Medicine and Surgery MBChB

Year of entry

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UCAS code
A100
Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
5 years full time
Work placement
Mandatory
Study abroad
See below
Typical A-level offer
AAA (specific subject requirements)
Typical Access to Leeds offer
ABB
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Medical students in clinical training

Studying Medicine will lead you to a long and rewarding career where you’ll transform patient lives every day.

With outstanding clinical placements and world-leading educators, we encourage you to develop your knowledge and skills to become a successful doctor from day one.

At Leeds we offer you...

Exceptional placements

  • Learn in an environment where clinical experience is second-to-none.

  • Benefit from our long-established partnerships with major West Yorkshire teaching hospitals, local acute hospitals and GP practices. Here, you will have access to exceptional and varied placements with supervision from industry professionals.

Outstanding teaching

  • Our curriculum is informed by the world-leading research carried out at Leeds, and delivered by experts with an exciting and dynamic approach to education,
  • We are international leaders in digital learning. Our curriculum is constantly updated from investment and innovation in our teaching resources.
  • We are a recognised leader in patient and carer involvement. At Leeds, you will gain first-hand insight from people with a medical condition or disability, and their carers from our Patient Carer Community.
  • You will be continuously supported by personal and course tutors, support staff and peer mentoring. Your wellbeing is a priority, and we want to help you make the most of your time at Leeds.

Cutting-edge facilities

Our newly redeveloped medical school building is home to dedicated teaching facilities to enhance your learning.

  • The Medical Teaching Centre (MTC) is equipped with sector-leading technology, private study spaces and computer clusters for you to develop your understanding of core scientific principles.
  • Our Clinical Skills Education Centre provides superb clinical skills training facilities, including simulation and state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, and allows you to access independent learning opportunities and one-to-one clinical supervision.

GMC registration

Our programme includes preparation for the GMC Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA). Successful completion of the MBChB (and meeting Fitness to Practise criteria) allows you to register provisionally with the General Medical Council (GMC), the regulatory body for doctors in the UK.

Gateway Year to Medicine


At Leeds we believe that an outstanding medical education should be accessible for all students, regardless of background. That’s why we’ve developed a new Gateway Year to Medicine course, designed to enable students from widening participation backgrounds students to develop their skills and scientific knowledge to advance to the MBChB course. You can find details about entry requirements and the application process on our course page.


Values-based recruitment is carried out across our vocational programmes. Candidates who apply to more than one vocational course in the School of Medicine will only be considered for one course. Please note that if a candidate demonstrates motivation and insight for another non-School of Medicine vocational course (eg Nursing or Dentistry) they will be rejected without further consideration. Candidates therefore cannot apply to the Gateway to Medicine and Medicine programmes in the same application cycle.


Where possible, candidates who apply for multiple programmes within the School of Medicine will be informed that they must choose one course only.

Student doctors take patient history

Course details

Throughout your degree you will benefit from the range of opportunities, expanding your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

Year 1

  • Familiarise yourself with the core professional themes that run throughout the course, and the biomedical scientific principles which underpin clinical practice: 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.

  • Study biomedical sciences and integrate anatomy 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.

  • Develop your communication skills with patients and fellow professionals through teaching and clinical placements. You’ll increase your understanding of research methods central to delivering evidence-based medical care.

  • We're launching a new module in Year 1 called Enquire 1. Come back to our website soon to find out more information about this new module.

Year 2

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.

  • Learn about the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

  • Develop your consultation, diagnostic and practical skills with clinical practice. You’ll appreciate the different types of investigations carried out in diagnosing common conditions and diseases across populations, and the ways in which illness affects individuals and society.

  • Grow your understanding of human experience and behaviour in health and illness through academic teaching sessions, patient visits and exposure to the Patient Voice Group.

  • Expand your skills to carry out research effectively, how to investigate epidemiological data and to consider evidence in relation to the overall health of a population.

  • Develop your critical reflection, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills by taking part in a two-week project on enterprise and study an area outside mainstream medicine.

