Medicine MBChB

Course overview

  • Course level
  • Course type
  • Duration
    5 years
  • Course options
    Integrated placement
  • UCAS code(s)
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A Level
    AAA-AAB must include Chemistry and Biology (including passing the practical elements), please see below for further details
  • BTEC
    Are considered with the relevant A Level subjects, please see below for further details
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    35 overall (6,6,5 in three subjects which must include chemistry HL6 and biology HL6) please see below for further details
  • GCSEs
    Five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B/6 or above, must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science (or overseas equivalent).
  • UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test)
More information
Apply via UCAS

Key dates

Play Video

Aston Medical School: MBChB course overview

Find out more about our curriculum with Dean of Medical Education, Professor Helen Cameron

Study at a University rated Gold for Teaching Excellence (TEF, 2017)

Opportunity to complete a Health Leadership certificate in conjunction with Aston Business School

Integrated placements in clinical and community settings

Patient-centred curriculum

Course summary

This course is for you if you aspire to study medicine at a truly unique and ground-breaking institution.

Entry requirements

For 2020 entry we will offer 100 places for UK/EU applicants. In addition we will continue to offer places to international fee-paying students.

In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to 40% of our UK/EU places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria; preference will be given to our local students including those who are on the Sir Doug Ellis Pathway to Healthcare Programme. Full details of the widening participation criteria can be found here.

We welcome applications from candidates who have the skills and capability to excel on our course. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on all previous and predicted qualifications, experience, references and motivation. 

Discover more in our application advice zone and FAQ pages

All candidates must normally have: 

  • GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications: The normal requirement is a minimum of five GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B / grade 6 or above, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or double science (or overseas equivalent).
  • UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test): We require all applicants to take the UCAT in 2019 for 2020 entry, this will be considered alongside the other required qualifications. Please note, results will be sent to us directly from UCAT so you will be required to send us your result. For more information on this test please visit 
  • English language requirements: Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate an excellent command of the English language. Find out more about accepted tests and scores.
  • All applicants will be subject to Aston Medical School Fitness to Practise regulations, full details can be found here

Academic qualifications:

  • A Levels: The normal requirement is a minimum of AAA-AAB including Chemistry and Biology (including passing the practical elements) and any third subject excluding general studies and critical thinking. If you are taking more than three A Levels, the Chemistry, Biology and the next best grade in a science subject, if taken, will be the grades considered.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 35 overall (6,6,5 in three subjects which must include Chemistry (HL6) and Biology (HL6)) please see below for further details.
  • BTEC: Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally need to obtain a minimum of DDD in the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) in Applied Science in combination with chemistry and biology A Levels with grades A and B in any order.
  • Scottish Advanced Higher: Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers, will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA-AAB, to include Chemistry and Biology, in any order.
  • Overseas equivalents: Discover the wide range of recognised equivalent overseas qualifications that Aston Medical School accepts.
  • Foundation programmes: We only accept certain UK foundation programmes, please see here for more information. 
  • Access courses: We do not currently accept any access courses. 
  • Graduate applicants: For applicants taking a degree, normally a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree (2:1) in any discipline plus three A Levels at grades AAB to include Chemistry and Biology with either at grade A. The university degree must be from a recognised UK or NARIC approved university. In addition, applicants will normally be required to have the same GCSE requirements as are stated above.

    We do not accept transfers from applicants currently studying degrees at other universities. We would always expect applicants to apply to Aston Medical School in the final year of their degree programme.

    Although we are happy to consider applications from graduates, there is no accelerated graduate entry available at Aston. All graduates will have to complete the same 5 year programme as for all other students.

  • Deferred entry and gap years: Deferred entry and gap years are permitted with prior agreement from the Admissions Team. Please note that interviews, UCAT, academic qualifications and other conditions of offer (namely satisfactory Occupational Health questionnaire and Enhanced DBS check) must be obtained in the year of application.
  • Resits: Applicants who have resat, or are resitting GCSEs, A Levels, or equivalent qualifications, with or without repeating an academic year, will only be considered where there are exceptional circumstances. The referee must provide a brief explanation in the accompanying UCAS reference. Both the referee and applicant must also provide evidence to support the exceptional circumstances if requested to do so.

    Applicants must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for 1 re-sit year attempt only.

