MBChB (Hons) Medicine

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Teaching Quality
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Assessments & Feedback
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Enjoyment Factor

Reviews

Anonymous

The majority of the lecturers are really nice and useful, however this is a very psychosocial based course so if you don't want this then Manchester isn't the university for you. We also have early clinical experience so you can go to hospitals in years one and two which is incredibly useful for preparing for year 3.

Anonymous

The main teaching style is PBL, however this is also supplemented with anatomy and dissection classes, evidence based medicine (EBM) classes, lectures and physiology and pharmacology labs. The course teaching is very varied which makes it interesting. However some of the resources particularly in anatomy are lacking and could be better. Overall however the course is very good, innovative and continuously developing and I really enjoy studying here.

Anonymous

The course structure allows us to gradually build on prior knowledge and regularly put the scientific knowledge into clinical practice. Through various teaching styles we are encouraged to always take an active role in our learning. Some of the placements are far away, however this is the only negative I have, as otherwise we are taught appropriately and to a very high standard.

Anonymous

A huge medical school with state of the art facilities. A large emphasis is placed on training students to have excellent consultation and communication skills and this is done via regular contact with real and simulated patients. Students have regular clinical placements from year 1. There is a huge range of staff from every field of medicine, all available to answer any questions and always happy to help. All students have a tutor or mentor who is always there is to offer support and monitor academic progress, as well as many other staff throughout the med school. Anatomy also forms a big part of the curriculum with regular dissection sections supervised by very knowledgable demonstrators. The link to so many hospitals, GP surgeries, and other clinical facilities makes the medical school one of the best for research in the world.

Anonymous

The course structure is fantastic, PBL allows studying to flexible while lectures, EBM, anatomy and physpharm sessions help you learn about things relative to your case. The fact that lectures are also podcasted allow you to easily catch up on everything you missed and the social side of the course is great. You're assigned a PBL family (4 second year 'parents' and the ray of your original group as siblings) and for all social occasions which the MedSoc organize.

Anonymous

Studying Medicine at University of Manchester is an amazing experience, the first two years you get the full student lifestyle in a vibrant student city and then for the final three years you are based in a hospital so you really get to grips with clinical skills and working in a hospital environment. During first year you are given the opportunity to apply for the European Studies option, which allows you to learn French, German or Spanish alongside medicine (you should already have at least AS level language skills). You can then go to a country which speaks that language in final year and work in a hospital, which is so cool! The language classes are twice a week and you really get to know the group of students really well, it's the one group that will stay constant throughout your degree and its really nice to have that continuity. I can't fault it at all and am so glad I was accepted onto the program!

Anonymous

Medicine at Manchester Uni is PBL-based. So unlike the traditional medical schools that have 20-30 lectures a week, we only have 7-10 lectures a week. So you have to do a lot of the work yourself. This method works if you're an independent learner. Teaching is done my doctors and professors, to a very high standard. Communication skills are practiced very early on, so you get patient contact (using simulated patients) from the first week. This really helps build your confidence about talking to patients. You go on placements to GP clinics and hospitals every couple of weeks, so you can get the feel for a real clinical setting, and observe doctors. I'm only in semester 2 of First Year, but so far, I'd say I was very happy with Manchester Medical School.

Anonymous

Great PBL based course, plenty of support from peers, tutors and students the year above. Social aspect is also a bonusGreat PBL based course, plenty of support from peers, tutors and students the year above. Social aspect is also a bonus

Anonymous

This degree course is a fantastic way for students from a non-scientific background to access medicine as a career. It involves a preliminary year which is specifically tailored to meet the needs of every student based upon their previous science knowledge. There is only a small number of places, around 20, available for this course so applications are extremely competitive. However, having been accepted on this course, I can honestly say that it has been an amazing experience and I feel totally supported by my tutors and feel very confident that I will be able to cope with the demands of being a doctor. Manchester is a fantastic place to learn as the UK's largest medical school there is always the opportunity to find information from all different specialities of medicine. The first year course structure, which is hardly described on the manchester website, is delivered partly in lectures from a local college and at the medical school. I think most people find it relatively easy to pass the first year exams, and you also get great insight into the problem-based learning structure of the course. I would definitely recommend this course and I hope this review is helpful to anyone considering medicine.

