Medicine MBChB

Full-time undergraduate (5 years)



This course is now closed for applications for September 2020.


Do you have the dream and the drive to become a doctor? Our Medicine degree leads to a Primary Medical Qualification that will allow you to register with the General Medical Council*. Study full-time over five years, and learn in our cutting-edge skill laboratories and cadaveric anatomy suite at the School of Medicine in Chelmsford. Placements start early, in primary and acute care settings, and in centres of excellence such as St Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns and the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre. Build a bright future, for yourself and for your community.

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When you graduate with your MBChB degree you’ll be able to apply for your 1st of two Foundation Years. Having studied with us you’ll be in a good position to apply to the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH) Foundation School. On successful completion of your Foundation Years you’ll be able to apply for further study within your chosen specialism. We envisage that our graduates will want to study further and work locally as there are many opportunities for training doctors within the region.


Core curriculum

  • About the core curriculum
    The core components of the curriculum represent the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes that you must acquire to practice as Foundation doctors on graduation. The core curriculum has been designed to: ensure breadth of coverage; allow integration of basic and clinical sciences; align theory with practice; and to ensure you’ll have excellent opportunities to achieve the learning outcomes set by the General Medical Council.

The curriculum is divided into Systems in Practice (SiP) and Preparation in Practice PiP)

  • Systems in Practice (SiP)
    Systems in Practice (SiP) runs from the beginning of Year 1 until the end of Year 3. It takes a systems-based approach, but is also a fully integrated course that focuses on normal and abnormal structure, function and behaviour, basic and clinical sciences and hospital and community perspectives on health. Each year is made up of a period of systems-based teaching (for example in year one after a basic principles of medicine block you’ll cover cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems; in Year 2 there are seven more system blocks and in year 3 there are a further five). The systems are taught in a way that integrate theoretical, practical and clinical aspects with lectures, laboratory work, small group work, clinical exposure and private study time.
  • Preparation in Practice (PiP)
    Preparation in Practice (PiP) runs in Year 4 and Year 5. This phase of the course moves towards a task-based learning approach. A series of around 100 ‘core clinical problems’ will provide you with a framework for an integrated view of medicine. PiP begins with a transition block, followed by a series of core specialty-based clinical placements and a final ‘Preparation for Practice’ (PfP) teaching block. During the core clinical placements, you’ll organise your learning around the core clinical problems and observe these problems in different contexts and settings. The PfP teaching block allows you further development of experience, preparing you for your role as a junior doctor. You’ll undertake foundation assistantship teaching blocks in general practice, medicine and surgery.
  • Student Selected Components
    Throughout the SiP and PiP phases, you’ll have the opportunity to study areas of your choice, in depth through Student Selected Components (SSCs). The SSCs will enable you to develop generic skills that are essential to your professional development. In addition, through SSCs you can achieve transferable skills like information management, innovation, education, critical thinking and independent learning.
  • Longitudinal Themes
    Longitudinal themes are topics that are integrated across the five years of your course. They include elements of the basic sciences such as anatomy and physiology, through to areas of medical specialism which do not receive teaching blocks in their own right (public health, palliative care, microbiology) and also include areas that are covered repeatedly and are a requirement of all doctors such as professionalism, ethics, and evidence based medicine.
  • Clinical Placements
    Clinical placements are a key part of your learning over the entire course, with patient and community-related activity starting early in your first year. In SiP, you’ll have several full-day sessions in primary care at general practices, which may include experiences in community and mental health providers, as well as weekly half-day sessions in secondary care in the Essex Acute Trusts. In PiP, your clinical placements become your dominant learning environment, where you’ll have patient contact in a variety of settings, including primary care, mental health and acute care. You’ll develop a wealth of clinical experience of patients and their problems and learn to look at the patient as a whole, enabling you to pursue a career in medicine where patients’ concerns and problems are central to your practice. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an elective placement in the UK or overseas.


The aim of the course is to prepare you for clinical decision making and the capability to practice effectively as a doctor in a multi-professional team. You’ll be assessed by a combination of exams at the end of each year, and a portfolio of work that is completed throughout your course The exams will be in the form of OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Exams), online examinations and anatomy spot examinations.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

Train to become a doctor at Essex’s first School of Medicine. We offer an innovative, fully integrated curriculum with a strong science base - as well as excellent clinical opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to work in, shape, and lead healthcare delivery in the 21st century.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees, scholarships and bursaries

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 or 2020/21 (per year)*


Additional costs

  • Travel to placements (variable)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Lab coat
  • Protective eye wear
  • Stethoscope
  • Course books

*Fees and bursaries

The five-year Medicine degree course is offered on a self-funded basis with students paying the standard rate of tuition fees for the first four years. For UK and EU students Year 5 is currently covered by an NHS bursary. Information on the funding arrangements for undergraduate medical courses can be found on the Health Education England website.

The Provide Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine Bursary

Fee information

For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

International applicants

We are currently unable to accept international applicants for this programme for September 2020 entry.

Entry requirements

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  • Grades AAA at A level taken within two academic years prior to the year of entry to include Chemistry or Biology; and one of either Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, plus one other.
  • A Level resit grades at AAA will be accepted taken within two academic years prior to the time of application.
  • 5 GCSEs at grade A-C (9-4), including English Language, Maths and two science subjects.
  • UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test).
  • Successful Multiple Mini Interview.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.5 (Academic level).
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and satisfactory Occupational Health check.
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years of age by 1 November, in the year that you commence your course.

Main academic entry requirements

Non-standard entry requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

The selection process

Please visit the General Medical Council (GMC) website for their guidelines on outcomes for graduates.

International applicants

We are currently unable to accept international applicants for this programme for September 2020 entry.

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