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Students at the University of Birmingham’s College of Medical and Dental Sciences have praised the quality of teaching and learning offered in the latest figures announced today by the National Student Survey (NSS).  


The NSS, the most comprehensive measure of student satisfaction within higher education, has awarded the College of Medical and Dental Sciences an overall satisfaction score of 93.6%.

There was particularly strong feedback from students enrolled on the Biomedical Materials Science BMedSc course, which achieved 100% overall satisfaction.

Commenting on the College’s NSS results, Professor David Adams, Pro Vice Chancellor, Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences and Dean of Medicine, said: ‘The results across all of our programmes are truly outstanding. Together with our recent TEF Gold award it shows what a superb job the College does in delivering high quality teaching and a great student experience. 

‘We pride ourselves on the quality of the research-led teaching and student pastoral care that we deliver. These results show that our efforts are appreciated by our students.’

Within the category of ‘the teaching on my course’ students rated the quality of teaching on offer within the College very highly; the College received an overall satisfaction rating of 90.9%, with students studying Pharmacy MPharm giving the course a rating of 95.6%.

As the College’s first graduating cohort, this excellent rating from the Pharmacy MPharm students was a particular success. The 2017 NSS survey is the first time that the College’s Pharmacy MPharm students have been able to participate, as the four-year course started accepting students in 2013.

The survey results are based on the feedback from final year degree students studying Dental Surgery BDS, Biomedical Materials Science BMedSc, Biomedical Science BSc, Nursing BNurs, Medicine and Surgery MBChB, Medicine and Surgery MBChB Graduate Entry Course, and Pharmacy MPharm.

The NSS, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), was launched in 2005 and is open to all final year degree students at institutions in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The survey is designed to assess students’ opinions of the quality of their degree programmes.