  • We're launching a new module in Year 2 called Enquire 2. Come back to our website soon to find out more information about this new module

Year 3

Increasing clinical exposure with clinical placements.

  • Integrate your clinical skills and knowledge through five five-week clinical placements. Placements include Medicine, Surgery, Elderly Medicine, Primary Care, ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and Radiology, giving an excellent grounding in clinical practice and a diverse range of conditions. Clinical skills and consultation skills training takes place on campus and at our partner hospitals throughout the region. This includes simulation and digital technology to enhance you learning experience in a supportive setting.
  • Develop and consolidate the programme’s core elements and learn about evidence-based medicine.
  • Through clinician-led tutorials, you can learn to link our core curriculum with GMC-identified outcomes and standards of undergraduate medical education.

Year 4

Gaining in clinical experience with speciality placements.

  • Develop a greater understanding of the genetic, social and environmental factors that determine disease, appreciate the principles of treatment and response to treatment.

  • 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.

  • Build 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.

Year 5

The transition from medical student to doctor.


In your final year, you will be able to call on your learning from throughout your course and prepare for life as an Foundation doctor.


The transition from student to doctor will be eased by six four-week placements, designed to help you build strong relationships with clinical teams. Of the six clinical placements one is based in Primary Care and one is a musculoskeletal placement in both rheumatology and orthopaedics. The other placements are in key clinical areas, with variations in clinical speciality to allow you to tailor this final year to suit your individual learning needs.

Additional course information

As well as our wide-ranging curriculum, you have the 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. Up to a half our undergraduate medical students choose to intercalate each year.

  • 6-week elective – gain wider clinical experience or carry out a particular project in the UK or abroad. Between 4th and 5th year, 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.

  • Year in Enterprise – You will have the opportunity to undertake a “Year in Enterprise” in the Business School. During this year, you will develop an innovative business to transform patient care and healthcare delivery for the future. Students who complete the Year in Enterprise will graduate with their medical degree and an MSc in Enterprise.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Medicine and Surgery MBChB in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Individuals and Populations 1
Integrated Summative Exam 1 1
Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 1 1
Introduction to Medical Sciences 1
Body Systems 1
Clinical Assessment, Reasoning, Ethics and Patient Safety 1
ENQUIRE 1 1

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Control and Movement 1
Individuals and Populations 2 1
Integrated Summative Exam 2 1
Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 2 1
RESS 2 Special Studies Project 1
Essential Medical Science 1
Clinical Pathology 1
Clinical Assessment, Reasoning, Ethics and patient Safety 1
ENQUIRE 2 1

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Integrated Summative Exam Year 3 1
Year 3 OSCE 1
Innovation, Development, Enterprise, Leadership and Safety 3 1
Campus to Clinic 3 1
Research, Evaluation, and Special Studies Year 3 1

Year 4 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Year 4 OSCE 1
Integrated Summative Exam Year 4
Extended Student Research and Evaluation Project Year 4 1
Campus to Clinic Advanced 4 1

Year 5 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Year 5 OSCE 1
Elective 1
Integrated Summative Exam Year 5 1
Extended Student Research and Evaluation Project Year5 1
Campus to Clinic Advanced 5 1

Learning and teaching

We want to inspire the next generation of doctors.

At Leeds you will learn from innovative, leading professionals who directly inform the curriculum with world-leading medical research. Our students are encouraged to fulfil their potential from day one and are empowered to apply their growing knowledge to the real patients they meet to develop their confidence and clinical skills.

Early exposure to clinical settings sets our doctors apart from other graduates. During placement you will begin establishing your own style as a doctor by growing your consultation, leadership, teamwork and practical skills under the supervision of skilled industry professionals.

In the classroom, you’ll find innovative technology embedded across our course. Whether it’s independent or group learning, you can record your development in your e-portfolio, test your decision-making in the virtual health community resource and use mobile devices in clinical practice.

Support

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. You’re supported by your fellow-medical students through pairing with second-year students who mentor you and are there to help when you need it.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

We have an international reputation for high quality assessment. Throughout the course, assessment is designed to build your knowledge and skills, following two broad approaches:

  • Assessment for Learning - an informal evaluation technique to identify areas for specific individual support and inspire personal reflection on your performance – through written and practical exams, coursework and clinical assessments.

