Buckingham launches independent medical school

The first UK undergraduate medical degree to be offered by a private university has been launched, and will begin teaching from January 2015

August 27, 2013

The four-and-a-half year course, a partnership between the University of Buckingham and Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will cost £35,000 a year - some £3,000-a-year more than previously expected - placing the total cost of tuition at £157,500.

The university says that the fees are “within the range of fees being charged by other UK medical schools for overseas students”, adding that admission criteria would also be “comparable to the UK’s other medical schools”. However, unlike other medical schools, there will be no cap on the number of international students.

Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham and a qualified medical doctor himself, said: “We intend to provide high-quality students with a first-rate, caring, medical education.”

Dean of medicine, Karol Sikora, added: “Five years ago we started a postgraduate degree course in internal medicine, and we now have more than 50 doctors studying on this course….with the launch of the MB ChB undergraduate degree, we have a complete medical training programme.”

The university will accept direct applications from “well-qualified applicants” from September 1, 2013.

chris.parr@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

Mitch Blunt illustration (23 March 2017)

Without more conservative perspectives in the academy, lawmakers will increasingly ignore and potentially defund social science, says Musa al-Gharbi

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate