Medicine and Surgery MBChB (Graduate Entry)

Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: A101
  • Year of entry: 2022
  • This programme does not accept applications from international students.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 we're changing how the course is delivered.

The A101 medical programme has been developed specifically for students who are expecting to achieve at least a good 2:1 Honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical or Health Science subject. Other additional subject and grade requirements exist.

The University of Liverpool requires a GAMSAT result as part of the entry requirements for graduates applying to medical programmes. Further details of GAMSAT can be found here: The only exception to this is for dentists applying to the oral-maxillofacial route. The latter route will have an independent selection process.

For full details of subject requirements, the selection process and details of the oral-maxillofacial route please see

Please note: There are no places for overseas students on the Graduate A101 programme.

Programme Year One

You start Year One of the A101 programme with a two week summer school. You will then join Year Two of the A100 programme and will have access to all Year One resources. For this reason the A101 programme usually commences in mid-August in each year. At the end of Year One, students on the graduate entry programme will sit the same examinations as students at the end of their second year on the five-year programme. Thereafter, you follow exactly the same examination schedule as the five-year programme.

In Year One students will focus on basic and clinical sciences, but will also have early clinical contact with patients.

Subjects are taught using a systems approach. Each system will include:

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Anatomy lectures and practical sessions
  • Clinical skills sessions where students learn how to examine the systems studied
  • Small group teaching and case based learning.
  • Communication skills training prepares students for hospital clinical placement weeks

Programme Years Two and Three

In years Two and Three, students develop an increasing understanding of clinical assessment and management.

Students learn to recognise health problems, develop the skills needed to diagnose illness and disease, and to manage patients. Students rotate through a variety of hospital and community-based placements. These provide numerous opportunities for interaction with real patients in a variety of healthcare settings.

The placements are complimented in Year Two with teaching weeks spent at the University and clinician led small group teaching in Year Three, which ensure students make the most from each placement experience.

Programme Year Four

The final year, Year Four, is spent gaining intensive clinical experience in hospitals and the community to prepare students for their career as a doctor.

Successful graduation at the end of year four requires satisfactory completion of all academic components of the course and the demonstration of a good approach to medical professionalism. Graduation leads to a Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ). This entitles student doctors to provisionally register with the General Medical Council. Only provisionally registered doctors can practise in approved Foundation Year One posts. To obtain a Foundation Year One post students apply during the final year of the undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. The School of Medicine team support students through this process.

Following successful completion of the Foundation Year One programme you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. This full registration with a licence to practise is needed before you can undertake unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

GMC information for medical students

The modules listed above are illustrative and subject to change. Please refer to the department site  for further information.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

324 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

99% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Department resources

Excellent facilities both on campus, and with our many local partners, including internationally recognised institutes such as Alder Hey Chlidren's Hospital, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals and the Walton Centre.

Why this subject?

Prepare for your future medical career with a core foundation in basic and clinical science

With an emphasis on early clinical contact combined with applied science, you will experience expert teaching, equipping you with the building blocks of clinical

Learn through innovative use of technology

Our Virtual Learning Environment provides access to all course learning materials and e-learning packages, offering lecture capture, interactive feedback and electronic clinical portfolios. Our use of virtual reality offers a truly immersive learning experience, enabling you to visualise a range of different clinical situations in real time.

Experience enhanced learning opportunities

Our unrivalled Human Anatomy Resource Centre allows you to develop an understanding of the human body that will underpin your future skills, while our Clinical Skills Resource Centre will help you practise in a safe environment using manikins, augmented reality, videos and podcasts.

Access some of the best specialist clinical units in the UK

We offer a comprehensive placement network with nationally recognised centres of excellence including Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and the Walton Centre – the UK’s only specialist hospital trust dedicated to neurological services.

Benefit from GP-led small group teaching sessions

Regular sessions throughout Year Three and Four provide a link between primary and secondary care, helping you to gain an understanding of how illness and disease presents in different settings and how chronic disease is managed within the community using a team approach.

Join a supportive community and build lifelong relationships

Join an active and holistic learning community consisting of academic advisers, a peer mentoring scheme and dedicated careers advisers.

Our Wellbeing and Student Support team also provides pastoral care to students experiencing personal and/or academic-related difficulties, as well as offering advice for maintaining good mental and physical health.