Teaching and learning

Get a unique experience as a medical undergraduate at Manchester with innovative teaching methods and a high-tech learning environment.

We use a wide range of learning techniques, but the key Manchester approach is the study of themed case discussions in small groups where you are a proactive learner.

This is supported throughout your course by lectures, practical classes (including anatomy and physiology skills) and clinical experience.

How you’ll learn

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

Team-based learning

At Manchester, you will benefit from an active way of learning, working in small teams to tackle tasks, solve problems and collaborate on a range of different exercises together.

You will use themed cases focused on real patients to achieve your learning outcomes for the week. You'll learn by combining independent study with numerous opportunities to learn from experts in their field, patients, and practicing doctors.

These opportunities will be provided through labs, lectures, anatomy classes, and other activities related to the theme.

Consultation skills

You'll attend sessions in the Consultation Skills Learning Centre (CSLC), where you can consult with 'simulated patients' played by actors and practice clinical skills on colleagues and our SimMan.

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

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We offer the opportunity to study human anatomy, supported by experts, so you can learn first-hand how the human body works.

Clinical experience

You’ll be able to apply the skills you learn at university to real situations as you begin to meet patients in general practice and in hospitals from Year 1.

We organise several GP and hospital visits per semester to complement academic learning with real-world experiences.

From Year 3 onwards, you’re assigned to a major teaching hospital. This is where you’ll gain most of your clinical experience. We have over 700 community placements throughout the North West, including central Manchester, Lancashire and Wigan.

Personalised learning

You can explore topics that interest you in greater depth through personalised course units.

Learning on the go

You’ll be provided with an iPad to help your learning and give you easy access to reference material in clinical settings.

Typical Year 1 timetable

See below for an indicative Year 1 weekly timetable (for illustration purposes only) to get an idea of what your first year of study might involve.


Facilitated small peer group tutorial

Self-directed study

Early clinical experience Lectures Physiology practical classes

Facilitated small peer group tutorial

Wrap-up lecture



Self-directed study

Lectures Sports

Self-directed study

Consultation skills

Personal and professional development meeting

Learn from experts

Manchester has a wealth of expertise in medical education, as well as clinical, biological and behavioural science research. Our teaching 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, with many of our experts previously awarded National Teaching Fellowships.