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Medicine MBChB students at Manchester Medical School

Medicine (MBChB) (five years)

We are the UK’s largest medical school and the biggest provider of healthcare graduates to the NHS in north-west England.

Medicine (5 years) [MBChB] Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2016

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Entry requirements


We require grades AAA (after successful interview). If you perform exceptionally well at interview but fail to meet these grades, you may also be accepted.

We require grades (or predicted grades) of AAA in the following subjects: Chemistry, plus one from Biology or Human Biology; Physics; Mathematics or Further Mathematics, plus one further rigorous subject (not Critical Thinking, Citizenship or General Studies). A combination of three sciences will be regarded as equally acceptable at A2-level (except Biology and Human Biology or Maths and Further Maths). Two AS-levels in place of one A2-level will not be accepted.

Achieved A level grades: If you are applying with known A level grades (AAA with grade A in Chemistry), you will be considered even though your GCSE grades do not reach the required standard. However, you must have a minimum of grade B in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Dual Award Science must be offered at minimum BB or the sciences at minimum grade C at GCSE or AS.

Duration of A-level study

A level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study.

If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application.


We require four AS subjects required excluding General Studies

We would normally expect at least four subjects at AS-Level. We are aware that the curriculum for some schools will only allow three AS subjects to be taken or that some schools may no longer enter candidates for AS Level qualifications. Students not offering any AS subjects or those only able to offer three, will not be disadvantaged if written confirmation of this policy is provided by the school.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer

Subjects excluded from a standard offer are; Citizenship, Critical Thinking and General Studies.

We do not accept Applied A-levels for either the 5-year or 6-year course. 

Unit grade information

We welcome the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.


At least seven subjects are required at grade C or above; at least five must be at A or A*.

English Language and Mathematics are required at GCSE minimum grade B.

All applicants are expected to adhere to these GCSE requirements. If you are resitting any GCSE subjects, you must explain the extenuating circumstances that prompted this.

Physics and Biology are required either at AS or at GCSE at minimum grade C. (Chemistry is essential at A2). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB. In Grade A requirements, the School does not currently accept Applied ICT, Applied Business, short courses or BTEC qualifications.

Key Skills qualification

We warmly welcome applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

Major subjects must include Chemistry, plus Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further academic subject. Any sciences not offered at Higher Level (HL) must be taken at Standard Level (SL) or at GCSE; or a referee's statement confirming proficiency at intermediate level in one unexamined science subject is accepted. 37 points are required overall to include core points with at least 766 at HL including Chemistry and minimum 555 at SL. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B or above. The English Language course taken/to be taken in the IB must be clarified with the Medicine Admissions Office prior to application.

English language

You must have one of the following qualifications in English language:

  • GCSE at grade B or above
  • Cambridge Syndicate: grade B or above in the Certificate of Proficiency, Advanced Certificate in English or IGCSE First Language
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum average score of seven and with not less than seven in any one component taken at the same sitting
  • A score of 5 as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma

Please contact the Medicine Admissions Office for guidance on requirements, if you wish to offer a TOEFL qualification or International Baccalaureate.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

We require voluntary caring work experience that does not need to be in a clinical setting. Shadowing doctors in a hospital/GP setting is not essential or considered to be a substitute for voluntary caring work experience

Irish Leaving Certificate

If you are offering the Irish Leaving Certificate, you may only apply to the Medicine 6 year Foundation MBChB course (A104). You must have achieved the required grades before application. Please contact us for further information.

Scottish Highers

We require grades AAAAB. Grades should be achieved in the same sitting at first attempt. English language and any science subject (Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Biology) not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (National 5, Intermediate II or Standard Grade Credit level grade 2 or above).

Applicants also need Scottish Advanced Highers in addition to Scottish Highers, so please check the entry requirements for those qualifications also.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades AAA are required in one of the following combinations:

  • Three Advanced Highers, including Chemistry; one other subject from Mathematics, Biology, or Physics; plus one other rigorous subject; or
  • Two Advanced Highers, plus one A2-level subject (subjects as above); or
  • Two Advanced Highers, plus one new Higher (subjects to include Chemistry at Advanced Higher, plus one other science at Advanced Higher, and a further rigorous subject).

You will also need Scottish Highers in addition to Scottish Advanced Highers, so please check the entry requirements for those qualifications also.

Welsh Baccalaureate

You should pass the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma including two science A2 levels at AA grades. Chemistry A2 level is essential at minimum grade A.

European Baccalaureate

You must offer Maths ('five periods' or 'eight periods') plus one science subject and one science option. One of these must be Chemistry.

We require an overall final result of 82% including 8.4 in Chemistry.

Other international entry requirements

We are particularly interested if you are applying from countries without medical schools or from countries with insufficient training facilities.

If you are from within the European Union (EU), you are considered 'home' students. Those with broad based EU qualifications for example, Polish Matura, French Baccalaureate, Italian Esame Di Stato, Irish Leaving Certificate, etc., are normally considered for the MBChB Foundation course .

If you are from outside the EU, you should offer international GCSE examinations and A2 Levels or International Baccalaureate. If you are applying as a graduate, we do not consider graduate applicants with degrees gained outside of the EU.

Manchester Medical School has 28 international places available for entry in 2016 entry. Short-listed candidates are required to attend an interview. Interviews are held in Manchester, Singapore and Malaysia in January/February, and in Mauritius in March each year.

Please contact the Admissions Office for further details prior to application.

BTEC Extended Diploma

We do not accept BTEC Diplomas for application.

Access to HE Diploma

We will consider applicants taking one of the following Access to Medicine courses in one year:

  • College of West Anglia, King's Lynn: Access to Medicine and Dentistry
  • The Manchester College: Access to Medicine
  • Sussex Downs College, Lewes: Access to Medicine
  • Stafford College and New College, Telford: Access to Higher Education (Medicine and Health Professionals)

We do not accept the following:

  • Access to Medicine courses to top up A-Levels
  • Degree results that do not meet our normal requirements
  • An Access to Medicine qualification with science A-Levels or with Biomedical Science related degrees
  • Access to Science
  • Access to Health

For further details please contact the admissions team.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

The 14-19 specialist diplomas are currently not accepted in lieu of A levels.

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Other entry requirements


Applications from graduates are welcome for this course. Undergraduates should be in their final years. All should have achieved or be predicted at least a 2:1 degree and should have achieved minimum BBB at their first attempt at A2 to include grade B in Chemistry. We do not accept A2 re-sits from graduates. Graduate applicants must offer at A Level, Chemistry, a second science plus another academic subject.

The GCSE and A2-level results of those who have moved straight from school to university are taken into account. We would expect to see that the sciences, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics offered at either GCSE or AS. Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are acceptable as detailed in our GCSE requirements.

If there was a gap between leaving school and starting university, applicants must contact the Admissions Office by letter before completing the UCAS form.

We do not offer a fast track course for graduates but accept students on to year 3 of the five year course from:

  • St Andrews University, Scotland: Around 90 graduates annually from the 3 year Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours degree. Application is via St Andrews University
  • International Medical University, Malaysia; a small number of graduates annually from their 2-year, 6 months phase 1 programme in medical sciences. Application is via IMU.

Dental graduates

The School offers a small number of places for dental graduates with FDS, MFDs or MDF who are planning a career in Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and have full registration with the General Dental Council. If you wish to apply, you are required to have full MDF, MFDS, or FDS at the time of application. Application is via UCAS for A106 point of entry 3. UKCAT, Maths at minimum Grade B in GCSE and English Language requirements apply.