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MBChB Medicine

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Introduction to our Medicine degree

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Studying Medicine at ARU

Train as a doctor at our School of Medicine in Chelmsford, and get hands-on experience of patient care in hospitals, GP surgeries and community settings in this five-year medicine course.

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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Are you in Year 12? You could join us for a real taste of life as a medical student with our free residential experience this July. Places are limited – find out more and apply for our Amplify Your Summer Medical Programme.

As a medical student at ARU, you’ll have use of our cutting-edge skills laboratories and ARU Anatomy Centre. Our experienced tutors include consultants, surgeons, nurses and GPs – and they’re joined by visiting clinicians from NHS Trusts.

But you won’t just learn on campus. Placements start early and continue throughout your course. You’ll get experience in primary and acute care settings, and in specialist medical centres.

There’s a genuine need for qualified medical professionals and, as a doctor, you’ll be ready to build a bright future for yourself – and your patients.

About Medicine qualifications

To become a doctor in the UK you need a General Medical Council-approved Medical degree. For historical reasons different institutions give their degrees different names: you might graduate as a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery with the letters MBBCh, MBChB, MBChirB, MBBS or a few other options after your name. It does not matter which you choose, they are equivalent and enable you to progress into the next stage of your training (a foundation programme then GP or specialty training). The GMC-approved degree from ARU is an MBChB.

A BA Medicine, BSc Medicine or similar-sounding degrees such as our BSc Medical Science is not a qualification to practice medicine.

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State-of-the-art facilities

As a medical student at ARU, you’ll be based in our £20m School of Medicine, which features:

  • state-of-the-art skills laboratories
  • GP simulation rooms
  • the ARU Anatomy Centre
  • a Harvard-style lecture theatre
  • a multi-functional Category 2 SuperLab.

Take a guided tour and meet our students.

Hands-on experience

Nothing beats real-world experience and, by studying Medicine, you’ll benefit from:

  • placements in all five years of your course
  • a final Preparation for Practice placement
  • experience of working in different healthcare settings
  • experience of working directly with patients.


General Medical Council

Our MBChB Medicine degree is approved by the General Medical Council, having completed a rigorous quality assurance process.


Training as a doctor opens up a range of career paths, with opportunities to undertake further training and specialise in an area of medicine that’s of real interest to you.

When you graduate with your MBChB degree you’ll be able to apply for the two-year Foundation Training programme. During this programme you combine work experience with further training – essentially it’s your first paid job as a doctor.

Having studied with us you’ll be in a good position to apply to the Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH) Foundation School.

Once you complete foundation training, you can choose to work as a doctor, or to apply for further study in a particular medical specialism. There are around 60 specialisms you could follow, with options including GP training, surgery, paediatrics, emergency medicine and pathology.

With an ageing population and a shortage of GPs and healthcare professionals, career opportunities abound in Essex. As a qualified doctor here, you will find that you have a genuine opportunity to change people’s lives.

Apply now for MBChB Medicine

Life in Chelmsford

Chelmsford has something for everyone, and our green, modern campus is just ten minutes from the city centre.

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You’ll spend time on placement throughout your course. It's a great chance to get hands-on experience in hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare settings.

Your guide to placements