Medicine

MBChB

Our unique, patient-focused MBChB programme will prepare you for a successful career in the medical profession and make a lasting impact to people’s lives.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Full-time
Entry requirements
Duration

5 Years

UCAS code(s)

A100

Start date

Course overview

Our MBChB Medicine programme is designed to prepare you for the demands of a medical career, with a strong emphasis on working compassionately with patients as partners within a multi-disciplinary team. You’ll gain exposure to real clinical settings through a series of clinical placements each year, and develop a wide range of skills and a broad knowledge base.

Our patient-centred curriculum is taught across five years in two phases. It starts by expanding and deepening your existing science education, covering topics such as the fundamentals of body structure, infection and pathological processes. As you move into the second phase, a large proportion of your learning will take place in clinical environments, working with practising doctors and healthcare professionals in placements ranging from cancer care to integrated medicine.

Throughout your time with us, you will be encouraged to develop into an independent life-long learner, with critical thinking skills and the caring and empathetic attitude needed to embark on your first post after graduation as a Foundation Doctor.

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"Medicine at Aston is patient-focused from the start with an introduction to clinical placement in the very first term. This early contact with patients allowed us to apply the theory we were learning in lectures in a practical setting. The clinical skills rooms at Aston allowed us from early years to simulate real-life medical scenarios.

By the time we had reached clinical years, the vast experience gained by having this safe space to role-play meant we had refined our history-taking and examination skill."

Sadia Nawaz
Medicine MBChB

Why Medicine at Aston?

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Triple gold teaching
Aston University was awarded Triple Gold - the highest possible rating for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023)
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GMC approval
Aston's Medicine programme is approved by the General Medical Council
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Excellent student experience
91% of students felt the course is intellectually stimulating (NSS, 2024)
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High tech facilities
Brand new clinical skills centre and hospital simulation suites with access to cutting edge medical equipment
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Earn more
Our graduates are among the highest paid in the country, earning on average £36,100 five years after graduating (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2023)
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Excellent prospects
Aston University was named runner-up in the University of the Year for Graduate Employment Award (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024)

Course description

Medicine MBChB

Our Medicine MBChB programme at Aston Medical School is designed to prepare you for the demands of a medical career, with a strong emphasis on working compassionately with patients as partners within a multi-disciplinary team. You’ll gain exposure to real clinical settings through a series of clinical placements each year, and develop a wide range of skills and a broad knowledge base.

Once you have successfully 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.

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What we will provide
First-class teaching in the UK's second-largest city, delivered by a diverse array of staff who will inspire and excite you, fantastic facilities that will bring your course to life through hands-on, practical experience; years of close industry collaboration that is harnessed to provide you with learning based on real-world needs. 

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What you will provide
It is important you learn how to adapt a growth mindset to your studies - understand that intelligence and success come from applying yourself, you must be able to demonstrate critical thinking, an empathetic attitude, and have ambition and drive to excel. 

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What skills we teach
As a medical student on our Medicine MBChB programme, you will learn the skills, competencies and insights to work as a competent health professional in various healthcare settings. Throughout your time with us, you will be encouraged to develop into an independent life-long learner, with critical thinking skills and the caring and empathetic attitude needed to embark on your first post after graduation as a Foundation Doctor.

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Integrated placements
You will benefit from extensive patient contact throughout your time on the Medicine MBChB course. You’ll gain exposure to real clinical and community settings through a series of integrated placements each year, and develop a wide range of skills and a broad knowledge base.

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Career prospects
Once you have successfully 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. 

How you will learn

At Aston Medical School you will be taught by medical professionals from a wide range of practice, industry and research backgrounds. During your time on campus, you will encounter a variety of learning and teaching methods, including:

  • Face-to-face and online lectures
  • Group work and problem-based learning
  • Seminars
  • Clinical skills training
  • Independent study
  • Practical sessions
  • Interactive workshops and tutorials
  • Online resources

In addition to these learning methods, you will also spend time each year on a series of placements. You’ll work under the supervision of a range of medical and healthcare professionals from our network of carefully selected NHS trusts and primary care providers. Serving an exceptionally diverse range of communities and settings, such as inner-city areas, towns and rural locations, each placement will allow you to encounter a wide range of patients and experiences, giving you an excellent foundation for your future medical career. Find out more about our partners here

