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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Our course

Our course

Explore the undergraduate course at BSMS as part of our virtual open day.


Our degree course

Our five-year medical degree, awarded jointly by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS).

The course is designed to help you become a highly competent, strongly motivated doctor, committed to the highest standards of clinical practice, professionalism and patient care. By the time you graduate, you will have developed the knowledge, professional and key personal skills and attitudes necessary to pursue a successful medical career. 

Click on the video below to get an overview about the course from Prof Juliet Wright, Head of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning at BSMS, plus a more in-depth look at what each year of study might entail.  

Years 1–2

Your academic and clinical studies will be based primarily at both Brighton and Sussex University campuses at Falmer, using purpose-built teaching facilities including a modern anatomy laboratory, small and large group teaching spaces, clinical science laboratories and IT resource suites. 

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Years 3–4

Years 3 and 4 are based mainly in Brighton at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and Audrey Emerton Education Centre, and in Haywards Heath at the Princess Royal Hospital. The Audrey Emerton provides comprehensive learning facilities, including a fully stocked medical library, computer suites, a clinical skills training area and teaching rooms for large and small group study.

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The Royal Sussex County Hospital is currently undergoing a redevelopment worth nearly £500m, meaning students entering their clinical years will benefit from a state-of-the-art facility. Dubbed  the ‘3Ts hospital’, reflecting its role in Trauma, Teaching and Tertiary Care, the hospital refurbishment is due for completion in 2022/23. You can take a virtual tour of the new buildings by following the link below.  

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Year 5

Year 5 provides intense clinical and professional preparation for your foundation years. Throughout the year, you will develop your clinical skills through direct patient contact and by using clinical skills laboratories and simulators.

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"Learning anatomy at BSMS is an exciting fusion of laboratory-based traditional human cadaver dissection and prosection sessions with applied living anatomy and the latest live ultrasound sessions. At BSMS, we ensure that students not only have the core knowledge of the human body, but are effective at applying that knowledge in the diagnostic and surgical domains." - Dr Claire Smith, Head of Anatomy 

Explore our anatomy laboratory and take our virtual tour, or watch the video below to discover more. 

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clinical skills tutorial

Clinical skills

Our integrated degree combines academic knowledge and clinical experience from Year 1. Students visit GP surgeries or clinics in hospitals from the first week of the course. This builds their confidence and communication skills with patients and other healthcare staff. 

Watch the video below to discover more. 


High fidelity simulation

Patient communication and clinical skills are integral to your studies at BSMS. Working with professional actors, our simulation rooms will allow you to practise patient consultations, preparing you to manage complex problems and undertake key clinical examinations in general practice. 

Take a 360 tour of our simulation suite or watch the video below to discover more. 

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Intercalated degrees

The intercalated degree is an optional addition to a medical degree.

You may choose to undertake an intercalated degree between Years 3 and 4, allowing you to expand your horizons, study a new topic in depth, and work or study for a year at an institution such as BSMS.  

Please note, intercalation numbers are capped at 40% of the total cohort, with priority given to those without a prior degree. 


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