, appropriately, effectively and economically and develop an understanding of the common causes and consequences of prescribing errors.

Using Information Safely and Effectively

Discovering how to use information safely and effectively in a medical context, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to maintain accurate, legible, contemporaneous and comprehensive medical records.

The Health Service and Healthcare Systems in the Four Countries

You will learn how patient care is delivered in the health service in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Applying Biomedical Scientific Principles

Newly qualified doctors must be able to apply biomedical scientific principles, methods and knowledge to medical practice and integrate these into patient care. You will study the principles and knowledge relating to anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, genomics and personalised medicine, as well as immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology, pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and physiology.

Applying Psychological Principles

You will explore the principles, underpinned by professional experience, for the identification, safe management and referral of patients with mental health conditions.

Applying Social Science Principles

You will be introduced to social science principles and methods and discover how to apply this knowledge to medical practice and integrate it into patient care.

Health Promotion and Illness Prevention

Focusing on promoting health and preventing illness will enable you to apply the principles, methods and knowledge of population health, the improvement of health, and sustainable healthcare to medical practice.

Clinical Research and Scholarship

You will learn, partly through practical experience, how to apply scientific methods and approaches to medical research.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

Grades AAA at A Level are required. These must include Biology and Chemistry, with passes in the practical elements of both subjects, and one other subject.

While Biology and Chemistry are both required at Grade A or above, where Grade A* is achieved in either Biology or Chemistry (or both Biology and Chemistry), the third A Level subject will be accepted at Grade B or above.

A Levels in General Studies, Critical Reasoning, Citizenship and Key Skills will not be accepted.

You will also need at least five GCSEs at Grade B or Grade 6 or above (or equivalent) at the time of application, including Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics. GCSE Double Science Awards, at Grades 6-6 or B-B or above, will also be accepted in lieu of separate GCSEs in Biology and Chemistry.

Acceptable equivalencies to A Levels are listed under Example Offers below.

Applicants will be required to take the UCAT Medical Admissions Test prior to application. UCAT scores and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) form part of the selection process. UCAT scores can only be used to support an application in the year in which they were achieved.

If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will need to submit a Declaration of Health in respect of physical and mental fitness. You may be contacted by the University’s nominated Occupational Health Service provider and/or be required to attend an appointment with them to confirm that you can meet the fitness to practise requirements to enter the programme.

You will also be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

Further information about the Declaration of Health and DBS Enhanced Disclosure will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Example Offers

You can satisfy the A Level criteria by achieving one of the following combinations:

  • Grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry and one other subject;
  • Grades A*A*B or A*AB including Biology and Chemistry at Grade A or above and one other subject at Grade B or above.

The following are also accepted in lieu of A Levels:

  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 36 points or more to include three subjects at higher level, with at least 6 points in Biology, 6 points in Chemistry and one other subject, plus three further subjects at standard level with a minimum of 5 points each;
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Three higher level subjects at Grade H1, including Biology, Chemistry and one other subject, and three at Grade H2, including English Language and Mathematics, taken in a single sitting;
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAB or above taken in a single sitting and including Biology, Chemistry and three other subjects;
  • Advanced Highers: AAA in Biology, Chemistry and one other subject;
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3D3D3 in Biology, Chemistry and one other subject.

Please note, we are unable to accept BTEC Extended Diploma qualifications for this programme. All A Level qualifications, or accepted equivalents, must have been obtained within the two years prior to application.

Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

If you meet a specific set of widening participation criteria and grades, you may be able to join a six-year integrated version of this programme, MBChB Medicine with Foundation Year, where you will complete a Foundation Year before progressing onto the MBChB Medicine degree.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a degree, MBChB applications will be considered from graduates with a 2:1 or above who have studied a science related programme, including Psychology, which has been awarded in the two years prior to application. If you graduated prior to this but have undertaken postgraduate study in the past two years, you are also encouraged to apply.

Graduates must have grades ABB at A Level which must include Biology and Chemistry, at least one of which must be at Grade A or above with the other at minimum Grade B, as well as one other subject. A Levels in General Studies, Critical Reasoning, Citizenship and Key Skills will not be accepted. Graduate applicants must also meet the GCSE requirements outlined in the standard entry criteria above, submit a Declaration of Health in respect of physical and mental fitness and apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure. There is no graduate entry point onto the MBChB. Graduates will therefore be required to undertake the full programme.

We will also consider applications from students who are in the early stages of another non-medical degree who wish to withdraw and/or have not completed a previous non-medical degree, as long as our standard MBChB entry criteria are met.  No recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be considered on this basis.

We will not accept applications from students who wish to transfer from other medical programmes or who have previously started a medical degree but failed to progress on this.

Selection Process

Stage 1: Application Screening Against the Standard Academic Criteria

All applications will be screened to determine whether they meet the standard academic criteria. Applications which do not meet the minimum eligibility and academic criteria will not be progressed to the next stage.

Stage 2: UCAT Ranking

Applicants who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked according to their UCAT scores. A UCAT threshold will be set depending on the number of interviews to be held.

Applicants who meet the UCAT threshold will be invited to interview. The UCAT threshold set by the University may differ from year to year as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those who apply to us in each admissions cycle. Any candidate scoring within band 4 in the Situational Judgement Test will be automatically rejected.

The UCAT threshold will be extended for candidates who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Stage 3: Interview

All candidates who progress from stage 2 will be required to attend interview.

The interview will take the form of Mini Multiple Interviews (MMI) which will assess the following (mapped onto good medical practice):

  • Understanding and motivation for wanting to join the MBChB programme at Edge Hill University;
  • Verbal communication skills;
  • Integrity/probity;
  • Teamwork/leadership;
  • Empathy and compassion;
  • Awareness of current health challenges;
  • Ethical awareness;
  • Awareness of self and others;
  • Prioritisation/decision making;
  • Interpretation of data.

Stage 4: Scoring

A score will be given for performance at each MMI station and individual scores combined. Applicants will be ranked according to their overall MMI score and offers made to the top students (for 15 to 30 places).

Offers will be made to candidates who have the highest combined scores subject to satisfactory references. The personal statement and reference will be used to allow us to distinguish between borderline applicants.

Additional Requirements

As outlined in the entry criteria, if you accept an offer from Edge Hill you will be required to complete a Declaration of Health questionnaire and may be contacted by the University’s nominated Occupational Health Service provider and/or be required to attend an appointment with them.

You will also be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

Admissions Policy

Our admissions policy for this programme is available to download at www.edgehill.ac.uk/medicineadmissions.

Career Prospects

What are my career prospects?

Successful completion of this programme will lead to a Primary Medical Qualification, enabling you to provisionally register as a qualified doctor with the General Medical Council, subject to meeting any additional GMC criteria such as the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) which is currently in development and may be introduced from 2022.

Future career opportunities are excellent. GMC registration is recognised the world over and following registration you can pursue a career in a variety of settings, such as general practice, psychiatry or acute care.


Tuition Fees

If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this MBChB degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/medicinefinance2020.


Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students. These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

Additional scholarships, which you may qualify to receive, reward outstanding grades and are available to eligible UK and EU students.

To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


How to Apply

Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

Please note, the application deadline for Medicine programmes is earlier than for many other courses. All applications must be made through UCAS by 15th October of the year preceding entry.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

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For further information about the Medical School, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/medicalschool.

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