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Clinical experience and placements

Gaining early clinical experience in 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’ll begin to understand the professional responsibilities of a doctor. You'll 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:

Years 1 and 2

From the first day of your course we prepare you for the transition from classroom to clinical settings - and from student to young professional doctor.

You’ll develop a detailed knowledge of the fundamentals of medicine, as well as excellent clinical and communication skills that will make you confident and competent to deal with patients. You’ll also start to get out into the field with GP and hospital placements.

Read Tahmeena’s blog on her first GP placement

Using our Consultation Skills Learning Centre, you’ll also gain experience of dealing with patients through state-of-the-art clinical settings and simulated patients.

Take a tour of our facilities

Years 3 and 4

Experience fully integrated clinical training via various learning methods, with an increasing emphasis on developing your clinical competence.

This begins with your assignment to one of our base teaching hospitals and the nearby healthcare facilities, where you will gain much of your practical experience.

In Year 3 you’ll spend 60% of your time in clinical environment, focusing on general medicine and surgery. In Year 4 you will go on eight rotations each lasting four weeks to explore clinical specialties in more depth.

Read George's blog on his first year at his base teaching hospital

Year 5

This is your transition period - you'll prepare to start work as a doctor and take full responsibility for patients.

We place a strong emphasis on clinical apprenticeship and integrated learning almost entirely from patients at your base teaching hospital and other facilities in that particular health education zone.

You can also gain additional experience through a student assistantship, where you'll assume almost all of the duties of a foundation-year doctor while under supervision.

Arpana Verma

"The highlight of learning on the MBChB was the contact with patients, which you get a lot of in Manchester. It really develops your clinical skills."

Dr Arpana Verma / MBChB alumna

Quality placements

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

These can include international centres of excellence such as Christie Hospital, St Mary’s Women and Children’s Hospital and the Manchester Neurotherapy Centre.

You’ll experience the busy nature of district general hospitals and the challenges of medical practice in the community through placements at GP practices and community health centres.

We also offer experience in a huge variety of specialties taught by expert clinicians and academics specialising in genetics, cell biology, reproduction and pregnancy, musculoskeletal and dermatology.

Base teaching hospitals

In Years 3 to 5, you’ll be placed at a base teaching hospital, rather than learning on campus at Manchester. This is so you can experience real clinical situations with real patients and train in the same environment you’ll eventually work in.

You’ll live within 10 miles of your teaching hospital during these years. Our four base teaching hospitals are:

  • Central Manchester University Hospitals
  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
  • Salford Royal Hospital
  • University Hospital of South Manchester.

As well as your base teaching hospital, you’ll also train in district general hospitals, GP practices and community teams. In many of these placements, you will be expected to travel to and from the location on a daily basis.

Teaching and associated hospitals map