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Published: 26 June 2024

University of Surrey teams up with GEMS Middle East to deliver new Medical Sciences degree course “top-up”

By Robert Blevin

Students around the world will gain access to a University of Surrey BSc in Medical Sciences, thanks to an innovative new partnership between the University of Surrey and GEMS Middle East.

The first cohort of students is expected to begin studying with GEMS Middle East from July 2025, with the course being delivered by Surrey academics through remote learning.

Entry to the University of Surrey intensive top-up course will be dependent on completion of the existing GEMS Middle East Higher Diploma in Preclinical Sciences (MedStart Diploma) and accredited English language proficiency. This top-up course, built on existing, tried-and-tested University of Surrey Biomedical Sciences course-content, will then be delivered through an intensive six-month course.

Graduates of the BSc Medical Sciences will be equipped to work in medical sciences careers, or be eligible to apply – subject to meeting entry requirements – for further study, for example for the University of Surrey’s Physician Associate programme or Surrey’s new, graduate-entry, medicine programme.


An event to mark the signing of the new partnership agreement between GEMS Middle East and the University of Surrey was held on Wednesday 26 June 2024 at the University’s campus in Guildford.


GEMS Middle East is a significant player in global education, with a network of over 44 schools and 72 colleges and universities across the Middle East, collaborating with leading educational institutions. GEMS Middle East offers a range of accredited programmes in partnership with City and Guilds and Learning Resource Network. Courses include the International Medical Foundation Programme (IMFP), MedStart, the International Foundation Programme (IFP), and International GCSE & A-Level Examination pathways, which aim to prepare students for entry into prestigious universities and professional careers. 


To follow the latest and most up to date information, as we progress steps towards opening applications for an expected July 2025 start for our first cohort of students, please visit our course page.

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