Medicine (Graduate Entry)


Study Medicine at a collaborative and inclusive medical school embedded in the communities of Cumbria, training clinicians who are innovate, adaptable and focussed on the delivery of high-quality person-centred care.

This MBBS programme is subject to ongoing quality assurance by the General Medical Council who are responsible for the monitoring standard of medical education in the UK.

A Unique School

Study a bespoke, community-focused curriculum at the University of Cumbria and graduate with an Imperial College London degree. 

Hands on Experience

Gain early clinical experience to allow you to develop your clinical skills and professional practice. 

4 Years

A 4-year graduate entry degree, with a commitment to widening access to under-represented groups in medicine. 



Delivered by

The Pears Cumbria School of Medicine

Degree Awarded By 

Imperial College London

UCAS Code: 



4 Calendar Years

Study Mode


Start Date

August 2025


University of Cumbria, Carlisle – Fusehill Street Campus and clinical sites across Cumbria and the surrounding areas  



Per year

(Please note that this course is only open to UK home students)


Applications will be via UCAS and will open in 2024

Minimum entry standards

Graduate Entry 

A grade 2:1 (or above) in a Biosciences or Allied Healthcare degree.

Course Overview

Study at an innovative new medical school embedded in the communities of Cumbria, with learning opportunities across the region.  

The bespoke programme blends expertise from the highly rated MBBS programme at Imperial College London, with the University of Cumbria’s longstanding reputation in training allied healthcare professionals.  

You will gain early exposure to clinical practice alongside research-informed medical sciences teaching. You will also complete a community-based project on a topic of interest to you, linked with prevention and healthcare delivery. Clinical skills training and multi-professional collaborative learning will occur across the 4-year programme. 

A professional development program will support your academic progress and career development. You will be allocated a tutor with clinical experience in Cumbria and be given access to resources to structure your learning. 

You will need to be a home student with at least an upper second-class science or allied healthcare degree to be considered. Successful students will graduate with an MBBS from Imperial College London. 

To encourage applications from groups less well represented in medicine and as part of our commitment to widening access, this 4-year graduate programme does not have any GCSE or A-level requirements. 

The new Pears Cumbria School of Medicine is a collaboration between the University of Cumbria and Imperial College London.

The University of Cumbria is no.1 in the Northwest for Graduates into employment or further study within 15 months – (97% of Graduates - HESA 2023)

Imperial College London is ranked 8th in the world for Medicine (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)


Year 1 will focus on the integration of medical science and clinical knowledge, while you begin to develop the professional values and behaviours needed to become a doctor.  


Early in the programme, you will undertake clinical placements and clinical simulation in a range of settings across North and South Cumbria. These sessions will enable you to develop your practical procedural, clinical and communication skills. 


You will also explore the contributing factors to health and healthcare delivery. There will be a focus on the application of research to healthcare delivery.  


Year 1 Modules

Medical Sciences 1 

Explore the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems with a focus on how pathophysiology underpins disease. 


Clinical Skills and Professional Practice 1 

Develop your clinical skills and professionalism and explore the roles and responsibilities of a medical student and a doctor. 


Prevention and Healthcare Delivery 1 

Explore the social, psychological, and behavioural factors that contribute to health and healthcare delivery. 

Year 2 will delve deeper into medical sciences with continuing focus on the integration of medical science and clinical knowledge, widening your clinical knowledge, and further build your professional values and behaviours.  


The clinical learning in primary and secondary care settings will increase, allowing further development of your practical procedural, clinical and communication skills. 


You will deepen your understanding of the factors contributing to health and healthcare delivery completing a group project in an area of interest to you.  


Year 2 Modules

Medical Sciences 2

Integrate the key concepts introduced in Medical Sciences 1 to adopt an evidenceinformed approach to managing patients with multiple longterm conditions. 


Clinical Skills and Professional Practice 2 

Further develop your clinical skills and professionalism; undertake clinical placements across the region, in general practice, community and mental health, and medical and surgical secondary care. 


Prevention and Healthcare Delivery 2 

Deepen your understanding of the key concepts in social sciences and population health, while considering the practical aspects of applying research and healthcare data to improve health outcomes. 