  • Assessment for Progression - formal written examinations, projects, case reports and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) - where you are tested in Clinical Anatomy, Clinical Skills and Practice, Knowledge Application, Critical Analysis, Writing and Project Skills, and Attitudes and Professionalism.

The MBChB with Honours is awarded to outstanding students.

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including Chemistry and Biology.

Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage to those taking three. We do not rate A* as being higher than A, so we will not accept A*A*B instead of AAA.

We welcome general studies and critical thinking as a fourth A2, but they do not typically form part of our offer.

Please note that Human Biology, Sports Science, Further Mathematics and Statistics are only accepted as a 4th A level noting that 4th A levels do not form part of our scoring system.

Please note that A levels sat in Year 12 will not form part of the shortlisting scoring for interview and offers will be made on 3 A levels taken in Year 13.

EPQs are not considered within our scoring.

GCSE: A minimum of 6 GCSEs grade 6 or above required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry or Dual Science. Please note that applicants applying with these minimums are unlikely to be shortlisted to interview and that scoring is based on 8 GCSEs. The School of Medicine recognises that some applicants may have studied a more flexible curriculum, where they have been able to progress through their educational development at an appropriate rate according to their ability. Where a Level 2 (for example, GCSE) or Level 3 (for example, A Level) qualification has been taken ‘early’ the academic reference should include the reasons for this so that it can be taken into consideration by the admissions team. Please note that A levels sat in Year 12 will not form part of the shortlisting scoring for interview and offers will be made on 3 A levels taken in Year 13.

Other course specific tests:

Applications from applicants re-sitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required and must be mentioned in your personal statement or explained by your referee. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualification.

Age

Please note that applicants must be 18 years of age or over by the first day of the programme.

Evidence of Study

Applicants will need to show evidence of being in full-time education in the last 5 years.

DBS Checks

As part of the student offer for our clinical programmes, an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate is required for students to undertake clinical placements as part of their studies within the Faculty of Medicine and Health. The certification process is undertaken on entry to the programme and repeated once every three years whilst they are still undertaking the same programme of study.

The Enhanced DBS certificate can only include background checks for time in the UK. Students who have been resident outside the UK will require a criminal record check from each relevant country

The University of Leeds is obliged to refuse admission to applicants for certain courses, which are regulated by national or statutory bodies, where an Enhanced DBS certificate or International Criminality check reveals prior criminal behaviour giving rise to concern for the protection of the public. Clinical placements cannot be attended by those who fail to comply with the clearance processes.

Occupational Health Clearance

All students will complete a pre-registration screening questionnaire which allows our occupational health team at the University support you to meet your true potential on the programme despite any pre-existing health concerns you may have. It is important that you notify us even if your symptoms are currently under control as we can ensure that you continue to be supported even if you are moving from different areas of the country.

The process also allows our occupational health team to check your immunity requirements so we can ensure that both patients and you are protected and kept safe. This will involve understanding your immunisation record to date.

Further details can be found on https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/medicine-undergraduate/doc/occupational-health-requirements-students-applicants-faculty-medicine-health

HEOPS offers guidance on occupational health resources and health surveillance.

UCAT

All applicants for the MBChB course will be required to take UCAT for 2024 entry onwards. This test must be taken in the year of application. We do not accept other aptitude tests instead, e.g. BMAT or GAMSAT.

UCAT is a computer-based admissions test used by a consortium of UK and international universities to help select applicants for their medical and dental degree programmes. We strongly recommend you prepare for the test. There are many materials to help you, including on the UCAT website. https://www.ucat.ac.uk/

Work experience

Medical schools are aware that work experience opportunities open to you have been affected and will take this into account. Additionally, keep in mind that clinical work experience is not generally a requirement for applying to medical school in any year.

