Key Facts

Course Title: Medicine
Course type: MBChB 5 years full time
Entry Requirements: Full entry requirement details
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Mode of study:Full time
Duration of study:3 years
Study Abroad: Yes
Website: Go to school webpage
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Subject Area: Medicine
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Course Overview

Skills and Careers

On successful completion of the undergraduate course you will receive your MB ChB degree, which is a primary medical qualification (PMQ). Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council. Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts: the law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.

To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates these posts to graduates on a competitive basis. So far, all suitably qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed, for instance if there were to be an excessive number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months and is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience. You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council. You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.

All new medical graduates in the UK should undertake the Foundation Programme. These programmes are run by Foundation Schools that cover geographic areas (such as Staffordshire). The Foundation programmes run nationally but delivery may differ a little between Foundation Schools. The usual model is to undertake six four-month attachments in different specialties over the two years to attain a wide range of competencies. There is an opportunity for you to choose your desired geographical location in which to undertake your Foundation Programme as well as some choice of specialties. However, applications are competitive so first choice locations and specialties are preferentially given to the better candidates. For more information on the Foundation Programme please see

Applications to the main Foundation Programmes occur at the beginning of the fifth year. Help is provided in applying for these posts by the careers liaison co-ordinator, who has strong links with the postgraduate Foundation Schools. Locally, the West Midlands Workforce Deanery is active in supporting trainees in the West Midlands to pursue their suited career and the career pages of the website contain details and podcasts of careers in various specialties.

Vocational training and education continues throughout professional life, and further postgraduate training is provided through recognised training schemes leading to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). Attainment of a CCT allows the individual to apply for senior positions, such as consultant posts or general practice partnerships. These schemes vary in duration from three to seven years, commencing on successful completion of the Foundation Programme. It is crucial that students think about which speciality route they would like to follow as early as they possibly can. Important career decisions have to be made within two years of graduation and successful application to speciality training posts is more likely if students and trainees have structured their learning and experiences towards their final goal. Career support programmes and personnel are available at medical school to assist with this. 

Medical students at UK medical schools who are from overseas and do not have right of residence must check how the latest information on visa requirements affects their postgraduate training period. Please see the UK Border Agency website:

Information about medical careers after graduation is correct at the time of going to press. For up-to-date information please visit:

Medicine MBChB destinations in 2013

Of those who responded:

Working only 100%
Studying only  
Working and studying  
Assumed to be unemployed  
Total 100.0%

Want to work in?

Many students are excited by careers that utilise the academic knowledge and skills developed on their degree:

  • General Practice
  • Hospital Doctor
  • Research Scientist
  • Clinical Molecular Geneticist
  • Counsellor
  • HE Lecturer

What else?

  • Science Writer
  • Health Service Manager
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Management Consultant
  • Chartered Accountant
  • International Aid Worker

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The aim of the Medicine course is to produce doctors who are equipped to practise into the second quarter of the 21st century. The emphasis is on graduating excellent clinicians who have a deep understanding of the scientific foundations of medicine and high levels of clinical expertise. From the outset, studies will be centred on patients and patient problems. Understanding human life requires study of the human body at all levels: molecular; cellular; systems; the complete organism and interactions with the environment and other members of society. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on feedback to help you improve your knowledge, understanding and performance. Many different specialities contribute to this pool of understanding, and an integrative approach is used to enable acquisition of the understanding of people, health and disease which is necessary for the effective practice of medicine.

Course workload



Course Content

The Keele approach to the medical curriculum

The MBChB Honours Degree at Keele University is designed to ensure you, as a graduate, meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes that new doctors should have and that you become an excellent clinician. The curricular outcomes for undergraduate medical education are set out in Tomorrow’s Doctors (GMC, 2009) (see, and the principles of professional practice as set out in the GMC document Good Medical Practice (GMC, 2013).  They are listed below.

• Good clinical care – as a Medical Student you must practise good standards of clinical care, recognise and practise within the limits of your competence, and make sure that you do not put patients at unnecessary risk

• Maintaining good medical practice – Doctors and students must keep up to date with developments in their field and maintain their knowledge and skills throughout their careers

• Relationships with patients - you must develop and maintain successful relationships with patients based on openness, trust and good communication

• Working with colleagues - you must work effectively with colleagues (from all health and social care professions)

• Teaching and training, appraising and assessing - If as a doctor or student you have teaching responsibilities, you must develop the skills, attitudes and practices of a competent teacher

• Probity - you must be honest

• Health - you must not allow your own health or condition to put patients and others at risk.