Years 3 and 4 are centred on your preparation for practice as a Foundation Doctor in the NHS.  


In Years 3 and 4, you will undertake clinical placements in clinical specialties, medicine, and surgery, based in hospital and community settings. These placements will facilitate the integration of your learning within the medical school, and in the clinical settings, to prepare you for practice as an NHS Foundation Doctor. 


In addition to being embedded in clinical teams, a range of structured teaching and simulation sessions will provide you with added experience of unfamiliar situations, managing uncertainty to support you in your practise e.g., making clinical decisions.  


During your final year, there will be the preparation for practice component. This will contain a pre-foundation assistantship, during which you will have a defined role and responsibilities within a local clinical team where you will participate in activities which are like those of a newly qualified doctor.  

You will complete your training with an elective period that will enable you to organise your own extended placement, either in the UK or abroad. 


You will need to complete all components of the Medicine (Graduate Entry) programme to a satisfactory standard to obtain your MBBS award. 


Year 3 & 4 Modules

Clinical Skills and Professional Practice (year 3) 

Experience situational learning on clinical placement across the region, in a range of specialties, in both community and secondary care. 


Clinical Skills and Professional Practice (year 4) 

Builds further on the clinical skills, the professional capabilities, and the knowledge that is required for the Medical Licencing Assessment. The module also including a pre-foundation assistantship and an elective period. 

Professional accreditation

The programme is subject to ongoing quality assurance by the General Medical Council (GMC). 

Educational Methods

Large and small group teaching, including sessions that will require preparatory work before attending face to face teaching, such as, but is not restricted to:   

Interactive Lectures

Scientific Practicals


Team-Based and Skill-Based Learning

Situational learning such as clinical placements

Simulation Learning


Flipped Classroom

Reflective Practice

Written Assessments

Clinical Assessments

Oral Presentations

Reports and Write-ups

Workplace Assessments

Some teaching will be delivered by multiprofessional case studies, which will enable you to integrate your scientific and clinical knowledge across different health care roles and settings.  


You will also undertake a community-based project that will involve research skills and group work.  

Your timetable and learning

Our timetable is structured to allow you to focus on your Professional Knowledge, Clinical Skills, Professional Values and Behaviours.  

We will use active learning methods so you can practise and apply your knowledge and critical thinking. 



A variety of assessment modes will be used, specific to the aims of each module in each academic year. These include, but are not restricted to, written, clinical and oral examinations. 

You will also undertake workplace based assessments, which examine clinical skills or practical procedures, undertaken in simulated circumstances, and/or in a clinical setting. 

Assessments will take place in class and/or online; they may be open or closed book. Assessments for the MBBS programme are pass/fail. You will receive regular feedback through formative assessments that will allow you to track your progress and prepare for the summative assessments. 


Medical Licensing Assessment

The General Medical Council’s Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA) aims to demonstrate that those who obtain registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK meet a common threshold for safe practice.

To obtain registration with a licence to practise, you will need to pass both parts of the MLA and demonstrate your fitness to practise.  


Student agreement

Due to the unique nature of the Medicine programme, which includes clinical placements, all students will be asked to sign an agreement upon entry, which sets out the responsibilities of both Pears Cumbria School of Medicine and the student.  

The agreement complements Imperial College London’s current policies and procedures, promoting a coherent understanding between students and the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine Faculty as to what is expected from each, and improving the student’s learning experience. 


Placements and location of study

The programme is based at the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine, at the University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street Campus, Carlisle. 

You will complete a number of placements and clinical attachments throughout your degree.  

Early in the programme, you will undertake a range of short clinical placements and simulation. These will be across North and South Cumbria, in community, primary and secondary care settings, including mental health.   

During the programme you will be expected to complete attachments in both north and south Cumbria areas. 

Towards the end of the programme, you will undertake a period of pre-foundation assistantship during which you will be embedded in a clinical team locally; and an elective, where you will organise your own extended placement, either in the UK or abroad. 


Staff expertise

You will be taught by a range of teachers from Professors to local health care experts, plus specialists external to Imperial College London and the University of Cumbria. You may also experience peer teaching 

Life at the University of Cumbria

Libraries and Facilities at the University of Cumbria 

Based at the University of Cumbria’s Carlisle Fusehill Street Campus you will study alongside students undertaking to a wide variety of different programmes. You’ll find a bustling environment for students offering multiple spaces to use for socialising and meeting with friends.  


A 10-minute walk from the centre of Carlisle the campus allows students to enjoy the facilities at Fusehill Street whilst having the flexibility to easily access the city centre. 


Our libraries offer you flexible, accessible, and safe spaces. Our excellent range of digital and physical library resources support your learning. 


Our Skills@Cumbria team support your library, academic and digital skills development throughout your programme of study.  

Library and academic advisors team provide online resources, including our Skills TV channel, webinars , group workshops, individual appointments and email guidance to support you with searching, writing, referencing, presenting, dissertations and more. 


For further information, please refer to the University of Cumbria’s Facilities Information.

Disability support at the University of Cumbria 

Disability support will be provided to the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine students by the University of Cumbria. 

The University of Cumbria is committed to supporting disabled students to participate in their programmes of study. The University seeks to embed policies and procedures which promote disability equality and offer support through the provision of reasonable adjustments. 

Students are encouraged to declare Disabilities/Specific Learning Difficulties within the admission processes e.g., on their application form or UCAS forms, and during your registration and enrolment processes. By declaring information within these processes, the University of Cumbria can send students specific information and contact them to discuss needs. 

Our Disability Support teams will work with you to develop your learner support plan detailing your needs and required and recommended adjustments which will be shared with your programme tutor. Our Specialist Learning Advisors provide support, information, resources, and appointments for students with specific learning difficulties you will have access to a range of specialist equipment, hardware, and software dependent on your specific needs.  


On each campus, you will find accessible workstations with specialist hardware such as larger screens, keyboards, and adjustable height desks. All computers have access to a range of assistive software and a selection of over 100 free accessibility apps for everyone to use. 


For further information, please refer to the University of Cumbria’s Disability Support Information.

University of Cumbria Student Accommodation 

With a bustling city centre, beautiful surroundings and a wealth of history, Carlisle is a fantastic place to live and study. 

Campus accommodation at Fusehill Street offers modern, stylish affordable ensuite accommodation, with 85 ensuite rooms organised into flats of 5-7 rooms per flat.  

Accommodation contracts for medical students will be up to 49 weeks so you do not need to vacate your room at Christmas or Easter. Further contract extensions over the summer can usually be facilitated. 

University of Cumbria also has a nominated a 3rd party provider, Denton Holme Student Village (‘the Host’). Denton Holme offers 249 rooms within 25 townhouses, with resident parking and bike storage facilities. Offering riverside views, the village is a 20-minute walk from the Fusehill Street campus. Denton Holme Student Village is managed by Host, the student facing brand for Victoria Hall Management Ltd. You can apply for this accommodation via the University of Cumbria application process; however, your contract will be directly with the Host. 


For further information, please refer to the University of Cumbria’s Accommodation Information.

Entry Requirements

Currently, CSM can accept applications only from prospective students who are considered a home student for fee purposes.  

Minimum Entry Standard

2:1 (or above) in a Biosciences or Allied Healthcare degree.  

Candidates are required to meet a minimum threshold score for each section of the Graduate Medical School’s Admissions Test (GAMSAT) entry exam and are ranked according to this sum.  


Subject Requirements 

Examples of relevant UK* biological or allied health professional subjects as relevant to the academic admissions criteria are:  

  • Anatomy/Anatomical Science  
  • Biochemistry  
  • Bioengineering   
  • Biology  
  • Biomedical/Healthcare Science   
  • Cell and/or Molecular Biology  
  • Dietetics and Nutrition   
  • Dentistry  
  • Genetics  
  • Health & Social Care   
  • Microbiology   
  • Midwifery   
  • Neuroscience  
  • Nursing   
  • Physiotherapy  
  • Paramedic Practice/Science  
  • Pharmacy   
  • Pharmacology   
  • Physiology   
  • Psychology   
  • Public Health   
  • Radiography  
  • Sports Science/Rehabilitation   
  • Occupational Therapy/Health   
  • Veterinary Science/Medicine   


*The above list is not intended to be exhaustive because degrees may vary. There are many relevant degrees, that we are not able to list and for which you are advised to discuss directly with the Imperial admissions team. Candidates with degrees awarded by institutions outside the UK should contact the admissions team.  

