Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code A100
Duration 5 years
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Related subjects Medicine

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Academic Unit of Medical Education
School of Medicine
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 5531

The Medical School

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Course description

Based on a patient-centred approach, the course is designed around common and important clinical conditions. It relates clinical medicine to the underlying medical sciences. You'll have the opportunity to develop your clinical competencies from the very start.

We use a combination of approaches, including teaching on wards in hospitals, teaching in clinics (both in general practice and in hospitals), lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and dissection. You'll be supported by experienced teachers and personal academic tutors. We aim to ensure you're well prepared for a career in medicine.

Structure of the MBChB Programme
Phase 1: September year one to October year two.
Introduction to Medical Studies and Medical Sciences, Systems-based learning and teaching in the Basic Medical Sciences (cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal tract and liver, nervous, musculoskeletal, skin, blood, genitourinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems).

Integrated Clinical Demonstrations, Intensive Clinical Experience, Medicine and Society, Student Selected Components (SSCs) and Integrated Learning Activities (ILAs), Research Project.

Phase 2a: November year two to December year three.
Introduction to the Clinical Sciences, Systems-based learning and teaching in the Clinical Sciences, Integrated Clinical Demonstrations, Clinical Skills teaching and assessment.

Basic Clinical Competencies, Clinical Attachments, ILAs, SSC in medical ethics and law.

Phase 3: January year three to December year four.
Extended Clinical Competencies, Child Health, Women's Health, Psychiatry, Care of Older People, Neurology, Acute and Critical Care, General Clinical Care, Community Health, Public Health, Palliative Care, Specialty Attachments, Medical Audit, SSCs, ILAs, Medical Sciences.

Phase 4: January to June year five.
Advanced Clinical Competencies, Clinical Attachments in Medical and Surgical specialties, SSC, Student Assistantship.

Graduation is in July of year five. Your year as a Foundation Year 1 doctor begins in August, during which you remain under the supervision of the relevant Postgraduate Deanery. Following successful completion of this year you'll be fully registered with the General Medical Council.

Graduate entry
There is no age restriction for entry to the course. However, students should be of an age where they are able to commit to the medical profession and NHS for a number of years. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the values in the NHS Constitution.

Pre-admission test
We are a founding member of UKCAT, a consortium of medical schools across the country that has developed a pre-admission test for entry to study medicine. All applicants must take this test. Please visit the Medical School web pages for further information:

UKCAT pre-admission test

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels AAA including Chemistry and another science subject
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in three Higher Level subjects to include Chemistry and another science subject. No less than 4 in all Standard Level subjects
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3 including Chemistry and another science subject
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Chemistry and another science
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A+AA including Chemistry and another science subject
Other requirements
  • Other science subject includes Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology
  • First degree requirements: 2:1 or higher and BBB at A Level
  • You should have at least 8 GCSE subjects at grades A*-C. Of these, you must have six GCSE subjects at grade 7 or grade A that have been taken in one sitting. Mathematics, English and the Sciences (which may be dual awards) must be at grade 4 or C or above
  • A Level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not accepted
  • Unfortunately we are unable to accept A Level and GCSE resits or exams taken early
  • You are required take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) when you apply, and meet a threshold of 2460/3600. For more details, please see or contact the Medical School.
  • We don't accept A Level Further Mathematics when determining whether an applicant meets our A Level academic threshold. However, if you take four A Levels in a two-year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school) including Mathematics and Further Mathematics, we'll accept Mathematics A Level, even if it is taken in year 12, and irrespective of whether the A Level is certificated in year 12 or 13. We expect Chemistry and another subject (that is not Critical Thinking, Further Mathematics or General Studies) to be taken in year 13.
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Academic Unit of Medical Education website

First year

Core modules:

Phase 1 Integrated Examination
Health Challenge - Local Engagement Global Citizenship

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 37%
Independent study 16%
Placement 46%

Exams/tests 48%
Coursework 17%
Practical 34%

Academic Unit of Medical Education

The Academic Unit of Medical Education at Sheffield integrates teaching, research and the practice of medicine. Our teaching is supported by internationally recognised research.

You'll go out to primary and secondary care providers in the region, learning about best current practice. You will be part of an academic, clinical and scientific community.

Academic Unit of Medical Education website

What our graduates do

After graduating, you may become a Foundation Year 1 doctor, working primarily in hospitals to consolidate your knowledge. This is followed by a further Foundation Year. These two years give a structured and comprehensive continuation of undergraduate studies and lead on to speciality training.

You might choose to become a GP or train to become a hospital consultant. Some graduates become academic teachers of medicine or go into research. Others join the pharmaceutical industry or become managers in the health service. Whatever route you follow, the undergraduate course prepares you for the lifelong learning needed in medicine.

Graduates can provisionally register with the GMC. This gives you a licence to practise, providing you meet all of the GMC's Fitness to Practise guidelines.

Student profile

"I didn't want to go into a nine-to-five office job. I wanted to do something a bit different, a bit exciting, something new every day, working with people. It's a great career with fantastic prospects."

Tom Cash

Disclosure and Barring Service check
All medical students are required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the course. Admission to the courses offered by the University of Sheffield Medical School is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4(2) (Exemption) Order 1975 and the Department of Health Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding child protection and police checks. All offers will therefore include a condition relating to a satisfactory DBS check.

On the UCAS form, you will need to tell us about any criminal convictions, including spent sentences, cautions (including verbal cautions), reprimands and bind-over orders.

If you have any queries regarding the DBS check please contact the Medical Admissions Office on 0114 222 5531.

Health requirements
All prospective medical students are required to show that they are not infectious carriers of hepatitis B and that they have successfully completed a course of hepatitis immunisation before starting the study programme. This is so that medical students can work with patients from the outset.

So that we can provide effective support, disabled applicants, applicants with serious health problems, or applicants who know that they are infected with hepatitis C or HIV must disclose this on their UCAS form. All potential students with significant support needs will be individually assessed to ensure that the University is able to support them on their chosen course of study.

All the above procedures must be followed precisely to avoid prejudicing your entry to the course.

If you have a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty, including dyslexia, please indicate this on your UCAS form. Contact the Medical Admissions Office for details of our admissions policy or visit our department website for further information.

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