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Teaching and learning

Our innovative teaching methods and high-tech learning environment create a unique experience for our medical undergraduates.

We use a wide range of teaching and learning methods, but the key Manchester approach is the study of themed case discussions in small groups where students are proactive learners.

This is supported throughout the course by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy dissection) and clinical experience.

Our course integrates science and clinical learning so you are able to apply scientific knowledge and concepts to your clinical practice.

Other ways of learning

  • CSLC sessions – You will also attend sessions in the Consultation Skills Learning Centre (CSLC), where you can consult with 'simulated patients' and practice clinical skills on colleagues.
  • Early clinical experience – We organise several GP and hospital visits per semester to complement academic learning with real-world experiences.

  • Microbiology labs – In the first semester, you will learn basic microbiology skills in the labs to provide a solid foundation for the biological sciences used throughout the course.

  • Physiology and pharmacology labs – From the second semester onwards, you will gain hands-on experience of drugs and diagnostic methods in lab-based sessions.

  • Personalised learning – You can pursue topics in greater depth through personalised course units.

  • Learning on the go – We are the first medical programme in Europe to provide iPads to our students. They are ideal in the later years of the medical course, when you will spend much of your time in various clinical settings and need easy access to reference material. For more information on how we use innovative technology download our iBook.

    In recognition of our use of iPads, apps, and content to promote innovation, we have received Distinguished Program Status by Apple.

Expert teaching

Manchester has a wealth of expertise in medical education, as well as clinical, biological and behavioural science research led by the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC).

This is supported by NHS clinicians who are experts in their clinical area and provide an active learning environment.

Our own academics are strongly committed to quality medical education. Some of our experts have been previously awarded National Teaching Fellowships, and we have made a number of high-profile appointments over the years.


Recognised by Apple as a distinguished program for innovation, leadership and educational excellence.