Educational Strategies

The Keele curriculum is a modern, spiral, highly-integrated medical curriculum that ensures you achieve these outcomes.  From Year 1, it combines a range of learning strategies, including early clinical experience, integrated communication and clinical skills teaching, practical sessions including dissection, problem-based learning, lectures and seminars.  You will have extensive experience of clinical placements in both primary and secondary care settings and in the community sector and, by following our “spiral” curriculum”, you will be able to revisit topics at different points in the course, first learning the relevant scientific foundations before developing an understanding of the pathological and clinical aspects of that topic. 


You will experience integration at all levels, guided by five themes which run throughout the whole course.  They are :

1. Scientific Basis of Medicine

2. Clinical, Communication and Information Management Skills

3. Individual, Community, and Population Health

4. Quality and Efficiency in Health Care

5. Ethics, Personal & Professional Development.


Interprofessional Education

You will experience interprofessional learning at several stages of the course, commencing in Year 1 with a series of interprofessional group activities involving medical, nursing, pharmacy and physiotherapy students at Keele. These sessions are designed to promote not only mutual understanding of roles but also effective collaboration, both of which are essential to developing the professional teamwork required in modern, high-quality health care.  In the later years of the course, you will expand your involvement in this way of learning by working with students on other health professional courses and by you taking part in collaborative clinical assessments.


Student Selected Components

Diversity of student interest and career options is fostered through the Student Selected Component programme.  During each academic year of the course, you are offered a choice of learning experience that allows either breadth (including exposure to wider areas of clinical practice but also the opportunity to learn within the context of, for examples, the Arts and Humanities) or depth (more specialist clinical knowledge).  Over the whole five years, you will be able to gain a diverse range of such experiences, building on natural aptitudes and providing for a basis for future career interest.  Further opportunities for diversity are encouraged through intercalation.



You can opt to take a year out of your undergraduate medical studies in order to study a subject area in greater depth before returning to complete the medical course.  An intercalated degree provides you with an opportunity to pursue an additional qualification in a medicine-related subject that interests you, acquire a better understanding of basic biomedical sciences, medical humanities and research methodologies, publish scientific papers and present at conferences.  Opportunities available include studying at Masters level after Year 4. 

The 2013 Curriculum Table provides an overview of the course. Some of the details may change over time.


Student Support and Guidance

There is a dedicated student support service at the School of Medicine. The team will be pleased to help with a wide range of issues and support is available on an individual basis at the University and all major hospital sites.

There is a comprehensive network of pastoral and academic support. This is a vital resource, as you will be taking much of the responsibility for your own learning during a challenging course that introduces you to many new experiences.

Codes and Combinations

Courses available:


Five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB): A100
Medicine with Health Foundation Year: 
The Health Foundation Year is designed to provide an entry to Medicine for those without the conventional A-level subjects normally required for direct entry, subject to achieving specified grades in the Foundation Year assessments.

 How to apply

All applications must be made through UCAS by 15 October for applicants wishing to enter the following September and for those wishing to defer.

Download our School of Medicine course brochure or order online or telephone 01782 734651 or 733642.

Get more detailed information from our Entry Routes and How to Apply page.


Codes and Combinations AUTO KIS

Codes and Combinations

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Medicine with Foundation Year: A104 View KIS Stats

All applications must be made through UCAS by 15 October for applicants wishing to enter the following September and for those wishing to defer.
Download our School of Medicine course brochure or order online or telephone 01782 734651 or 733642.
Get more detailed information from our Entry Routes & How to Apply page.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching and assessment

Our curriculum offers you:

• Integration of basic science and clinical learning throughout the course

• Excellent facilities including state of the art anatomy training

• Early clinical involvement to anchor learning in real practice

• Community and hospital placements across Staffordshire and Shropshire

• A variety of learning methods including problem-based learning (PBL)

• Small tutor supported groups

• Substantial student choice to explore personal interests and career options

• A faculty-wide focus on interprofessional learning

• Opportunities to intercalate with a BSc degree or Masters degree in health related fields

• A strong student support system


The assessments have two main aims: first to help you achieve the learning objectives of the course (formative) and secondly to certify those students who have achieved those learning objectives (summative).

Formative assessment is a key, integrated component of the course and there is regular, web-based material on which you can assess your understanding. These assessments will reinforce what you need to know, reassure those who are on track and point out any areas which require extra study. They will help to guide you in your professional development. You will meet all different methods of testing in this formative way before you encounter the same method in a summative examination.

We use a variety of different testing methods at Keele. We will test your ability to apply knowledge with written methods such as multiple choice questions, extended matching questions and key feature problems. We will examine your ability to comprehend a medical text and paraphrase it in lay terms. From an early stage in the course we will examine your practical and clinical skills in the laboratory and clinical arena. These tests include OSSEs (objective structured skills examination) and OSCEs (objective structured clinical examination). You will have an opportunity to learn and practise these skills and receive feedback throughout the learning year and prior to the summative exams.