Graduate Medical School’s Admissions Test (GAMSAT) 

Graduate Medical School’s Admissions Test (GAMSAT) 

All applicants applying to the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine are required to take the GAMSAT 


Applicants are required to register for GAMSAT and to follow all instructions from the test administrator.  


The GAMSAT results will be made available to the admissions team prior to the applicant’s intended entry to the programme.  


To apply in 2024 for the programme commencing in 2025 only results from March 2023, September 2023, March 2024, and September 2024 can be used.  


Applicants who do not apply for the GAMSAT sitting by the required date will not be considered.  

Applicants must achieve minimum threshold scores in GAMSAT section I ‘Reasoning in Humanities’ and section II ‘Written Communication’ to be considered for interview.  

The Pears Cumbria School of Medicine will give emphasis to adjustments for those who are identified as coming from groups who are under-represented in medicine, as per the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine widening participation criteria (please see below for a description of this).  


These candidates will have an uplift applied to scores in section I ‘Reasoning in Humanities’ and section II ‘Written Communication’.  


The uplift will be calculated to account for the spread of scores across all candidates applying within a given UCAS cycle. All candidates (WP & non-WP) will be expected to meet the same minimum scores in Section III Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences.  


Data used to identify widening participation candidates within the academic admissions process:  


Application data will be used to identify candidates who meet at least one of the following criteria:  


  • Have spent time in care under a local authority;  
  • Have a home address* postcode that falls into England’s index of multiple deprivation quintile 1;  


Have a home address** postcode that falls into POLAR4 quintile 1 or 2 and who also meet one of the following four sub-criteria:  


  • Are the first generation in their family to have attended university  
  • Attended an English school in the past ten years where the key-stage 5 performance is below the College’s percentile threshold of 20%  
  • Attended a school in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland in the past ten years where the Free School Meals percentile is above the Imperial College London’s percentile threshold of 80%  
  • Or have at some point, identified as young carers. These candidates will be reviewed on a case-by- case basis with evidence from local council social worker services.  

* Home address is place of permanent residence, not term time address.  

** These candidates will be flagged as Widening Participation candidates for the purposes of the shortlisting and interview.  

How to Apply

Applications will be via UCAS and will open in 2024. Sign up to receive notifications about application openings here.

Providing that essential examination requirements or predictions are satisfactory, candidates will be short-listed for interview according to their GAMSAT scores.  


Candidates are required to meet a minimum threshold score for each section and are ranked according to the final calculated sum of the three sections. The top-ranking candidates will be invited to interview.  


Multiple Mini Interviews 

The interviewers are comprised of staff and students with experience in the admissions process, who will contribute to the decision process.  

These decisions are ratified by the admissions tutors. The following criteria may be considered when assessing your application:  

  • Undergraduate degree classification  
  • GAMSAT scores  
  • Evidence of commitment to the values of the NHS Constitution  
  • Motivation and understanding of medicine as a career  
  • Community activities  
  • Leadership and teamwork  
  • Extracurricular interests  
  • Referee’s report  


Fitness to Practise policy 

All UK medical schools have a duty to ensure that no member of the public is harmed because of training medical students. The Imperial College LondonFitness to Practise policy  may be activated in cases where significant concerns have been raised about the behaviour of students, including prior to their admission to the School.  

Multiple-Mini interviews (MMIs) may be conducted in a blended format with a mixture of in person and asynchronous interviews.  


