STUDYING MEDICINE IN LEEDS
WHAT IS LEEDS LIKE?
Welcome to Yorkshire!
With around 200,000 students and over 5 universities, Leeds is a great city for studying. The city is easily accessible by road, rail and air and sits just south of the Yorkshire Dales. At it's centre, there is an abundance of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants so you'll never run out of things to do. See Visit Leeds for more information!
UNIVERSITY CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
At Leeds, our clubs and societies are managed by LUU (Leeds University Union).
Joining a club or society is a great way to make friends when you start University. There are over 300 societies registered with LUU across many disciplines including sport, media and faith. Why not check them out here!
Year 1 is where you learn all about how the body works without illness. Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials and practicals. You move through each body system and its anatomy with weekly sessions in health behaviours, ethics and communication. You're on clinical placement for 1/2 a day each week to start building your clinical skills! All of this is accompanied by a big social calendar so you can make friends!
In Year 2 we study the anatomy and function of the brain and musculoskeletal system. We build on our knowledge of conditions that can affect the organ systems. You're on placement for 1 full day a week as you develop your consultation and clinical skills. We also experience areas outside of the usual medical syllabus which helps us become well-rounded doctors. It is an interesting year and forms a solid foundation for the clinical years.
In Year 3, you get to apply what you have learnt over the last two years of medical school into practice. The year is split into different rotations that give you a broad understanding of the major specialties in a hospital. Each rotation lasts about four and a half weeks, and it is married together with teaching, self-directed learning and tutorials. Overall, it is an enjoyable year where you get to feel like your skills are being put to good use at the hospital.
Intercalation refers to taking a year out of the MBChB program to obtain another degree. There are lots of areas to choose from and many people find it rewarding to study an area of interest in greater depth. It's optional at Leeds and you can intercalate at your MBChB university or elsewhere. More information about intercalating at Leeds can be found here.
Year 4 is often referred to as the speciality year, it gives you chance to explore some of the big specialities – Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Acute Medicine and Obs & Gynae, whilst continuing to develop fundamental Primary Care skills. It’s probably the hardest year because there’s so much content to cover but it’s certainly the most interesting! You’ll spend the majority of time on placement, where you’ll be encouraged to get stuck in with everything from delivering babies to clerking in A&E.
Year 5 focuses on the transition from medical student to junior doctor. Clinical placement is full time, including experience of night shifts and weekends. It's an opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and clinical skills learnt throughout the course. Self-directed study is encouraged with guidance from lecturers, in addition to seminars and group discussion in preparation for final exams.