Join a school of medicine at a university with a track-record of excellence in science and healthcare education spanning almost 100 years. Utilise excellent facilities including state-of-the-art clinical simulation. Take advantage of our strong partnerships with regional health trusts to support your learning and enable placements.

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Medicine at Sunderland

We are working in partnership with Keele University School of Medicine to implement our new medical curriculum. Our spiral curriculum will enable you to build on your learning year-on-year, adding increased complexity to clinical problems introduced in year one. Our Medicine course is in the top 20 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2024). Find out more about our course below.

Undergraduate courses

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MBChB Medicine

The MBChB Medicine honours degree here at Sunderland is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and professionalism that all new doctors should have as you embark on further training. With outstanding resources and a distinctive curriculum, we deliver educational excellence in an environment renowned for its friendly nature. We also welcome students from non-traditional backgrounds, as we believe in giving more people the opportunity to study medicine.

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Postgraduate courses

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PgCert in Medical Education

Medical students are now learning clinical sciences alongside disease aetiology, treatment and management. Medical education is also at the forefront of developing robust, reliable and valid student assessments. This Medical Education PgCert is aimed at academic staff looking to develop their career in medical education. On completion of the course, you'll have developed your skills and knowledge as a teaching professional and will be able to offer student-centred teaching and learning experiences.     

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Master of Medical Education

This Master of Medical Education is an internationally recognised higher degree in medical education with a major emphasis on developing you as a contemporary educator in medicine. The course has a strong practical focus both through its taught and research/project components ensuring that you are able to transform your practice in the classroom, clinical setting and in simulated environments.

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Medicine MBChB

As a new School of Medicine, our MBChB course is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s (GMC) rigorous quality assurance programme. The MBChB honours degree at the University of Sunderland is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and professionalism that new doctors should have as they embark on further training. The course offers an innovative, highly-integrated medical curriculum, incorporating a mixture of core and student-selected modules. Integration occurs at all levels, and the three vertical themes are included in the core and selected elements in all years.

The Sunderland difference

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.

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Meet the doctors of tomorrow

Our Medical School’s initial cohort is made up of 51 students from all types of backgrounds. A 2020 broadcast of BBC1’s Inside Out programme followed three of our students as they began their medical training.

Please note, this film is a report on the new School of Medicine, not a BBC endorsement of the MBChB Medicine course or the University of Sunderland.

Meet Laura, Francesca and Surena and hear their experiences of Sunderland Medical School so far.