MMI stations will seek to assess candidates across the following areas:  

  • Commitment to medicine and understanding the role of a doctor   
  • Potential to contribute to the medical school and the region  
  • Teamwork and leadership   
  • Ethics   
  • Empathy   
  • Resilience and adaptability   


In line with Department of Health and Social Care guidelines, our admissions policy is not restricted to residents of Cumbria, and it promotes equality and fairness for prospective students nationally. Domestic students from other parts of the UK are encouraged to apply. During the MMI, candidates who do not have links with local area will be assessed on their understanding of and interest in improving health outcomes for the people of Cumbria. See supporting information for data used to identify candidates with links to the local area.  


Work experience with service-users is strongly recommended and will be assessed during interview, together with other information in the personal statement.  

If you are offered a place on this programme, Imperial College London’s Occupational Health Service will send you a confidential health questionnaire to complete.  


We want to learn about any health problems or disabilities you have which may require special support, so that we can plan for this before you begin your programme. In accordance with our Privacy Statement, this information may be shared with University of Cumbria for the purposes of supporting students on their programme of study. 


We are also required by the General Medical Council (GMC) to ensure that you are not affected by a condition that would make it impossible for you to acquire the skills to qualify and work safely as a doctor.  


We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and, wherever possible, seeks to provide any extra support that may be necessary. Most disabilities or health problems, even if substantial, can be accommodated.  


If you have a disability or health problem that may affect your fitness to practise or may be difficult to accommodate, contact the Imperial College London Occupational Health Physician for confidential advice before applying.  


Age restriction 

You must be 18 years of age by the time you would start this programme.  


Vaccinations for medical school 

If you are offered a place, you must be immunised against a range of infections to meet health and safety standards necessary for working with patients. You will be sent details of the vaccinations you need with your offer.  


You should arrange with your doctor or a health clinic to begin this programme as soon as you receive this information, as it can take eight months to complete. Medical students are also required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  


Blood-borne infections 

Chronic viral infections that are carried in the blood can be transmitted during surgery to patients from an infected healthcare worker.  


When you come to the Pears Cumbria School of Medicine, to comply with NHS requirements, you will be offered blood tests to check you are not infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV, before you are cleared for direct surgical experience.  


If you test positive for any of these infections, you can continue your programme, but you will not be allowed to assist with or undertake surgery or other ‘exposure-prone’ procedures on patients. This will not prevent you from qualifying or practising as a doctor, except for the restriction on these procedures.  

Mitigating circumstances are unforeseen, unpreventable circumstances that significantly disrupt your academic performance, such as an illness or bereavement. 


If you feel you have mitigating circumstances that should be taken into consideration when we make decisions about your exam results, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible, ideally through your GP. 


You must provide appropriate, supportive, and independent evidence, not a letter from a family member or friend. The evidence must explain:  

  • What the circumstance is  
  • Exactly how it affected you in relation to your studies/assessment  
  • Precisely when it occurred (i.e., identifying which assessments were affected)  


It is essential that you apply for mitigating circumstances as soon as you are aware of the problem.  


Late claims will not be considered without clear supporting evidence of why an application was not made on or before the deadline.  

Deferred entry 



Transferring from another school 

We do not accept students who have previously started at or are already studying at another medical school.  


We also do not accept students for transfer from other Imperial College London programmes.  

Your career as a doctor

Graduate with the skills and knowledge to enter a diverse range of careers including clinical medical practice, clinical and biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, scientific journalism, and healthcare management. 

Access the specialist careers support from the Imperial College London medical school careers team, alongside the support offered through your professional development tutor and other medical school staff. Including one-to-one appointments, talks from doctors in different specialities, skill sessions, networking events and careers fairs, and much more.

Achieving this MBBS provides you with a primary medical qualification (PMQ), entitling you to provisional registration with the GMC and license to practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts. In your final year, we will support you to apply for a Foundation Year 1 post through the UK Foundation Programme selection scheme.

On successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme, you can apply for full registration with the GMC before entering Foundation Year 2.

As a doctor you’ll need full registration with a license to practise for unsupervised medical practise in the NHS or UK private practice, although regulations in this area are subject to change. Then, you can train as a specialist through an NHS scheme, choosing from around seventy different specialities.

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