Medical Schools

Brighton And Sussex

Medicine at Brighton And Sussex Medical School

Overview of Brighton and Sussex Medical School


There are few medical schools quite like Brighton Sussex (BSMS). They believe in an 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. The medical school is small enough (140 students per year), so that you are able to get to know everyone on your course and each tutor by name. You are considered as part of a team and there is a strong network of support to back you up. Bright Sussex Medical School is committed to instilling a strong sense of professionalism in its graduates, both in relation to their patients and their peers. With its support and guidance you can become the doctor you need to be.


Brighton and Sussex Medical School Course Structure

The Brighton and Sussex School Brighton 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). 

Both universities are part of the UK Medical Act and our course has been approved by the GMC under its Quality Assurance of Basic Medical Education (QABME) processes. 

YEARS 1 - 2

You will study the normal and abnormal functioning of the human body and start to develop clinical skills in history taking, physical examination, diagnosis and effective communication with patients in a classroom setting and by gaining experience in primary, secondary and third sector placements. Student-Selected Components (SSCs) will allow you to undertake individual studies and explore selected topics in depth, informed by the latest research. 


At the heart of Year 3 are ward-based attachments in various specialities. You will consolidate your increasing clinical experience with an understanding of the underlying clinical, social science and public health issues through weekly teaching sessions on the scientific basis of medicine. 


You will develop your skills in more specialised clinical areas, completing several rotations. The clinical focus in Year 4 is on understanding patients’ integrated care and how primary, community and secondary care structures work together for the patient. You will also participate in Time for Autism and complete a year-long Individual Research Project, supervised by a university or hospital. 


Your learning will be based on a close involvement with routine clinical cases, acting as a member of the clinical team in medicine, emergency medicine, elderly medicine, surgery, general practice and psychiatry. Central to your study will be the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in these different areas of practice.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School Entry Requirements


Grade 6 (B) in English & Maths

A Levels


Must include Chemistry & Biology


36 points 

Must include both Biology and Chemistry at Higher level. A grade 6 must be achieved in both. For widening participation applicants, they will accept 35 points total.

Scottish Higher

Advanced Higher Biology and Chemistry with grades A with at least grades A in two additional Higher Subjects. English and Maths requirements: grades B or above in National 5s English and Maths.

Scottish Advanced

Pass Scottish Advanced Highers with grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry.


Brighton University Medicine Admission Tests





How Does BSMS Medical School Look At The BMAT?

Rank scores out of 28 (add all three sections) 2019.

Minimum of 16.1 needed minimum of 3, 3 & 2.5A needed




Course Information

Graduate Entry

Brighton Graduate Medicine

Expected to have a 1st or 2:1 science degree and be able to demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Biology and Chemistry equivalent to A-level. This may be achieved through having studied these subjects to A-level or through relevant degree modules. As part of your academic assessment you will be asked to supply a transcript of your degree. You should note, however, that Brighton and Sussex graduate entry medicine's integrated nature of the degree does not normally allow advanced entry to a different year of the programme.



You may choose to undertake an intercalated degree between Years 3 and 4, allowing you to expand your horizons, study a new topic in depth, and work or study for a year at an institution such as BSMS. Please note, intercalation numbers are capped at 40% of the total cohort, with priority given to those without a prior degree.


Brighton and Sussex Medical School Work Experience

Brighton Medical School does not place requirements on the amount and type of work experience a prospective medical student should have. However, they do expect candidates to: have a realistic understanding of medicine and what it means to be a doctor; have had some experience of engaging with a wide range of people and understand the realities of a caring profession and display some of the skills and attributes essential to be a successful doctor. Brighton and Sussex Medical School Virtual Work Experience BSMS offer a virtual work experience to understand the NHS and general practice, elderly medicine, mental health, surgery, emergency medicine, palliative medicine and communication skills and reflections.


Personal Statement for BSMS

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Medical Interview for BSMS


5 discussions, each in a separate breakout room within the main Zoom meeting, lasting nine minutes with a short break between each discussion. BSMS will assess each element of a discussion as either Excellent, Good, Average or Inadequate, before issuing a mark out of 10. After the five discussions, the candidate will then receive a global score out of 50 (combining their five marks out of 10).


Interviews are held between December and January with decisions made between January and April


  • Skills and attributes of a good doctor

  • Experiences

  • Professional performance

  • Genuine interest in the medical progessions


Contact Details

BSMS Admissions
Registry, Checkland Building
Falmer Campus
University of Brighton
West Sussex

Tel:  01273 643528


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