Further information on work experience can be found at www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine/making-an-application/work-experience

Personal statements

Applying for the MBChB course is very competitive. You need to make sure your application does you justice. Read advice on personal statement and reference, non-academic achievements and personal qualities on the Medical Schools Council website.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) that conforms to the QAA subject descriptor. We will NOT accept applications from people who have:

  • achieved below 2i in a previous degree unless there is evidence of substantial subsequent experience in a healthcare-based or academically and/or professionally demanding career.
  • commenced an Access diploma less than 3 years after completing A levels, other qualifications or a degree.
  • we will also not accept Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) that has been taught through distance learning.

60 credits, with 45 of these credits coming from units which are concerned with academic subject content at Level 3 and graded; the remaining 15 credits come from ungraded Level 2 or Level 3 units. All units (60 credits) must be passed, with all graded level 3 units at distinction.

GCSEs: At least 6 at grade 4 must be offered including:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Dual/Double Science, or Science and Additional Science, or Chemistry and Biology

Cambridge Pre-U

3 Distinctions (D3) in 3 Principal subjects including Chemistry and Biology.

International Baccalaureate

Overall score of 36 points with a mark of 6 in 3 Higher Level subjects which must include Chemistry and Biology. If English and Maths not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

AAAAAA, including Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAAAB at Higher and AA at Advanced Higher in Chemistry and Biology.

T-Levels

We do not accept T Level qualifications for this course.

Other Qualifications

Foundation courses and access courses

University of Leeds Interdisciplinary Science Foundation programme

The Interdisciplinary Science programme is a full-time, one year course that allows you to prepare for degree-level study and gain the necessary academic competence required for entry to the degree programme. For entry onto the MB ChB track, applicants must have been out of compulsory education for 3 or more years. If you successfully complete the year you can apply for internal transfer to our MBChB.

Admission is not guaranteed and applicants are selected using academic and non-academic criteria.

Other access courses

Bradford Clinical Sciences Foundation

From September 2020, students in the Foundation Year wishing to apply to Leeds Medical School must apply by the 15 October through the main UCAS cycle. You will be required to obtain an academic reference from your previous school or college and in addition, the University of Leeds will approach the University of Bradford prior to interview to ensure that there are no concerns relating to your studies during semester 1, and to confirm that you are predicted to meet the academic criteria for your Foundation Year studies.

The minimum academic entry requirements for Leeds are outlined below; applicants should be aware that admission is highly competitive and the majority of applicants will have qualifications well above this standard. You will be in a pool along with all other UCAS applicants as there are no ring-fenced places for transfer from this course.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are from a widening participation background (which can be found using the Access to Leeds pages) and be a UK student. Eligible students must meet all of the following criteria during their Foundation Year:

• A minimum overall mean mark of 70.0%
• A minimum overall mean mark of 70.0% in Chemistry
• All assessments must be passed at first attempt and all modules must be passed at first attempt
• Satisfactory engagement

In addition to the Foundation Year performance outlined above you must already have the following: GCSEs: At least 6 at grade C or 4 must be offered including:

• English Language
• Mathematics
• Dual/Double Science, or Science and Additional Science, or Chemistry and Biology

The School of Medicine does not accept Level 2 Functional Skills English in lieu of GCSE English.

At A2 level, BBC including Chemistry or Biology at B grade. Physics or Maths must also be offered if Chemistry is not taken. We welcome General Studies and Critical Thinking as a fourth A2 but they do not typically form part of our offer. Certain combinations are not acceptable, specifically:

  • Chemistry with Biology and Human Biology
  • Chemistry with Mathematics and Further Mathematics

Those taking a fourth A2 subject will not be at an advantage over those taking three. We do not rate A* as being any higher than A i.e. we will not accept A*A*B instead of AAA.

Late applications will not be considered.

Graduate/mature applicants

Minimum 2:1 honours degree in any discipline awarded within the last three years plus three A Levels at grades ABB, to include Chemistry and Biology one of these at grade A or equivalent international qualification. A minimum of six GCSEs at grade 5 or above required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry or Dual Science. Please note that all aspects of an academic history will be taken into consideration during shortlisting.

