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In order to become a doctor you must attend medical school and get your medical degree. Our medical student scholars and doctors have worked collectively to bring you a detailed list of all of the medical courses that are available to you in the UK. Click on the University and course from the list below for more information. We do our best to keep these pages as accurate as possible, but course and application requirements are subject to change so we always recommend that you contact the university too before applying.
Under each University Heading click ‘Learn More’ in the description to be taken to the dedicated medical school’s webpage, where you can find detailed information on the course structure, application information and student perspectives.
Aberdeen Medical School
Considered to be the first medical school in Scotland, founded in 1495, the Aberdeen Medical School includes its very own anatomy museum. The medical curriculum was revised significantly in 2009 and now offers a fresh, innovative approach to studying with high-class facilities and choice of study throughout the programme. The university is set close to the seaside, with neighboring mountains so your extracurricular time can be spent in a multifold of ways! The medical school has an impressive list of famous alumni, including Sir Graeme Catto, GMC president between 2002 – 2009, John James Richard Macleod, one of the discoverers of Insulin and Nobel Prize winner, and Surgeon Major Peter Shepherd, the pioneer of First Aid, delivered to the general public. The MedSoc is the oldest society within the student union, with over 600 members currently, for peer support and a calendar of social events to meet other medical students.
Anglia Ruskin University School of Medicine
Medicine is a new course taught in Chelmsford; the first cohort started in 2018. It is Essex’s first school of medicine. A new £20million faculty built specifically for medicine contains specialist simulation rooms including a hospital ward and a state-of-the-art anatomy suite. Anglia Ruskin already has an impressive 25-year history as the largest provider of nursing, midwifery and allied health trusts, helping the university form an impressive placements network prior to the medical school opening. The university works with 5 NHS trust hospitals, a large mental health trust and over 60 GP surgeries extending over both rural and urban areas, student placements can be at St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns, and Essex Cardiothoracic Centre. After opening in 2018, Professor Tony Young – Consultant Urologist and the universities Director of Medical Innovation was awarded an OBE in January 2019 for services to clinical leadership.
Aston University Medical School
Aston is a brand-new medical school that opened in 2018, set in the inner city of Birmingham. It was originally based on an independent private model: predominantly for international students with a small number of spaces for widening access students from the local area. Government funding in 2018 has allowed spaces for home/UK students (100 places were given during 2019 where 40% of those were given to widening access students). Aston University is an established university, having received Royal Chartership by the Queen in 1966. Today, the university is home in a 60-acre campus in the heart of a vibrant city with excellent local and national transport links. Grand Central Train Station is a short five-minute walk from campus.
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences
The Birmingham medical school is one of the largest and oldest medical schools in the UK, set in the beautiful town and greenery of Edgbaston; it is a campus university which embraces diversity and welcomes a student population of 30,000. The medical school is innovative and contemporary, designed with students in mind and the school is situated next to the state of the art Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which opened its doors in 2010, hence equipped and designed for twenty first century medicine.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School
A medical school formed in 1997 through the partnership of the Universities of Brighton and Sussex; the medical degree is awarded jointly by the two universities. Brighton and Sussex offers a dynamic curriculum with a small cohort and high-quality teaching and facilities. The curriculum provides a multi-disciplinary approach to learning medicine and produces doctors adept to 21st century medicine.
University of Bristol Medical School
Bristol is a renowned and well-established medical school, offering excellent teaching. The medical school is contemporary and modern and provides a diverse array of learning opportunities. The city of Bristol is a hub for music and arts and is not too far from the coast; it is very popular with the student population.
University of Buckingham Medical School
Buckingham was the first independent not-for-profit medical school in the UK and is open to UK and international students. The first cohort started in 2015. The medical school received GMC accreditation in 2019. The 4.5 year programme is specially designed to train doctors for the demands of 21st century medicine. You can apply directly through the website, or through UCAS (currently UCAS can be slightly difficult as it has different deadlines to the medical school due to the January start date). You are eligible to apply for Student Finance; however, it is capped at £6,100 and the rest is self-funded (please check with Student Finance for any changes to this).