Medical student support at Aston

Medicine is a demanding subject so it is important to look after yourself and have a good support network around you. We support you every step of the way, through your learning experiences as well as how to balance the course with the rest of university life:

  • Personal Tutor - will offer advice on study-related and personal issues
  • Student Support Lead - to help you cope with the unique requirements of a medical student
  • University Support Services - a breadth of additional support services are available, for example, the Hub, Learning Development Centre and library services.
  • Extracurricular activities, clubs, sports and hobbies: These form an important part of university life and provide a balance to your work and opportunities to make new friends.

Rosalind Franklin Medical School Essay Prize

In 2020, Aston Medical School launched the Rosalind Franklin Medical School Essay Prize. The prize was conceived and funded by Dr Daniel Franklin, nephew of the renowned chemist, Rosalind Franklin, whose work on X-ray diffraction was fundamental to the discovery of the structure of DNA.

The essay competition entitled ‘Covid, Learning, Medicine and Me’, encouraged students to use the time away from campus to reflect, think about their future career as doctors and how this profession will have an impact on the world.

Dr Daniel Franklin, who is the executive director of The Economist and also an alumnus of Aston University said: "The Rosalind Franklin Essay Competition inspired students to produce thoughtful submissions of very high calibre, reflecting on the challenges for medicine and their own studies in a time of COVID-19. All credit to them, and to Aston Medical School, for making the most of this opportunity. For all the difficulties of the pandemic, this bodes well for the future."

Quality assurance

We are delighted to announce the news that in April 2023, the General Medical Council agreed to add Aston Medical School to the list of bodies able to award UK primary medical qualifications.  This means that going forward, all our graduating students, will receive an Aston University degree and we were extremely proud to see our very first cohort graduate in July 2023. Approval by the GMC is a momentous milestone in our history and indicates the vision, commitment and teamwork of all our staff, and that of our clinical education providers in Trusts and General Practice, who work so hard in partnership with our students to achieve the GMC’s stringent standards. Read more here. We will continue to work closely with the GMC to ensure we continue to deliver high-quality teaching to our medical students.

What you will learn

Our patient-centred curriculum is taught over five years in two phases. It starts by expanding and deepening your existing science education, covering topics such as the fundamentals of body structure, infection, and pathological processes. As you move into the second phase, a large proportion of your learning will take place in clinical environments, working with practising doctors and healthcare professionals in placements ranging from cancer care to integrated medicine.

It is our aim to prepare you for the demands of a medical career, with an emphasis on working compassionately with patients as partners, within a multi-disciplinary team.

Phase 1: Years 1 and 2

Throughout Phase 1 you will develop your clinical skills and knowledge in blocks covering topics such as physiology, pharmacology, public and global health, and the musculoskeletal system. You’ll be introduced to clinical practice, learn how to interact effectively with patients, carers, colleagues and other healthcare professionals, develop consultation skills as well as an introduction to diagnostic reasoning. The very early clinical experience placement gives you an opportunity to develop an understanding of what it’s like to be a patient and to gain real-world experience of the work carried out by doctors and other members of the general practice (primary care) team.

Phase 2: Years 3, 4 and 5

Much of your learning in Phase 2 will take place in clinical environments, working with practising doctors and healthcare professionals. Your progress will be supplemented and supported with lectures, group work, workshops, independent study and other learning opportunities. The Student Selected Components delivered in this phase, offer you the chance to study an area of particular interest. You will also have the opportunity, as an option within the Student Selected Component (SSC), to complete a research-based project with the Aston Medical Research Institute whose four themes of research include: maternal health, mental health, cardiovascular medicine and regenerative medicine.

Facilities

Our modern and friendly campus is equipped with dedicated facilities for Aston Medical School students. We have invested heavily to ensure that our facilities and equipment provide you with the ideal learning environment. This includes:

  • A high-tech clinical skills centre with a range of equipment including Sonosite ultrasound machines and life size anatomical models.
  • Simulated hospital ward with mid-fidelity manikins.
  • SMOTS camera technology that allow discreet recording during medical simulations to provide instant feedback.
  • Powerlab for physiological testing including blood pressure, lung capacity, ECG readings, EMG and pulse oximetry.
  • State-of-the-art group work rooms, which include C-touch screens.
  • Private study spaces available to students 24/7.
  • State-of-the-art critical care simulation unit.

