University of Leicester eBulletin

New Medical Degree Available

March 2002

No 62 

The Leicester Warwick Medical School is launching a new four-year medical course based at the University of Leicester. This is aimed at health science and health studies graduates working in the health sector and undergraduates about to graduate in those disciplines. It complements the Medical School’s existing four-year programme for biological sciences graduates, offered at the University of Warwick.

The Leicester-based MB ChB course for graduates in the health sciences and health studies is expected to attract more than 300 applications. With just 64 places available, applicants will be expected to have at least an upper second-class honours degree in a health science or related subject.

Honours degrees that will be considered include Health Science, and the Health Studies such as Nursing, Physiotherapy, Optometry, Health Psychology, Radiography (Diagnostic and Therapeutic), Podiatry, Mental Health, Occupational Health and Midwifery.

Undergraduate degrees in Medicine are normally five years in duration. The new, four-year graduate entry course acknowledges that graduates in health sciences and health studies have studied elements in the social and behavioural sciences, enabling a four-year programme to be devised.

In addition to the high entry grades, the Leicester Warwick Medical School will be looking for students with the right mix of personal qualities to make a good doctor, including empathy, good communication and listening skills and a caring manner.

The Dean of the Medical School, Professor Ian Lauder, commented: “This is a novel programme based on the much-admired Leicester medical degree. We have already had considerable success with our four-year course at Warwick, which is for people with good degrees in the biological sciences. Now we shall be opening up new opportunities for committed students from other backgrounds to qualify as doctors and help address the needs of the NHS.”

An opportunity to find out more about the four-year MB ChB at the University of Leicester will occur during the Medical School Information Day at the University, on Wednesday 1 May 2002 between 10 am and 4 pm.

The information day will also give potential applicants a chance to tour the campus, halls of residence and Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building, as well as visit the Library and other support facilities at the University, and to find out about the financial assistance which will be available to many students on the new course.

Further information is available from the University of Leicester Medical School Office, telephone 0116 252 2966/69, facsimile 0116 252 3013, email, website

Note to editors : For more details please contact Professor Stewart Petersen, Head of Medical Education, Leicester Warwick Medical School, telephone 0116 252 3095, email


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