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

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) provides district general hospital services to a local population of 460,000. It also provides a range of specialist services including cancer services, neurosciences, cardiac surgery, renal services and intensive care, to a population of approximately 1,000,000.

BSUH employs over 6,500 staff with an annual budget of over £550 million. It manages around 900 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 Centre) in Haywards Heath

BSUH has been awarded £420 million for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The redevelopment is part of the 3Ts programme (trauma, tertiary, and teaching), which includes the expansion of services for seriously ill and injured patients, as well as further development of the hospital’s teaching facilities.

  • 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 provides acute hospital and community health services for people living in East Sussex. It mainly provides services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, as well as various minor injury, birthing, outpatient and community services throughout the county.  

East Sussex Healthcare Trust is one of the largest organisations in the county, employing over 7,000 dedicated staff with an annual turnover of £365 million.

  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust


Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides acute and complex services at East Surrey Hospital, as well as a range of outpatient and diagnostic services at Caterham Dene, Crawley and Horsham hospitals, and Oxted Health Centre. It employs around 3,500 people and provides healthcare services to a growing population of 535,000. 

  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust


Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of around 450,000 people across 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.

It was created in 2009 by a merger of Royal West Sussex NHS Trust and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust, and became an NHS Foundation Trust in 2013.


Other partners

  • Health England Kent, Surrey, Sussexhekss-logo.png

Health England Kent, Surrey and Sussex is a Local Education and Training Board, and a sub-committee of Health Education England. It ensures the effective planning, education and training of the NHS workforce within the region, identifying and agreeing priorities with the local health community. 

  • Sussex Community NHS Trust




Sussex Community NHS Trust is the main provider of community NHS healthcare across Brighton and Hove and West Sussex. Its clinicians and support staff provide essential medical, nursing and therapeutic care to over 8,000 adults, children and families a day. 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.


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