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Manchester Medical School: Medical School Guide – Week 9


Manchester Medical School is the largest medical school in the UK with over 2,200 undergraduate students. The University is the largest institute in the UK with 39,700 students, as well as 10,400 staff members. It is also the most applied to university with 55,000 applications to undergraduate courses each year. The QS World University Rankings placed Manchester 29th in the world. The University is located in the southern part of the city centre on Oxford Road.


The place

Manchester, located in the north-west of England, has a population of 514,414, although its wider urban area makes it the second most populous urban area in the UK with a population of 2.55 million. Manchester has the oldest public library in the English speaking world which opened in 1653, as well as the first ever passenger train station built in 1830. The atom was first split by Ernest Rutherford at Manchester University in 1919 and the city of Manchester now has the largest student population of any city in Europe.



The Course

The Manchester course combines a mixture of problems based learning (PBL), more traditional lectured based teaching alongside clinical experience.  PBL is structured around clinical cases that students discuss in groups of 12, supported by lectures, lab work and anatomy sessions. There is clinical contact starting from the very first semester and increases in year 2 prior to commencing third year which is the start of the later 3 clinical years. Students are randomly allocated to one of four base units; Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation trust or Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Approximately 100 students also join Manchester from St. Andrews for their clinical years. Students will rotate around several hospitals in their base unit through different medical, surgical and primary care rotations. Throughout the course there are student selected components which allows students to choose what they do, including an 11 week project option in year 4 and an 8 week medical elective in year five.



At GCSE; seven subjects at grace C or above whilst at least five must be either A* or A. English language and mathematics should be a minimum grade B. AAA should have been predicted for A-Levels in Chemistry, and at least one other from Biology, maths or physics.  Scottish Highers AAAAB required although no specific mention of subjects on the medical schools website.  For other qualifications not before mentioned, please see the Manchester Medical School website for more information at


Application Process

As with all UK medical schools, applications go through the UCAS portal where obtained and predicted grades are sent alongside a personal statement as well as the applicant’s reference. When students apply to Manchester Medical School through UCAS, they get an additional option where they can request to spend their clinical years (years 3-5) in Preston or they can specify no preference which means they will be randomly allocated to one of four base units for the three clinical years.

Manchester University is also unique in that they require each applicant to fill in an additional ‘Non-Academic Information Form.’ This form will overlap with your personal statement but must still be filled out and should not just be a copy of your personal statement. Rather you have to fill out information outlining experience you have had in a caring role, your hobbies and interests, examples of team working and outline your motivation to study medicine.

Like most UK medical schools, Manchester uses the UKCAT as a means of deciding who should be offered an interview and have a chance for a place at their medical school. The threshold used by the medical school to decide who should be offered an interview changes each year and is based on how well others do in the same year. See the Manchester Medical School website for more information.

Academic achievement, personal statement, reference and UCAKT ranking will all go towards deciding if you will be shortlisted for interview. Interviews take a modern multiple mini interview (MMI) format, consisting of seven 7-minute interviews which take place in early 2018. See our upcoming courses for medical interviews, as well as our UKCAT and personal statement course on the courses page of our website


Contact Details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester. M13 9PL

0161 306 6000


Complete University Guide Medical School Ranking – 20th

Times Higher Education UK University Ranking – 8th

Applicants – 2,520

Interviews – 925

Offers – 630

Year size – 380

Average UCAS  entry tariff – 500

Course Length – 5 years

Students satisfied with course  – 69%

Student to staff ratio – 8.6

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