Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is a collaboration between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex which is based at the Falmer campus, about two miles from Brightons centre.
Background and History
BSMS is a relatively new institution, which was formed due to the Labour governments call in the late 1990s and early 2000s for more doctors to be trained in the country. This resulted in a raft of new medical schools forming including BSMS and other collaborative centres such as the Hull York Medical School.
Location and Accessibility
Rail: Rail is the easiest method of accessing BSMS if you're coming down to visit, as Falmer Rail is opposite the campus. Services to London are under an hour travel time and from there connections can be made throughout the country.
Road: Access to campus is easiest via the M23 and then the A23 if you're coming from further North, or the A27 if you're travelling from East or West of Falmer.
Most facilities are wheelchair friendly and accommodation is available that has been designed for usage by people with disabilities.
Standard entry requirements are AAA at A-level, a UKCAT exam as well as a passion for medicine, usually demonstrated through work experience or volunteer work.
Accommodation at the Falmer campus is available as either catered or self-catering. It is also possible to stay at the other Brighton or Sussex university halls but most students will choose to be close to their lectures at the Falmer campus.
A number of schemes are available to help you find private rented accommodation, including a list of university approved landlords and some university-managed properties. Rents vary and are considerably more by the waterfront.
Courses and Fees
Faculties and Departments
BSMS is classified as a Faculty of both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.
Academic Strengths and Research Profile
As a specialist school, BSMS is entirely focused on the teaching of medicine and offers no other undergraduate degrees. Postgraduate research focuses on areas such as Clinical Investigation and Clinical Imaging (using tomography and magnetic resonance). Taught Masters programmes are also available in the field of Global Health.
Fees are currently set at £9,000 for home and EU students and £23,678 for international students.
Numerous methods of financial support are available including NHS bursaries and the University of Sussex First Generation Scholars Scheme. Check your eligibility for the options available as many are means tested.
The Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (to give it its full name) i sone of the largest teaching trusts in the country and is split over two hospitals: one inBrighton and the other in Haywards Heath. Research facilities are excellent in the field of medical imaging and clinical subjects such as Cardiology, Diabetes, Nephrology and Trauma. Teaching facilities are also available, including dissection rooms, IT suites and study areas.
Other on-site Amenities
Students at BSMS also have access to all the facilities at the individual Brighton and Sussex Universities, so there is plenty on hand to keep you entertained when you're done dissecting for the day. The Falmer campus has a Students Union shop and bar, as well as restaurants and cafes on site. Sports facilities have recently been refurbished and include football and rugby pitches, astro-turf, netball, cricket and a leisure centre.
Medical and Social Care
The student medical centres, along with nursery facilities, are available for BSMS students to use but are based on the other Brighton campuses so some travelling will be involved. The chaplaincy and counselling services are available at the Falmer campus, so they can provide mental and spiritual well-being to the medical students.
Whats on in the Area
Falmer itself has some beautiful surrounding countryside for walks or golf and the Students Union is active in putting on events for students who don't want to leave the campus for their nightlife. Most, however, will want to venture into Brighton for the huge music scene, pubs and clubs as well as the biggest gay community in the country. In the summer, Brighton gets packed with tourists so expect to have to arrive early if you want to secure a good sunbathing spot on the beach. Brighton is known for its liberal culture and has many alternative art, music and social spaces.
Employability is extremely high at BSMS because of the focused nature of its courses. Nearly all undergraduate medicine students go on to employment or further research.
Did you know?
BSMS is one of the most popular Medical Schools in the country in terms of the number of applicants.
Brighton attracts over eight million tourists a year and is home to the worlds oldest aquarium: get yourself down to Seaworld at the weekend!
Is BSMS for you?
Its medicine course has a strong focus on anatomy with a considerable amount of time working with cadavers.
It is very research focused, particularly in clinical and the medical imaging sciences.
Why not also consider the medical Schools at Hull, York or Cambridge, which also have very good reputations?