About the College

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Who we are

The 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.

The College consists of the following five schools: Cancer SciencesClinical and Experimental MedicineDentistry, Health and Population Sciences, and Immunity and Infection

Our work is interdisciplinary and highly collaborative. We work closely with colleagues from other Colleges and our NHS partners, including Birmingham Health Partners (BHP) - an exciting collaborative platform between the University, Birmingham Children's Hospital and the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - to deliver world leading research activities in basic and clinical science, and to ultimately improve human health locally, nationally and internationally.

Where we are located

The principal base of the College is ideally located between the main campus of the University and one of the leading hospitals in Europe, the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) which is run by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Other NHS Trust partners are also on the same campus including Birmingham Women's Hospital and the Barberry (Psychiatric) Hospital.

In Autumn 2015 we will see the opening of the brand new £50 million Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry located at Pebble Mill, just a mile from the central campus which will replace the existing dental hospital and school at St Chad’s Circus in the city centre. This will be the first integrated, stand-alone dental hospital and dental school to be built in the UK for almost 40 years. The hospital and school will provide a fantastic opportunity for our Dentistry staff and students to learn and practice.

Enhancing our position as an outstanding centre for Life Sciences

From the 1st October 2015, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences will be undergoing an organisational realignment to further strengthen our global position in Life Sciences.  We will be changing from our current academic structure of five Schools to eight Institutes (seven research Institutes and one Institute of Education) allowing for a clear focus on our areas of research strength. Please visit our realignment webpage for further details. 

Exceptional Research

MDS is the largest of the University’s five Colleges and, with over 900 researchers and around £60M research funding per year, it represents a major international centre for biomedical research.

Our overall research objective is to develop and promote excellence in basic and clinical science with the goal of delivering improvements in human health.  We take pride in a truly translational pipeline, delivering cutting edge clinical trials and patient studies, underpinned by cell and molecular biology research on both model organisms and humans.

Outstanding Education

The University of Birmingham’s Medical School is one of the largest in the country and as such we aspire to lead the way with our learning practices and delivery of education. Each year we train over 370 medical students (around 120 of whom are able to intercalate on a choice of programmes during their course), 70 dental students, 20 biomedical materials science students, 140 biomedical science students, 125 nursing students, 70 pharmacy students and 60 physician associate students.  Medical student teaching takes place at all hospitals in Birmingham and 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. 

World Class Facilities

The College, in collaboration with partner trusts, offer an impressive range of facilities to support education delivery and research activity including:

  • £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.
  • State-of the-art Advanced Therapy Facility (ATF) which includes a purpose built HTA-compliant biorepository (HBRC) and a Cell and Gene Therapy Pharmacy which is directly connected to our  National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF).  
  • Health Research Bus, a mobile clinical research facility funded via Birmingham Science City. This was the first of its kind and a great development for clinical research in the College.
  • The Biomedical Innovation Hub opened in early 2015 on campus within the Birmingham Research Park.  This new £6.8m facility, offers fully serviced laboratory and office space for growing life sciences businesses.

Find out more about our facilities 

New Facilities

In September 2015 we will see the opening of the £24m Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) located adjacent to the University and QEHB.  This investment (co-funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) and BHP) is an innovative development bringing together world class clinicians, scientists and clinical trials teams to accelerate access to new diagnostics, drugs and medical devices which will incorporate a new £7.5m MRC funded stratified medicine facility. 

In 2017 we will see the opening of the Birmingham City Council’s Life Science Campus adjacent to the University. The Life Sciences Campus will become the principal location nationally for parts of the Life Sciences sector providing a world class environment for business to start up and grow, as well as those which are expanding or wishing to relocate.