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Displaying 1 - 39 of 39 UK medical schools

Medical school Year established Brief history notes

Established in 1726 to provide formal medical training, Edinburgh medical school is the oldest in the United Kingdom.

St George's London

Established in 1733, St George's has claim to be the oldest medical school in England.


The current medical school at Glasgow was established in 1751, with the appointment of Dr William Cullen.


The current structure of Barts medical school was formed by the 1785 merger of the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital (founded 1123) and the London Hospital Medical College. It has claim to be the oldest and first medical school in England and Wales. St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and The London Hospital Medical College merged In 1995 with Queen Mary University.


The formal medical school at Aberdeen was established in 1786, with a series of lectures offered by Dr George French and Dr Livingston.


The medical school was established in 1824. Previously, medical teaching began in 1752, when Charles White founded the Manchester Royal Infirmary as the first modern hospital in the Manchester area.


Formal medical education began at Birmingham in 1825, and it merged with Mason Science College in 1900.


In 1828 Arnold James Knight and Hall Overend made motions to found a public medical school in Sheffield, and the new medical school was formally opened as the Sheffield Medical Institution in July 1829. In 1905, the university college received its royal charter to become the University of Sheffield and Medicine was a founding faculty at the university.


In 1831 six physicians and surgeons set up the Leeds Medical School, which admitted its first students in October of that year.


Bristol Medical School was originally established in 1833, and later became amalgamated with University College, Bristol in 1893.


Established in 1834, this medical school was known as the College of Medicine in connection with Durham University from 1851.  From 1937, when it joined Armstrong College, it was known as King's College, Durham. In 1963 King's College became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.


A medical school in Liverpool was originally established in 1834. This became attached in 1844 to the Liverpool Infirmary and was renamed in 1851 as the Liverpool Royal Infirmary School of Medicine.  From 1881 it operated as University College Liverpool.  The school used to have a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum, which was replaced in 2014 with a new 'integrated' curriculum for its five-year MBChB course.

Queen’s Belfast

As explained in University of Belfast websie,  although the first medical student was admitted as a pupil to a Belfast Hospital in 1821,  the Board of the Faculty of Medicine did not meet until  October 1835 when the medical school was offically established.


Originally founded in 1893, and previously known as the Welsh National School of Medicine and the University of Wales College of Medicine, this medical school was re-amalgamated into Cardiff University in 2004.

St Andrews

Although medicine was taught at St Andrews from 1450, the current medical school at St Andrews was etablished in 1897, with teaching undertaken at University College, Dundee until 1967.  The medical school teaches medical students for the first three years of their training, with students completing this training at different partner medical schools in the UK (including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Barts).


The current structure of the medical school at Oxford was established in 1946. Previously, medicine was taught here through various periods since the 13th century but was dormant during the 19th century.


From 1967, medical teaching in Dundee came directly under the auspices of the University of Dundee.  Previously, from 1893 to 1967, medicine in Dundee was taught as part of the University of St Andrews.


Established in 1970, this school was formed following the 1968 recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Educationreport, popularly known as the Todd Report, that new medical schools should be established at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Southampton. Its first cohort of 48 students graduated in 1975.


Established in 1971, this school was formed following the 1968 recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Educationreport, popularly known as the Todd Report, that new medical schools should be established at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Southampton.


Established in 1975, this school was formed following the 1968 recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Educationreport, popularly known as the Todd Report, that new medical schools should be established at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Southampton.


The current medical school was established in 1976, although teaching of medicine at Cambridge has a longer history. The Linacre Readership in Medicine was founded in 1524, and the Regius Professor of Physic was established in 1540.


Imperial College London Medical School was established in 1997 by the merger of St Mary's Hospital Medical School, the National Heart and Lung Institute, the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School.

King's College

This medical school in its current structure was formed by the 1998 merger with the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals.  Until 2005 it was known as GKT School of Medicine.


UCL medical school was established in 1998.  Previously, teaching of medicine was based elsewhere and the current structure of UCL medical school derives from several mergers:  in 1987, a merger between the medical schools of Middlesex Hospital (1746) and University College Hospital (1834), and a subsequent merger in 1998 with the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (founded as the London School of Medicine for Women in 1874).

Brighton and Sussex

Brighton and Sussex is one of several new medical schools formed in the UK following the Labour 1997 election victory. The school gained its licence in 2002, with its initial course being a heavily modified version of the medical course at University of Southampton.

Norwich (UEA)

This  medical school, based at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, was previously called University of East Anglia School of Medicine Health Policy and Practice. The first cohort of 110 students was in 2002.

Hull York

Hull York Medical School took its first intake of students in 2003. HYMS is one of several new medical schools (along with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Peninsula Medical School, and University of East Anglia Medical School) established by the British government to train more doctors.


This medical school began teaching undergraduate clinical medicine in 2003, using the Manchester curriculum, with the MBChB degree  awarded by the University of Manchester until 2011. From 2012 (2007 intake) the MBChB degree was awarded by Keele University itself.


Lancaster University Medical School admitted its first cohort of students in 2006. Until 2013 it delivered the University of Liverpool School of Medicine MBChB curriculum to 50 undergraduate students per year. In 2012, the General Medical Council approved Lancaster'srequest to begin delivering its own medical degree independently from the University of Liverpool.


Established in 2013, after the split of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (founded 2000).


In 2013 the School of Dentistry and the School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education merged to create the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The medical school recruited international students from 2015, sponsored UK students from 2017, and UK government-funded students from 2018 onwards.


Exeter Medical School was established in 2013 after the split of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (founded 2000).


Established in 2015, University of Buckingham Medical School offers a 4.5-year course with the first cohort graduating in June 2019.


Originally planned as an independent private medical school, mainly for international students, Aston since 2018 has received Government funding for Home / UK students. The first undergraduate MBChB students commenced studies in September 2018, following approval of its programme by the UK General Medical Council. In 2019, 'Widening Access' students were allocated 40% of places.

Anglia Ruskin

Anglia Ruskin's first cohort of medical students started in the academic year 2018-19.


Lincoln is a new medical school, where the first student cohort commenced studies in 2019.


Sunderland is new medical school where the first cohort of students started in September 2019.

Kent and Medway

This new medical school, established in 2020, is a collaboration between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christchurch University. This medical school allocates 100 places each year, with up to 8 international, and its partner medical school is Brighton.

Edge Hill

As announced in 2018 on the university's website: Edge Hill University will offer an access to medicine course from 2019 and train doctors from 2020, following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health to establish a Medical School at the University.

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