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University Of Bristol Medicine

UCAS code A100
Application method UCAS/Common Application
We can only accept applications for Medicine through UCAS. The closing date for UCAS applications is 15 October. UCAS advises that no more than four choices from a possible five are used for Medicine.
Course duration 5 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 236 overall for Medicine courses

About MB ChB Medicine

The MB ChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree is the primary medical qualification awarded by the University of Bristol and is recognised by the General Medical Council.

As a student on this course you will learn about the art, science and craft of medicine through:

  • Early clinical exposure in hospital and community settings
  • A blend of lectures, case-based learning and practical work
  • State of the art anatomy facilities including cadaveric prosections
  • Inter-professional working with students of nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy
  • Integration of basic science and clinical learning throughout the course
  • A substantial student choice programme to explore personal interests in more detail and to experience potential career options
  • Completion of a research project of your choice
  • An exciting opportunity to study abroad as part of our final year elective
  • A final year that is constructed explicitly to prepare you for your first job as a foundation doctor

Health and conduct

Certain health conditions may be incompatible with some careers in medicine. If you have a chronic health problem, please contact the Enquiries Team for guidance on making an application.

We have excellent support services available including Disability Services, student health and student counselling provision to support students where appropriate.

Medical students must complete a health questionnaire and undergo a medical examination. Non-immune students must be immunised against hepatitis B and tuberculosis.

In accordance with General Medical Council guidelines, medical students must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with other UK health-related courses.


Applicants must be available for interview from December to April immediately following submission of their application.

Course structure

First year

This year will help you to explore the concepts of health and wellbeing from multiple perspectives.

Second year

This year will allow you to explore disease processes and construct a list of differential diagnoses for common symptoms.

Third year

Our junior clinical clerkships will give you the opportunity to discover how scheduled (elective) and unscheduled (emergency) care is delivered in the hospital setting.


Between years three and four you may undertake an intercalated degree in a medical science or humanities subject.

Fourth year

Our intermediate clinical clerkships will give you an insight into medical practice across the human life course.

Fifth year

Our senior clinical assistantships will prepare you for your foundation programme posts. You will be involved in patient care and supported to contribute, with your team, to decision-making about your patients. You will be helped to deal with the uncertainties inherent in the practice of medicine and you will be equipped to provide safe and effective care in medical emergencies.

Typical offer for MB ChB Medicine – applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including A in Chemistry and A in another lab-based science.

Graduates are required to obtain a 2:i in their degree and AAB at A-level including A in Chemistry and B in another lab-based science.

Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAC including A in Chemistry and A in another lab-based science.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 6 at Higher Level in another lab-based science.
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and 6 at Higher Level in another lab-based science
Cambridge Pre-U offer Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3.
Access to HE Diploma offer Pass Access to HE Diploma (Medicine or Science related) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit, including 15 credits in each of Chemistry and Biology with at least 9 credits in each at Distinction. We expect applicants taking this qualification to have been out of education for five years prior to starting an Access course
BTEC offer DDD in a medically related subject, plus grade A in A-level Chemistry.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offer Advanced Higher: AA including Chemistry and another lab-based science, and Standard Higher: AAAAB
Welsh Baccalaureate offer Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer 85% overall, with 8.5 in Chemistry and 8.5 in another lab-based science
International qualifications Accepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent Minimum five GCSEs at grade A to include Mathematics, English Language and two science subjects.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile A
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Additional requirements UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is required. Bursaries are available to cover the cost of taking the UKCAT – please see the UKCAT website for details.

You are expected to have a minimum of two weeks work experience in a care setting.