You will keep a portfolio detailing the development of your clinical practice including reflections on the new situations that you encounter. This will be linked to appraisal. You will also participate in multi-source feedback that will help you understand how you perform as a team member and to assist you in developing professionalism.

In the final year of the course there will be a final OSCE exam but throughout the year a series of 'real-life' examinations of clinical performance in the workplace. This will help both us and you to know whether you are ready to take on the role of a Foundation Year doctor.

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Additional Costs

Additional Costs For Medical Students

In common with other Medical Schools our Medical students should be aware that there are additional costs involved; such as the purchase of books, laboratory coats and travel to placements. We do not usually recommend that students purchase books or equipment before starting the course as advice will be given at Registration and during the degree as to what is required. Students intending to bring a car to Campus should note that student car parking is limited and there is a charge for student permits. An additional cost applicable to Medical Students is the purchase of smart clothing for clinical placements.

Currently the School of Medicine is able to help with the costs for immunisations and the initial Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Students may need to pay for any additional DBS checks required by elective placement coordinators.

General additional costs for all students.

This page provides an overview of our entry requirements. Get more detailed information from our Entry Routes and How to Apply page.

Entry Requirements A100 

Please always check our website at for the most up-to-date details of our entry requirements.

This page provides an overview of our entry requirements. Get more detailed information from our Entry Routes and How to Apply page.


All applicants must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in the year of application. Detailed guidance regarding how this contributes to our decision-making process will be available on our web pages. Further information regarding the test can be found at

AS and A-levels required

Three A-level subjects are required. Of these, Chemistry or Biology is essential, plus one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics, plus one further rigorous academic subject if only two sciences are offered. In addition a fourth AS-level at grade B or above is required. Maths with Further Maths or Biology/Human Biology with PE will not be accepted in combination at A level, although one may be accepted in lieu of the fourth AS-level if the other is achieved at A level. If Chemistry is not taken at A-level, it must be offered at a minimum of grade B at AS level. General Studies, Critical Thinking and applied subjects are not accepted. If only two sciences are offered, the science subject(s) not offered at AS/A-level is/are required at GCSE level, grade B or above.

Grades required

At Advanced Level (A2) we require A*AB/AAA from three A-Level subjects taken after two years of study.

GCSEs required

English language and mathematics, and either Science/Core Science and Additional Science or Chemistry, Physics and Biology (grade B minimum) are essential. If Further Additional Science has been taken, this must also have been passed at a minimum of grade B. A broad spread of subjects is expected at GCSE with a minimum of 4 grade A passes. If applicants have been entered for multiple qualifications arising from the same GCSE courses (for example science + additional science and also physics + chemistry + biology), or if they have taken the same qualification with multiple exam boards, we will only take the minimum required subjects or lowest grades into account.

Achieved A-level grades

Students applying with known A-level grades will be considered even though their GCSE grades do not reach the previously mentioned standard, with the exception of Mathematics, the Sciences, and English Language, where minimum B grades are required.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Students undertaking the International Baccalaureate (IB) will be asked to achieve the IB Diploma with a score of at least 35 points from six academic subjects. Subjects should include Chemistry or Biology, plus one from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics and a third rigorous subject at higher level. Any Science not taken at the higher level must be offered at subsidiary level or GCSE/equivalent. Three grade 6 passes at IB Higher level and grades 6, 6, 5 at subsidiary level are required. Points awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge are not taken into account.

European Baccalaureate

Applicants must offer Maths "5 hours" plus at least one science option. The subjects must include Chemistry. Overall we require a final result of 78%.

English Language requirements must also be met - please see General Entry Requirements if you do not have GCSE English grade B or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Students should offer at least five A1 or A2 grades at higher level, to include Biology, Chemistry, plus a sixth at a minimum of B1. Physics should have been studied at junior certificate level as a minimum. Chemistry and one other science at grade A is required.

Scottish qualifications

Applicants who have taken Scottish Standard Grade/Intermediate Level 2 qualifications must have passed a broad range of subjects with a minimum of 4 subjects at grade A/1. English Language and Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics must be passed with a minimum of grade B/2. Any science subject not being offered at Higher or Advanced Higher level must have been passed at Standard/Intermediate Level 2.

Four subjects at Higher/Advanced Higher required at AAAB, to include two Science Advanced Highers (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths). Chemistry must be offered at Higher grade B as a minimum.