Course objectives

  1. Educates you in a learning environment and culture that puts the safety of patients first throughout your teaching and assessment, to ensure you adopt patient safety as a central tenet of your clinical practice and demonstrate understanding of the expectations of Good Medical Practice.
  2. Promotes equality, diversity and opportunity by training and requiring all students and staff to treat others with respect and empathy and to apply the principles of equality and diversity to the safe care of all patients.
  3. Ensures you graduate as caring, competent, effective and safe future doctor by providing a challenging and engaging curriculum within a supportive environment, and with an emphasis on clinical apprenticeships and general practice. 
  4. Helps you enhance your resilience and ensure that all students feel supported and learn to take responsibility for their own welfare and personal and professional development by graduation, so you can progress to look after the welfare of others.
  5. Provides an up-to-date and professionally focused curriculum satisfying the accreditation requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC).
  6. Offers you the opportunity to obtain relevant industrial experience by providing integrated placements throughout your Medicine MBChB programme.

Modules

Modules and learning outcomes

Year 1 modules

Module TitleCredits
Fundamentals of Medicine 1120
Comprising: 
Cell Biology and Genetics 
Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Health 
Fundamentals of Body Structure 
Public and Global Health 
Physiology and Pharmacology 
Cardiovascular System 
Musculoskeletal 
Infection 
Metabolism, Endocrinology and Haematology 
Pathological Processes 
Introduction to Clinical Practice 1a 
Introduction to Clinical Practice 1b 
Total120

Clinical placements

There are two one-week placements in a primary care setting, the first of which takes place early in term one to give you an insight into UK clinical practice, and the experience of patients. The second placement, at the end of the summer term, allows you to practise some of your early clinical skills.

Year 1 outcomes 

On successful completion of the first year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of ethical frameworks, legal requirements and professional expectations of medical practice in the UK and apply these to simulated clinical scenarios.
  • Demonstrate skills for a reflective and self-regulated approach to the study of medicine, including self-care and appraisal and seeking support when necessary.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how to communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patients and their relatives, and communicate effectively with peers and tutors.
  • Describe the modes of presentation of exemplar diseases, apply scientific understanding to interpret and explain the clinical signs and symptoms, and the possible investigations, and treatments for patients.
  • Describe and explain how selected drugs act, including how the body deals with the drugs, and the monitoring required.
  • Perform the defined list of clinical skills and procedures safely and effectively in a simulated clinical setting.
  • Describe the scope and defining features of these disciplines (Social sciences and population health), and explain the settings, frameworks, integrated systems and culture in which medicine is practised and patient care is delivered across the UK.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the scope and defining features of the relevant disciplines and important psychological and behavioural aspects of health, illness and disease.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the scope and defining features of the relevant disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, nutrition, pathology and physiology and apply biomedical scientific principles, method and knowledge of these disciplines to describe, analyse and explain normal and abnormal human structure and function.
  • Develop basic library research methods and skills to select the best available medical evidence to address questions, through appropriate database searching and appraisal of the relevant source and information.

Year 2 modules

Module TitleCredits
Fundamentals of Medicine 2120
Comprising: 
Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics 
Gastrointestinal System  
Head and Neck 
Immune System 
Introduction to Clinical Practice 2a 
Introduction to Clinical Practice 2b 
Respiratory System  
Renal and Urinary Systems 
Social and Psychological Aspects of Health 2 
Total120

Clinical placements

A total of nine days are spent in primary care throughout year two. This experience focuses on developing your consultation skills to carefully explore medical problems while taking into consideration the needs and wishes of the patient.

