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Research integrated

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Research integrated

How you learn

Research is built seamlessly into your studies at BSMS. Our research-active tutors will introduce you to the latest concepts and learning as you work through the curriculum.

You also have the opportunity to carry out your own research project in the fourth year, contribute to studies and be published before graduating. 

Your own projects

You can get involved in research projects as early as Year 1, through a student selected component (SSC), and many students get the chance to focus on more research in their longer SSCs in Year 3. See a selection of poems written by students in one of our SSCs below.

In Year 4, you will be working on an individual, in-depth research study one and a half days a week (IRP). Your challenge will be to develop an original hypothesis, design a methodology for your project, get ethical approval if necessary, carry out the research and analyse the data.

It is also possible to continue your research at BSMS through postgraduate study.

Poetry in medicine display

Poetry in Medicine - SSC

In 2019, Dr Neil Singh, Senior General Practice Teaching Fellow at BSMS, had the idea of offering a new SSC on 'The Poetry of Medicine'. The aim was to explore the social, moral, and personal complexities of medicine through the lens of creative writing. A range of students took the course ̶ some hadwritten poetry before, but most were new to it.

The students were then invited to read their poetry at an event in November 2019, along with several published and performance poets from Brighton, all reading poems on the theme of ‘health and the body’. View the poems below, which are also on display outside of the Anatomy Suite in the Medical Teaching Building.

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Trisha Hughes

Research in action

Four BSMS students discuss their own research interests, which they explored through their Individual Research Projects (IRPs) in Year 4.

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