Brighton & Sussex

In this article, we will discuss important facts about Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) information that is valuable to consider for your decision making in your application year! Read on to find out more about their history, campus, faculties, admissions process!

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Overview of the Medical School

  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is an equal partnership between the Universities of Sussex and Brighton together with NHS organisations throughout the South East region. The school gained its licence in 2002, and the first intake of students began their five-year medical degree programmes in September 2003.
  • The Medical School is organised across four major divisions: Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, Primary Care and Public Health Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Medical Education. The clinical placements are served in the teaching hospitals throughout the south-east, including many in Kent, and all Sussex hospitals..

Campus and Facilities:

  • Brighton and at all Regional Centres affiliated with the Medical School in the South East
  • Audrey Emerton Postgraduate Education Centre
  • Falmer campuses
  • University of Brighton and University of Sussex
  • Facilities:
    • Anatomy and clinical science laboratories
    • Simulated consultation rooms
    • Multiple libraries
    • Computer suites
    • State-of-the-art lecture theatres.
  • National and International Rankings
    • Complete University Guide ranking for medicine: rank 26 (2016)
    • Guardian University ranking for medicine: rank 15 (2016)
    • QS World ranking for medicine: rank 301-400 (2016)
    • Times Higher Education for medicine: NA

MBBS Programme Information

General overview:

  • The A100 programme is the entry route to study medicine in the School of Medicine.
  • Integrated, practical approach to studying medicine with early patient contact in GP surgeries and hospitals. Anatomy is taught by full cadaveric dissection, allowing you to turn theory into reality.
  • Traditional lecture-based learning is supported by a skills-based and problem-solving approach, with group sessions and strong IT support.
  • The emphasis is on small group academic and clinical teaching. There are several learning and teaching methods, including:
    • Practical classes in the anatomy and biomedical science laboratories,
    • Seminars,
    • Guided individual study,
    • Clinical skills practice and clinical symposia
    • IT-based learning.
    • All methods are supported by regular tutorials.

Number of students on this course:

Annual intake of 138 students.

Course Structure and Length:

  • The five-year medical degree, awarded jointly by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, leads to the qualification of Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS).
  • The programme is divided in three phases:
    • Phase 1: years 1-2
    • Phase 2: years 3-4
    • Phase 3: year 5
  • Phase 1: primarily be based at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex Falmer campuses
    • Academic year: About 25% of your learning at this stage will be clinically based and will include gaining experience in hospitals and primary and community care.
    • Developing clinical skills from day 1:
      • Start to develop clinical skills in history taking, physical examination, diagnosis and effective communication with patients in a classroom setting.
      • Study the normal and abnormal functioning of the human body using a system-based approach.
      • Complete integrated modules, which cover the core biomedical and psychosocial sciences
      • Student selected components (SSCs)
  • Phase 2:
    • Year 3: introduction to clinical medicine as it is practised in secondary care.
    • Four eight-week, ward-based attachments in the teaching hospitals of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
    • Year 4: eight-week clinical elective.
  • Phase 3:
    • Series of placements lasting 24 weeks
    • 6-week Emergency Medicine
    • Preparation for Practice block, which comprises teaching and experience
    • This block includes a period of student-selected clinical experience, and shadowing a foundation doctor as preparation for Foundation Year 1 training.

Course Content:

  • Year 1:
    • Clinical Practice 1
    • Foundations of Health and Diseases
    • Heart, lungs and blood
    • Nutrition, Metabolism and Excretion
  • Year 2:
    • Clinical Practice 2
    • Neuroscience and Behaviour
    • Reproduction and Endocrinology
    • Musculoskeletal and Immune System
  • Year 3:
    • Clinical foundation course
    • Scientific Basis of Medicine
    • Therapeutics
    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Elderly Medicine and Psychiatry
    • Student Select Component 
  • Year 4:
    • Clinical Elective
    • Specialist rotation (six week, six rotations)
      • musculoskeletal medicine and surgery
      • ophthalmology and ear, nose and throat (ENT) medicine
      • infectious diseases, HIV / genito-urinary medicine, and health protection
      • dermatology
      • oncology, haematology and palliative care
      • neurology and neurosurgery.
    • General Practice and Population Medicine (40 weeks – 1 day per week)
    • Individual Research Project (1 day per week)
  • Year 5:
    • Regional attachment
    • Regional attachments 2 and 3
    • Clinical and Professional Studies online
    • Seminar programme
    • Revisions and integrated finals
    • Preparation for practice

Teaching locations:

  • University of Brighton and University of Sussex
    • Falmer campuses
    • Audrey Emerton Postgraduate Education Centre
    • Education Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
    • Clinical a ttachments in different regional locations:
      • Brighton
      • Haywards Heath
      • Chichester
      • Eastbourne
      • Hastings
      • Redhill
      • Worthing