Anonymous

The independent learning structure of the degree allows students to decide their own timetables to an extent and teaches responsibility. On the other hand, the lectures and support materials provided offer enough support that there is a solid foundation to build upon. The practical aspects of the course are taught in a fun, safe way with clearly stated expectations.

Anonymous

Mid formative assessments given to check progress and give an idea about how me go about learning content. Lectures are very useful and enjoyable sometimes. Content that is studied for each case given so very helpful.

Anonymous

Enjoyable, good teaching and resources. Would prefer more help with portfolio.

Anonymous

I love my course, I think the PBL is a good way for me to learn as I remember a lot more information this way. Im currently enjoying clinical placements where I am learning a lot on the job. Our only exams from now on are the progress test and the OSCEs twice a year.

Anonymous

The degree is a PBL course, some might call it teaching yourself medicine, but really it's better than that. The course excels in teaching communication and clinical skills however falls down when it comes to teaching anatomy. It is constantly being updated to conform to the latest GMC guidelines and takes in student feedback.

Anonymous

Top quality as PBL, starts off as difficult to get used to for most but quickly helps most students develop skills in self-directed learning. Gives you plenty of time to have part-time jobs etc. Good quality learning too!

Anonymous

The course is exciting and a great way to learn. It is mainly self taught so sometimes it feels like there is no support from staff. However, the community of students is very helpful.

Anonymous

I really enjoy the course overall, and think the standard of teaching is good. We have several mostly relevant lectures per week and I feel that I receive adequate guidance in my independant learning.

Anonymous

Medicine is PBL at the university of Manchester, which is great if you're good at managing your time and have the motivation to go out and learn things for yourself as it's very self directed. It's a huge medical school however, which can be a challenge as there are just so many medics - it's hard to settle in.

Anonymous

teaching is good and facilities are great, especially the communication lab

Anonymous

Medicine in Manchester is taught via PBL or problem-based learning. These sessions are also supplemented with lectures and tutorials throughout the years. PBL as a teaching-style takes a while to get used to but if you put in the work it is worthwhile and puts you in good stead for the rest of your career.

Anonymous

The course is amazing, I was very nervous about starting (nearly three years ago) but everyone on the team was so helpful and patient with all the students. Time has flown by, we get involved with so many different things and its hard work but its also so much fun. There is a huge amount of support and a great social network, most of my friends at uni are medics and we share so many of the same interests. There are medic clubs for everything you can think of from your sport (such as netball and rugby) to the medics panto, its brilliant.

Anonymous

PBl is a great way of learning, it makes me learn independently instead of just writing down what a tutor or lecturer tells me. You have the opportunity to go into as much depth as you like and aren't restricted by a set of questions. The lectures are also great to support independent learning and guide us in the correct direction. Along side PBL and lectures we also get practical teaching sessions and communication sessions which are crucial to becoming a good doctor. Communication can make a patient trusting you and opening up to you. Exams in year's 1 and 2 test your knowledge of diseases and their pathophysiology where as OSCE's test your practical skills and diagnosis. Overall there is a broad variety of assessments which test us on all aspects of the course.

Anonymous

We receive excellent and varied teaching including lectures, problem based learning, dissection classes, communication skills and pharmacology. There is a lot of support available to improve learning and a wealth of resources online and in the medical library. We are assessed regularly both in academic and practical knowledge and given suitable feedback. There is also the option to select certain modules to do projects of interest. In third year learning moves from the medical school to the hospital where teaching is based on the ward with consultants and experience with patients. At times it can feel that people don't have enough time for you but I think that is just the nature of the course.

Anonymous

5 year course, PBL based with clinical placement from year 3 onwards

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