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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Medicine and Surgery A101
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 5 August 2025

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Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) is a bachelor’s degee awarded for an undergraduate programme in medicine and surgery.

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Course overview

Study medicine at Liverpool and prepare to deliver outstanding patient care, in both current and future healthcare systems. Learn how to apply a compassionate, evidence-based and patient-centred approach to your clinical practice as a doctor. The main medicine programme is our A100 ( five-year) programme but graduates with home-status may consider their eligibility to apply to our A101 (four-year) programme which is re-opening in August 2024 and is currently open to applications via UCAS.

Introduction

Your interest and skill in medical scholarship will be actively developed with us, underpinned by a vision to harness expertise from far and wide. You’ll learn the necessary knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to safely and ethically practice medicine.

Our students benefit from GP-led small group teaching sessions, access to some of the best specialist clinical units in the UK, and enhanced learning opportunities through our state-of-the-art facilities.

We ensure our graduates are able to meet the core requirements set out by the General Medical Council, and become lifelong learners committed to their own professional development.

Programme in detail

The curriculum is delivered under a spiral model, under which concepts are introduced at an appropriate level, and revisited with increasing levels of complexity as the course progresses.

The curriculum is organised and delivered through a number of supra-themes, which fall into specifically defined themes.

In year one, the Graduate Entry programme has its own bespoke timetable, with the cohort working together through the accelerated medicine programme. The Graduate entry cohort will study together for workshops, seminars and practical skills (e.g. clinical skills and anatomy) sessions, but occasionally join the larger A100 cohort for opportunities such as Leadership and management and lab-based research activities. All teaching in year one takes place on the University of Liverpool campus. At the end of the academic year, you’ll experience your first clinical placements in the NHS.

In years two to four, you’ll join the same timetable as the students registered on the A100 programme to undertake clinical placements. Local NHS Trusts, GP practices, hospices, specialist services and community services deliver the placement components of the programme. Each hospital placement takes place at one, or more, of the North West hospital sites. During the course of their studies, students will be expected to rotate through the different clinical providers for variable lengths of time, dependent upon placement block requirements and length. This block rotational model has been designed to allow improved student ability in managing transitions and working across different clinical environments to help prepare them for junior medical postgraduate training.

What you'll learn

  • How to deliver outstanding patient care
  • The knowledge, skills and values essential for a confident medical career in a 21st-century healthcare environment
  • A core foundation in basic and clinical science
  • An understanding of the human body that will underpin your future skills
  • An understanding of how illness and disease presents in different settings
  • How chronic disease is managed within the community using a team approach

Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

We’re proud to announce we’ve been awarded a Gold rating for educational excellence.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Year one recognises that the Graduate Entry programme is an “accelerated” programme, and therefore has been designed to cover the core knowledge base, skills and understanding students will need for a career in medicine.

Starting in August, the first year focuses on basic and clinical sciences, taught using an integrated ‘Systems’ approach. Each System Block includes physiology, biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology and anatomy, genetics and cell and molecular biology. The emphasis of year one teaching is on the structure and function of the human body under ‘normal’ conditions, as well as what happens in ‘abnormality’ and illness-related change.

Students will have a mid year summative assessment in the form of a written paper, to ensure they are on track with the content.

Teaching is delivered through a mix of recorded lectures, face to face practical and small group sessions and clinical skills sessions (where students will learn how to examine the components of the systems studied, as well as take part in simulation exercises). Communication for Clinical Practice sessions in small groups with simulated patients prepare students for the clinical placements. Students in year one also take part in a unique leadership development course, which is run in collaboration with 208 Field Hospital.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Intercalation available

Earn an additional undergraduate or master's degree by adding a year of intercalated study. Once you've completed your intercalation year - usually following your third year - you'll finish the rest of your programme.

  • Pursue in-depth study in a subject that interests you
  • Complete an additional degree in only one year
  • Available to students from any UK university
  • Pay the standard full-time fee for one academic year.

Learn more about intercalation

Your experience

The School of Medicine is one of the largest providers of medical education in the country. Students have access to facilities such as the unrivalled Human Anatomy Resource Centre and Clinical Skills Resource Centre, as well as our Virtual Learning Environment. We also offer access to a comprehensive placement network with nationally recognised centres of excellence.

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Supporting your learning

From arrival to alumni, we’re with you all the way:

What students say...

It always said in the brochure that there would be early clinical contact, but I never really expected how much. It really is great to be on the ward - and that’s how you learn. The Medical School is very good and very supportive. It’s definitely set me up well for my future career, and I’m looking forward to getting into the job.

