Academic units

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Success through synergy. Collaborative education and research

Our academic units - Cancer Sciences; Clinical and Experimental Sciences; Human Development and Health; Primary Care and Population Sciences; and Medical Education; are each directed by leading academics who work together to deliver the Faculty's education and research, and enterprise and international strategies, both within and across the units. 

Our Academic Unit of Medical Education is a distinctive unit whose staff lead the broad-based and vocational Bachelor of Medicine (BM) programmes. The unit supports scientists and clinicians in the Faculty, the wider University, the NHS and other European healthcare organisations. Whilst colleagues in all academic units engage in the delivery of undergraduate education, the development and leadership of our BM programmes at Faculty level is overseen by Medical Education.

Interdisciplinary themes

At Southampton the Faculty of Medicine leads the international research community in a range of major interdisciplinary research themes.

Innovative research

Our focused research strategy covers the spectrum from basic science to clinical innovation, with an emphasis on translating new discoveries into healthcare practice.

“We are the leading centre in the world researching how human development affects risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease, bone and joint disease, cognitive decline and frailty in the elderly, and how these diseases can be prevented by interventions in early life.”

Professor Mark Hanson, Head of Human Development and Health

“The reviewers worked hard to find areas that the school might work on...and came up with very little except to hope that this school is taking every share its practices with others.”

Feedback, ASPIRE Student Engagement Awards 2014Our BM programmes

Our Bachelor of Medicine programmes provide a comprehensive and balanced curriculum designed to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes they will need as newly qualified doctors. As well as our standard five-year programme we offer a four-year graduate-entry programme, a six-year widening-access programme and a five-year European programme in partnership with a German healthcare provider.

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