Introducing the fundamentals for clinical practice
You’ll start year one with a four-week induction period, to get to know your tutors and fellow students and the course requirements. There’ll be an introduction to study and the challenges of medicine, as well as social activities. The first year introduces you to the core professional themes, which run throughout the course, and the biomedical scientific principles which underpin clinical practice. These form the foundation of your undergraduate teaching and later years continually build on these.
The IDEALS (Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership, Safety) theme addresses the challenges and requirements of modern practice, whilst Campus to Clinic develops your clinical decision-making and patient safety skills.
You’ll study biomedical sciences and integrate anatomy dissection with radiology, physiology, clinical assessment and pharmacology. You’ll learn about the psychological and societal aspects of behaviour and human development, their role in health and illness and treatment of medical problems.
Your communication skills, with both patients and fellow professionals, will be developed through teaching and through clinical placements with multi-disciplinary teams. You’ll increase your understanding of research methods central to delivering evidence-based medical care.
Building on the fundamentals
You’ll enhance your understanding of clinical conditions, whilst developing insight into clinical laboratory science and the role of ethics and law in healthcare provision.
You’ll learn about the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Further exposure to clinical practice will help develop your consultation, diagnostic and practical skills. You’ll appreciate the different types of investigations carried out in diagnosing common conditions and diseases across populations, and the ways in which illness impacts on individuals and society.
Your understanding of human experience and behaviour in health and illness will also continue to grow through academic teaching sessions, patient visits and exposure to the Patient Voice Group.
You’ll be trained in the skills needed to carry out research effectively, how to investigate epidemiological data and to consider evidence in relation to the overall health of a population. You’ll also participate in a two-week project on enterprise, allowing you to study an area outside mainstream medicine and develop your critical reflection, as well as specific enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.
Increasing clinical exposure with junior clinical placements
In your third year, you’ll continue to develop and consolidate the programme’s core elements and to learn about evidence-based medicine. You’ll integrate your clinical skills and knowledge through five five-week clinical placements, which provide a thorough grounding in general medicine and exposure to a diverse range of conditions and patients.
The SAFER-MEDIC theme links our core curriculum with GMC-identified outcomes and standards of undergraduate medical education.
Gaining in clinical experience with speciality placements
In year four, you’ll develop a greater understanding of the genetic, social and environmental factors that determine disease, appreciate the principles of treatment and response to treatment.
You’ll learn about anaesthetic and perioperative care, acute and critical care, women and children’s health, recurrent and chronic illnesses, mental and physical disabilities, rehabilitation, relieving pain and distress, and palliative care. You’ll be expected to be able to synthesise more complex clinical information for diagnosis and management. This will involve practice in clinical reasoning, generating differential diagnoses, making a diagnosis, and deciding appropriate management plans for all common and important conditions.
You’ll further enhance your leadership, team-working, conflict management and negotiating skills and learn about the NHS business and organisational environment, legislation, strategic analysis and how to manage change effectively. You’ll undertake five clinical placements of six weeks each, in specialist areas of medicine.
The transition from medical student to doctor
As a final year MBChB student, you’ll be expected to call on knowledge from previous years that are of relevance to practice as a F1 doctor.
You’ll participate in three eight-week placements with a strong focus on making the transition from student to qualified practitioner. These longer placements help to build strong relationships with clinical teams. One placement involves the integration of teaching between primary and secondary care environments. All placements are in key clinical areas, with variations in clinical specialty to allow you to tailor this final year to suit your individual learning needs.
Additional course information
Finally, as well as the wide-ranging curriculum, there’s also chance to tailor your studies through:
Intercalation – taking an extra degree in one year, usually after year 2, 3 or 4 of the MBChB. It’s a chance to broaden your knowledge and enhance your career opportunities. Nearly half our year 3 undergraduate medical students choose to intercalate each year.
6-week elective – between years 4 and 5, this can allow you to gain wider clinical experience or carry out a particular project in the UK or abroad. This elective is about gaining wider clinical experience or carrying out a specific project. Past students have worked in health centres, charities, universities and hospitals in Australia, Samoa, Vanuatu, China, Italy, Nepal and Tanzania. MBChB students can study languages as part of the “Students without Borders” programme, so they are fluent enough to work as junior doctors in French- or Spanish-speaking countries after graduation. We also offer help and advice about North American licensing systems and examinations to assist students who want to train in the USA and Canada.
Details of typical modules/components for this course will be published on May 1st. These may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our approach to teaching and learning is founded on best educational practice and innovative delivery.
Outstanding learning resources in our Health Sciences Library and Clinical Practice Centre support your learning. Early exposure to clinical settings allows you to start developing your consultation and practical skills, and your own style as a doctor. We’re also one of few medical schools to offer “wet anatomy” dissection, helping you relate your theoretical learning to “real life”.
You’ll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research. We’ll encourage you to develop independent learning and research skills too. The Research, Evaluation and Special Studies strand, which runs throughout the programme, incorporates student-selected components, elective experience and an 18-month final project to encourage a critical approach to evidence-based medicine.
You’ll experience self-directed and group learning, and whether you’re recording your development in your e-portfolio, testing your decision-making in the virtual health community resource or using mobile devices in clinical practice, you’ll find technology embedded in the programme.
Case-based learning supports you in integrating your growing knowledge with the real patients you meet.
Inter-professional learning ensures you develop good leadership and team-working skills with other professional groups.
We take support of our students seriously. Regular contact with your personal tutor guides your academic progress and personal development, to enable you to achieve your full potential. Course tutors and support staff are all on hand to help. You’re supported by your fellow-medical students through our MUMS scheme, where you are paired with first-year “siblings” and second-year “parents”, who mentor you and are there to help.
We have an international reputation for high quality assessment. We’re one of just four medical schools worldwide to hold the ASPIRE-to-Excellence award, assessed and awarded by leaders in medical education from around the world on behalf of the Association for Medical Education in Europe.
Assessment throughout the programme builds your knowledge and skills. It follows two broad approaches:
Informal/less traditional evaluation (Assessment for Learning) helps students understand how they are assessed and how this connects with their own continuous learning and development. It includes testing student learning “in course”, through written and practical exams, coursework and clinical assessments and delivering effective feedback, which may result in specific individual support and in students reflecting on their performance and working towards better outcomes.
More formal evaluation (Assessment for Progression) provides a standard against which decisions are made about whether you progress through the course. Students are tested in Clinical Anatomy, Clinical Skills and Practice, Knowledge Application, Critical Analysis, Writing and Project Skills, and Attitudes and Professionalism. Assessments involve written examinations, projects, case reports and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). The MBChB with Honours is awarded to outstanding students.