Skip to main contentSkip to footer
two student observe surgery
Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Supportive environment

BSMS > Undergraduate > Why choose BSMS > Supportive environment

Supportive environment

How you are supported

Medicine is one of the most challenging disciplines you can study. A lot of thought has gone into our support system, to give you every chance of success.

Your teachers

Small class sizes mean your teachers know you by name and, during your first year, a personal tutor will provide you with pastoral support. The fact they are also your GP tutor gives many people added confidence. As well as this, you have an Academic Tutor for the first two years and a Clinical Academic Tutor for Years 3 to 5, who provide valuable academic support for your learning.

surgeon talks to students

Your advisors

If you want to speak to someone confidentially, our student support coordinators are there to listen and can direct you to any other help you need.

We also hold regular forums and student affairs meetings where you can air your concerns. We are always happy to listen and we welcome positive change.

Your peers

From day one, you are part of an academic support group of eight people. We balance each group to include school leavers, graduates and mature students to provide the most effective peer support. There is also a buddy system for Year 1 students. 

lecture 2 students not as close up 2015

Walk before you run

We're careful not to overwhelm our new students, so we will work with you to help you establish a solid learning foundation and build up your confidence to learn appropriately.