Year 2 outcomes 

On successful completion of the second year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to apply an ethical framework, with insight and compassion, according to the legal requirements and professional expectations of medical practice in the UK in a simulated setting.
  • Demonstrate reflective and self-regulated approaches to the study and simulated practice of clinical medicine.
  • Communicate effectively with peers and tutors, communicate clearly and sensitively with patients and undertake a consultation that is sensitive to the needs of patients.
  • Describe and explain how selected drugs act, including how the body deals with the drugs, the monitoring required, and apply this knowledge to clinical scenarios.
  • Perform the accruing defined lists of clinical skills and procedures safely and effectively in simulated and highly supervised clinical settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the settings, frameworks, integrated systems and culture in which medicine is practised and patient care is delivered across the UK.
  • Recognise and ask patients about important psychological and behavioural aspects of health, illness and disease; respond appropriately with empathy, explanation and advice.
  • Design relevant questions, select the best available evidence through appropriate database searching and appraisal of the relevant information.

Year 3 modules

Module TitleCredits
Clinical Apprenticeships 1 120
Comprising: 
Integrated Medicine and Surgery 1 
Integrated Medicine and Surgery 2 
Primary Care 
Student Selected Component (SSC) 
Total120

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 3 outcomes 

On successful completion of the third year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to practise medicine, in a defined list of specialties and contexts, within the legal, ethical and professional frameworks for medical practice in the UK.
  • Identify and use personal motivators and learning approaches to develop a reflective and self-regulated approach to the ongoing study of medicine in a defined list of specialties and contexts.
  • Communicate clearly and sensitively with patients and their relatives, and with colleagues.
  • Describe, recognise, interpret and manage the presentations, and natural history of diseases; recognise and interpret the related signs and symptoms with which people present to doctors.
  • Describe how the listed drugs for this module act and apply this knowledge to simulated clinical practice to select appropriate drugs for a given clinical context.
  • Perform the accruing defined lists of clinical skills and procedures, safely and effectively, in simulated and highly supervised clinical settings.
  • Explore patients’ important psychological and behavioural aspects of health, illness and disease.
  • Apply biomedical scientific principles and knowledge of the relevant academic disciplines to the clinical specialties experienced to date.
  • Use the best available medical evidence, found through a systematic search and appraisal of the relevant information, to inform clinical judgement.

Year 4 modules

Module TitleCredits
Clinical Apprenticeships 2 120
Comprising: 
Cancer Care 
Child Health 
Psychiatry 
Reproductive Health 
Neurology/ Senses: Dermatology, ENT,
Ophthalmology
 
Student selected component (SSC) 
Total120

Clinical placements

Spend five weeks in seven speciality placements such as obstetrics and gynaecology, childcare and psychiatry to gain comprehensive experience in these specialist areas.

Year 4 outcomes 

On successful completion of the fourth year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to practise medicine, in a defined list of specialties and contexts, within the legal, ethical and professional frameworks for medical practice in the UK.
  • Take a reflective and self-regulated approach to the ongoing study of medicine in specialties and contexts experienced to date.
  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with patients, their relatives, carers and advocates, and with colleagues from the medical and other professions.
  • Describe, recognise, interpret and manage the presentations, and natural history of diseases, listed to date; recognise and interpret the related signs and symptoms, construct a differential diagnosis, and propose initial management, review and ongoing care for patients, in a multi-professional setting.
  • Describe the pharmacology, therapeutics and required monitoring for the accruing list of drugs for the programme.
  • Perform the accruing defined lists of diagnostic and therapeutic procedural skills, safely and effectively, in simulated and supervised clinical contexts.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the settings, frameworks, integrated systems and culture in which medicine is practised and patient care is delivered across the UK, particularly with respect to the clinical specialties experienced to date.
  • Apply biomedical scientific principles and knowledge of the relevant academic disciplines to the clinical specialties experienced to date.
  • Develop new knowledge or personal understanding through the application of basic research methods and skills.

Year 5 modules

Module TitleCredits
Foundation Apprenticeships 3120
Acute Integrated Medicine and Surgery 1 
Acute Integrated Medicine and Surgery 2 
Primary Care 
Foundation Assistantship  
Student-selected component (SSC) 
Total120

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 six-week elective which may be undertaken anywhere suitable worldwide, and a six-week foundation assistantship where you will undertake foundation-level work under very careful supervision. The focus in year five is on developing your diagnostic and management skills in preparation for your foundation training posts.