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Cambridge is a world leading scientific institute represented by its rank as the third best medical school in the world in 2020. Cambridge offers outstanding teaching in the beautiful setting of the cobbled streets and historic architecture of the city. With top-class research facilities, its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is located within the city and is where the clinical years of the medical degree are taught. The course at Cambridge is academically rigorous and provides a strong foundation of the science behind medicine in a fun yet demanding environment.
Cardiff University School of Medicine
Cardiff is the oldest of the two medical schools in Wales dating back to 1893. The Cardiff medical school takes a large cohort and implements a case-based learning curriculum. The school is contemporary, focusing on international collaborations, whilst attaining a community approach with early clinical exposure as early as year 1. Its vast variety of teaching equipment and new C21 course allow students to learn in various stimulating environments such that they can provide the best quality of care to patients in the future.
University of Dundee School of Medicine
Dundee medical school opened 50 years ago but has become popular with students very quickly, given its innovative and patient-centred approach to studying medicine. Dundee medical school is relatively small and is set alongside a modern clinical teaching hospital and the focus throughout is on the provision of high-quality teaching and producing excellent graduates.
Edge Hill University Medical School
Edge Hill Medical School is very new with the first intake planned for 2020. It also offers a Foundation Year: the first intake is planned for 2019. There is a new £14m building for health and social care students which includes clinical skills facilities and simulation suites. It is one of three free-standing medical schools.
The University of Edinburgh Medical School
Edinburgh medical school was established in 1726, but medicine was taught in Edinburgh long before this formal establishment, with the Barber surgeons! As one of the first English speaking medical schools, the school arose out of the ‘Scottish enlightenment’ period. With excellent teaching, Edinburgh is a highly regarded medical school, set in a city of culture and arts that is vibrant and historic.
University of Exeter Medical School
Set in beautiful, tranquil Exeter, the campus university is green and idyllic. Exeter was previously called Peninsula medical school and was joined with Plymouth but both medical schools are now separate schools. The medical school has clinical placements across Cornwall, giving students a far-reaching scope of experience.
University of Glasgow School of Medicine
Glasgow is an evolving city and the medical school is one of the largest in Europe. The medical school has an impressive history dating back to the 17th century and being renowned for Joseph Lister and William Hunter to name a few! A purpose-built medical school was opened in 2002.
Hull York Medical School
Hull York Medical School opened in 2003 and consists of a unique partnership between the University of York and University of Hull. Hull York medical school has quickly gained its reputation for innovative teaching.
Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine
Imperial College Medical School was established in the nineties and today reflects a world-class institute with campuses based across North and West London; medicine is taught at six campuses around London. It is one of the largest medical schools and is internationally renowned for its programme, which has a distinct research focus. Set in the hub of London, there is an array of culture, diversity and social life.
Keele University School of Medicine
Keele University is campus-based and set in the beautiful heart of Staffordshire. Having Britain’s largest campus, Keele remains a popular choice with students given the universities’ scenic setting and the innovative teaching curriculum that is based upon student feedback. Their consistently high student satisfaction rating, alongside a course that incorporates various different teaching styles makes it an attractive place to study medicine.
Kent and Medway Medical School
A joint course offered by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. The first cohort will be starting in 2020. Both universities are based in Canterbury, with the University of Kent based on the outskirts and in parkland, and Canterbury Christ Church University based in the city centre. The programme is based on Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s integrated curriculum.
King's College London GKT School of Medical Education
King’s College London is a renowned university set in the center of London on a beautiful campus and is one of the largest medical schools. An integral component of the King’s medical curriculum is interprofessional learning and teaching. King’s offers a variety of elective opportunities with partner institutions across the world. Medicine is based at Guy’s and Waterloo Campus.
Lancaster University Medical School
Lancaster medical school is not only one of the newest medical schools to establish, but also one of has one of the smallest intakes. There is a brand-new Faculty of Health and Medicine, which provides modern facilities. Although an emerging institution, Lancaster aspires for great quality teaching, resources and research. There is a collaborative research approach with the University and the NHS, the voluntary sector and health-related industries.
