Course details

A Levels AAA Other entry requirements
UCAS code A100
Duration 5 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Medicine

Any questions?

Undergraduate admissions team
School of Medicine
Telephone +44 114 222 5534

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.

The course includes clinical teaching on wards in hospitals, clinics (both in general practice and in hospitals), lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work, dissection and personal development 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 to June year one
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), Longitudinal Early Years General Practice Placement, Multi-Professional Experience, Public Health and Population Health Science, Student Selected Components (SSCs) and Integrated Learning Activities (ILAs).

Phase 2a: October year two to December year three
Research Project, Longitudinal Early Years General Practice Placement, 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, 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, and Medical Sciences. Two elective periods (one in year three and one in year four).

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

Graduate entry
There is no upper 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.

Pre-admission test
We are a founding member of UCAT, 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:

UCAT pre-admission test

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

Modules: what you study and when


Accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), this primary medical qualification entitles the holder to apply to the GMC for registration to practise medicine in the UK.

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 or Biology and another science subject.
A Levels + additional qualifications AAB at A Level, including Chemistry OR Biology and another science + grade A in a relevant EPQ taken alongside A Level studies. Chemistry or Biology required at Grade A
International Baccalaureate 36, 6 in three Higher Level subjects, to include Chemistry OR Biology and another science subject. No less than 4 in all Standard Level subjects
BTEC Not accepted
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 D3, including Chemistry or Biology and another science subject
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AAAAB + AA in Chemistry or Biology and another science
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels A + AA, including Chemistry or Biology and another science subject
A Levels in General Studies, Critical Thinking and Further Mathematics are not accepted.
Other requirements
  • We have reviewed our policy on A Levels taken early for applicants who take Further Mathematics. We do not accept A Level Further Mathematics when determining whether an applicant meets our A Level academic threshold. However, for applicants who take four A Levels in a two year period (typically years 12 and 13 at school), including Mathematics and Further Mathematics, we will accept the 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. It is expected that Chemistry and another subject (that is not Critical Thinking, Further Mathematics or General Studies) will be taken in Year 13.
  • Other science subjects include Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Mathematics or Psychology. First degree requirements: 2:1 or higher + BBB at A Level. All applicants must have taken the UCAT score, and the minimum threshold required will be published on the Medical School's admissions pages. Applicants will be ranked on their UCAT score
  • At least AAAAA (grade 77777) GCSEs, including at least grade B (grade 6) in Mathematics, English and the Sciences (may be dual awards)
  • Access courses are not accepted
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
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

Second year

Core modules:

Phase 2a Integrated Examination

Third year

Core modules:

Basic Clinical Competence Examination

Fourth year

Core modules:

Extended Clinical Competence Examination

Fifth year

Core modules:

Advanced Clinical Competence

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

Our courses offer extensive, clinically-based education and training, to prepare you for a career in medicine.

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 General Practitioner (GP) or train to become a hospital consultant. Some graduates become academic teachers of medicine or go into research. Others join the pharmaceutical industry, while some 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. See our department web pages for more information.

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 medical students are required to show that they are not infectious carriers of hepatitis B and will be required to complete a course of hepatitis immunisation after enrolment. Students undergo occupational health screening and vaccination as appropriate on arrival.

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.

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 more information.

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

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