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Study medicine in Europe

A special feature of the Manchester MBChB course is that it offers you the opportunity to study in Europe.

In addition to studying on the MBChB, suitably qualified students can apply to enrol on the European Studies programme during Year 1. This optional feature allows you to undertake training in a European language (Spanish, French or German) alongside the MBChB and attend a placement at one of our partner universities in Europe.

Please note that this programme is subject to change due to COVID-19 and the departure of the UK from the European Union. Any changes will be communicated to students.

MBChB (with European Studies)

During Years 1 to 4, you will develop your knowledge and enhance your skills in the selected language by attending weekly classes.

In Year 5, if an adequate level of language proficiency is attained, you will undertake a compulsory four month placement at one of our partner universities in Europe.

There is also the option to study in a European country where your target language is spoken for some of the personalised course units.

Application to the European Studies programme is a separate process after you commence the MBChB, during the first Semester.

Successful students will graduate with the degree of MBChB (with European Studies).

Current European partners

We have established excellent working relationships with all of these universities over the years, and we know that you will receive a high quality formative experience during these placements.




Language classes

Language classes begin in Semester two of the first year. You are expected to attend 2.5 hours of language tuition per week (two hours from year 2 onwards) and 2 additional hours of your home study time.

Classes are organised by the University Language Centre, and you will be taught by enthusiastic and experienced native-speaking tutors.

You will also have access to Language Centre facilities, including a well-stocked library of materials (text, audio, video, DVD and CD-ROM format) and a suite of multimedia PCs for computer-aided language learning.

In addition to the Language Centre resources, the University Language Centre also organises masterclasses for European Studies students. These consist of highly interactive sessions run by medically qualified French, German or Spanish (mostly native) speakers and offer a further dimension to your preparation to study in another European country.

The use of medical language will increase as you progress to Years 2, 3 and 4.


European Studies students are entered for internationally recognised external language examinations depending on the language you are studying:

  • German – Goethe Institute B2 and C1 examinations
  • French – DALF (Diplôme Avancé de la Langue Française)
  • Spanish – the Certificado Básico (B2) and Superior (C1) in Español para las Ciencias de la Salud (Spanish for Health Sciences) issued by the Cámara of Madrid and the University of Alcalá.


Fees and funding

During a placement in Europe, most students are eligible for a grant from the ERASMUS scheme. Further details about grants and eligibility can be obtained from The University of Manchester's International Office by contacting

In some cases, you may be able to claim back the travel expenses incurred through studying from your local education authority (LEA).

All students who join the MBChB (with European Studies) course are required to pay a supplement in addition to normal University tuition fees each semester.

The supplement is an additional charge to European Studies students to help run the programme, i.e. it contributes towards the cost of teaching, equipment and the expenses involved in arranging and quality assuring placements abroad. The supplement also covers the translation of documents, masterclasses, courier services, etc. 

The European Studies supplement is not a University tuition fee. It is an additional payment set by the medicine programme. Therefore the supplement will be payable by students directly to them medicine programme at the beginning of each Semester and is separate from the normal University tuition fee.

For 2015/16, the supplement was £89 per semester. This amount will be reviewed on a yearly basis and normally rises by a small amount per year.

Language requirements

Entrants to the European Studies programme are normally required to have an A-level (sometimes AS-level) or equivalent qualification in the language they wish to study, although students with significant experience in their chosen language can also be considered. Queries regarding entry requirements can be directed to the European Studies co-ordinators

All applicants will be interviewed by the University Language Centre to assess suitability for the Programme.

Direct entry - St Andrews students

St Andrews students will be admitted to the programme in Year 3 if they are able to produce evidence of a serious commitment to and achievement in language learning, e.g. in the form of an internationally validated certificate at B2 level or an advanced level language certificate issued by a language school or centre.

St Andrews students are requested to apply by and be interviewed in March of Year 2 in St Andrews for admission to Year 3 at Manchester.   

You will be required to sit a diagnostic language test and engage in an informal discussion with a panel of tutors from the University Language Centre to discuss your own experience and the European Studies Programme.  Your suitability to join the European Studies Programme in Year 3 at Manchester will be assessed during this interview. 

If your application and interview are successful, you are advised to undertake self-study during Years 1-3 at St Andrews in your target language to maintain and improve your level of language proficiency until you join the programme in Year 3 of the Manchester Programme.

More information

The extended European placement elements of the programme are conditional on the UK Remaining in the Erasmus scheme.

For further information, contact:

Emma Hamilton and Miroslawa Tandyrak
European Studies Coordinators
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 0464
Fax: + 44 (0)161 275 5584