About this taught graduate course
Our four year MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) programme is designed for graduates. It is a challenging but extremely rewarding programme designed to help you become a highly competent, compassionate and strongly motivated doctor, committed to the highest standards of clinical practice, professionalism and patient care.
Our innovative and distinctive programme is the largest graduate-entry course in the UK, with an intake of 193 graduates each year. The course is taught by staff at the forefront of their subjects at the University of Warwick and at our regional hospitals (University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Warwick Hospital, George Eliot Hospital (Nuneaton), and Alexandra Hospital, Redditch’).
By the time you graduate, you will have developed the knowledge and key personal skills and attitudes necessary to pursue a successful professional career as a doctor.
Find out more information and details on how to apply on the Warwick Medical School website.
General entry requirements
To apply, you should have, or be predicted to gain, a minimum of an upper second class honours (2:i) degree (or overseas equivalent) in any subject.
Candidates with a lower second class degree should hold either a Masters or a Doctoral qualification to be considered for entry to the MB ChB. More information about our academic qualification requirements can be found on the Warwick Medical School website.
All applicants must have completed two weeks' (70 hours') full-time work experience across a minimum of two placements in the last four years. Find out more about this requirement on the Warwick Medical School website.
United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or, if appropriate, the UCATSEN. The total UCAT score required to secure a place at our Selection Centre varies year on year and is dependent upon the UCAT performance of applicants to Warwick Medical School. More information about the UCAT can be found on the Warwick Medical School website.
Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA)
The General Medical Council (GMC) has decided to introduce a Medical Licensing Assessment – the MLA - from 2022 to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice. Applicants should be aware that to obtain registration with a licence to practise, medical students will need to pass both parts of the MLA, pass university finals and demonstrate their fitness to practise. For further information, please visit the GMC Medical Licensing Assessment website.
You will need to provide us with one reference from a person (not a relative) who holds/has held a position of responsibility and who can comment on your suitability for studying medicine’
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- With specific component scores of score of 7.0 and component scores in reading and writing.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
Although a Bachelor’s Degree, this is a Graduate Entry course and is administered by the Postgraduate Admissions Service. For further information regarding entry requirements, work experience and course specifics visit the Warwick Medical School website. For all other enquiries, please email our Postgraduate team mbchb dot admissions at warwick dot ac dot uk.
- Health, Metabolism and Homeostasis
- Blood, Lungs and Heart
- Brain and Behaviour
- Reproduction and Child Health
- Advanced Cases 1
- Core Clinical Education
You will also choose from a range of options
You will choose from a range of areas for an in-depth enquiry
- Advanced Cases 2
- Specialist Clinical Placements
- Advanced Clinical Cases
- Specialist Clinical Placements
Case-Based Learning (CBL) is at the core of the MB ChB curriculum and is integrated across all four years of the programme. CBL is a leaner-centred method of teaching and learning that we regard as ‘directed discovery’. It identifies what is essential to know about a patient case while encouraging students, individually and in small groups, to take an active role in identifying what they need to learn and how they can learn it.
Year One will be delivered through largely university-based teaching, including integrated clinical exposure in various settings. You will be allocated to small learning groups made up of around ten students of different backgrounds and experiences. This method of working enables everyone to bring their own skills and knowledge to the group so you learn from one another, which we strongly believe enhances your learning experience. You will benefit from cutting-edge anatomy teaching using plastinated specimens and 3D imaging, and will build your clinical skills through supervised day-to-day work with patients both in the hospital setting and in the Community.
Year Two will begin with a similar learning environment to Year One. You will gradually increase the amount of time you spend learning in health care settings, so that by the middle of this year you will find yourself immersed in community and hospital-based clinical teaching.
In Year Three you will learn in the context of a series of specialist blocks, further enhancing knowledge around core subject areas and developing professional skills. The majority of your learning will be based in GP practices in the wider community and in hospitals through our partner trusts.
The majority of your learning in Year Four will continue to be based in the wider community and hospitals through our partner trusts whilst preparing you to start practice as a Foundation Year I (FY1) doctor. In addition, a six-week elective in a setting of your choice enables you to observe how medicine is practised in another country or in a different social, cultural and physical environment. Our graduates emerge committed to the highest standards of clinical practice, professionalism and patient care.
Small group work tends to be in groups of between 8 – 15 students depending on the nature of the session.
Typical contact hours
Contact hours for this course vary significantly between year groups and clinical placements.
Students are assessed both formatively and summatively across all four years of the course. Formative assessments help to inform learning and are normally placed at the end of each teaching block. Summative assessments inform progression and take place at the end of Year One, end of Year Two, and in Year Four. The summative examinations consist of both a written and clinical element.
In addition, students must evidence engagement with the programme which includes demonstration of both academic and professional development, as well as a minimum attendance requirement.
Graduating students will receive a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery. The final degree is unclassified. Awards of ‘with honours’ are based on a criteria determined by the Board of Examiners.
Additional course costs
There may be additional costs associated with studying this programme, such as personal clinical equipment – stethoscope, pen torch and laboratory coat, materials for research projects, printing, and travel costs between placements.
Students in their final year will undertake an elective of their choosing, which could be either home or abroad.
Students offered a place on the MB ChB programme will be required to submit a Disclosures and Barring Services (DBS) Enhanced check upon admission. MB ChB students are required to be re-checked every two years either by the DBS Update Service or full DBS enhanced check.
Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you when you join us.
Upon successful completion of the MB ChB, graduates will be able to provisionally register with the General Medical Council and begin their Foundation posts. More information about the Foundation Programme can be found on the Warwick Medical School website.
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Career Society at Medical School Event
- AFP Interview Preparation
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Foundation Programme (UKFPO) Information evening
- Find out more about our Careers and Skills Services.
Warwick Medical School
Established in 2000, Warwick Medical School (WMS) forms part of the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine at the University of Warwick. Alongside a range of educational opportunities, WMS has a reputation for research excellence, investigating solutions to significant global health challenges.
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Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
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