Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
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A new School of Medicine in the planning stages at Surrey

The University of Surrey has submitted an application to the General Medical Council to host a School of Medicine that will lead the way in training doctors to deliver personalised medicine in a digital age. 

Life-changing medicine

To educate excellent, holistic doctors, who will lead and drive change and deliver caring, integrated and technologically advanced health care for their patients and communities.

The University of Surrey and Surrey Health Partners have been developing this project since 2015. We commenced the General Medical Council (GMC) approval process in rapid response to the Government’s announcement in 2016 of additional places for medical students.

We will be submitting a bid for places when that process commences and, subject to GMC approval of our curriculum and other plans, we look forward to welcoming our first intake of students in September 2019.

Our vision 

Our capabilities in 5G technologyInnovation for Health, and unrivalled business links with world-leading companies provide a fertile environment to grow and nurture innovative doctors who understand the power of digital to transform health economics and patient experience and will be confident to be leaders of change in the digital age.

At the heart of our vision is a ‘One Health’ approach, which began with the launch of our pioneering School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and the Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory earlier this year.  One Health is a concept that promotes the connection between the health of humans, animals and ecosystems. Here at Surrey, we have the power to deliver a truly integrated training programme for our medical students. Located within a multidisciplinary learning environment our medical students will have opportunities to work alongside students studying nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, operating department practice and physician associate studies.

A research strategy, focused on leading health improvements in infectious diseases, cancer, diabetes, and dementia, will enable us to train doctors within our existing research strengths. Our Clinical Research Centre, Clinical Trials Unit and renowned Sleep Centre will be core pillars in the delivery of this.

We will provide our doctors with the skills to work with patients on a one-to-one basis and in wider settings through community-based projects and placements from their first term and throughout their five year programme.

We will produce doctors who are evidence-guided clinicians showing caring, holistic and professional approaches to patients. From the first day of their Foundation Programme these doctors will be equipped to make digital change happen.

Surrey students in the Simulation Centre