, MBChB Medicine and Surgery

Careers and employability

Our programmes are for individuals who wish to become qualified medical practitioners. A diverse range of careers are open to you as a medical graduate, varying from medical science, perhaps laboratory-based research, through public health and the development of health care strategies to clinical practice in the hospital and community.

99% of medical students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £42,700
Year abroad fee £21,350
Fees shown are for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that the Year Abroad fee also applies to the Year in China.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes the cost of a stethoscope, travel to placements, and any additional sets of scrubs.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This includes the cost of a stethoscope, travel to placements, and any additional sets of scrubs.

The School provides some equipment free of charge, but students should expect to cover the following costs.

Lab coat: Each student will be given a lab coat for use in the Human Anatomy Resource Centre free of charge. There is a £15 charge for any replacement lab coats.

Stethoscope: Students will need to purchase a stethoscope (approximately £90 plus).

Scrubs: Five sets of scrubs are issued per student during the programme. They are issued as follows: one set in year one and the further four sets in year two. If students require an additional set then they are required to purchase this themselves at a cost of £29.95.

Travel to placements: Placement travel costs will vary from student to student. Some students in receipt of a bursary from the NHS may be eligible to claim placement travel related expenses from the NHS. For students who are not in receipt of any other funding/reimbursement for placement travel, the School of Medicine is able to provide a contribution towards placement travel costs. This contribution is capped, and the cap is established each year based on the funding available. As a guide, in academic year 2022-23, contributions were made on the basis of calculated public transport costs. The average total travel costs for primary and secondary care placements for one year of the programme was calculated as approximately £775. The average contribution towards these costs provided by the School for 2022-23 was approximately £595.

For academic year 2024/25, placement travel contributions will be based on actual expenditure.

Electives: Elective costs will vary from student to student and could include; travel costs to the placement, agency costs to find the placement, accommodation and living costs, and public liability insurance costs.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to provide tuition fee discounts and help with living expenses while at university.

Check out our Liverpool Bursary, worth up to £2,000 per year for eligible UK students. Or for international students, our Undergraduate Global Advancement Scholarship offers a tuition fee discount of up to £5,000 for eligible international students starting an undergraduate degree from September 2024.

Discover our full range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

Please note that individuals applying to our Medicine programmes must consult our full guidelines.

Please note: Graduate applicants applying to the A101 programme (apart from dentists applying to the OMFS route) are currently required to have taken GAMSAT.

Applicants must consult our A101 Guidelines and A101 Departmental Supplement to the Admissions Policy and are usually expected to submit an Applicant on-line form which is made available on our website in September annually. Places on the programme are currently reserved for students confirmed with home status. Details at www.liverpool.ac.uk/medicine/study-with-us/undergraduate/admissions-information

Compliance with GMC Guidance: Achieving Good Medical Practice

In the interests of public safety, and your own best interests, information pertinent to your educational achievements and to your fitness to practise may be shared by Liverpool Medical School with training providers, employers and regulatory organisations. In the event of termination of studies, student details are shared with regulatory bodies and other medical schools via the MSC Excluded Students Database. Any offer for the medical programme will be conditional on applicants having disclosed any previous fitness to practise findings against them.

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Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

T levels
GCSE 4/C in English and 4/C in Mathematics
Work Experience Requirements

The A101 selection process will be weighted to prioritise the applications of those with significant work-place experience in a healthcare setting (two years paid employment), and professionally registered healthcare staff with post-qualification experience.

Potential applicants are advised, as a minimum, to read the ‘statement on the core values and attributes needed to study medicine’ and ‘work experience guidelines for applicants to medicine’. These guidelines can be accessed via the Medical Schools Council website.

Duty of Care

Applicants to programmes in the School of Medicine should be aware that the professional body governing the practice of medicine (The General Medical Council) has specific requirements relating to the protection of both staff and patients. Students will be required to undertake an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check, undergo an occupational health check and be tested for and/or immunised against a range of infectious diseases prior to patient contact. See the General Medical Council website and the archived Department of Health guidance document.

International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. You are advised to contact  ENIC-NARIC for information on degree equivalency and can contact  mbchb@liverpool.ac.uk for advice.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component below 7.0
TOEFL iBT 100 overall, with minimum scores of L24 W24 R24 and S26
Pearson PTE Academic 69 overall, with no component below 69
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0500 Grade B overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking and listening. Speaking and listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0990 Grade 6 overall, with Merit in speaking and listening
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0510/0511 0510: Grade B overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0511: Grade B overall.
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0993/0991 0993: Grade 6 overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0991: Grade 6 overall.  
International Baccalaureate Grade 5 at Standard Level or grade 4 at Higher Level

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

Changes to Medicine and Surgery (Graduate Entry) MBChB

See what updates we've made to this course since it was published. We document changes to information such as course content, entry requirements and how you'll be taught.

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