A few words from our friends at the University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland

The University of Sunderland is a truly life-changing university. We’ve been providing higher education in the city since 1901, and we’re proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university.

Sunderland has a rich history and one of the UK’s lowest costs of living. Our newly established School of Medicine is based at our City Campus, which is at the centre of our modern city. It is also home to our main administration and support services, the Murray Library, and our excellent sport facilities at CitySpace. As well as Medicine, our world-famous Pharmacy School (started by Hope Winch in 1921), Living Lab, and School of Nursing are based at City Campus.

The University also has a riverside campus- The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, which is in easy reach of both the city and Sunderland’s miles of beautiful beaches. Business, Law, Tourism, Education and Social Sciences are based here, as is the University’s main centre for Computing and Engineering, and Media. The riverside is also home to National Glass Centre, a renowned centre for glass design and innovation.

We are research active, with ten areas of ‘world-leading’ research – real-world research that is taught in your lecture halls and labs. Sunderland will put you, our student, at the heart of everything that we do.

The University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland School of Medicine

Sunderland is one of only five new medical schools, established to address the regional imbalance of medical education places across England and to widen access to ensure the profession reflects the communities it serves. With a track-record of excellence in medical education spanning almost 100 years, the University is now well-placed to address the chronic shortage of doctors in the North East. The new course will complement existing medical provision in the region and add to the diversity of medical schools in the UK.

The MBChB honours degree at Sunderland is designed to ensure you meet the necessary standards in terms of knowledge, skills and professionalism that all new doctors should have as they embark on further training. You will study alongside pharmacists, nurses, paramedics, biomedical, sport and physiological scientists offering opportunities for inter-disciplinary working.

You will be taught mainly in small class sizes and learning groups but will also experience a range of other learning methods including lectures, seminars and self-directed learning. You’ll develop your intellectual, personal and professional skills through independent thinking, creative problem solving, and constructive communication. You’ll also gain a deep understanding of the social, environmental and global implications of your studies as well as how to make a positive contribution in a complex and rapidly changing world.

Our course is modern and forward thinking, using Problem Based Learning in a spiral curriculum that builds complexity year-on-year. Our culture is supportive and inclusive with a large network of academic and clinical tutors and mentors. If you have the skills, passion and ambition and want to be part of a welcoming community, Sunderland is the place to be.

Why us?

  • The University of Sunderland has been providing higher education since 1901, including science and areas related to medicine, and we continue to be at the forefront of teaching, learning and research
  • As a new School of Medicine, our MBChB course is subject to successful progress through the General Medical Council’s (GMC) rigorous quality assurance programme
  • We have ‘world-leading’ research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy according to the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • We are partnered with 3 acute trusts, 2 mental health trusts, community services and 63 GP practices
  • We are working in partnership with Keele University School of Medicine to implement our new medical curriculum with a significant general practice focus. Keele have been delivering the MBChB honours degree for over 15 years and were ranked 4th in The Guardian University league tables 2017 for Medicine.

For further information about the University of Sunderland School of Medicine, please see our website.

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The University of Sunderland

Entry Requirements

A Level

A Levels in three subjects at grades of AAA are required, including Biology or Chemistry plus another designated science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths/Further Maths/Statistics) and a third academic subject. Only one subject from a combination of Maths or Further Maths or Statistics will be considered within the three A Levels. Any science A Level (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) completed in England from 2017 must include a pass in the practical endorsement; without this the qualification will be judged to have been failed, regardless of the headline grade. Please note, some subjects are not accepted.


We also require five passes at GCSE grade A (numerical grade 7) with a minimum of grade B (numerical grade 6) in Maths, English Language, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

For more detailed entry requirements please see our website.

Graduate Entry

We do consider degree holders, for more details please see our website.


All applicants must take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) during the year in which they apply.

Roles and Responsibilities form

All applicants who meet the minimum academic requirements will be issued with a roles and responsibilities form which must be completed and returned by the deadline stated in the accompanying email. For further information, please see our website.


We have a generous scholarships package which includes free University-managed accommodation in Year 1 and a cash scholarship.

For further information, please see our website.

Medicine Summer School

The Medicine Summer School is a two-day event for Year 12 students (we will also consider applications from Year 13 students who are holding the correct A-levels and haven’t applied to start University). Over the two days, students will gain the skills and confidence needed to apply for our Medicine MBChB (Hons) course.

The Summer School takes place each year in July. Find out more about our Summer School.

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Meet the Team

Find out more about our Medicine Team.