Learning resources


In addition to university systems such as the Campus Solutions and MyManchester, 1Med is a bespoke software application developed and supported by the medical school.

You will use 1Med to:

  • maintain an electronic personal and professional development (PPD) portfolio;
  • view your personal details;
  • access learning content via 1MedLearn;
  • receive important notifications from the programme;
  • access your timetable;
  • access information about the programme via 1MedInfo and the Programme Handbook;
  • find out about your student reps, mentors, opportunities, events and extracurricular activities via 1MedBuzz.

We recommend that you log into 1Med on a daily basis for:

  • any notifications from the programme;
  • timetable information;
  • programme information;
  • a list of tasks you may need to undertake (e.g. getting forms signed off by supervisors);
  • posts from Academic Leads on various topics related to medicine and your medical career.

Under 1Med, the programme uses a bespoke Learning Environment called 1MedLearn. 1MedLearn provides all the core e-learning content you will need during your time at Manchester.

We also provide apps such as e-forms and Nearpod, which may be used for teaching or assessment, together with specially created iBooks on clinical skills and prescribing.


We provide iPads for students from Year 3 onwards. You will be able to collect your iPad during your induction at the University. You will also receive tips on using the iPad over the period of your studies.

To collect your iPad, you will either need your University of Manchester student ID card or another form of photo ID.

eLearning and computing resources

You can access electronic resources using your iPad and computers in the Clinical Education Campus Library.

Wi-fi access via your iPad is available at all of the clinical education campuses and most of the district general hospitals.

We do not require you to have your own PC or laptop, but many students do bring their own to university and find these useful to support their studies.

Smartphones or tablets can be useful but, again, we do not require you to bring your own.

The Division of Medical Education uses a bespoke learning environment called 1Med Learn.


The University of Manchester Library provides you with the resources and support you need throughout your MB ChB programme.

The Main University Library and Stopford Library on Oxford Road house all of the essential textbooks, while the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons provides a 24/7 learning environment in addition to study skills workshops.

The Library also has an extensive collection of e-books, databases and journals available online.

All the information you need to get started at the Library is found on the Get Started page of the library website.

The Medicine subject guide is a good starting point to help you find information and access materials relevant to your programme of study.

My Learning Essentials is the Library’s comprehensive programme of online resources, workshops and drop-ins designed to support you in your personal and professional development throughout your programme.

Workshops and drop-ins are held throughout the year and include special sessions during exams and the summer. Our online resources are available at all times, providing flexible support for your development from undergraduate to postgraduate level and beyond.

In addition to the University's on-campus facilities and online resources, your main hospital at your clinical education campus and most district general hospitals also have onsite libraries.

The undergraduate team at your clinical education campus will provide you with information about local library facilities as part of your induction.


Although it is possible to get through the course just by borrowing from the Library, you may want to have some books of your own.

The Library has copies of nearly all recommended texts in both the Stopford Library and the Main Library. Where possible, these are also provided in electronic format including a subscription to ClinicalKey Medical Education, which includes hundreds of books, images and videos.

E-books are accessible through most internet-enabled devices as soon as you join the University, so you may want to see what's available before buying any textbooks. E-books are more up-to-date and easier to search, and you can bookmark pages on whichever device you use them on. It is best to look at what is available via the Library before making any purchases.

Students in the years above you often sell their old textbooks. Although these books may be one or two editions old, the content should be very similar, and they will be much cheaper than in the shops.

The Library also runs a Textbook Rescue scheme where students donate their old textbooks for new students to have for free. These books are available during Welcome week.

Our students' advice is to not buy textbooks before starting the medical programme, but to go to the library instead and try some different texts to see which work for you before you buy.

In addition, all medical students are given an iPad in Year 3. As well as the financial benefits of being able to access e-books, most students report a 70 to 100% reduction in print costs as a result of having an iPad.