About the College

The Medical School, University of BirminghamThe College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham is a major international centre for research and education in medicine, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy.

Bringing together healthcare-related research and education, the College consists of the following five schools: Cancer Sciences, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dentistry, Health and Population Sciences, and Immunity and Infection

The principal base of the College lies immediately between the main University campus and the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust with a number of other key buildings both on and off campus. Other key NHS Trust partners are also on the same campus including Birmingham Women’s Hospital and the Barberry (Psychiatric) Hospital.

We are the largest of the five University Colleges with over 1,400 members of staff.


The College is at the forefront of medical, dental and health research. We deliver world leading research activities to develop and nurture excellence in basic and clinical science, and to ultimately improve human health. 

With over 900 researchers and in excess of £60M research funding per year, it represents a major international centre for biomedical research.

The College research portfolio is structured around seven key research domains:

Each domain is allied to a range of clinical specialties through which the College links its basic research to translational endpoints.

We have great pride in our interactions with local NHS environment, most obviously exemplified through ‘Birmingham Health Partners’, an exciting collaborative platform between the University and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT) that will enable rapid movement from laboratory discovery to patient benefit, fostering new therapeutic and healthcare innovations by creating a truly integrated environment for researchers and clinicians.

Up to 40 studentships are awarded each year from major funders such as MRC, BBSRC, CRUK, Wellcome Trust & EU offering generic, scientific and entrepreneurial training opportunities for postgraduate students. PhD and MSc by research opportunities are available in the Schools of Cancer Sciences, Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Dentistry, Health & Population Sciences and Immunity and Infection.


The College provides a broad portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes. Programmes at all levels are delivered by some of the UK’s most respected clinicians and health professionals, providing you with the best possible learning experience.

A wide range of continuing professional development (CPD) training is also available from just a few hours to a few weeks to top up your skills and knowledge and stay ahead of the game. Most courses are offered from of our on-site conference facilities, the Centre for Professional Development, which has a range of meeting, training and breakout rooms, state of the art AV equipment and business facilities for delegates.

The College also delivers high quality distance learning resources to complement traditional teaching methods and clinical practice. Significant developments in the use of lecture recordings, ePortfolios, Canvas and the student learning environment, intraMED, further enhance the opportunities for personalised learning and reflective practice.

Each year the College recruits 350 medical students including the Graduate Entry course, 70 dental students, 20 biomedical materials science students, 110 biomedical science students (plus a further 25 medical students who intercalate into the third and final year of the course), 110 nursing and 60 pharmacy students. Medical student teaching takes place at all hospitals in Birmingham, but has recently expanded into many of the hospitals in the Black Country.

There are also approximately 450 postgraduate taught students and 400 research students in the College, managed by a cross-College Graduate School. The College has excellent library and reference facilities including the newly refurbished Barnes library and Doug Ellis Learning Hub.

The College has a close relationship with the National Health Service, charities, sporting organisations and private sector healthcare. This facilitates the translation of research into real improvements in patient care.

The College works closely with many of the teaching hospitals, primary care trusts and training practices across the English West Midlands. Students are encouraged to broaden their knowledge and experience by working across a wide range of organisations and experiencing the varied cultures and demographics of the West Midlands.


The College has encompassed some major developments, expansion and improvement to its facilities, education delivery and research activity in recent years. This includes the £35m Institute of Biomedical Research, the £11.8m Wolfson Centre for Medical Education and a prosectorium facility for anatomy teaching incorporating 10 ventilated tables and high tech AV teaching aids.

The collaboratively-funded NIHR Centre for Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology was developed in 2011, which combines clinical practice in the battlefield and innovation in medical research to benefit all trauma patients.

The College has a new £1m phantom head teaching laboratory facility within the School of Dentistry and the College also has a Health Research Bus a mobile clinical research facility funded through Birmingham Science City via Advantage West Midlands. This was the first of its kind and a great development for clinical research in the College.

Among the most recent investments is refurbishment of the Medical School building foyer and Barnes library providing impressive visitor and student services facilities.  In 2012 the College developed the state-of the-art Advanced Therapies Facility which includes a new purpose built HTA-compliant biorepository (Human Biomaterials Resource Centre), cell and gene therapy pharmacy, and commercial spin out laboratory. Alongside these developments, the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (WT-CRF) received the largest award renewal in the UK of £12.8 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to support its activity and to strengthen its current expansion.

In 2012, the College secured high quality laboratory and clinical research facilities within the new University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT) Queen Elizabeth Hospital, for Translational Inflammation Research and will support the newly awarded Medical Research Council (MRC) Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) Centre in Musculoskeletal Ageing.

In 2012 government funding was also announced for the development of an Institute of Translational Medicine in Birmingham in collaboration with UHBFT, bringing Birmingham into the forefront of international translational medicine research. This facility is due to open in July 2015.

Another exciting development is the building of a new £50m Birmingham Dental Hospital and  School of Dentistry which is due to open in autumn term of 2015. The hospital and school, at Pebble Mill, just a mile from the central campus, is the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years and will be fantastic opportunity for our Dentistry staff and students to learn and practise.