Learning resources

eLearning and computing resources

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

WiFi access is available at all of the clinical education campuses and most of the district general hospitals which can be accessed using your iPad.

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.

Smart phones 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.

1Med Learn provides all the core e-Learning content you will need during your time at Manchester.

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


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

The Main Library and Stopford Library house all of the essential text books, 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 eBooks, 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.

Workshops and drop-ins are held throughout the year and include special sessions during exams and the summer. 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 on-campus facilities and on-line resources, your main hospital at your clinical education campus, and most district general hospitals, also have on-site 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.

eBooks 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.
eBooks are more up-to-date, are 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 text books before starting the medical programme but go to the library and try some different texts to see which work for you before you buy.

In addition, all students at medicine 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.

The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons

The Learning Commons, based on the central University campus on Oxford Road, offers a flexible, ultra-modern and stimulating space in which to relax and learn.

With cutting-edge IT facilities including state-of-the-art printers, scanners and photocopiers, you can use the facilities as you choose; in group study, independent study, IT-led study or simply for quiet time.

With a dedicated team of library staff to offer help and support, the Learning Commons is open 24/7 for maximum convenience throughout term time.

You’ll also find a cafe on the ground floor to fuel your study time.