For further information regarding Acceptable Qualifications please contact ugmadmissions@leeds.ac.uk.

A partly completed degree course is not acceptable in place of any of the above.

A-levels resits or taken over three or more years

Applications from applicants resitting exams are only likely to be successful in exceptional circumstances. Well-supported documentary evidence of any extenuating circumstances is required and a rationale for resitting should be provided in the academic reference. Applications will not normally be considered from those undertaking a third attempt at an academic entry qualification.

Transfers

Candidates who are required to withdraw from another programme will not be considered. We will not accept transfers from an overseas institution.

Transfer requests from other medical schools will only be considered in the following circumstances:

  • evidence of exceptional extenuating circumstances:
  • excellent academic record at current institution
  • support for transfer from current institution

If these areas are met course compatibility and availability of places on the MBChB would be explored. Any initial approach regarding this should be directly from the student’s current institution.

We do not consider requests for transfers from students studying other degree courses.

Dental graduates

Entry to the third year of the course may be possible for dentists who have:

  • gained a registered qualification with the General Dental Council
  • obtained Part 1 of the MJDF or MFDS
  • been in an approved hospital post for at least one year

Applications for this route via UCAS and applicants are required to take UCAT for 2024 entry onwards. This test must be taken in the year of application.

Access to Leeds

See Access to Leeds section below.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Access to Leeds Submission

In order for us to give your application due consideration, we'll need you to submit your Access to Leeds (A2L) application at the same time as you submit your UCAS application.

Typical Access to Leeds Offer

GCSE

A minimum of 6 GCSEs grade 4 or above required in Maths, English Language, Biology and Chemistry (or Dual Science/Double Science). Please note that applicants applying with these minimums are unlikely to be shortlisted to interview and that scoring is based on 8 GCSEs.

A levels

ABB. Chemistry and Biology must be taken with an A in either Chemistry or Biology.

We welcome general studies and critical thinking as a fourth A2, but they do not typically form part of our offer. Certain combinations are not acceptable, specifically:

  • Biology and Human Biology or Sports Science plus Chemistry and another
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics or Statistics plus Chemistry and another

EPQs are not considered within our scoring.

Scottish Highers

AABBB at Higher level and BB at Advanced Higher level including B in Chemistry and Biology.

Irish Highers (leaving certificate)

AABBBB, including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

IB

Overall score of 34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, which must include Chemistry and Biology. If English and Maths not offered at GCSE, this must be offered with a mark of at least 5 at Standard level.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Merits (M1) in 3 Principal Subjects, including Chemistry and Biology.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.5 overall, with no less than 7.5 in Spoken English. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £44,000 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students are set by the UK Government and will remain capped at £9,250 for 2023/24 and 2024/25. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation only as a consequence of future changes in Government legislation and as permitted by law.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24 and 2024/25
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 and 2024/25 are available on individual course pages.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Additional cost information

For the medical course you will need to purchase books and equipment, such as white coats, stethoscopes and pass cards. You may also have to meet some travel costs whilst on placement.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Intercalation scholarships

Find more information on funding for intercalation on our dedicated page.

Find our more about intercalation

School of Medicine scholarship

EXSEL at Leeds (Excellence in Scholarship, Enterprise and Leadership) is a unique scholarship scheme which nurtures undergraduate medical students with research ambitions to become academic clinicians.

Students selected to be scholars are given a bursary to conduct research during vacations. They then meet monthly with the two EXSEL directors to review their development. Under the supervision of their academic mentor, the students develop valuable skills for their future clinical posts. In return, they act as ambassadors for the Medical School at Leeds.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Values based recruitment is carried out across our vocational programmes. Candidates who apply to more than one vocational course in the School of Medicine will only be considered for one course. Please note that if a candidate demonstrates motivation and insight for another non-School of Medicine vocational course (e.g. nursing or dentistry) they will be rejected without further consideration.

Where possible, candidates who apply for multiple programmes within the School of Medicine will be informed that they must choose one course only.

