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Brighton and Sussex Medical School

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 2002
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • Medical School 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 94 N - S Road, Falmer, Brighton, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441273606755
    • Setting:
    • Suburban, town

The History of the Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is an equal partnership between the Universities of Sussex and Brighton together with NHS organizations throughout the South East region. The arrangements for the school's governance reflect this approach and students are awarded joint BM BS degrees of both universities.

The school is fully committed to the principles of Tomorrow's Doctors; we endorse the value of medical education in a multi-professional context and promote the highest possible standards in our teaching, clinical practice, and research (both fundamental and applied).

Our postgraduate courses provide a range of opportunities from taught and research Masters courses to diplomas, certificates, and individual continuing professional development (CPD) modules, allowing us to meet the needs of health professionals at all levels in a constantly changing healthcare sector.

Lastly, the research undertaken at BSMS aims to make a genuine contribution to the evidence and science underpinning clinical practice and to benefit people and patients in their health and wellbeing.

Academic Highlights

All BSMS students are automatically members of the Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society which meets monthly on Thursday evenings at the Audrey Emerton Building main lecture theatre. The Society was founded in 1847 and continues to provide educational sessions to medical students and doctors on diverse topics related to medicine, from clinical care to global health and medical humanities. BSMS students are encouraged to attend to discuss key medical issues, meet colleagues and to continue a fine historic tradition.

Life in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Students will undertake a range of clinical placements, mainly at the Royal Sussex but extending into other trust and primary care settings. The University Hospitals NHS Trust provides a full range of clinical specialties with major centers in cardiology/cardiovascular surgery, cancer, renal dialysis, neurosurgery, and HIV medicine. In 2017, there were 12 hospitals affiliated with the school.

The clinical placements are served in general practices and teaching hospitals throughout the south-east, including many in Kent, and all Sussex hospitals, such as the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Medical students have General Practice placements in years 1, 2, 4 and 5. In the early years, the focus is on practicing communication skills and on learning in the clinical environment. In later years, the focus becomes clinical skills, managing undifferentiated symptoms, minor illness, and chronic disease. In the final year, students carry out student-led surgeries, under GP supervision. In these sessions, students see patients independently and start to draw up management plans.

The Department of Primary care and Public health is very active in research, and there are opportunities for students to get involved in health service and clinical research projects as part of their medical training. There is also an active student GP Society.

School Ranking

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is 11th in the Times Higher Education (THE) list for the world's best small universities in 2019. BSMS is the only institution from the United Kingdom to feature in the top 20


Once candidates submit their UCAS application, our admissions team will email all applicants inviting them to activate and access the University of Brighton applicant area. They will also email to invite applicants to submit any evidence of contextual data. The admissions team will then review applications. Applicants meeting or predicted to meet our academic requirements will be ranked by their BMAT score, with the top-ranking candidates invited to interview.  Our BMAT cut-off point for 2019 entry was a cumulative score of 16.1.  

Please note that we will not consider applicants, without contextual data, whose BMAT scores do not fulfill ALL of the following criteria: 

Section one: a score of at least 3 or higher

Section two: a score of at least 3 or higher

Section three: a score of at least 2.5 C or higher

BSMS aims to offer 30% of its interviews to candidates with contextual data flags and thus applicants with contextual data are ranked separately.

Notable Alumni

DR SEAN MITCHELL is a Foundation Year 2 doctor who graduated in 2014. He has been back at BSMS recently working with Tim Vincent to improve the Year 5 online clinical case bank. DR CHARLIE SAYER has recently been appointed as a consultant radiologist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. MARTA FERNANDEZ-ARIAS  one of Lima’s largest hospitals, Marta signed up with VSO to go to South Sudan to apply her new skills in the field.

Acceptance Rate

Aims to offer 30%

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