Clinical experience and placements

Gaining early clinical experience in high-quality placements around the north-west is an important part of our MBChB programme.

By becoming familiar with a range of clinical and community environments from day one, you will develop an understanding of the professional responsibilities of a doctor. You will apply what you learn to real-life situations, working with patients from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

See what experience you get in each year:

Quality placements

You’ll learn medicine in a wide variety of clinical environments throughout the north-west of England.

These include international centres of healthcare excellence in oncology, women's health, children's health, neurology, dermatology and ophthalmology, such as Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Foundation Trust, and the Neurology and Dermatology Centres at Northern Care Alliance Foundation Trust.

You'll experience the breadth of hospital care and the challenges of medical practice in the community through placements at GP practices. This will be underpinned by a huge variety of specialties taught by expert clinicians and clinical academics specialising in all areas of medicine.

Clinical Education Campuses

In Years 3 to 5, you will develop your skills as a future doctor through placements in hospital departments, general practices and community integrated care services.

Your placements will be organised for you by your Clinical Education Campus at one of our NHS Teaching Hospital Trusts, rather than learning on campus at the University in Manchester. This is so you can receive the highest quality learning through real clinical situations with patients and train in the same environment within which you'll eventually work.

You'll live an easily commutable distance from your clinical education campus during these years. Our four clinical education campuses are:

You will predominantly learn at your teaching hospital, but to give you the breadth of clinical experience necessary to prepare you for practice as a doctor, you will also have access to associated teaching hospitals, GP practices and community health services in north-west England. In many of these placements, you will be expected to travel to and from the location on a daily basis.