Shadowing a DoctorMarch 20, 2014
There are more than thirty medical schools in the UK, all of which are ranked amongst the best institutions in the world. While it is difficult to single out any one medical school from these as the absolute best, some medical schools definitely stand out and have been consistently ranked amongst the top 10 by various organisations over the years.
The following medical schools are some of the most notable and have been ranked based on a range of factors including academic quality, research facilities and level of student satisfaction – however, this list is by no means definitive!
University of Oxford
More than 900 years old, Oxford is the most established English speaking university in the world. Not surprisingly, it has been ranked numerous times by several different organisations as the country’s leading medical school. The school remains committed to producing outstanding medical practitioners as well as medical graduates who go on to careers in biomedical research and teaching medicine. In the Medical Sciences, there are 21 departments, including an outstanding cancer research department.
University of Cambridge
Cambridge has also held the reputation as being one of the top universities in the world for over 800 years. The School of Clinical Medicine at Cambridge focuses on areas such as diabetes and cardiovascular medicine. It is one of the most highly contested medical schools in the world as many of the world’s top most recognisable medical professionals have graduated from this school. The school prides itself on its ability to offer students a top-tier education thanks to its small size and access to a dedicated medical library.
University of Dundee
Situated in Dundee in northern Scotland, the Medical School at the University of Dundee is comprised of three small schools: School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Dentistry. In addition to more traditional medical degrees, the school also offers postgraduate study in areas such as public health nutrition.
University of Edinburgh
Located in Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. The college contains four distinct schools: Clinical Sciences and Community Health, the School of Biomedical Sciences, Molecular and Clinical Medicine and the Royal School of Veterinary Studies.
University College London, UCL
University College London, known as UCL, is the third oldest university in the UK. The UCL Medical School is spread across three campuses in central London and retains strong links with National Health Services trusts.
Newcastle’s Medical School offers students a broad scope of medicine degrees to choose from, with options to develop their own projects during the course.
University of St. Andrews
The University of St. Andrews School of Medicine specialises in areas such as molecular medicine and psychology, with students soon to benefit from a number of upcoming expansions.