Manchester’s five-year Medicine programme aims to educate, train and prepare students for a healthcare system that is both for today and for the future. Manchester Medical School is one of the biggest in the UK and takes on an integrated science approach.
During year one and two, most teaching takes place on campus, with visits to hospitals and community settings. At the beginning of the course, students are introduced to fundamental learning processes and learn the consultation skills needed for early clinical experiences. There are four modules over the course of year one and two which relate to the themes of doctors as scientists, scholars, practitioners and professionals. Each module takes the form of one or more cases that help contextualise learning so that students can understand how doctors tackle patient problems.
Practical work is also emphasised through anatomy dissection, pharmacology practical classes and physiology and clinical experience. Modules that focus on the body are partially system-based and look at cells, tissues and organs that control the body. There are two key modules to note for year one: life cycle which looks at the cellular and molecular processes that underpin reproduction, development and growth, and cardiorespiratory fitness which focuses on the function of the heart, lungs and blood.
In year two the key modules are mind and movement will explore the brain and nervous system, and the second is the nutrition, metabolism and excretion module that looks at the gastrointestinal system, hormonal mechanism and kidneys.
From year three to final year, there are clinical placements that take place in four bas hospitals, their associated teaching hospitals and community placements. Students will be allocated to a base hospital, in which a majority of time is spent.
In the third year, the week is spent observing and learning from patients – clinical skills learnt in earlier years will be applied in a clinical setting too. In the first semester of the third year, there are general medical placements which enable students to have insight into common conditions. These two six-week blocks are followed by three four-week blocks in a second semester that take place in a more complex clinical space such as acute medical settings and placements within a surgical speciality.
The fourth year will broaden students’ clinical learning across various specialities through clinical placements with supervision and teaching by specialty experts. Some clinical placements include women’s health, dermatology, oncology and neurology. There is a student elective placement at the end of the year, typically taken abroad, to allow students to experience unfamiliar healthcare environments.
In the fifth and final year, students will prepare for their role as a foundation year doctor. Further clinical placements occur and will conclude surgical placements and acute medicine. Community placements will also help students understand how services are delivered outside of the hospital and GP setting. This type of placement may occur through experience of community paediatrics or community psychiatry. Students are supervised as they undertake student assistantship, and will integrate into a clinical unit while taking on duties of a newly qualified doctor.
This Medical School uses a wide range of traditional and novel teaching methods. You will become a proactive learner as themed case discussions in small groups take place. There is support through lectures, clinical experience and practical classes. The degree integrates both science and clinical learning so that you can apply scientific knowledge to clinical practice. This is an integrated five year course with the opportunity to intercalate after year two, three or four.
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