University of Leeds School of Medicine
Founded in 1831 Leeds medical school was created so that students could study in the North of England without having to travel to London, Scotland or abroad to study. It has a longstanding reputation and is situated centrally in a city packed full of culture. There is an emphasis on technology to support learning; they are national leaders in mobile learning and members of staff and medical students have created impressive apps.
Leicester Medical School
Leicester medical school has been around for 40 years. A brand-new dissection room opened in 2016 and the George Davies Centre is a new £42 million, state-of-the-art medical teaching building. A new curriculum was implemented in 2016. The foundation year programme is relatively new: the first cohort started in September 2017. Doctors who graduate from Leicester have one of the highest levels of progression in the UK.
University of Liverpool School of Medicine
Liverpool University has been teaching medicine for over 180 years and there are over 1800 medical undergraduate students studying at the university at any one time. Alongside the medical school, there is the School of Tropical Medicine, School of Cancer Studies and world-leading life science research institutes. There is currently a £7 million investment programme into the School of Medicine called Project LIVE designed to: recruit new clinical staff, transform Cedar House (School of Medicine), IT project and many communications and engagement projects.
University of Manchester Medical School
Medicine in Manchester started in 1814 with the opening of a school of anatomy. From 1824 multiple medical schools opened in Manchester which eventually ended up joining in 1836. Victoria University formed from Manchester Royal College of Medicine and Surgery with Owens College (life sciences) in 1800. Victoria University was one of the institutions that formed the new University of Manchester in 2004. Most recently in 2016 the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health was formed bringing together the department of Life Sciences (draws in international funding and offers a large number of courses from BSc to PhD) and the department of Medical and Human Sciences. The aim is to integrate biology, clinical application and patient care in one faculty to improve people’s lives.
Newcastle University School of Medical Education
Medicine has been taught at Newcastle since 1834: it was the founding department of the University. There is a longstanding relationship with the University of Durham; a joint established organisation was formed in 1970 called The Durham University College of Medicine-Newcastle upon Tyne. The University of Newcastle upon Tyne was actually established in 1963. A high number of graduates from the course choose to work in the region after. The University in 2011 built a medical campus in Malaysia (not open to UK/EU applicants) and prides itself on taking an international approach.
Norwich Medical School
The medical school is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences which includes other courses such as physiotherapy, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. The school is a partner of Norwich Research Park and is situated extremely close by. The research park is one of Europe’s leading centres for food and health research and also hosts Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
University of Nottingham School of Medicine
The medical school campus is part of the Queen’s Medical Centre and opened in 1970; it is also used by other healthcare professionals such as midwifery, nursing and life science courses. The main campus called University Park is linked to the medical school via a pedestrian footbridge. A new campus was opened in Derby in 2003, which is used by graduate medical students and foundation medical students (A108) in their first year. An exciting collaboration between the Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln has allowed for the creation of new courses and formation of the new Lincoln Medical Schools (Universities of Nottingham and Lincoln). A10L which is based at the University of Lincoln has the same curriculum and teaching methods as Nottingham A100 course but offers different BMedSci and SSCs and it is a smaller cohort. The A18L Foundation Course is also based at the University of Lincoln and successful progression allows students to join the A10L course. You can apply for both the A100 and A10L OR the A108 and A18L course and would only have one MMI interview: you may get offers for both or only one depending on rankings after interview for the individual courses.
University of Oxford Medical Sciences Division
Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and so brings with it a whole lot of history. It runs as a collegiate university. Medicine was added to the courses taught during the 20th and early 21st century when sciences were added to the humanistic teaching. The medical school places a specific emphasis on research with an incorporated BA in Medical Sciences in the third year for undergraduates. Many of the students on the graduate course progress to careers within academic medicine. The course is very distinct with three years in pre-clinical medicine and then three years for clinical medicine.
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
Plymouth University founded its own medical and dental school. The core of research activity is organised within the Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine.The university is also the largest provider of healthcare education in the South East. There is a strong partnership between Plymouth University and the NHS in Devon and Cornwall (Derriford Hospital and Torbay Hospital). The first two years are spent in Plymonth and then for the clinical years, students spend at least one year in Torbay, Taunton or Plymouth and rotate around them. The university has set up a new foundation year course with the first cohort of students starting in 2019.