Year 5 outcomes 

On successful completion of the fifth year, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how to practise medicine within the legal, ethical and professional frameworks for medical practice in the UK, including taking action to safeguard vulnerable groups, and adhering to GMC regulation.
  • Take a reflective and self-regulated approach to the ongoing study of medicine and career management, undertaking regular appraisal.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, their relatives, carers and advocates, and with colleagues.
  • Diagnose and manage clinical presentations involving the patient, carers and advocates in management decisions appropriately.
  • Prescribe medicines safely, appropriately, effectively and economically and describe the related pharmacology, therapeutics and required monitoring.
  • Perform the programme’s list of diagnostic and therapeutic procedural skills safely and effectively in simulated and clinical contexts.
  • Integrate psychological principles, method and knowledge into medical practice; explore the important psychological aspects of a patient’s health, illness, disease, and management
  • Apply biomedical scientific principles and knowledge to medical practice and integrate these into patient care.
  • Apply scientific method and basic research methodologies and skills to develop new knowledge and personal understanding and integrate these with a range of sources of information found through systematic searching and critical appraisal to make evidence based decisions about clinical care.

We regularly review our modules to provide the best possible teaching and learning experience, incorporating academic developments, student feedback and employer feedback.

There may be some change to some of the modules on this course for 2025/26 entry.

We’ll make sure to let you know of any changes to modules at the earliest opportunity by updating our course webpages. 
 
We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints may mean it isn’t possible to take some module combinations. The structure of some courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown here.

Entry requirements

Cohort details


We have 110 places for Home UK students and 30 places for international students. For entry to University in 2025, EU students will be classified as international fee payers and any applications will be considered as part of the 30 places available for international students.

EU status assessment

If you are an EU student and believe you meet the criteria to be a Home fee payer, once you have submitted your application you should contact the Tuition Fee Assessment Team, stating your UCAS number or Aston student number, via fee_assessment@aston.ac.uk. The Tuition Fee Assessment Team will arrange for a fee status assessment for you.  If the assessment is that you are a Home fee payer your application will be considered as part of the 110 places available for Home students.

In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to 40 per cent of our UK places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria. 

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 achieved qualifications, experience, references and motivation. However, for applicants who are in the final year of their undergraduate degree, the predicted class of degree will be considered. 

Application advice zone

All candidates must have:

  • GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications: The requirement is a minimum of six GCSEs/IGCSEs at grade B/grade 6 or above, which must include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology or Double Science (or international equivalent).
  • UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test): We require all applicants to take the UCAT in 2024 for 2025 entry.  This will be considered alongside the other required qualifications. Please note that results will be sent to us directly from UCAT so you will not be required to send us your result. For more information on this test please visit the UCAT website.
  • All applicants will be subject to Aston Medical School Fitness to Practise regulations, full details can be found here

The requirement is a minimum of grades A*AA with Chemistry and Biology being compulsory (including passes in the practical elements where available) and any third subject excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. The A* must be in Biology or Chemistry. If you are taking more than three A Levels, the Chemistry, Biology and the next best grade, will be the grades considered.

Applicants who meet specified widening participation criteria may be eligible for our contextual offer of AAB (with grades AA in Chemistry and Biology). You can find out more information about widening participation on our Aston Ready webpage.

 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

37 overall (7,6,6 at Higher Level in three subjects which must include Chemistry and Biology and the rest from three subjects at Standard Level (SL) and Diploma Programme Core). Either Chemistry or Biology must be at Higher Level grade 7.

 

Applicants with a BTEC qualification will normally need to obtain a minimum of DDD in BTEC National Extended Diploma in Applied Science in combination with Chemistry and Biology A Levels at grades A*A in any order for the two compulsory subjects. 

 

Students completing T levels in 2025

T levels are not acceptable in the MBChB programme.

Please note that where a T level is listed as 'Not acceptable' this is because the T level does not cover subject-specific knowledge that we normally require at A level.  If you have taken both a T level and A levels please consult the admissions team for advice in relation to any degrees where T levels are listed as 'not accepted.'

 

Applicants with Scottish Advanced Highers, will normally be expected to achieve, or have achieved AAA to include Chemistry and Biology.

To find out more about what GCSE and A-Level equivalent qualifications we accept, please contact our admissions team on ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

A range of other UK-based medical foundation programmes may also be considered.  For details please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Team at ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

We do not currently accept any access courses. 

