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International students

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International students

BSMS and the two universities provide an array of student support, academically and socially, and the universities have dedicated offices to advise those coming from abroad.

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Why study at BSMS?

You will study for a UK primary medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC). You will work alongside an enthusiastic faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching breaking the boundaries of medical research. As part of a small year group, you will receive personal teaching to ensure you get the best education possible. 

Seminars will be complemented by your work in laboratories and lectures, where you will undertake group work, dissection and research projects to give you the skills you will need as a doctor. Right from the start, you will also meet patients in the community and on the wards, developing your clinical skills.

Based on reportedly the sunniest campuses in the UK, you will have the tranquil Sussex countryside and picturesque villages minutes from your door. Brighton's beach and vibrant social scene are four miles away; Gatwick is half an hour by train and London is an hour's train journey away.


"The encouraging and friendly atmosphere of both BSMS and Brighton has really helped me to settle in here. It's a fantastic place to live and study, and there's always something going on. I'd definitely recommend BSMS for international students."

- Emilie-Marie Sagripanti, Year 2, from Canada

Hear more from Emilie >


International fees for 2016/17 will be £28,000 per annum; Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will pay £19,000 per year. Any possible rises in subsequent years are capped at 5% per year.

You need to ensure that you have enough money to cover the cost of your fees and other expenses before you begin your course. You will not qualify for the NHS bursary in your fifth year.

The University of Brighton offers international scholarships based on merit and financial need, with a £4,000 tuition fee reduction per year.

As details of available financial help are liable to change, and application deadlines vary, please check the universities’ websites. The information above is only a guide. You will be sent further details about how to access financial help once you have firmly accepted the offer of a place with us.

Read more about the University of Brighton's international scholarships >

Read more about the University of Sussex international funding and other essential information > 


English language requirements

In order to meet with our English language requirements, international students must hold one of the following qualifications:


7.5 overall an not less that 7.0 in each of the 4 sections. This must have been achieved no more than two years before the date that you intend to enrol with BSMS.

IGCSE English (2nd Language)

Grade A

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Grade B

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

Grade A

Support for international students

Advice ranging from immigration procedures to cultural information about the UK is available on the two university websites, so that you will feel well prepared when you arrive.

Falmer is easily accessed by bus and train, whether you have arrived in the UK by air, sea or land. Providing you submit your housing application by the deadline, you will be guaranteed on-campus accommodation for the first year only. The first weeks of term will be full of opportunities to meet local and international students from the two universities, through parties, walks, shows, balls and much more, organised by the internationals support offices.

You will meet your academic tutor and the student support coordinators, who will be your first points of contact if you experience any difficulties settling in. You will get to know your way around BSMS and have time to explore the campus and Brighton.

The universities' international students' societies provide a supportive environment to help you integrate into university life in the UK. They are open to all nationalities and, together with the universities' international support offices, they arrange a diverse range of events during the year.

Read more details about student support >