Our partners

BSMS works closely with a number of academic and NHS partners who contribute to achieving the medical school's goals and delivering high-quality teaching.

Our parent universities

BSMS is a partnership of the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, so each student is a member of both universities. Each brings a strong reputation in medical-related sciences which contributes to the course. 

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University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a community of over 23,000 students and 2,600 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. It has one of the best teaching quality ratings in the UK and a strong research record, factors which contribute to their reputation as a leading post-1992 university.

They can trace our origins back to the mid-19th century in Brighton. Since university designation in 1992 the university has grown steadily. Their performance in a range of external assessments of teaching quality is consistently strong. 

The last Research Assessment Exercise found more Brighton academics working at international standards of excellence than any other post-1992 university.

The universitiy's specialism in pharmacy, pharmacology and biomedical sciences contribute to the BSMS programme.

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. 50 years on, it has become a leading teaching and research institution.

The Times Higher Education magazine's World University Rankings continues to rank Sussex high on the list in the UK, Europe and  the world, setting them alongside some of the world's most prestigious institutions.

Sussex is a leading research university, as reflected in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Over 90 per cent of Sussex research activity was rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised, confirming the University among the leading 30 research universities in the UK, on a simple average across all scores. 

Its specialist reputation in life sciences, psychology, biomedical sciences and neuroscience contributes to BSMS programme delivery, as does work in the Human Genome Centre and Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science

Our NHS partners

Teaching Trusts

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS TrustBSUHT logo

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust provides district general hospital services to the local population of some 460,000. It also provides a range of specialist services including cancer services, neurosciences, cardiac surgery, renal services and intensive care for adults, children and new-born babies, to a population of approximately 1,000,000.

They are a very large public sector employer, employing some 5,500 staff with an annual budget of over £300 million. The Trust manages around 1,140 beds and provides the majority of its services from:

  • The Royal Sussex County Hospital campus (including the Sussex Eye Hospital) in Brighton
  • The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital  in Brighton
  • The Princess Royal Hospital campus (including the Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre) in Haywards Heath
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, substance misuse and learning disability services. They are an integral part of the health and social care network for the people of Sussex.

Associate Trusts

  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust  




East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries and schools, and in people's homes.

The role of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is to provide the best possible healthcare service to patients, who come first in everything the organisation does.

There are some 500,000 people who live in East Sussex and the Trust is one of the largest organisations in the county. We employ over 7,500 dedicated staff with an annual turnover of £360 million.

Read more about Medical Education at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides over 400,000 treatments each year. A growing population of 420,000 residents of east Surrey and north-east West Sussex are served by the Trust. 3,100 people work for the trust. Their major site is East Surrey Hospital and they also provide a range of services at Crawley, Oxted Health Centre, Dorking, Caterham Dene and Horsham hospitals in partnership with the Primary Care Trusts that own and manage those sites. East Surrey Hospital is the designated hospital for both Gatwick Airport and the M25.

  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust


Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of around 450,000 people who live in a catchment area covering most of West Sussex. The Trust runs three hospitals: St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea , and Worthing Hospital in the centre of Worthing.

The Trust was created on 1 April 2009 by a merger of Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, which managed St Richard's Hospital, and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust.


Other partners

  • KSS DeaneryKSS-logo.jpg

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Deanery coordinates the delivery and funding of postgraduate medical and dental education in Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

  • Sussex Community NHS Trust




Sussex Community NHS Trust provides NHS community health services for people who live in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. As the area’s main provider of community healthcare services, the Trust bridges the gap between home and hospital, helping people to recover, stay healthy and live as independently as possible.

Their clinicians and support staff help over 9,000 people daily across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove to live healthier lives by delivering outstanding services. The Trust improves the health and well-being of people in the local communities and offers patients greater choice in their treatment.


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