Study Medicine at Manchester Medical School
Being the largest medical school in the UK, Manchester’s five-year programme aims to educate,
train and prepare their students to be part of a healthcare system of both today and the
future. This course integrates science and clinical learning so studentsare able to gain
knowledge they can apply to clinical practice.
The course begins with an introduction to the teaching style, learning processes and
consultation skills that students need to know. Years 1 and 2 are based mostly on campus at
teaching hospitals and in community settings across the north. These year sare split into
four modules, incorporated with themes of doctors as scientists, scholars, professionals and
practitioners. The modules are taught as cases, containing relevant topics, to allow
students to prepare for howpatient problems are dealt with by doctors, and develop both
their independent and team working skills.
The programme encourages practical work through anatomy dissection, clinical experience,
physiology and pharmacology practical classes and personal development activities.
Year 1 sees the exploration of the Life Cycle module through cases that look at the cellular
and molecular processes that cause development, growth and reproduction, as well as immune
response and the pathophysiology of various genetic diseases and cancer.The second module of
the year is Cardio respiratory Fitness, looking at the chest, heart, lung and blood
The second year includes the Mind and Movement module looking at neuroscience, the nervous
system, and the brain, and the Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion module, which introduces
students to the kidneys, hormonal mechanisms of the body and the gastrointestinal system.
From Year 3 to the end of your course, learning will be done predominantly through clinical
placements done at the four base hospitals and their accompanying teaching hospitals and
In Year 3, students spend the week observing real patients and applying knowledge and
clinical skills obtained from learning done in previous years. The first semester allows
students to gain an insight into common conditions through placements, whereas the second
semester has two six-week blocks, followed by three four-week blocks that take place in more
complex environments like surgical speciality placements and acute medical settings.
Year 4 aims to expand the student’s clinical knowledge across medical specialities with
supervised placements in women’s health, child health, oncology and breast health, and
dermatology, taught by speciality experts. The year ends with student electiveplacements,
In the final year, students are prepared for their role as a foundation year doctor with
additional clinical placements in general medical and surgical placements. Students will
also do a community placement, such as community paediatrics, to gain an understanding of how
medical services are delivered outside hospitals. As students are integrated into clinical
settings and tackle the duties of a newly qualified doctor, they are supervised.
Advice for applicants to Manchester Medical School
(i.e.: 'how I did it')
- Before applying to Manchester Medical School, I researched the medical school’s entry
requirements for GCSE, which are a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7/8/9, and A-Level,
which are AAA including Chemistry or Biologyplus a second subject from either:
Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths/Further Maths. As a widening participation student, I
was part of the Manchester Access Programme, which upon completion, reduced my A-Level
graderequirements to ABB.
- Having a high UCAT is a very important part of the application process, especially at
Manchester University. The university offers an interview to students that score in the
upper third of the national results, whilst those with scores too low have their entire
application evaluated from work experience to academic achievements.
- Manchester is unique as they no longer use personal statements in the application
process, opting instead to ask applicants to complete a non-academic form. This form
discusses topics such as motivation for medicine, hobbies and interest, team working, and
experience in a role of care. It is crucial to have some form of volunteering experience
or work experience completed as the university places lots of emphasis on this aspect of
the application.It is also important to not just copy and paste your personal statement
into this form and create structured and insightful answers that show what you have
learned from your experiences.
- The medical school uses the MMI format for interviews in which they have around 7
different stations ranging from stations with stimulated patients to ones with expected
questions about relevant topics. It is essentialto know how to structure your answers
effectively and read up on popular topics and medical ethics that are significant in the
medical and scientific field, prior to your interview. It is most vital that your
answersare insightful, genuine and the interviewers are able to recognise that you are
fit to be a medical student at the University of Manchester.
My experience as a 1st year medical student so far
- My first year studying medicine at Manchester began with a two-week induction period in
which we were given an overview of key learning processes and clinical skills. After
this period, the first semester started with PBL sessions. Each week we have 2 PBL
sessions in groups of 10-12, overseen by a member of staff. The opening session is at
the start of the week, where we go through a clinical case, analysing and formulating a
“learning agenda” of questions to go away and research. Throughout the week we have
multiple lectures to aid us with the necessary information we need to know for that
week’s case. The closing session occurs at the end of theweek where we feedback and
share information we gathered.
- One of the major benefits of studying medicine at the University of Manchester is the
exceptional anatomy tutorials given once a week in the dissection room (DR). These
sessions allow students to consolidate their knowledge,hands on, through full body
dissections and pro-sections. The communication skills teaching once a week at
Manchester is also amazing and is guided by extremely helpful stimulated patients and
teachers who provide areally safe space and great feedback to allow you to learn and
develop your skills.
- Manchester is a large, multicultural city and offers a whole host of social
opportunities, with the famous Rusholme or “curry mile” just down Oxford Road where most
of the main campus is. The sports and society opportunities are limitless, with plenty of
medical societies available, Medsoc being one of the largest on campus. On the whole,
Manchester Medical School offers endless opportunities and experiences that allow you to
grow not onlyas an outstanding medical professional but also as an individual.
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