For applicants taking a degree, a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree (2:1) in any discipline plus three A Levels at grades ABB to include Chemistry and Biology with either at grade A. The university degree must be from a recognised UK ENIC (the UK National Information Centre for global qualifications and skills) approved university.

In addition, applicants will be required to have the same GCSE requirements as 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 five-year programme as for all other students.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Qualifications in your country

English language requirements
The Aston MBChB is a very intense programme and a high level of English language competency and communication skills are essential, this includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. Therefore, it is important that you come with the appropriate level of English which enables you to deal with all aspects of the course.

Your English Language test result is a guide to us and we accept in good faith that it reflects your ability at the level required for the MBChB programme. In some cases, if students are struggling, we may recommend that they seek support from the Learning and Development Centre. You will be expected to continue to work on your English throughout the programme, since you will be required to demonstrate high standards of both verbal and written communication to progress on the MBChB course.

English language requirements

Aston University provides a range of opportunities for international students to join our community and study on our campus. A key part of our strategy is our relationships with teaching partners, providing multiple pathways to Aston.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chances of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability. Our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Find out more about applying

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new Graduate Immigration Route which enables international students to remain in the UK for two years after you complete your studies to find work. This new post-study work visa applies to international students completing full-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Graduate Immigration Route

Additional academic qualification information

Deferred entry and gap years are permitted when applying on UCAS. Deferral requests post-offer are considered on a case-by-case basis. 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. The Occupational Health questionnaire and DBS checks must then be repeated in the following academic year to ensure that nothing has changed in the interim.

Applicants who have resat, or are resitting GCSEs, A Levels, or equivalent qualifications, with or without repeating an academic year, will be considered. The referee must provide a brief explanation of the reason (s) for the resit in the UCAS reference.

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.

We are only able to consider applications from graduates who have successfully completed their degree or are in the final year of their degree programme 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:

  • Applicants who wish to transfer from a medical degree programme at another university in the UK or abroad.
  • Applicants who have previously withdrawn from a medical degree at another university in the UK or abroad.
  • Applicants who have withdrawn from a degree in any subject in the UK or abroad.
  • Applicants who wish to transfer from a degree in any other subject in the UK or abroad.
  • Applicants who are not in the final year of their undergraduate degree programme in the UK or abroad.

 

All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) or if appropriate, the UCATSEN.

For Aston Medical School applications we require you to take the UCAT test in the same year of application, meaning you would take your UCAT in the summer/early autumn in the year before your course starts.

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. 

More information on the UCAT can be found on our applicant advice zone and FAQ page.

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 21 October in the year of application. 

How to apply 

All applications must be made via 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, Welcomed and valued , GMC 2019).

 

Once applications have been assessed and ranked, the top-ranking applicants who meet our academic and other school requirements will be invited to our Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs). Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MMIs were held on campus at Aston University, however, all MMIs are now held online.

The MMIs will consist of a number of 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 teamwork
  • understanding of leadership skills
  • understanding of compassion, empathy, respect and dignity 
  • problem solving

More information on the MMIs at Aston can be found on our applicant advice zone.

Widening participation is not just about ensuring medical students reflect all social backgrounds but it is also about ensuring that those who have disabilities (for example, physical, mental or learning disabilities) are encouraged and supported to study and practise medicine. Doctors should reflect the societies they serve and disabilities, as long as they do not risk patient safety, should not be a hurdle to potential medical applicants. The GMC states that ‘Disabled learners should be welcomed and valued by the profession’.

Aston Medical School welcomes applications from candidates who have disabilities and in line with recommendations from the Higher Education Occupational Physicians/Practitioners (HEOPS), we encourage you to get in touch with the Admissions Team if you would like to meet with key staff members to discuss anything with us before you apply. Identifying your needs early in the admissions process will ensure that we provide optimal support, including any reasonable adjustments throughout the selection process. For more information on the criteria for medical fitness to train, please visit the HEOPS website which lists the key areas in their document ‘Medical Students – Standards of medical fitness to train’.

It may also be useful for you to look at the General Medical Council’s document entitled Outcomes for Graduates, which details ALL the outcomes which must be met by medical students before they graduate.