The application closing date for medicine is earlier than for many other courses – all full-time undergraduate applications must be made through the UCAS website by 15 October of the year preceding entry. The School of Medicine does not normally accept applications after the initial UCAS closing date and nor does it typically participate in the UCAS Extra scheme or in clearing.

Applying for the MBChB course is very competitive. You need to make sure your application does you justice, so make sure you read on how to make the most of your personal statement before you write yours.

We welcome applications from applicants who are intending to undertake a gap year. Please use the personal statement section of the UCAS application form to explain your reasons for taking a gap year. You may normally apply for deferred entry for one academic year only.

Please see the latest School of Medicine Admissions Appeals and Complaints Procedure.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Selection process

A successful application passes through several stages before we make an offer:

1. We assess application forms against academic criteria, considering past and predicted grades, and the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) score. We take into account any issues regarding mitigating circumstances raised in the personal statements and academic reference.

UCAT is a computer-based admissions test used by a consortium of UK and international universities to help select applicants for their medical and dental degree programmes. We strongly recommend candidates prepare for the test. There are many materials to help candidates, including on the UCAT website.

2. Top-ranking home applicants will be invited to interview on 8, 9 or 10th January. These will take place face-to-face. Overseas interviews will be carried out online. Using a multiple mini-interview format, we will further assess applicants’ non-academic qualities. There are currently eight interview stations and the format of stations varies. A single interviewer will award marks for each station according to a pre-determined standardised scale.

3. Offers are made on the basis of merit and the ability of each applicant to meet the academic and non-academic criteria for admission. The decision to make an offer after interview depends entirely on performance at interview, not on predicted or achieved academic performance, or other scores.

Further information and suggestions on how to prepare can be found on the Medical Schools Council website.

Unfortunately, because of the nature and volume of applications and interviews, we are unable to provide specific individual feedback.

Admissions policy

School of Medicine undergraduate admissions policy 2024

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Career opportunities

After Year 5 you'll begin foundation training before becoming fully registered with the General Medical Council.

The Leeds MBChB enables our graduates to embark on a variety of careers including general practice, hospital medicine, medical and scientific research, leadership in the NHS and international health development.

The School of Medicine is a major international centre for education and cutting-edge research. We offer higher degrees by research and taught postgraduate programmes with a rich variety of student experience, from basic discovery science through to applied healthcare research across our seven institutes. Find out more about our postgraduate study opportunities.

Careers support

Our MBChB students enjoy specialist careers support from a dedicated Careers Coordinator. Throughout the course you’ll have opportunities for self-reflection, to think about the different career routes and the skills you’ll need to develop to get into your chosen jobs. Thinking early about career routes helps our students make sound career decisions and increase their motivation and job satisfaction. We’ll help build up your career management and employability skills – ever-more important in a competitive jobs market.

Our Careers Coordinator also gives training to personal tutors and develops careers guidance resources for delivery throughout the curriculum.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

In Year 5 you can choose to spend your six-week elective 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 on all continents, ranging from world-leading research institutes to isolated units delivering healthcare in developing countries.

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.

Find out more on the Study Abroad website.

Clinical placements

Clinical placements are central to your training and run throughout the programme. Our strong partnerships with the major West Yorkshire teaching hospitals, local acute hospitals and GP practices mean we can offer our students a diverse range of placements.

You’ll be working in real clinical environments from your first year and this experience will increase throughout your course.

Student profile: Alexander Bald

First year medical students are matched to second year ‘medic parents’ to form ‘medic families’, giving you the opportunity to build a friendship with someone who has been through the whole process.
Find out more about Alexander Bald's time at Leeds

Student profile: Marjorie Teo

One of my highlights on the course was the wet anatomy sessions in the first and second years. World-class facilities are provided and the staff are very supportive.
Find out more about Marjorie Teo's time at Leeds

Student profile: Rebecca Dodd

The six week elective module offers the freedom to explore different areas of medicine that interest you. I travelled to Ethiopia and worked in a hospital assisting and shadowing doctors on the wards.
Find out more about Rebecca Dodd's time at Leeds