Integrated BSc opportunities (courses on offer):

  • Subject to performance, you may be offered the opportunity to undertake an intercalated BSc degree, between years 3 and 4.
  • If you have completed three years of professional study, you may have the pre-requisites needed to pursue a Masters degree.
  • Courses available – Brighton and Sussex Medical School:
    • MSc Cardiology
    • MSc Dementia Studies
    • MSc Global Health
    • MSc Leadership and Commissioning
    • MSc Medical Education
    • MSc Medical Research
    • MSc Public Health
  • Courses available – University of Brighton
    • BSc Pharmalogical Science
    • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
    • MSc Applied Exercise Physiology
    • MSc Applied Sport Physiology
    • MSc Health Promotion
  • Courses available – University of Sussex:
    • BSc Biochemistry
    • BSc Neuroscience 

Open day dates:

Morning and afternoon sessions for each day:

  • 24 June, 2016
  • 1st July, 2016
  • 8 July, 2016                 

Term dates:

  • Semester 1: 12 Sep 2016 – 25 Nov 2016
  • Semester 2: 09 Jan 2017 – 23 June 2017
  • Break: 20 Mar 2017 – 17 April 2017


Extra Postgraduate MBBS Programme Information

  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School is committed to providing postgraduate training which combines clinical, research and professional skills.
  • Opportunities range from taught and research Masters courses to diplomas, certificates and individual and continuing professional development (CPD) modules.
  • Full time and part time courses are available:
    • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
    • Cardiology
    • Clinical Radiology
    • Dementia Studies
    • Diabetes in Primary Care
    • Global Health
    • Leadership and Commissioning
    • Medical Education
    • Medical Research
    • Paediatrics and Child Health
    • Physician Associate Studies
    • Psychiatry
    • Public Health
    • Simulation in Clinical Practice

MBBS Admissions

Application process:

  • Meet entry requirements
  • Ensure that you have sat the BMAT in the year of application
  • Submit the UCAS application
    • Institution code name: BSMS
    • Institution code: B74
  • Attend the interview (if applicable)

Entry requirements

  • GCSEs: grade B or above in Mathematics and English Language or English Literature.
  • A levels: three A grades at A level (to include Biology and Chemistry).
  • Scottish Highers: three Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry grades A plus a Higher Level subject at grade B or above, or two Advanced Highers in Biology and Chemistry at grades A plus 2 Higher Level subjects at grades A.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: A grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma as well as 2 A grades at A-level to include both Biology and Chemistry. Applicants will also be required to have an additional AS level at grade B to exclude General Studies.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC): AAAAAA at Higher Level. Both Biology and Chemistry must be passed at A1 level at Higher Level.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 36 points (minimum) overall to include both Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. A grade 6 must be achieved in both.
  • Graduate Entry: first or upper second class science degree and be able to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of biology and chemistry equivalent to A-level.

Candidate Selection:

  • In assessing your application, we will look for evidence of:
    • Academic achievement and potential
    • BMAT score
    • A realistic attitude to medical training and clinical practice
    • A commitment to quality of care, compassion and improving lives
    • The ability to communicate and work effectively in a team for the benefit of patients
    • The ability to appreciate other people’s point of view
    • An appreciation of the need to treat people with respect and dignity
    • A willingness to accept responsibility.
  • Qualifying applications who are flagged with contextual data are ranked according to their BMAT results, with the top 100 ranking candidates invited to interview.
  • The remaining applications are then ranked according to their BMAT results, with the highest ranking candidates invited to interview.
  • The BMAT will be score out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3), we then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill the interview places.
    • For 2015 entry applicants who scored 15.1 or above were invited for interview (the cut off score will vary each year).

Interview procedure:

  • Interviews are held on specific dates, which are aim to run on Wednesdays and Saturdays in December, January, February and March.
  • The interview is in MMI (multiple mini interview) format
  • That day the agenda will be as follows:
    • Short presentations about BSMS and how the MMI will be run
    • The MMI
    • An optional student-guided tour of the Falmer campuses (including accommodation)
    • An opportunity for group discussions with BSMS students

Extra important information for candidates:

  • The admissions board will review MMI outcomes and offers are made to successful candidates in March.
  • Qualification results are confirmed by UCAS. Candidates whose results meet their offer have their place confirmed.

Admissions contacts:  

Extra important information on Specialty Programmes for medical students


  • Subject to performance, you may be offered the opportunity to undertake an intercalated BSc degree, between years 3 and 4.
  • MSc and BSc degrees available in the School of Medicine B&S, University of Brighton and University of Sussex.


Other MBBS extras relevant to UK medical students – NA


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