University of Liverpool

Medicine and Surgery MBChB

For further information, please see the University of Liverpool School of Medicine website.

The University of Liverpool considers applications from students who are expecting to achieve or have achieved a good 2:1 honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical/Health Science subject for places on both their 5 year programme (A100) and their 4 year graduate entry (A101) programme. Applicants offering an honours degree in another subject may apply only to the A100 programme.

Course outline

Both our five year degree programme (A100) and our four year (A101) graduate entry programme lead to the award of the primary medical qualification (PMQ), MBChB. Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Provisional registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

Liverpool Medical School recently completed a review of its curriculum which has resulted in the launch of Curriculum 2014. The curriculum frame work is based on the three main outcomes of Tomorrow’s Doctors (GMC 2009): the Doctor as Scholar and Scientist, the Doctor as Practitioner and the Doctor as Professional. The School intends to use a mixture of interactive and didactic lecturing, case –based learning, small group learning/teaching, clinical skills and simulation workshops, Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) sessions, clinical placements and technology enhanced learning to generate a truly spiral curriculum. Students will undertake a five-week clinical elective in which they explore a branch of medicine of their choice and the research and scholarship component of the course allows students the opportunity to develop an area of scholarly interest to pursue during their MBChB.

The course will comprise both formative and summative assessment with an increased emphasis on assessment for learning through the use of subject specific tests such as quizzes, anatomy spotters and formative OSCE. The programme learning outcomes are assessed in a variety of ways which include extended matching item and multiple choice questions, written examinations, OSCEs, work-based placement exams and other forms of work based- assessment.

Students start Year 1 of the A101 programme with a two week summer school where the students experience bespoke sessions in anatomy and clinical skills. Students will then join year 2 of the A100 programme and will have access to all year 1 resources. For this reason the A101 programme usually commences in mid-August in each year.

Further details of Curriculum 2014 can be accessed at,MBChB,curriculum,2014,FINAL,231013.pdf

Why choose medicine at Liverpool?

Liverpool Medical School is known for its innovative teaching and has recently been successful in becoming a Best Evidence Medical Education International Collaboration Centre (BICC). This prestigious medical education initiative promotes evidence-informed teaching in the health professions. We place great emphasis on the development of professionalism in our medical students which is reflected within our curriculum and as a school we are student focused and are therefore keen to listen to and act on student feedback. Effective communication is essential to competent medical practice and our students undertake an integrated communication skills programme designed to improve existing communication skills in preparation for clinical work. Students are also prepared for leadership and management as this is a key theme within the MBChB programme. Year 5 is an intensive, apprentice based clinical experience designed to prepare students for the needs of the modern health service.

Entry requirements for graduates applying to either the A100 or A101 programmes.

1. Academic criteria:


  • Mathematics and English Language GCSE at a minimum of grade C or equivalent
  • A-levels in three subjects taken at one sitting after 2 years of study plus a 4th subject to at least AS level: this will comprise A levels in Biology, Chemistry plus one other subject at a minimum of grades BBB, plus at least an AS-level grade B in a 4th subject
  1. General Studies and Critical Thinking will only be considered as a 4th subject
  2. Only one of Maths or Further mathematics will be considered
  3. International baccalaureate at a minimum of 32 points with no less than 5 in Chemistry and Biology at HL and no less than 3 in any subject offered
  4. A locally approved access to medicine course may be offered as an A –level equivalent. Please see guidelines on our web-site.
  • A minimum of a good upper second class honours degree in a Biological, Biomedical/Health Science subject.
  • Applicants offering a non-science related degree may apply only to the A100 programme, in which case there are additional requirements. e.g. Biology and Chemistry A- level at A.
  • Performance above cut-off in the GAMSAT entrance exam
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will need to offer an IELTS test ( no less than 7.0 in each component).
  • Dental graduates applying to year 1 of the A101 programme must sit the GAMSAT test and will usually be expected to already hold MJDF ( Portfolio Part 1 and Part 2 exams). A shortened three year route exists for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in maxillofacial surgery. Specific criteria which do not involve sitting the GAMSAT test apply to BDS applicants applying to this route. Please see our web-site at for specific guidelines. There are usually only 2 places available for the shortened A101 route and BDS applicants cannot apply for both routes.

2. Non-academic criteria

Evidence of appropriate experience, aptitude, and communication. Candidates must demonstrate suitable evidence of :

  •  health care career awareness/insight and
  • a caring contribution to the local community and
  • a critical, coherent and informative approach to written communication.
  • The values that embody and underpin good health care practice.

3. Interview attendance

4. In addition to academic requirements students will be required to complete a satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) and occupational health test and be tested and/or immunised against a range of infectious diseases prior to patient contact.

5. Places available

For 2016 entry; 2017 to be confirmed

A101 – Home/EU – 29 places
A100 Home/EU – 255 places
A100 – International – 23 places


Interviews will be structured and likely to be in the form of a multiple mini interview.


Offers will be at the end of March. Offers are made subject to completion of both a satisfactory CRB check and occupational health check.

How to apply

Applications should be made through UCAS by the 15 October 2016. Applicants should apply to no more than 4 medical or dental programmes. The remaining choice on the UCAS form may be used for an alternative course.

Additional details of our guidelines/interview and Departmental Supplement to our Admissions policy can be found at applicants are advised to consult the site prior to placing an application with us.

Contact details
School of Medicine
Institute of Learning & Teaching
Cedar House
Ashton Street
Liverpool L69 3GE

t: +44 (0) 151 795 4370
f: +44 (0) 151 795 4324