MB ChB Medicine (A100)

2016 entry

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UCAS code A100
Application method UCAS/Common Application

We can only accept applications for Medicine through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Medicine.

Course duration 5 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 3389
Number of places for 2016/17 232

About MB ChB Medicine

The course is divided into three phases:

  • In phase one, you meet patients and learn general principles underlying behavioural and basic medical science.
  • In phase two, you learn about body systems and, in year three, undertake full-time clinical attachments.
  • In phase three, you begin clinical training.

Between years two and three, you may undertake an intercalated degree in a medical science or humanities subject. Visit our Medical School website for more information about intercalating at Bristol.

Initially, you are taught in lectures, practicals and small-group tutorials. Anatomy teaching takes place using dissected cadaveric material; dissection is optional. In later years, you learn in clinical attachments. Periods of elective study and student-selected components allow you to explore areas of personal interest.

Mixed-format examinations determine progression to the next year. Outstanding achievement is recognised by the award of the MB ChB degree with Honours.

The General Medical Council recognises the University of Bristol as being entitled to award UK primary qualifications. The MB ChB Medicine degree is the primary medical qualification awarded by the University of Bristol.

Health and conduct

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in some branches of medicine. If you have a chronic health problem, you should contact the Admissions Office for guidance on making an application.

Medical students must complete a health questionnaire and undergo a medical examination. Non-immune students must be immunised against hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

In accordance with General Medical Council guidelines, medical students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with other UK health-related courses.


Applicants must be available for interview from December to April immediately following submission of their application.

More about Medicine

Find out more about studying Medicine at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Human Basis of Medicine
  • Molecular and Cellular Basis of Medicine
  • Systems of the Body

Second year

  • Systems of the Body
  • Basic Clinical Skills
  • Student-selected components

Third year

  • Medicine and Surgery A and B
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases, Emergency Medicine and Ophthalmology
  • Pathology and Ethics
  • Year 3 External Student Selected Component

Fourth year

  • Community-Oriented Clinical Practice 1 and 2
  • Psychiatry, Perioperative Medicine and Critical Care
  • Reproductive Health and Care of the Newborn
  • Year 4 OSCE

Fifth year

  • Senior Medical and Surgical Attachments
  • Palliative Care and Oncology
  • Preparing for Professional Practice Course
  • Elective placement and student-selected components.
Further details about the course structure for Medicine

Typical offer for MB ChB Medicine

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Chemistry and another lab-based science. Graduates are required to obtain a 2:1 in their degree and at least AAB at A-level including Chemistry at grade A and one other lab-based science subject at grade B or above. Also a minimum of four subjects studied at AS-level, with minimum grade C in fourth subject OR a minimum of grade C in an EPQ.
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including A in Chemistry and another lab-based science. Also a minimum of four subjects studied at AS-level, with minimum grade C in fourth subject OR a minimum of grade C in an EPQ.
IB Diploma 36 overall with 18 points at Higher level including 6, 6 in Chemistry and another lab-based science
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall with 17 points at Higher level including 6,6 in Chemistry and another lab-based science
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma (Medicine) with at least 30 credits at Distinction including 9 credits in Chemistry and 9 credits in either Biology or Physics and 15 credits at Merit. We will only consider the following colleges: College of West Anglia, Lambeth College or The Manchester College. We expect applicants taking this qualification to have been out of education for five years prior to starting an Access course.
BTEC DDD in a medically related subject, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Chemistry and another lab-based science
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% including 8.5 in Chemistry and another lab-based science
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile A
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:minimum five GCSEs at grade A to include Mathematics, English Language and two science subjects.
Academic qualificationsA-levels (or equivalent qualifications) should be completed within two years of study. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not acceptable towards A-level or AS-level requirements.

More entry information

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admission contact:
Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1642
Email: med-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

Fees and funding

For information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit fees and funding.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.


This course is recognised by the following organisations:

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.

Key information about this course

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 300 student-run societies and sports clubs. The Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, recently underwent a £30-million renovation.
  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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