  • Transfers: We are only able to consider applications from graduates who have successfully completed their degree or are in the final year of their degree and meet the criteria for graduate applicants as set out in our admissions policy. Aston Medical School will not consider applicants in the following circumstances:
  • 1. Applicants who wish to transfer from a medical degree at another university
  • 2. Applicants who have previously withdrawn from a medical degree at another university
  • 3. Applicants who have withdrawn from a degree in any subject
  • 4. Applicants who wish to transfer from a degree in any other subject
  •  We expect all applicants to declare their complete educational history with past and present place of study, qualifications and grades in their UCAS application. If there is additional information for which there is no specific area on the form, it is required that applicants email additional information to the Admissions Office. By 21st October. 
How to apply

Applications for 2020 entry:

  • All applications must be made via the Universities and Colleges Application Service (UCAS).
  • Our application processes employ fair, consistent and transparent procedures to recruit students with both the intellectual capacity and personal attributes to become safe, competent and caring doctors who are able to play a full role in whichever health system they choose. We are looking for applicants who are well rounded individuals with the ability to cope with an intensive course and a demanding career.
  • The design of our selection processes incorporates the values of equality and diversity, and minimises the risk of direct or indirect discrimination on the grounds of the protected characteristics defined in the 2010 Equality Act (Equality and Diversity in UK Medical Schools BMA, October 2009; Gateways to the Professions, GMC 2014.)


  • All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or if appropriate, the UCATSEN.
  • Candidates with disabilities can either take the UCATSEN if additional time is needed, or the standard UCAT with provision for reasonable adjustments. Please contact UCAT for further information. Should you be eligible for the UCATSEN you will be required to present your supporting evidence to us via email to
  • Should UCAT not be able to provide the necessary adjustments, please contact us directly, prior to the end of the UCAT testing cycle, with both your supporting evidence and confirmation from UCAT of the inability to accommodate your requirements. We will confirm whether or not we will accept your application without a UCAT test result. We will not consider any requests received without supporting evidence, without the relevant confirmation from UCAT or after the end of the UCAT testing cycle.

Please note, from 2019 the UKCAT will be known as UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). Whilst the name has changed, the test content remains the same.


  • Once applications have been assessed and ranked a selection of applicants who meet our academic and other school requirements will be invited to our on campus Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). No Skype/ remote interviews will be possible as we believe that face to face assessment of an applicant’s abilities is an important part of the selection process.
  • The MMIs will consist of a number of six to eight minute stations which will be mapped to the General Medical Council’s Promoting Excellence and the NHS Constitution Framework. The stations will assess attributes including:
    • understanding of studying and practising medicine
    • motivation
    • verbal communication
    • listening skills
    • understanding of compassion, respect and dignity problem solving.

Disabilities, additional needs and medical conditions:

Aston Medical School welcomes applications from candidates who have disabilities and we encourage you to get in touch with the Admissions Team if you would like to meet with a member of staff or discuss anything with us before you apply. Identifying your needs early on in the admissions process will ensure that we provide optimal support, including any reasonable adjustments throughout the selection process. For more information please visit the disabilties section of our website.

  • If you consider yourself to have a disability, additional needs (for example dyslexia) or any relevant medical conditions, you must declare this on your UCAS application form and inform our admissions team if any matters arise subsequent to submission of your application, this information will help us to ensure we provide appropriate support to you. Academic assessment for all applicants will be independent of any declaration of disability.
  • Our admissions team will contact applicants who have declaired a disability and work with the University Enabling Team to assess support and need for reasonable adjustment. Applicants will also be assessed in view of the requirement to meet the competencies set by the General Medical Council. We encourage applicants with disabilities and will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that all applicants are considered equally in the selection process including the MMIs and successfully complete their studies. We will contact all applicants with a disability who are invited for interview to discuss their requirements ahead of the interview date. For more information about our Enabling Team please visit the website (hyperlink

Successful applicants:

If you are successful and you are made a conditional offer, you will be sent an email outlining the terms you will need to meet for your offer to be made unconditional. Conditions will include:

  • Confirmation of your educational results.
  • Submission of a health questionnaire and occupational health clearance completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (UK Criminal Records Check).
  • If you have lived outside of the UK for longer than six months in the last five years then you will need to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct (for each country you have lived in).
  • If you require a visa to study in the UK, we have a team of qualified immigration advisers to guide you through this process.

 Click here to discover more information in our application advice zone.

Course overview

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An overview of the Aston Medical School MBChB from Professor Helen Cameron, Aston Medical School Dean of Medical Education 

Our curriculum is patient-centred. It will help you to develop the core competencies in medicine, gain key teamwork skills and understand the workings of the internationally admired NHS (National Health Service).

It has been designed to equip you with the clinical expertise and confidence needed to embark on your first post after graduation as a Foundation doctor, while encouraging you to develop into an independent life-long learner with critical thinking skills and a caring and compassionate attitude.

