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 dissection) 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.
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.
In the first semester, you’ll learn basic microbiology skills in the labs to provide a solid foundation for the biological sciences used throughout the course.
From the second semester onwards, you will gain hands-on experience of drugs and diagnostic methods in physiology and pharmacology lab-based sessions.
We offer the opportunity to study dissection, supported by experts in anatomy, so you can learn first-hand how the human body works.
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.
You can explore topics that interest you in greater depth through personalised course units.
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.
|Early clinical experience||Lectures||Physiology practical classes||
|Personal and professional development meeting|
Read about Year 1 medical student Masumah's typical week (student blog)
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.