Shadowing a DoctorAugust 16, 2012
Manchester is home to one of the largest medical schools in the UK, which is also one of the largest in Europe. Known as the School of Medicine, Manchester University, the medical school was established in 1874 and has a long history of providing medical degrees. The School of Medicine, Manchester University has room for over 2,000 undergraduates and 1,400 postgraduates, and it employs over 1,200 lecturers, teachers and administrative staff.
Based in the north of England, the medical school is divided into five separate schools: Manchester Medical School, which is responsible for medical undergraduate tuition; Community-Based Medicine; Translational Medicine; Biomedicine; and Cancer and Enabling Sciences, which are primarily postgraduate and research schools.
Manchester is a modern, vibrant city and one of the largest in the UK. With an almost unlimited number of bars, restaurants, theatres and night spots, a thriving student community and home to famous sports teams such as Manchester United Football Club, Manchester is the ideal place to study.
The university reflects the modernity and diversity of Manchester too and provides medical students with some of the best facilities in the country. The university offers both a standard five-year course for those that meet the relevant entry criteria, and a foundation year for applicants lacking the necessary science qualifications.
During their studies, students are offered various placements in hospitals and community health care settings. Manchester also provides all the latest medical facilities for students, as well as using some traditional methods of teaching, such as the use of live cadavers for dissection and anatomy learning.
As with all medical schools, Manchester has strict criteria for candidates wishing to gain entry. For most A-level students, that means predicted grades of AAA. Manchester also requires one of the A-levels to be in chemistry and one other from either biology, physics or mathematics. Furthermore, candidates should also have GCSE grade B or above in English language and mathematics, and a total of seven GCSEs, with at least five at A* and the rest at grade C or above.
Manchester also accepts students with GNVQ, BTEC or OU qualifications, but these differ depending on the courses studied. Students with an International Baccalaureate, an Access course in medicine, or other qualifications should contact the admissions department for specific criteria, but Manchester is welcoming to candidates that come from the non-traditional route. All applicants to Manchester must have completed some form of work experience, and must be able to provide proof of it upon application.
Studying at Manchester
Manchester’s medical school is highly regarded internationally. The university has close links with many health settings, including the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. During their degree, students are offered their own academic and clinical advisors, who mentor students throughout their time at the university. The school also provides a comprehensive teaching programme, personalised learning themes and placements in medical facilities. There are also opportunities for students to study abroad and to specialise for a year in a medically related field to gain an additional degree qualification.