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Medical School

Explore the teaching and research activities taking place within our Medical School

Overview

Our region’s hospitals have many workforce gaps and we sit in one of the worst regions in the UK for a shortfall in the number of doctors per patient, with 2,500 people per GP. It’s widely known the UK’s health service is under strain. Demand is increasing, the level of care is ever more complex, our population is ageing, and our workforce is under greater pressure than ever before. Nowhere is this more keenly felt than in Portsmouth.

The project to launch a new Medical School at the University of Portsmouth is an exciting venture that will allow us to begin improving the future supply of doctors to the local area. 

Working with King’s College London (KCL), we plan to start teaching medical students on a graduate-entry degree from September 2024. Please note that applications for 2024 have now closed. To start this course in 2025, please contact us.

KCL is a leading university in training doctors and together we've formed a partnership approved by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), where 54 students will begin their 4 year medical degree at the University of Portsmouth, overseen by KCL.

Graduates will be awarded a medical degree from KCL.

The new University of Portsmouth Medical School will bring a wide range of health and wellbeing benefits to Portsmouth, Gosport, south east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. 

We have strong partnerships with hundreds of the region’s GPs, and with our region’s NHS Trusts.

Our established partnerships will ensure we're able to make a positive contribution to our region’s healthcare and help build a reputation for excellence across all settings, including in hospitals and GP surgeries, in our cities and in rural villages.

A medical school in the city is a long-held vision for us at the University of  Portsmouth. Our region is one of the country’s worst-served for GP numbers and the people living in our city and region suffer an indefensible inequality in accessing health care. We look forward to playing a big role in changing that.

Prof Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor

Teaching

Our Medical School will deliver KCL’s Graduate Entry Medicine MBBS degree, providing an innovative curriculum to support the training and development of the next generation of doctors and an opportunity for people in our region to engage with new career paths.

Together, we will train doctors who are compassionate, well rounded and highly skilled. Our future medics will balance global concerns about sustainability with the needs of the population.

Our future medics will be highly skilled at using new and emerging technologies, in which we already lead at Portsmouth across the full suite of healthcare courses we offer, and to which the NHS is increasingly turning to.

By working with KCL at Portsmouth, we will train doctors with a deep understanding of our region’s health needs and a strong sense of belonging in our region.

Research

In the most recent Research Excellence framework (REF) in 2021, 79 per cent of the research from our Faculty of Science and Health was graded as world-leading or internationally excellent. In terms of the impact of our research, 94 per cent was graded as outstanding or very considerable in terms of reach and significance.

Our research in Health and Care Professions deals with the most-pressing health and wellbeing issues facing society – from the challenges of caring for an ageing population, to the importance of delivering effective health and social care to the most under-represented, vulnerable or isolated groups in society. 

In our health, wellbeing and social care research, we're exploring how best to manage the demands of an ageing population, in which mental health problems are on the rise, and increasing numbers of people are living with complex, long-term health problems. We're helping health and social care providers to make best use of the limited resources at their disposal, so they can deliver vital care and support to those who need it most.

As the demands placed on the emergency services become ever greater and more complex, our acute and emergency care research is exploring how new technology – including the use of robots in surgery – can improve patient care in acute (hospital-based) and emergency contexts. We're also identifying what needs to be done so that a skilled workforce is in place to put these new technologies to use. 

In our patient-and-user-experience research we're working to better understand the health and wellbeing needs, challenges and experiences of everyone in society – and by developing a better understanding of how patients, service users and family members experience healthcare services and illness, help make a positive impact on patients' and users' lives.

Main points of contact

King’s College London

Dr Russell Hearn, MBBS Programme Director (Portsmouth)

 

Hayley Clarke, MBBS Branch Campus Delivery Lead

University of Portsmouth

Dr Karen Ball, Head of School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences 

 

Dr Theresa Martin, Clinical Programme Developer

 

Dr Donna Glyde, Primary Care Clinical Champion

 

Professor Peter Brennan, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Secondary Care Clinical Champion

 

Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust

Dr Thomas Brown, Deputy Director of Research, PHUT Clinical Lead for the University of Portsmouth Medical School and Honorary Reader, University of Portsmouth

 

Dr Gaius Longcroft-Wheaton, Gastroenterologist, Honorary Reader of Medicine and Clinical Engagement Lead

 

Dr Eveleigh Nicholson, Consultant Diabetes and Endocrinology, Obesity and Bariatric Medicine and Associate Clinical Sub Dean and Clinical Placements Lead (UPMS)

Because we have partnered with KCL to deliver a course already accredited by the General Medical Council (GMC), our Medical School will begin graduating junior doctors as early as August 2028.

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Faculty of Science and Health

Explore the Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Portsmouth, and learn more about the teaching and research activities that take place within the Faculty's different departments and schools.

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School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences

We're studying how our planet works, how it's changing and what we can do about it, with academic expertise in palaeontology, geology, geotechnical engineering, geography and environmental science.

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School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Through our teaching and research, the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences strives to find new ways to help those with debilitating illnesses and diseases.

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Department of Psychology

Explore the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, and learn more about the teaching and research activities happening within the department.

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School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science

We study the physiology, psychology and biomechanics of the human body during exercise and its application to sports performance and health. 

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School of Health and Care Professions

The School of Health and Care Professions offers exceptional health and social care education to meet the current and future needs of the health and social care sectors.

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School of Biological Sciences

In the School of Biological Sciences, we're addressing the most pressing issues impacting people's quality of life around the world.

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Dental Academy

The Dental Academy is a modern, primary-care based school that trains General Dental Council-registered and qualified dental care professionals, and offers comprehensive oral and dental healthcare to the public.

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Contact us

Please note that applications for 2024 have now closed. We are not ready to recruit students or staff for 2025 yet, but keep an eye on this page to find out when it's time to apply.

To get in touch, please contact us at medicalschoolenquiries@port.ac.uk