Frequently asked questions

Coronavirus information

You can find information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic on the University website: Applicants and offer-holders frequently asked questions.

If you have any queries or concerns about how the Medicine foundation year programme is responding to coronavirus and how it may affect your studies, please contact us by emailing us at

Other questions

I have a disability. Who do I need to inform?

You should register with the University's Disability Advisory and Support Service. They will then liaise with your Course Co-ordinator to ensure that the School provides you with the required support.

Can I take days off during term time?

No. You are expected to be present during all semester dates for the year. If your timetable appears to be light or have few sessions on a particular day during term, you must remain available in case additional or rescheduled sessions are added.

How will the University contact me?

You should check your Manchester student email address daily. It is very important that you do so, as this is the main way we communicate with you.

For very urgent or short notice messages we may, on occasion, send you a text message if you have registered a mobile number with the University.

How do I obtain a lab coat, and will I need one at the start of term?

Foundation Year students will need a lab coat for lab sessions. You will be provided with a lab coat during your Programme Induction in the week beginning 28 September.

It will be your responsibility to look after the lab coat. If you lose your lab coat, you will have to pay for a replacement.

Are there places of worship near the University?

Yes, there are places of worship around the University. A prayer room is available in the Stopford Building.

If I have a concern, who should I contact?

If you have any concerns regarding the course or any personal matters, you should speak to one of the tutors in the first instance. They will try to offer help and refer you to other services as appropriate.

What do I do if I am ill and have classes?

You should contact Thomas Allanson (Foundation Programme Administrative Assistant) as soon as possible by emailing This is the case for all sessions, including those that take place online.

If you will be missing an EBL session, please also email your tutor. You may be asked to provide a fit note from your doctor for longer absences.