Medicine - MBChB

Medicine at Keele delivers an innovative curriculum underpinned by the three core themes identified by the General Medical Council: Professional Values and Behaviours, Professional Skills, and Professional Knowledge (GMC, 2018). Ranked 4th in England (Guardian University League Table, 2022). Studying Medicine MBChB at Keele you will develop the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to become a doctor who practises with competence and compassion.

Year of entry

Course type

  • Single Honours

UCAS code

  • A100

Duration of study

  • 5 years

Why study Medicine at Keele University?

4th in England for Medicine (Guardian University League Table, 2022 and Complete University Guide, 2022)
Over 100 weeks spent on clinical placement in primary care and hospital settings across Staffordshire, Shropshire and other adjoining counties
Years 4 and 5 each spent at distinct bases: large teaching hospital (Staffordshire) and district general hospital (Shropshire)
Benefit from diverse teaching methods including problem-based learning (PBL), other small- and large-group learning activities, and dissection
Strong student engagement opportunities through our Medical Student Council
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"Keele prepared me perfectly for life as a junior doctor. From day one we were encouraged to think critically as clinicians evaluating situations and responding accordingly. At Keele there is a strong emphasis on communication and the doctor-patient relationship, which is a key skill to develop as a trainee doctor and has helped me tremendously throughout my career. The early exposure to clinical medicine at Keele made the transition to doctor seamless. I was exposed to a wide range of specialities and was equipped with the mentorship and guidance to be in an excellent position to enter a highly competitive training job in cardiothoracic surgery at the first opportunity."

Nabil, Medicine

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Additional opportunities

There are a range of additional opportunities available when studying this course.
Please note, undertaking one may impact upon the availability of another.

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"I felt Keele prepared me well for life after graduation and really helped me to fit the knowledge, communication, and clinical skills required together and build on this each year. I found the balance of going through necessary placements but also allowing for some student selected components, including the final year elective, meant I was able to gain the knowledge needed but also explore areas of interest to help me later select a speciality (and gave me something to talk about later on at specialty interviews). Keele has smaller numbers of students than many other universities in each year group which meant it was often easier to connect with tutors and I didn’t feel lost in the crowd."

Karen, Medicine

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"I particularly found PBL and case-based learning (CBL) sessions useful in helping develop my problem-solving, team work, and leadership skills. Keele also helped me to confidently use evidence-based research to do self-directed learning, which I still regularly use when keeping my medical knowledge and skills up-to-date. The introduction of hospital placements early on in the degree was also very beneficial in getting me familiar with the everyday running of the ward/emergency department. This helped me during my early days of working as a foundation doctor because I did not find the transition so daunting."

Debbie, Medicine

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Foundation year

Our Foundation Year provides an excellent alternative route to Keele, providing a unique opportunity to better prepare for your chosen degree, and with guaranteed entry onto your undergraduate course once you successfully complete your Foundation Year.

This extra year of study can improve your academic skills, expand your subject knowledge, give you a better understanding of higher education and, perhaps most importantly of all, build your confidence.

Keele University is consistently ranked among the top universities for student satisfaction, and we have over 70 years' experience of teaching a foundation year to students. On the Keele Foundation Year, you'll study on campus, joining our undergraduate community from the outset, with access to all the facilities and support that you'd get as an undergraduate student at Keele.

Foundation Year Overview

We are now offering an exciting gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. This course offers standard medical training with the addition of a foundation year (a total of six years).

For more information about the medicine MBChB with Health Foundation Year course, including entry requirements and progression, please visit the Medicine with Health Foundation Year page.

Foundation Year Course Content

The medicine MBChB with Health Foundation Year course will provide you with the requisite science knowledge, enhance your study skills and give you an introduction to the employability skills required by health professionals. The foundation year is a well established and successful programme that offers progression onto the full range of health degrees at Keele.

The foundation year for medicine is a gateway route into medicine for students from some under-represented groups. Students entering the foundation year will undertake a range of modules to bring your academic level up to an equivalent standard to that of direct entrants to year 1 of the MBChB programme. Progression requirements are currently 40% (45 credits) in all semester 1 modules and 70% (75 credits) in semester 2.

Students who gain entry to the health foundation year for medicine after interview, and complete the foundation year successfully, will automatically progress to Year 1 of the regular MBChB programme as long as they meet all occupational health and fitness-to-practise requirements. Progression to the MBChB programme from any of the other Keele foundation years is not possible.

Essential Criteria 

Please note that alongside the academic entry requirements, applicants must also meet essential criteria indicating that they belong to particular under-represented groups. These criteria are specified on the Medicine with Health Foundation Year page.

Module Summary

The module details given below are indicative, they are intended to provide you with an idea of the range of subjects that are taught to our current students. The modules that will be available for you to study in future years are prone to change as we regularly review our teaching to ensure that it is up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. The information presented is therefore not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules available in any given year.

First Semester

FYO-00237 Foundations of Human Biology for Health 15 credits
FYO-00241 Foundations of Chemistry - Health 15 credits
FYO-00213 Foundations of Numerical and Quantitative Methods for Health Students 15 credits

Second Semester

FYO-00239 Advancing Human Biology for Health 30 credits
FYO-00243 Advancing Chemistry for Health 15 credits

Year-long modules (Across Semester one and Semester two)

FYO-00181 Academic and Professional Development 30 credits

How to Apply for the Medicine MBChB with Health Foundation Year

Applications must be made through UCAS by the deadline of 15 October.

Medicine MBChB with Health Foundation Year UCAS course code: A104

Our International Foundation Year is delivered on campus through Keele University International College (KUIC). Find out more about the International Foundation Year options on the KUIC website.

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