Leeds has a challenging curriculum through training in the medical sciences with a strong emphasis on communication and practical skills. You’ll continually build and reinforce core professional skills, throughout the programme.
Clinical experience at Leeds is second to none. You’ll have early patient contact and then build your experience. The diversity of the region and Leeds’ strong partnerships with major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practice mean the medical school is able to offer a wide range of placements.
Leeds are a recognised leader in patient and carer involvement. The Patient Carer Community contributes to teaching, learning and assessment, providing students at Leeds with invaluable insight into the experience of people with a medical condition or disability, and their carers. Leeds are also in the top 10 in the UK for research power.
The benefits of studying medicine at Leeds include:
- You’ll be taught by leading professionals, whose teaching is underpinned by world-leading research
- Strong partnerships with the major Leeds teaching hospitals, local acute and regional general hospitals and general practices mean they are able to offer a diverse range of placements
- Technology is embedded in the MBChB course and Leeds continue to invest and innovate
- Students are well supported through personal tutors, course tutors, support staff and peer mentoring
- You’ll have access to various facilities, including: The Medical Teaching Centre, Clinical Practice Centre, libraries and study space
Leeds has an international reputation for high-quality assessment. They are one of the 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 and follows two broad approaches: informal/less traditional evaluation (assessment for learning) and, more formal evaluation (assessment for progression).
Leeds MBChB graduates are enabled to embark on a variety of careers, including hospital consultancy, General Practice (GP), medical and scientific research, leadership in the NHS and international health development. Medical students at Leeds also have access to a dedicated Careers Coordinator.
5-year Integrated course, with the opportunity to intercalate.
The first two years are largely taught through lectures, dissection classes and tutorials, with the proportion of learning that is self-directed gradually increasing alongside the amount of time spent on placement (pretty much all of years 3-5).
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What are the best things about your Medical School?
- Sense of community– From the outset, the school and it’s students exudes a feeling of united effort towards medicine. There are no undercurrents of “dog-eat-dog” attitudes amongst students, with the tightly-knit student body spending most of the first couple years in larger groups, building a sense of commonality. Within weeks of starting the course revision groups had formed and notes were being shared.
- Dissection – A practice not used in every medical school, this gives students that learn best by doing rather than watching or listening the opportunity to get hands on, improving both surgical skills and anatomical knowledge very effectively. The anatomy tutors are very friendly and each session is relevant, to the point and clear to understand.
- Examination style – Multiple Choice, no worded or essay questions. It’s great. The school also has mock clinical sessions – OSCEs – which are highly applicable to future practice and teach us skills that could not be learnt by memorising facts.
What are the hardest things about your course?
- Volume of learning – Over the course, but particularly in year 2, students are expected to learn A LOT of information, with enough lectures conducted throughout year 2 so that in certain topics, there were three lectures per question in the final exam.
- Parking – The university of Leeds is totally bereft of parking spaces that can be used by regular students through the week. This isn’t a problem if you live on campus or nearby, but most students live in the Hyde Park / Headingley areas, meaning a 20-50 minute walk is required in the morning. Buses are available, but the sheer volume of students using them means you’ll be waiting a while before a non-full one gets to your stop.
- Friday mornings – Most medical school events happen on a Thursday, including Medsoc initiation, Cocktail night, Christmas party and many more, meaning the 3-4 hours of lectures the following morning for years 1/2 are not a fun activity.
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
The Leeds Medical Student body is kept fairly busy throughout the year by Medsoc, the school’s social society, with countless events – including club/dress-up outings like the legendary Cocktail night (Not as classy as it sounds), fancier events like the Spring Ball and many more.
The school also has a lot of sports teams that accept players ranging from novice to professional standard – most notable being the school hockey club, LUUMDHC, whose social outings (welcome to all students who are keen to have a go) dominate the Friday night event slot for most of the year.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
- Get your head around the BMAT– The university used to ask applicants to take the UCAT to aid selection, but now use the BMAT test. The questions in each test are completely different (BMAT has far more critical thinking and scientific knowledge than the UCAT, plus an essay at the end), so time must be taken to practice for this.
- Interview practice – The university nowadays uses the multi-station interview approach – something that is hugely applicable to working in a healthcare setting as a doctor. To prepare, students should consider ways that they could be assessed other than a simple conversation with an interviewer – discussion of an ethical issue or breaking bad news are commonly used stations.
- Personal statement – When writing this out, it can be tempting to simply list off work experiences / roles that you’ve undertaken, but this isn’t enough to prove your worthiness, as pretty much everyone will have some experience under their belt before applying. Think about what each role or experience taught you, and how you have or will use it to improve what you can do as a doctor in the future.