University of Central Lancashire
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) undergraduate medical degree for self-funded and sponsored international (non-EU) students as well as a small number of UK students, is an innovative approach to medical education, with a state-of-the-art curriculum, co-designed with local patients and National Health Service (NHS) leaders.
Based at UCLan’s Preston campus in North West England and working with the appropriate authorities in the UK, the course is designed to achieve the learning outcomes as laid down by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The small class sizes combined with an exciting and stimulating course will enable students to study within a supportive, multicultural environment where they will be treated as individuals.
The programme offers patient contact from year 1, outstanding facilities and the chance to study a curriculum aligned to the USMLE.
The North West of England has a diverse population in a mixed rural and urban community with correspondingly varied health needs, making the medical training experience wide-ranging and interesting.
Highlights of studying medicine at UCLan:
- Patient interaction from Year 1 in diverse urban and rural clinical placements
- State-of-the-art facilities including new clinical skills laboratories, anatomage tables and human anatomy resource centres
- Unique curriculum undergoing quality assurance by General Medical Council (GMC) with contingency plans in place with The University of Liverpool and St George’s University of London
Watch UCLan’s video showcasing their student’s trip to Wales as part of their first year.
- Website URL:
- + 44 (0) 1772 895024
- Luke Chang Yen Zhi
- Year of Study:
- 1st Year Medicine (MBBS) Student
What are the best things about your Medical School?
- Supportive lecturers who answer your questions and don’t shy away from talking to you even though they are busy.
- The curriculum goes against traditional thinking; teaching and tying the different specialties (pharmacology, anatomy, clinical skills, etc) together within a few weeks to explore a particular system in the body. This reflects the clinical skills used in practice, using diverse information to synthesize a conclusion. UCLan teaches their medics to develop this skill and not just review the situation from one angle.
- I met patients in my first week which is amazing compared to other medical schools.
What are the hardest things about your course?
- Digesting the amount of information.
- Time management.
- Balancing play and work.
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
We are a tight knit group that looks out for each other. This camaraderie is unique to a group that is not racially skewed as the medics in this course are from literally every part of the world. The medical society organises trips out of town and socials so we never get bored and furthermore there are plenty of societies around. Basically we work hard and play hard.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
- Be organised from the offset.
- Be mentally resilient and professional.
Make friends because the friends that you make now will stick with you throughout this journey. ☺