Who we are

Life sciences building, Highfield

Who we are. Academic and research excellence

Welcome to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

The Faculty of Medicine leads innovative learning and discovery for better health across the lifecourse.  Every year, 250 new students are admitted to one of our three Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery programmes, including a four-year graduate entry course and a nationally-acclaimed widening access programme for students who might not normally have the opportunity to study medicine. 

All programmes incorporate early patient contact; learning alongside students from nursing and other allied health professions to enhance understanding of the multidisciplinary team approach to modern clinical practice; and the opportunity to engage in an individual research study in depth. 

Besides our undergraduate medical programmes, Medicine offers Masters level education in Public Health Nutrition, and Allergy, in addition to a thriving PhD programme for basic scientists and clinicians.  This includes a distinctive integrated four-year PhD in Biomedical Science, providing broad training in the intellectual and practical skills of scientific research, followed by focused individual research experience. Through all of our education programmes we aim to equip the next generation of doctors and scientists to work in a rapidly-changing world.      

Our international research activity is underpinned by three specific approaches.  First, Southampton has an impressive track record in basic discovery and early translation into clinical practice; and this focus on translation builds upon a deep-seated collaboration between the University of Southampton and the local NHS, mainly the University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust. 

Second, there is an established and effective multidisciplinary research programme, particularly linking the biomedical and physical sciences, including chemistry, computing, engineering, nanotechnology and optoelectronics.  This is illustrated by the University's recent investment of £50 million into a new Life Sciences Building to bring biomedical and physical science disciplines together in the Institute for Life Sciences. 

Finally, Southampton has a leading international position in enterprise and innovation, with strong links with the pharmaceutical sector.

Medicine at the University of Southampton provides an outstanding environment and exciting opportunities for learning and discovery in medicine and the biomedical sciences.  I hope that the information contained on this site will provide you with a clear picture of life in the Faculty.  However, if you have any further questions about the Faculty or the University please contact 023 8059 5000 or email

Professor Iain T Cameron
Dean, Faculty of Medicine

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