Getting started on the MBChB medical programme

Please visit 1Med for a full timetable.

Programme of induction activities

Informal webinar - Monday 21 September, 11am

You will receive an email from the programme with a link to join our informal webinar. This is your opportunity to meet staff who you’ll be working with over the next two years, and also to ask any questions you have about getting started, the induction or the MBChB programme. 

If you have a question you would like to submit to the panel in advance of this webinar, please email it to, including 'Question for Year 1 Webinar' in your email subject, and your question will be addressed during the webinar.

You will need to set up a Zoom account using your University email address, once you have registered, to access this webinar. See how to set up a Zoom account (PDF).

Meeting your peer mentors - Wednesday 23 September

You will have the opportunity to meet online with your peer mentors. Information about this meeting will be sent to you.

For more information about the scheme, see the peer mentoring page.

Welcome to Medicine Webinar - Monday 28 September

All students should attend this webinar. 

Course material collection - by appointment

We will be in touch to provide you with an appointment to come in and collect your case books and lab coats from us in a safe and socially distanced way.

You won't have an opportunity to try on the lab coats before selecting a size, and you won't be able to swap your coat once you have chosen one.

Please see the size guide below and have a think in advance about which size you would like.

Lab coat size XXS XS S M L XL XXL
Metric (cm) 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 100 104 108 112 116 120 124 128 132
Imperial (inches) 28 30 32 33 34 36 38 40 41 42 44 46 47 48 50 52
Euro 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60 62 64 66


Essential Skills

28 September - 9 October 2020

Download the full Essential Skills Timetable

Our Medical induction is incorporated into the first two weeks of the semester. This is known as Essential Skills.

This initial period provides you as new students with an orientation and introduction to Manchester, the University and to all elements of the MBChB programme. These include Problem Based Learning (PBL) group-based activities, anatomy, practicals, consultation and clinical skills.

During Essential Skills, you will meet your peers and the clinical and academic staff who will be teaching you. You'll also be introduced to the spaces you'll be learning in for the next two years.

We are working really hard to provide face-to-face teaching and experiences in as many areas as we can to provide you with a quality educational experience.

Other things to consider

Sign up to a medical defence organisation

Consider the Medical Protection Society (MPS) or Medical Defence Union (MDU).