University of Central Lancashire

University of Lancashire’s Medicine programme that emphasises basic medical sciences, clinical skills and communication. Various learning strategies are used, such as workshops, clinical placements in both primary and secondary care, seminars, small group tutorials and lab-based sessions.

In year one and two, students are taught by expert practitioners, with community placements with additional secondary care placements at the end of year two. In years three and four, supervised clinical placements take place with one day of the week reserved for additional teaching. In year five, students will be prepared for the transition into practice.

Throughout the five-year programme there are three major themes that consistently arise. The first is Integrated Science and Clinical Medicine, which are the core scientific concepts that underpin health and disease and biology in relation to practicing medicine.

The second is Evidence Informed Practice of Medicine, which looks at the factors of health on a community and population level. Students will learn about the core concepts from epidemiology, public health as well as the psychology and sociology of health and disease and evidence-based practice.

The third is Medical Skills and Quality Care, which is students developing the right clinical and communication skills required by a doctor, in both a lab and patient setting.

Placement opportunities begin in year one with two placements in a GP and community setting, which increases when year two commences. Most of the learning in year three, four and five are work-based learning that happens during supervised clinical placements in both primary and secondary care.

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Case Study

Luke Chang Yen Zhi
Year of Study:
1st Year Medicine (MBBS) Student

What are the best things about your Medical School?

  1. Supportive lecturers who answer your questions and don’t shy away from talking to you even though they are busy.
  2. 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.
  3. I met patients in my first week which is amazing compared to other medical schools.

What are the hardest things about your course?

  1. Digesting the amount of information.
  2. Time management.
  3. 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?

  1. Be organised from the offset.
  2. Be mentally resilient and professional.

Make friends because the friends that you make now will stick with you throughout this journey.


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