Student support

Medicine is a demanding subject so it is important to look after yourself and have a good support network. You will be allocated a Personal Tutor who can offer advice on study-related or personal issues and we have a dedicated Student Support Lead to help you cope with the unique requirements of a medical student. In addition, there is a wide range of university support services. You will have many opportunities to explore new interests, develop hobbies and make new friends: these form an important part of university life and provide a balance to the work.

Quality assurance

We have successfully completed several stages of the rigorous General Medical Council (GMC) approval process and was approved for undergraduate recruitment starting from 2018. The GMC is committed to undertaking a programme of further quality assurance, including annual visits and following the first cohort of students as they progress through their course until they graduate in 2023. Read more here

What you will learn: Years 1 & 2 (Phase 1)

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In a small, intimate community of students, your first weeks at Aston will be spent getting to know Aston, the curriculum, the educational methods used, and most importantly, one another. This will help you settle in and work together with your fellow students and our staff as the course progresses.

Throughout Phase 1 you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge in blocks such as Physiology & Pharmacology, Public & Global Health the Musculoskeletal System.. The Very Early Clinical Experience placement gives you an opportunity to develop understanding of what it’s like to be a patient and to gain real-world experience of the work of doctors and other members of the general practice team. In the block Introduction to Clinical Practice, running throughout Phase 1, you will learn how to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other health professionals, develop consultation skills and be introduced to diagnostic reasoning.

In the Introduction to Clinical Practice blocks, running throughout Phase 1, you will learn how to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other health professionals, develop consultation skills and be introduced to diagnostic reasoning.

Year 1: Fundamentals of Medicine 1

  • Medical Cell Biology & Genetics
  • Sociological & Psychological Aspects of Health
  • Fundamentals of Body Structure
  • Public & Global Health 
  • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular System 
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Infection 
  • Metabolism, Endocrinology & Haematology 
  • Pathological Processes 
  • Introduction to Clinical Processes 1a 
  • Introduction to Clinical Processes 1b.

Year 1 clinical placements: two one-week placements in a primary care setting. The first takes place early in Term 1 to give you insight to UK clinical practice and the experience of patients. In Term 3 you have an opportunity to practise some of your early clinical skills.

Year 2: Fundamentals of Medicine 2

  • Gastrointestinal / Immune System
  • Reproductive System
  • Urinary System
  • Respiratory System
  • Head, Neck & Neuroanatomy
  • Clinical Pharmacology & Prescribing
  • Sociological & Psychological Aspects of Health  
  • Integration for Clinical Applications
  • Nervous System & Neuropsychiatry
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice 2a
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice 2b.

Year 2 clinical placements: a total of nine days are spent in primary care throughout Year 2. This experience focuses on developing your consultation skills to carefully explore medical problems while taking into consideration the needs and wishes of the patient.

What you will learn: Years 3, 4 & 5 (Phase 2)

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An overview of Phase 2 from Dr Shagaf Bakour, Aston Medical School Director of Medical Education and Phase 2 Lead.

Much of your learning in years 3, 4 and 5 will take place in real life clinical environments, working with practising doctors and medical professionals. Your progress will be supplemented and supported with lectures, workshops, independent study and other learning opportunities.

The Student Selected Components, delivered in years 3, 4 and 5, offer the chance to study an area of particular interest including our Health Leadership module,  delivered in conjunction with Aston Business School. Successful completion of the module will lead to an additional certificate. You will also have the opportunity to complete a research based Student Selected Component with the Aston Medical Research Institute whose four themes of research include: maternal health, mental health, cardiovascular medicine and regenerative medicine.  

Year 3: Clinical Apprenticeships 1

  • Hospital specialties 1: such as Cardiology, Respiratory, Rheumatology, Renal, Infection, Diabetes
  • Hospital specialties 2: such as Musculoskeletal, Urinary, Perioperative care
  • General Practice
  • Student Selected Component including Health Leadership.

Year 3 clinical placements: Three 12-week blocks are undertaken, with one in primary care and two across a range of medical and surgical specialties in hospitals giving you an excellent experience of the general principles of clinical practice, and building on your theoretical learning in Phase 1.

Year 4: Clinical Apprenticeships 2

  • Senses: Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology
  • Child Health 
  • Community Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
  • Nephrology and Neurology
  • Student Selected Component including Health Leadership.

Year 4 clinical placements: Spend five weeks in seven specialty placements such as obstetrics and gynecology, child care and psychiatry to gain comprehensive experience in these specialist areas.

