Medicine * MBChB

Full-time undergraduate (5 years)


September 2018

* Please note: This programme is subject to Higher Education Funding Council for England funded places and the successful progression of the MBChB course through the General Medical Council’s rigorous quality assurance programme.

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Students who study now will still be practising in 2050, it is critical that we train doctors for the future using innovative technologies to tackle existing and emerging threats to individual and population health. Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), 5 year degree programme is full-time and leads to a Primary Medical Qualification that will allow graduates to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC)*.

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When you graduate with your MBChB degree you’ll be able to apply for your 1st of two Foundation Years. Having studied with us you’ll be in a good position to apply to the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH) Foundation School. On successful completion of your Foundation Years you’ll be able to apply for further study within your chosen specialism. We envisage that our graduates will want to study further and work locally as there are many opportunities for training doctors within the region.


Core curriculum

  • About the core curriculum
    The core components of the curriculum represent the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes that you must acquire to practice as Foundation doctors on graduation. The core curriculum has been designed to: ensure breadth of coverage; allow integration of basic and clinical sciences; align theory with practice; and to ensure you’ll have excellent opportunities to achieve the learning outcomes set by the General Medical Council.

The curriculum is divided into Systems in Practice (SiP) and Preparation in Practice PiP)

  • Systems in Practice (SiP)
    Systems in Practice (SiP) runs from the beginning of Year 1 until the end of Year 3. It takes a systems-based approach, but is also a fully integrated course that focuses on normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour, basic and clinical sciences and hospital and community perspectives on health. Each year is made up of a period of systems-based teaching (for example in year one after a basic principles of medicine block you’ll cover cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems; in Year 2 there are seven more system blocks and in year 3 there are a further five). The systems are taught in a way that integrate theoretical, practical and clinical aspects with lectures, laboratory work, small group work, clinical exposure and private study time.
  • Preparation in Practice (PiP)
    Preparation in Practice (PiP) runs in Year 4 and Year 5. This phase of the course moves towards a task-based learning approach. A series of around 100 ‘core clinical problems’ will provide you with a framework for an integrated view of medicine. PiP begins with a transition block, followed by a series of core specialty-based clinical placements and a final ‘Preparation for Practice’ (PfP) teaching block. During the core clinical placements, you’ll organise your learning around the core clinical problems and observe these problems in different contexts and settings. The PfP teaching block allows you further development of experience, preparing you for your role as a junior doctor. You’ll undertake foundation assistantship teaching blocks in general practice, medicine and surgery.
  • Student Selected Components
    Throughout the SiP and PiP phases, you’ll have the opportunity to study areas of your choice, in depth through Student Selected Components (SSCs). The SSCs will enable you to develop generic skills that are essential to your professional development. In addition, through SSCs you can achieve transferable skills like information management, innovation, education, critical thinking and independent learning.
  • Longitudinal Themes
    Longitudinal themes are topics that are integrated across the five years of your course. They include elements of the basic sciences such as anatomy and physiology, through to areas of medical specialism which do not receive teaching blocks in their own right (public health, palliative care, microbiology) and also include areas that are covered repeatedly and are a requirement of all doctors such as professionalism, ethics, and evidence based medicine.
  • Clinical Placements
    Clinical placements are a key part of your learning over the entire course, with patient and community-related activity starting early in your first year. In SiP, you’ll have several full-day sessions in primary care at general practices, which may include experiences in community and mental health providers, as well as weekly half-day sessions in secondary care in the Essex Acute Trusts. In PiP, your clinical placements become your dominant learning environment, where you’ll have patient contact in a variety of settings, including primary care, mental health and acute care. You’ll develop a wealth of clinical experience of patients and their problems and learn to look at the patient as a whole, enabling you to pursue a career in medicine where patients’ concerns and problems are central to your practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement in the UK or overseas.


The aim of the course is to prepare you for clinical decision making and the capability to practice effectively as a doctor in a multi-professional team. You’ll be assessed by a combination of exams at the end of each year, and a portfolio of work that is completed throughout your course The exams will be in the form of OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Exams), online examinations and anatomy spot examinations.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

You’ll be joining the vibrant Faculty of Medical Science based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford, Essex. The Faculty currently delivers postgraduate medical education for all the specialities in addition to providing undergraduate training for allied health and healthcare professions, such as Paramedics, Operating Department Practitioners and Healthcare Scientists, together with applied science programmes in nutrition, medical and pharmaceutical science.

We are investing in a purpose built School of Medicine building designed specifically for our undergraduate medicine programme, which will include a modern anatomy suite and dissection hall, informal study booths, Harvard-style auditorium for team-based learning as well as clinical skills ‘mock wards’, GP teaching/consulting rooms and social learning areas. This exciting new build will complement the existing SuperLab complex, where you’ll carry out your scientific practicals.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees, scholarships and bursaries

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year, first 3 years)


Fees and Bursaries

The five-year Medicine degree course is offered on a self-funded basis with students paying the standard rate of tuition fees for the first 4 years. For UK and EU students year 5 is currently covered by an NHS Bursary. However, this bursary has not been confirmed yet for 2018/2019 entrants.

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Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

International students

We are currently unable to accept international applicants for this programme for September 2018 entry. We will be reviewing the availability of international student places for future years.

Entry requirements

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  • Grades AAA at A level taken within two academic years prior to the time of application to include Chemistry or Biology; and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, plus one other.
  • A Level resit grades at AAA will be accepted taken within two academic years prior to the time of application.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade A - C (9-4), including English Language, Maths and two science subjects.
  • UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test).
  • Successful Multiple Mini Interview.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.5 (Academic level).
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Satisfactory Occupational Health check


  • This course does not accept applications for deferred entry.
  • This course is available for entry to year 1 only.


  • International Baccalaureate with a minimum of 36 points is accepted. 666 at Higher Level in Biology and/or Chemistry plus one other science and including Mathematics or English.
  • Grades AAB from Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AA to come from Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject. We will also require National 5 Grade B or above or GCSE in English Language and Maths.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate grades H1H1H1H2H2H2 at Higher Level, including Biology and/or Chemistry and another science subject. Plus Irish Junior Certificate in Maths and English Language at grade B or above.


  • A Level General Studies/Critical Thinking is not accepted for entry to this course.
  • BTEC qualifications are not accepted for entry to this course.
  • Foundation degrees are not accepted for entry to this course.
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See our How to apply page for more information about the application process, academic and non-academic entry requirements and the selection process.

International students

We are currently unable to accept international applicants for this programme for September 2018 entry. We will be reviewing the availability of international student places for future years.

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