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BSMS Teaching Building
University of Sussex
East Sussex
Telephone number
01273 873795

The School is an equal partnership between the Universities of Sussex and Brighton together with NHS staff throughout the South East Region.  The arrangements for the School’s governance reflect this approach and students are awarded joint degrees of both Universities.

The School is fully committed to the principles of Tomorrow’s Doctors; it endorses the value of medical education in a multi-professional context, and promotes the highest possible standards in its three pivotal components of teaching, clinical practice, and research (both fundamental and applied).

There is an annual undergraduate intake of approximately 138 students. BSMS has proved exceptionally popular and in recent admissions rounds has continued to achieve one of the highest application rates of any UK medical school. Students spend their first two years primarily on the universities’ campuses at Falmer; thereafter the focus shifts to the associated teaching hospitals in Brighton and the surrounding area. There are purpose-built teaching facilities in all areas.

The curriculum emphasises early clinical involvement, a broad range of experience and a firm foundation in basic science. Led by the Medical Education Unit, there is a wide range of teaching and learning approaches as appropriate for the particular circumstances; we are not committed to a single method of delivery. Feedback from the National Student Survey has demonstrated an exceptionally high level of student satisfaction, with BSMS being consistently in the top 3 performing schools in the country with scores of over 90%. The BSMS 5 year strategic plan (2009 – 14) placed growth in research capacity as the number one priority. We have made significant investments in research infrastructure, including a world-class Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC) housing a 1.5T MRI and a PET- CT scanner and a Clinical Investigation & Research Unit (CIRU) dedicated to patient orientated research and early clinical trials.  There has been a rapid increase in postgraduate research students and research income has more than doubled over the last five years. 

Following the appointment of Professor Malcolm Reed as Dean in December 2014, the Medical School has undergone a strategic review and is currently undergoing reorganisation into the following Departments which will be fully established for the academic year 2016/17:

Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Global Health and Infectious Diseases
Primary Care and Public Health
Medical Education

Administration. The Medical School’s Administration is led by Mr Peter Pimblett-Dennis the Medical School Secretary.  The School’s 60+ support staff offer support to a range of functions including curriculum development and delivery, admissions, library and IT, communications, student welfare, human resources, research and finance.

More information about BSMS can be found at 

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