About the College

Here at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, we are shaping the future of health and medicine through the provision of innovative education and exceptional research, delivered by world-leading academics.

Birmingham Medical School in Autumn

The College consists of a diverse community of academic staff, research staff, health professionals and professional services staff working side-by-side and in collaboration with 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 improve the lives of patients locally, nationally and globally. 

Our location

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 Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, the College is positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight outstanding specialist institutes.

Our Institutes

Institute of Applied Health Research Our internationally leading experts help to tackle global societal challenges, from occupational health risks in the UK and Europe to childhood obesity in China. 
Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences We make a unique and powerful contribution to understanding how genetic abnormalities within cancer cells lead to disease. We use this information to design and rigorously assess new and proven cancer treatments.
Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences We are world leaders in several areas of cardiovascular work, including research into the behaviour of platelets, white blood cells, atrial fibrillation and angiogenesis.
Institute of Clinical Sciences Co-ordinating all teaching and student engagement activity, the institute equips students with the skills to deliver outstanding healthcare and carry out life-changing medical research. This is informed by pedagogy and by research in the fields of dentistry, pharmacy and other clinical areas. 
Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy Birmingham has a very strong history of immunology research going back 50 years, and our large faculty of scientists and doctors are well positioned to make a world-leading contribution to understanding and treating immune- mediated disease.
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing From basic science to community exercise classes, we cover every aspect of research into and treatment of inflammation-driven illnesses and the role of inflammation in ageing.
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research For many years we have led the global field in metabolism research, particularly in endocrinology. We are also at the forefront of systems-level studies of the human metabolome – how our bodies function at a more complex level.
Institute of Microbiology and Infection A joint initiative with the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, we have one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world and are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

Exceptional Research

MDS is the largest of the University’s five Colleges and, with over 900 academic staff and researchers and around £60M new 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

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.  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. 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 tissue biorepository 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 College also benefits from the extensive campus facilities and in particular works closely with the Biomedical Innovation Hub within the Birmingham Research Park.  This new £6.8m facility, offers fully serviced laboratory and office space for growing life sciences businesses.

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New Facilities

  • Summer 2015 saw the opening of our brand new £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. 
  • Currently under construction, is a 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.
  • 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 a prime location for partners in the Life Sciences sector and will provide a world class environment for business engagement with academia and a driver of economic growth.