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. Find out more about our course below.

MBChB Medicine


Study an innovative, highly-integrated medical curriculum in partnership with Keele University School of Medicine. Gain the knowledge, skills and professionalism that you will require as a new doctor embarking on further training. Graduate ready to maximise your career progression and improve lives. 



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First Choice Medicine Summer School

The First Choice Medicine Summer School is a two-day event that will equip you with the information and skills needed to help you apply for our Medicine MBChB (Hons) course.

The Summer School will take place at the University of Sunderland on Wednesday 3 – Thursday 4 July 2019 and there are 80 places available for year 12 students. We will also consider applications from year 13 students who are holding the correct A Levels and haven’t applied to start University in 2019 (ie are planning to take a gap year).

We are passionate about ensuring fair access for all students, regardless of background and we are particularly interested in attracting students from groups which are currently underrepresented in higher education. Find out more by downloading the First Choice Medicine Summer School application guidance (.docx) and apply by downloading and completing the First Choice Medicine Summer School application form (.docx).

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A rewarding and diverse career

Medicine is a very diverse profession with an expanding range of career options. You will be taught in some of the best-performing hospital Trusts in England, and we will ensure that you graduate with a strong grounding in the general and social sciences as well as a high level of patient contact in both hospital and general practice settings. You will gain insight into the health needs of our population, the needs of our patients and their experiences of the NHS. We train excellent and innovative clinicians, well prepared for future practice and the globalisation of health care.

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.

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.