MBChB Programme Curriculum Overview

The Liverpool MBChB curriculum is designed to develop outstanding 21st century doctors.

Our graduates will be ready to deliver outstanding patient care, in both current and future healthcare systems, and be able to apply a compassionate, evidence-based and patient-centred approach to their clinical practice.

We aim to actively develop our students’ interest and skill in medical scholarship, underpinned by a vision to harness expertise, from across the University and further afield, to enable them to shape 21st century medical practice.

The MBChB Programme - overview

MBChB Programme Structure

Year groupCourse focus
Year 1 Core clinical science: the structure and function of the human body under ‘normal’ conditions
Year 2 Pathology and disease: ‘abnormality and illness’ and the interaction with the environment
Year 3 Becoming a Practitioner: Core clinical practice
Year 4 Broadening expertise: Specialist and challenging clinical practice
Year 5 Preparing for Practice: Emergency and acute clinical medicine

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

MBChB Curriculum Supra-Themes and Themes

Science and Scholarship 
  • Science of Medicine
  • Research and Scholarship
  • Design and Technology
  • Personalised Medicine and Genetics
The Good Doctor 
  • Psychology and Sociology as Applied to Medicine (PSM)
  • The Clinical Team
  • Professionalism, ethics and legal context
  • Public, Preventative and Global Health
Core Skills 
  • Clinical Examination and Procedural Skills
  • Communication for Clinical Practice (CCP)
  • Therapeutics and Prescribing
Patient in Secondary Care 
  • Acutely Ill Patient
  • Preparation for Practice
Patient in the Community Setting 
  • Patient Care Pathways
  • Disability and Community Care
  • General Practice

In Years one and two, all students follow the same lecture timetable, and are allocated to smaller groups for workshops, seminars and practical skills (e.g. clinical skills and anatomy) sessions. The majority of teaching in Year 1 and 2 takes place on University campus, however lectures (whole group content) are delivered via a hybrid delivery of live (face to face) and recorded (online).  All other sessions are delivered face to face, and students should expect to attend the University of Liverpool Campus for teaching at least 4 days a week. 

Throughout Years 2-5 students 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 all 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. Secondary care providers are as follows:

  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
  • Aintree Hospital
  • Arrowe Park Hospital
  • Blackpool Hospital
  • Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
  • Liverpool Women’s Hospital
  • Royal Liverpool Hospital
  • Southport & Ormskirk Hospital
  • Warrington Hospital
  • Whiston Hospital
  • The Walton Centre

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