MB ChB Medicine (A100)

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UCAS code A100
Application method UCAS

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
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £33,500 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 years 1,2 and £19,250 years 3,4,5 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Intercalation Current medical, dental or veterinary science students can apply for entry onto the third year of this course through intercalation.

About MB ChB Medicine

The MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree is the primary medical qualification awarded by the University of Bristol and is recognised by the General Medical Council.

As a student on this course you will learn about the art, science and craft of medicine through:

  • early clinical exposure in hospital, community and primary care settings;
  • a blend of lectures, case-based (small group ~11 students) learning and practical work;
  • state-of-the-art anatomy facilities including cadaveric prosections;
  • inter-professional working with students of nursing and pharmacy;
  • integration of basic science and clinical learning throughout the course;
  • a substantial student choice programme to explore personal interests in more detail and to experience potential career options;
  • completion of student choice projects/placements in years 1, 2 and 3;
  • an exciting opportunity to study abroad as part of your final year elective;
  • a final year that is constructed explicitly to prepare you for your first job as a foundation doctor.

Admissions and selection
Applicants will first be considered on their academic qualifications (see entry requirements below), followed by University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) results. Applicants whose UCAT results reach a specific threshold will be invited to interview.

The combined score from all subtests, with the exception of Situational Judgement, will be used to select applicants for interview. For 2020 entry, applicants with a UCAT score of 2690 or above were invited to interview. However, the number used as a threshold for interview is subject to change year-on-year.

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

For further information on how we assess applications, please see the course admissions statement.

Health and conduct
Certain health conditions may be incompatible with some careers in medicine. Further information can be found with our pre-course information, or you can contact our Occupational Health team.

Age Requirement
Students are required to be 18 years of age (or above) by 1 October in their year of entry.

View all our Medicine courses

See a list of all Medicine degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

Course structure

First year

This year will help you to explore the concepts of health and wellbeing from multiple perspectives including biomedical and psychosocial using a blend of small group work, lectures, workshops and practicals.

Second year

This year will allow you to explore disease processes and construct a list of differential diagnoses for common symptoms.

Third year

You will work in secondary (hospital) and primary care (GP) settings in our clinical academies, where you will meet patients presenting for scheduled (elective) and unscheduled (emergency) care and learn about how common conditions are managed in the NHS. In secondary care you will experience medical and surgical disciplines.

Intercalation (Optional)

Between years 3 and 4, there is an opportunity to spend an additional year studying for an intercalated degree in a medical science or humanities subject.

Fourth year

You will learn about primary (including community) and secondary care of patients across the life course, from birth to old age including child health, mental health and palliative care.

Fifth year

You will prepare for your Foundation programme posts by working alongside clinicians, which will give you experience of teamwork and decision-making in primary and secondary care practice. You will be supported to deal with the uncertainties inherent in the practice of medicine and will be equipped to provide safe and effective care in medical emergencies.

Find out more about the course structure and units available for Medicine

Typical offer for MB ChB Medicine - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including AA in Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics.

Graduates are required to obtain a 2:i in their degree plus ABB at A-level including A in Chemistry and B in either Biology, Physics or Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAC including AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics or ABB including A in Chemistry and B in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 points overall with 18 at Higher level, including 6,6 at Higher level in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 5 at Higher Level in one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, M3 is C
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Life Science, Medicine or Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 15 credits in each of Chemistry and either Biology, Physics or Mathematics, with at least 12 graded level 3 credits in each at Distinction.
BTEC offer DDD in Applied Science (Biomedical) plus A-level Chemistry. Distinctions may be requested in specified units.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry and one of Biology, Physics or Mathematics
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Advanced numeracy requirement (7 or A in GCSE Maths or equivalent) and
Standard literacy requirement (4 or C in GCSE English or equivalent)

Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirementsThe University Clinical Aptitude Test (formerly UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UCAT; please see the UCAT website for details.

Work experience is not a requirement for this course, but it is encouraged. Please see the Admissions statement for further details.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS and multiple mini interview, plus UCAT

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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.

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