Year 5: Foundation Apprenticeships 3

  • Acute Medicine / Medicine of the Elderly
  • General Practice
  • Emergency Medicine / Intensive Care Unit / Anaesthetics
  • Foundation Assistantship
  • Student Selected Component including Health Leadership / Elective.

Year 5 clinical placements: before your Finals you will complete three blocks of six weeks: one in primary care and two in hospital settings. After your Finals you will complete a 6-week Elective which may be undertaken anywhere suitable worldwide, and a 6-week Foundation Assistantship where you will undertake Foundation level work under very careful supervision. The focus on Year 5 is on developing your diagnostic and management skills in preparation for your Foundation training posts.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will encounter a variety of learning and teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • group work and problem-based learning
  • seminars
  • clinical skills training
  • independent study
  • practical sessions
  • interactive workshops and tutorials
  • clinical placements.

Much of your learning will take place in real life clinical environments. Working with medical staff will allow you to get first-hand experience and you will apply the knowledge that you have already gained. We are partnered with a number of carefully selected NHS trusts and primary care providers who serve an exceptionally diverse range of communities and settings such as inner city areas, towns and rural locations. This means you will encounter a wide range of patients and experiences, giving you an excellent foundation for your future medical career. Learning how to recognise and manage a broad spectrum of conditions as well as understanding the importance of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team will give you a wider perspective of clinical practice. 

You will be assessed throughout the course via a variety of methods in each year, including:

  • Written/computer exams
  • In-course work
  • Clinical exams (OSCEs)
  • Professionalism. 

Please note that all written assessments will be conducted via desktop computers or iPads and therefore reasonable keyboard skills and an ability to view display screens for periods of time will be essential.

Your future career

Once you have completed your five year MBChB degree with us you will have a variety of training options available to you depending on what you want to achieve from your career.

Staying in the UK

Currently, upon successful completion of the MBChB course all of our students (UK and international fee paying) will have equal opportunity to apply for the UK Foundation Programme. This is a two year integrated training programme for newly qualified Foundation doctors who are eligible for provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). 

When applying for your Foundation Programme you will have the opportunity to register your interest in a variety of rotations and settings. In line with our ethos to positively impact communities we will encourage our students to apply for rotations with a primary care focus. If you require a visa to study in the UK our qualified visa team will be on hand to provide you with advice and support should you wish to take this career path. 

The British Medical Association (BMA) notes that the current basic starting salary for a  F1 doctor in England is currently set at £27,146.

Currently in the UK full registration with the GMC occurs on successful completion of Foundation Year 1. However, Foundation Year 2 must be completed before entering into specialist training. The length of this training varies according to specialty. For example, three years of specialist training is required for general practice, with three to seven years required for hospital specialties. 

Continuing your training and career elsewhere

If you decide to continue your training outside of the UK, you will need to refer to that country’s government body guidelines for details on eligibility, application and processes. 

We will support you by offering you a multistaged appointment with our medical careers lead to discuss your future plans and provide you with relevant information and advice. In order to provide our students with the best opportunities we are establishing specific international career structures and routes by building links with educational establishments and hospitals globally. An example of this is the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) we have signed with the largest American healthcare provider in China. As we continue to grow so will these links and opportunities.

Career guidance

Our careers lead works with the British Medical Association’s (BMA) careers advice and support, and working abroad teams to support you in deciding the best career path for you. We also work with the careers team for Health Education England in the West Midlands to provide you with a comprehensive structure around careers. This will include assistance with your UK Foundation Programme application. All core career resources that will assist you with taking your next step, such as CV surgeries, application advice and interview practice will be available to you through Aston’s award winning careers service.


UK/EU: £9,250 per academic year

International: £41,900* per academic year

Funding: Eligible students are able to apply for a student loan to cover tuition fees and to support living costs via the Student Loans Company.

Self-funding students: Fees for each year of study can be paid either in full at the start of each academic year or in three termly instalments of 50% at the beginning of Term 1 (September), 25% in Term 2 (January) and 25% in Term 3 (May)

Scholarships: Each year we will have a range of small financial awards and prizes for the most talented students both entering their first year at Aston and in subsequent years of study. Full scholarships covering all or the majority of tuition fees will not be available.


*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Teaching staff

We have attracted a team of high achieving and experienced staff from both clinical and research backgrounds. During your time with us you will learn from their real world experience and ground-breaking research. The wider team is made up of academic tutors and professors supported by administrative staff to ensure that you receive the support, knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to become a safe and caring doctor.

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