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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.

The university's origins can be traced back to the mid-19th century in Brighton. Since university designation in 1992, it has grown steadily. The university's performance in a range of external assessments of teaching quality is consistently strong.

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

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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. Fifty 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.

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 Sussex Centre for Consciousness Science.

Our NHS partners

Teaching Trusts

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex) was formed on 1 April 2021. The trust was created by a merger of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, bringing together a workforce of almost 20,000 people across seven hospitals in Chichester, Worthing, Shoreham, Haywards Heath and Brighton and Hove, as well as numerous community and satellite services.

UHSussex is responsible for all district general acute services for patients across Brighton and Hove, West Sussex, Mid Sussex and parts of East Sussex. It also provides specialised and tertiary services across Sussex and parts of the South East, including neuroscience, arterial vascular surgery, neonatology, specialised paediatric, cardiac, cancer, renal, infectious diseases and HIV medicine services.

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.


Other partners

Health Education England South East

Health Education England South East 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.