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Our School of Medicine

We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in our bid to open a new medical school, with the first cohort of students joining the University in September 2019.


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Our bid was backed unreservedly by our NHS partners and clinicians and we are also working closely with the City Council to provide an environment and a range of new amenities to retain doctors in the region to halt the disappointing drift south of many newly qualified medics.”

Sunderland is one of only five new medical schools, established to address the regional imbalance of medical education places across England and to widen access to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves. With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years, the University is now well-placed to address the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East. Focusing on GP and Psychiatric training, the new programme will complement existing medical provision in the region and add to the diversity of medical schools in the UK.

Medicine at Sunderland

The University of Sunderland experience is different from most UK medical schools. We have a relatively small student intake, a city-centre campus by the sea and a supportive community with enthusiastic and committed staff. We have an excellent track record of attracting and supporting students from the least advantaged socio-economic groups. The University of Sunderland has been providing higher education since 1901 – including science and areas related to medicine – and we continue to be at the forefront of teaching, learning and research.

Our curriculum partner: Keele University

The University of Sunderland is working in partnership with Keele University School of Medicine to implement our new medical curriculum. Keele University School of Medicine has successfully been delivering the MBChB honours degree for 15 years. They were ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017 for Medicine and have been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, ranking them alongside many prestigious universities including Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Queen Mary’s College, London.