Brighton & Sussex Medical School: Ranking, Tuition and Admission

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) was established in 2003 out of a partnership between the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, in conjunction with surrounding NHS organisations. It runs a five-year medical degree with both local and international students body. 

Dissection of human cadavers is a requirement of the medical course at the Anatomy Laboratory, housed on the University of Sussex campus. This facility is a place where students can practise dissection and prosection. Radiologists and Surgeons from Nuffield Health Brighton act as anatomy demonstrators.

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Researchers have access to the Brighton and Sussex Clinical Investigation and Research Unit, which is a £4 million facility opened in 2006 as a partnership between BSMS and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. This initiative was created to underpin the development of the medical school and Trust’s research strategy. 

At Falmer there is a Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre, which houses an integrated PET-CT imaging system and a 1.5T MRI scanner, often used in oncology and neuroscience.

The Medical Research Building and Trafford Centre on the Sussex campus includes facilities for research scientists to work on cell signalling, developmental biology, neuro-inflammation, human genetics, cancer, infection and immunity.

The School also includes the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine, which contributes to teaching and research output, divided into three main areas of study in Clinical Specialities, Public Health and Professional Development.

Global Rankings

Brighton and Sussex Medical School is ranked 251 in World University Rankings by the Times Higher Education.

Cost of living:

According to recent publications, the typical monthly expenses for an average Brighton and Sussex Medical School student — which takes into account food,  transport, accommodation fees and extracurricular activities — is £796 

Costs per year 

Living Costs : £8,500

Campus Accomodation : £8,112

Average Tuition Fee per Year

Undergraduate : £32,890

Postgraduate:  £13,760

The career prospects:

The course is five years long, or six years if a student can choose to study a non-clinical research-based subject ( an intercalated year). Upon graduating from Brighton and Sussex Medical School, a student will receive a Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS) qualification. Students then gain approval from the UK’s General Medical Council to start practicing medicine and apply for a Foundation Year 1 (F1) placement which is allocated by the UK Foundation Programme Office.

Accommodation:It depends on whether you are catered or non-catered. It normally cost between £124-163 per week depending on the type of accommodation. 

Medical Students are resided for their first two years on the Falmer campuses of Brighton and Sussex universities, about nine minutes from Brighton City Centre. Students later move to the education centre of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where many clinical placements are also based.

Teaching Quality at Brighton and Sussex Medical school:

Ranked in a recently published National Student Survey as being the medical school in the United Kingdom with the highest level of student satisfaction (98%) (1) Brighton and Sussex Medical School excel above many of its national counterparts in terms of this measure of teaching quality. In particular, 99% of those surveyed rated the courses taken as BSMS as ‘intellectually challenging’ with engaging educators (2). Several of its teaching faculty won or were nominated to receive a 2018 Higher Education Academy Teaching Excellence award 

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Entry difficulty:

When considering entry difficulty, it is important to consider both the number of applicants per place, as well as the current entry standards. Entry standards herein refer to the grades required. The school qualifications required are slightly lower than at some other UK universities: typical conditional normally offers are AAA (or AAB for certain candidates who have experienced some hardship) at A-level, and 36 points for International Baccalaureate students (with a grade 6 achieved in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology).

it is important to note that Brighton and Sussex Medical School requires the BMAT admissions test to be sat to gain entry.  This is quite a challenging test, developed by Cambridge Admissions, and taken by Oxford and Cambridge medical students, as well as those applying to top London medical schools like Imperial UCL and Imperial. What is a good BMAT score? BSMS offers interviews to the top percentile of candidates.

Financial Support

The University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme provides generous financial support to students from lower-income families. In 2019, eligible UK students are entitled to the following in addition to anyUK Government support:

  • Year 1 – a £2,000 bursary if your household income is falls under £25,000, or a £1,000 bursary if your household income falls between £25,001-£42,875
  • Years 2, 3 and 4 – a £1,000 cash bursary in every year
  • Year 5 of medical study – no longer available to students in receipt of an NHS Bursary.

Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree are also eligible for the University of Sussex First-Generation Scholars Scheme, provided that their household income is below £42,875.

Your eligibility for the First Generation Scholars Scheme will be assessed and determined by the University of Brighton when you make your application for funding: gov.uk/student-finance

Specific university bursaries are also available for care leavers and students estranged from their families. BSMS students are not eligible for the University of Brighton package of bursaries.

Care leavers are eligible for the Care Leavers Award rather than the First-Generation Scholars Award. 

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