Welsh Baccalaureate

We require grades of A*AB/AAA from the Baccalaureate and two full A-Levels taken after two years of study. Students should pass the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma including two science A2-levels with no grade below B. Chemistry or Biology is essential plus one subject from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Mathematics. If Chemistry is not taken at A-level, it must be offered at AS-level, grade B minimum.

Resit applicants

Any applicant taking more than two years to complete three A-levels, or equivalent, will only be considered when they have achieved the required grades at A-level or equivalent. It is not our policy to consider applicants who were unsuccessful at interview the previous year.

Graduate applicants

The School of Medicine will consider applications from graduates who hold or are expected to attain an appropriate science-based upper second-class Honours degree (Chemical/Biological Sciences preferred). In addition, applicants should ensure that they have the relevant subjects at GCSE and A-level as listed. Allowances will be made for those whose A-level grades do not meet the A*AB/AAA criteria, but who have achieved an upper second-class Honours degree in an appropriate Biological Sciences subject. However, we reserve the right to request details from applicants of the content of their degree course if we have concerns about the A-level grades obtained in specific sciences (e.g. Chemistry). Graduates should also have GCSE English Language, Mathematics and the sciences at a minimum of grade B.

Graduates with upper second-class Honours degrees in other disciplines may be considered on the basis of their science A-levels, or for the Health Foundation Year (A104) if they have not taken the sciences to A-level standard or higher. Those applicants requesting consideration of qualifications equivalent to the sciences at A-level should note that they must provide this information to the Admissions Office at the same time they submit their UCAS application.

Access to Medicine and other qualifications

Students who have passed all units of an accredited Access to Medicine diploma with distinction in all graded units are eligible to apply. We accept the Access diplomas from Stafford College/New College Telford, College of West Anglia, Sussex Downs College and Manchester College. Students applying through this route are also required to demonstrate that they have substantial work/life experience and therefore would usually have been in voluntary/paid employment or full-time caring for a minimum period of two years.

International applicants

Keele University School of Medicine will consider applications from international students who are classified as overseas for fees purposes. We will have approximately 10 places available for entry in 2015. International students will be subject to the standard admissions procedure that involves application through UCAS. Shortlisted candidates are required to attend an interview. Currently these are held at Keele University Medical School, Staffordshire, UK.

All applicants should offer qualifications equivalent to the GCSE and A-level requirements. Applicants will be expected to provide evidence of the equivalence of your qualifications; this should be sent directly to the Admissions Office after submitting your UCAS application. International students offering the International or European Baccalaureate should refer to the relevant section of the prospectus or our web pages. English Language requirements are grade B at GCSE or IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0 (with not less than 7.0 in any one component taken at the same sitting).

Work experience

All applicants are required to have undertaken work experience in a caring role or other role involving direct interpersonal interaction; this need not be hospital or general practice-based.

We encourage applicants to tell us how they became involved in such work, for how long, how much time they spend/spent each week, what skills and characteristics they have exhibited in it, and what they have gained from it.

Disclosure and Barring Service

Applicants offered a place on this degree programme will also be required to apply, through the University, for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The university follows the DBS code of practice in these issues (see government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service) and can provide a copy of this code on request. The University also has a policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders. It should be noted that having a criminal record is not necessarily a bar to obtaining a place on this course. However, failure to disclose relevant details is likely to result in withdrawal of the offer of a place.

Immunisation/health requirements

All applicants who are given an offer of a place must complete a satisfactory occupational health assessment. A health questionnaire will be sent out to applicants with the offer letter. All required immunisations will take place post-registration through our Occupational Health Unit.

Semester dates

In years 1 and 2, semester dates are as for the rest of the university. However, in years 3-5 longer semester dates are in operation.

Travel and other expenses

In common with other medical schools, students may expect some travel costs associated with placements throughout the course. Students will also need to purchase white coats for laboratory work and a stethoscope for early clinical experiences.

All courses are continually being improved and some details may change. For the most up-to-date course information and admissions requirements please see  our website.

The Keele Community First Responders were founded in 2008 by a group of medical students from Keele University. Since then, the group has grown to form a team of around twenty qualified volunteers, aiming to provide as close to a 24/7 cover as possible.

Our team is made up of students and other members of the local community who bring a wide range of experiences to benefit our cause. 

Responding to 999 calls in the area surrounding Keele, we value our links to the community and thank many for their continuous support.

2012 saw major change within the group. With a new Coordinator in place the group expanded from a few occasional responders to a dedicated team of personnel, responding in a newly acquired rapid response vehicle (RRV) so attending more incidents throughout the year than ever before

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Julia Molyneux
Admissions Manager
Tel: 01782 733632

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available