Queen's University Belfast School of Medicine
A medical school in Belfast opened in 1835; the college could not award degrees so medical students had to sit their finals and graduate from the University of Glasgow or Edinburgh until 1849. Queen’s College Belfast opened in 1849 and received its Charter as The Queen’s University of Belfast in 1908. There is a specific University Health Science Campus with two teaching hospitals and several University research centres located close by. It is the only medical school in Northern Ireland. There is a focus towards interprofessional working: a dedicated simulation suite will be ready in 2020 to be used for medical, nursing, pharmacy and other healthcare students to work together in simulated scenarios.
University of Sheffield Medical School
Sheffield Medical School was founded in 1828, but the school has been recently refurbished to suit students of the 21st century and there is a brand new Health Science library. The medical school has a longstanding history of providing their students with good education, with engaged educators and plenty of research exposure.
University of Southampton School of Medicine
University of St Andrews School of Medicine
Medicine has been taught at St Andrews since 1413. The facilities were updated in 2010 including a fully fitted medical ward where students can practice clinically early on in the course. Students study for three years and graduate from St. Andrews with a BSc in Medicine before continuing with their studies at one of the Partner Medical Schools. There are three possible routes after St Andrews: Scotland Route (Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow; England Route (Manchester, Queen Mary University of London); and no preference route, overseas students for fee purposes will progress to the University of Manchester Medical School. You will have to state your route when applying. ScotGEM is the new graduate programme with the first cohort starting in 2018: it is a joint programme between St Andrews and Dundee university and is in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands. Applications and decisions will be through St Andrews. The first two years at taught at the University of St Andrews and the last two years are taught at the University of Dundee. The degree is ideal for those interested in a generalist career working in underserved areas, including opportunities to train in remote and rural areas.
St George's, University of London
St George’s has a history of teaching medicine for more than 250 years. St George’s Hospital was opened in 1733 with formal registration of apprentice doctors in 1751.In 2000 it was the first University to launch the graduate entry programme, the MBBS 4 year fast-track medical course, to graduates who had studied any degree. In 1958 the first pacemaker operation was carried out at St George’s Hospital. St George’s alumni include pioneers in medicine, John Hunter, Edward Jenner, Henry Grey and Patrick Steptoe.
St George’s shares its campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK.
University of Sunderland School of Medicine
The University has existed since 1901 and has always taught science. It has a new medical school with the first cohort starting in 2019. They are in partnership with Keele University to help implement the new curriculum. There is a significant General Practise focus.
Swansea University Medical School
The graduate medical school was developed from the clinical school in 2004 and in 2009 the graduate programme started to be taught entirely at Swansea University. Within the graduate curriculum there is a scheme called Rural and Remote Health in Medical Education where selected students spend more time in rural health environments including their elective (rural and remote area abroad).
University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a private university set up to offer a UK medical qualification for international (non-EU) students. The university was set up in 1828, but the medical school is extremely new and was opened in 2014.
General UK Applications are only excepted from residents in the North West of England or from students currently taking the UCLan BSc Medical Sciences Foundation Entry programme.
There are 2 scholarships available for UK students and the scholarship covers the tuition fees for the entire course, clinical placement costs and a bursary that is equal to what would be offered from Student Finance England for living costs. They are only offered to students living in the North West of England that fit Widening Participation criteria.
University College London Medical School
UCL formed from the joining of several medical schools; Middlesex Hospital and University College Hospital medical schools merged in 1987 and then joined the Royal Free Hospital Medical School in 1998. The medical school is linked with Great Ormond Street Hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. There are three main campuses: Royal Free, Bloomsbury and Whittington.
University of Warwick Medical School
Warwick Medical School started in 2000 as a joint programme between Leicester and Warwick Universities. In 2007, Warwick Medical School stopped the joint programme with Leicester as it was awarded independent degree-awarding status. Warwick medical school runs the largest graduate medicine programme in the UK.