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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

About BSMS


About BSMS

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is an equal partnership between the Universities of Sussex and Brighton together with NHS organisations throughout the South East region. The arrangements for the school's governance reflect this approach and students are awarded joint BM BS degrees of both universities.

The school is fully committed to the principles of Tomorrow's Doctors; we endorse the value of medical education in a multi-professional context, and promote the highest possible standards in our teaching, clinical practice, and research (both fundamental and applied).


We admit approximately 135 students annually to our BM BS degree course. BSMS has proved exceptionally popular and in recent admissions rounds we have 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 and community settings in Brighton and the surrounding area. We have purpose-built teaching facilities in all areas.

Our curriculum emphasises early clinical involvement, a broad range of experience and a firm foundation in basic science. Led by the Department of Medical Education, we employ 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 students consistently returning overall satisfaction rates above 90%.



Our postgraduate courses provide a range of opportunities from taught and research Masters courses  to diplomas, certificates and individual continuing professional development (CPD) modules, allowing us to meet the needs of health professionals at all levels in a constantly changing healthcare sector.

As we respond to the needs of this sector, our courses continue to evolve, with new courses being added as a need is identified. We offer a range of clinical specialties, including  anaesthesia, cardiology and dementia, along with professional courses ranging from medical education to public health and global health.

Our partnership with the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and overlapping research groupings offer a rich research environment for students wanting to pursue a research degree, and we offer PhDs, MDs and MPhils along with our Masters in Research.  



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.

The medical school is organised across five major departments: Neuroscience, Global Health and Infection, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Medical Education, Primary Care and Public Health.


BSMS offers an Academic Training Programme aimed at doctors who are considering an academic career in medicine. The programme is jointly overseen by BSMS and Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex and in close collaboration with the relevant partnership NHS Trusts (Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust and Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust).


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Prof John Harris poses with BSMS colleagues including Dean of the medical school, Prof Malcolm Reed


Find out about our latest events including lectures, symposiums and conferences.

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Find out about the library facilities available to students and staff of BSMS including accessing e-books, online resources and journals. 

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Information for schools, teachers and parents

BSMS is committed to offering accurate and detailed information advice and guidance to those who require it. 

Through outreach work with local schools and sixth form colleges and the nationally recognised BrightMed widening participation programme, combined with our Open Days and Interview Days, prospective students are able to gain valuable insight into making a strong application to medical school.

Please see further details of all of our work in the links below. If you have any questions on any of the programmes we run, please contact Sam Wickham on

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Anatomy Laboratory

Our modern, fully equipped Anatomy Laboratory provides a range of facilities for teaching and research, including dissection, prosection and fresh frozen.

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As your lifelong link to BSMS, your Alumni Association provides a range of benefits and services that remain an invaluable part of your BSMS experience.


Working here

Find out about our current vacancies within the medical school and other work opportunities including how to become a teaching facilitator or GP teacher and information about gaining honourary status. 

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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.

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Our strategy

You can download a PDF of our strategy document, which outlines our plans for a second decade of success.

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Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the medical school.

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Contact us

Find out more information about our academic and administrative staff as well as the best ways to get in contact with us or visit us.

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