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 the submission of your application. This is essential for medicine (and a requirement of the GMC) as this information will help us identify areas that need to be addressed at an early stage and will help us to ensure we provide appropriate support to you. Academic assessment for all applicants will be independent of any declaration of disability.

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. Please visit the Enabling Team website for more information.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Lead, Dr Afshan Ahmad at a.ahmad11@aston.ac.uk.

Applicants must normally have achieved their eligible academic qualifications for entry to medical school within the last three years. Applicants presenting qualifications older than 3 years will be considered on a case-by-case basis by our Academic Admissions Lead after an application has been made.

Please view our FAQ page to find out more about our admissions process.

Please view our FAQ page to find out more about how we score applications.

Discover more information in our application advice zone.

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 and the satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (UK Criminal Records Check).
  • If you have lived outside of the UK we will require a Certificate (s) of Good Conduct/Police check.
  • If you require a visa to study in the UK, we have a team of qualified immigration advisers to guide you through this process.
  • Final acceptance onto the MBChB programme is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) or international equivalent and occupational health assessment.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

UK students (2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£9,250

 

International students (2024/25)

Annual tuition fees:£45,550

 

Fees listed are for 2024 entry. For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy. When undertaking a placement year, a placement year fee applies. For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme, except whilst on placement when a placement year fee applies. 

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. 

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.

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. 

Explore our scholarships

More information on fees

For Home students: Tuition fees for UK/Home students may change in line with government policy.

For International students: The International students fee is a fixed annual fee for the duration of the Programme.

Career prospects

Once you have successfully 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.

UK Foundation Programme

This is a two year integrated training programme for newly qualified foundation doctors who are eligible for provisional registration with the GMC. You can register your interest in a variety of rotations and settings. Currently, non-UK/non-EEA nationals who graduate from a UK medical school wishing to undertake a recognised, two year full-time foundation programme (including academic programmes) are eligible to extend their Tier 4 visa to cover the duration of the training programme. Our qualified visa team will be on hand to provide you with advice and support should you wish to take this career path. Find out more here.

Registration

Currently in the UK, full registration with the GMC occurs on successful completion of foundation year one. However, foundation year two must be completed before entering into specialist training. The length of this training varies according to the speciality. For example, three years of specialist training is required for general practice, with five to seven years required for hospital specialities.

Continuing your training and career overseas

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 multi-staged 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.

Medical 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 from Health Education England (HEE) 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 to assist you with taking your next step, such as CV surgeries, application advice, and interview practice will be available to you through Aston University’s award-winning careers service.

Frequently asked questions

We have more FAQs here.

Why choose Medicine at Aston University?

Aston Medical School is a new medical school, providing both a well-connected clinical practice environment and patient-centred curriculum that will enhance your learning and applied experience throughout the course.

There are new facilities, the school is patient centred with a focus on primary care and much of your learning will be through group work. You will also take part in inter-professional learning with students from other healthcare courses like pharmacy to prepare you for working in multidisciplinary teams and with other healthcare workers.

You will also gain experience from a range of partners in hospitals and community settings.

Who can apply for a place at Aston Medical School?

Each year we offer places to UK and international fee-paying students.

Our 2025 intake has 110 places for home students and 30 places for international students. From 2021, EU students will have been classified as international students.

In keeping with our vision of being a socially inclusive medical school, we aim to offer up to 40 per cent of our UK places to students who meet specified widening participation criteria.  Full details of the widening participation criteria can be found here

Does Aston Medical School interview applicants?

Yes. Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) are a compulsory part of our selection process. They consist of a number of stations which assess attributes including:

  • Understanding of studying and practising medicine motivation
  • verbal communication
  • listening skills
  • understanding of teamwork
  • understanding of leadership skills
  • understanding of compassion, empathy, respect and dignity 
  • problem solving.

Find out more about our MMIs here.

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Study at Aston University and you will be part of a multi-cultural community located at the heart of the dynamic city of Birmingham. Our courses are practical, inspired by industry and many have internationally recognised accreditations. Renowned for our employability prospects and connections to business and industry, we provide outstanding career support, advice and placement opportunities.

For those interested in working in the UK after they have graduated, the UK Government has created a new post-study work visa.

Register your Interest

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