Southampton Medical School

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Coordinates: 50°55′59″N 1°26′06″W / 50.933°N 1.435°W / 50.933; -1.435

University of Southampton School of Medicine
University of Southampton Logo.svg
Established 1971
Type Medical school
Dean Iain Cameron
Location Southampton, England
Affiliations University of Southampton

University of Southampton School of Medicine is a Medical school in England. It is part of the University of Southampton and it offers four different undergraduate medical programmes, all leading to the award of a medical degree, styled BMBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery).


The school was formed following the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Medical Education (1965-68) (who issued their report, popularly known as the Todd Report in 1968). The Commission estimated that by 1994, we would need to train more than 4500 doctors a year in the United Kingdom and that this would need to be achieved by both increasing the numbers of medical students at existing medical schools, and by establishing a number of new medical schools. The report recommended that new medical schools should be immediately established at the Universities of Nottingham, Leicester and Southampton. University of Southampton School of Medicine was opened in 1971. Southampton pioneered the integration of patient contact into the early years of the medical curriculum, something which was very unusual when the medical school opened.

Under 2014 CUG Rankings, Southampton Medical School ranked 12th in all United Kingdom Medical Schools making it one of the most esteemed medical schools in the country. [1]

As of 2014 entrance for the BM5 course, there is a minimum requirement of AAA at A level, including chemistry and biology plus either grade A at AS Level in a subject not studied at A2 or grade A in the Extended Project Qualification. General studies and critical thinking are not accepted. Subjects with material that overlaps (e.g. human biology/sports studies, maths/further maths) may not be offered in combination at A level. The UKCAT is also considered. The following shows the minimum score attained for those who were invited for interview:

BM4: 3000

BM5 School Leavers/Graduates/Overseas: 2800

BM5 Mature Non-Graduates: 2500 [2]


The three undergraduate Medical programmes on offer at the University of Southampton are:

  • BM5: Standard five-year course in medicine for school leavers with A-levels or equivalent.
  • BM4: Four-year course for graduates of other disciplines.
  • BM(EU): Five-year bilingual course designed for German students run in partnership with a healthcare provider in Germany. Applications for this course must be made directly to Kassel School of Medicine and not via UCAS.

As of 2006, applicants will be required to sit the UKCAT admission test. As of 2008, the school admits some 206 home students per year and a further 18 from overseas.[3]


Southampton Medical School run many sports teams including Rugby, Football, Tennis, Cricket, Netball and others. Most teams of which enter into the National Association of Medical Schools competition (NAMS). The Medical School is very well known for the success of the football team (Southampton Medics Football Club- The Roosters) who have won several competitions at national level, most recently the National Association of Medical Schools tournament. It would seem they truly set the perfect tone for the rest of the sports teams to follow both on and off the pitch.


  1. ^ "Medicine - Top UK University Subject Tables and Rankings 2014". Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Entry requirements | Medicine | University of Southampton". 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2015-06-26. 
  3. ^ "UK Medical School Statistics". Retrieved 2008-09-08. [dead link]