The University of Central Lancashire provides medical training to the highest UK standards with a modern, spiral curriculum designed to build on your knowledge gradually. The MBBS programme places considerable emphasis on developing your expertise in a whole range of practical areas, including clinical, communication, observation, teamwork and leadership skills.
The MBBS programme is accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC) and listed in The World Directory of Medical Schools.
Early patient contact
Offering an innovative approach to medical education, this course focuses on early patient contact – you’ll see real patients from the very first term and enjoy clinical placements in UK NHS hospitals and clinics throughout your degree.
Students have access to on-campus clinical skills laboratories with a vast range of equipment – including a number of high fidelity clinical human simulators – to help develop clinical skills in realistic hospital, home and GP surgery environments. Other facilities include anatomage tables and human anatomy resource centres.
Multicultural learning environment
The university offers a high number of international student places so you will benefit from learning alongside a range of cultures and nationalities. You will be taught by expert academics and clinicians who are supportive both in and out of the classroom.
The University of Central Lancashire offers various options for those students who have the passion to become a Doctor but might not have the correct grades to start a Medicine programme. Visit the website to find out more.
What are the best things about your Medical School?
One of the main reasons why I chose the University of Central Lancashire was because we gain so much experience with patient contact by starting placements and clinical skills teaching from first year.
Being a smaller cohort than a lot of other universities, we have small group workshops and practical sessions alongside our main lectures, which really helps to practice individual and teamwork skills.
I also really love that fact that this course is based on a spiral curriculum, so we keep going back to important concepts each year to add to our knowledge and to solidify the theory.
Being a third-year student this year, I have realised how well the first phase of our degree is set up, and how well it has prepared me for our second, clinical phase. I often look back at lecture notes and slides made during the first two years and know that they will continue to help and support me throughout phase two.
What are the hardest things about your course?
The most challenging part of our medical course, which I am sure is similar at other Medical Schools, is the workload. I did an undergraduate degree in anatomy and physiology which has helped me tremendously, but often still feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of knowledge and information we need to absorb. Subjects like anatomy and pharmacology take time to study and effort to remember afterwards. Everything we learn prepares us for our careers as Doctors, and therefore is vitally important and we need to fully understand and recall this information to make good clinical decisions in the future.
What’s the social side of your Medical School like?
The social side of the Medical School is always buzzing. There is always a new society to join, a new conference to attend (whether in person or online) or a new event to take part in. We often attend suturing workshops and group study sessions prior to exams, but not all events are linked to studies.
The Medical society holds an annual medical ball, quiz nights, sporting events and other fun activities. There are different societies run by various students catering for different interests and all of them try to incorporate social events into their calendars.
Preston is a growing student city, with lots to offer! Cute cafes and pubs, beautiful parks and restaurants, and a quick train ride to Manchester and Liverpool; the campus in Preston is perfectly located.
What tips would you give to someone applying to your Medical School?
Put time and effort into writing your Personal Statements and Transferable Skills Statements, as well as prepping for the MMI’s with friends and family to practice feeling comfortable answering interview-type questions.
One of my top tips for Medical School is staying on-top of the work. It can be quite overwhelming at times, but if you work consistently it really helps to manage the workload.
Know your study style and what works best for you. Personally, I like to use cue cards and repetition, but so many people study differently, and it is important not to compare or stress that you’re not studying like someone else.
Making sure that you work on your time management is another important skill that you can use throughout the course and allows you to study efficiently as well as take time off to enjoy the city and surrounding areas.
"I also really love that fact that this course is based on a spiral curriculum, so we keep going back to important concepts each year to add to our knowledge and to solidify the theory."