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Who we are

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 four 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.

Executive Team

Meet the Executive Team whose leadership and expertise support the faculty in translating medical research to benefit individuals worldwide.  

Our Approach

Medicine is a thriving and ambitious, multidisciplinary faculty – a national leader in medical education, with an outstanding reputation for our combined expertise in research and teaching.

Our Impact

We have an outstanding reputation and are committed to the pursuit of excellence. Our vision is to translate biomedical research into clinical outcomes that improve health worldwide.  

Inclusivity and Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN awards recognise and celebrate good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in SET within Higher Education. Learn about what this means for the Faculty of Medicine.  

Professor Diana Eccles, Dean of Medicine shares her views and ideas for the Faculty

Professor Diana Eccles, Dean of Medicine
Professor Diana Eccles, Dean of Medicine

'The Faculty of Medicine in Southampton has always been a place where I have felt it is possible to make links, get support, find collaborators and make a significant contribution. I think this is more so in Southampton than many larger institutions because generally people enjoy working here (we have a very low turnover of staff) and most want to contribute towards excellence in any way they can. Collegiality is one quality that marks Southampton out from an external perspective and underpins our teaching, research and enterprise. In all our endeavours, the close working relationship that we have with the University Hospital in Southampton is special, this close working relationship and closely aligned agendas is unusual across the sector and benefits our students, our staff and our UHS patients.'

The vision for the Faculty 

'I aim to develop a Faculty that can continue to support and grow our key strengths in both research and teaching. Sustainability and quality will continue to be central to the vision for delivering our research, we will focus on clarity around research strengths and strategic investments, supporting early career researchers and encouraging larger collaboratives to work together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. We will support a strong pipeline of talent in current and growing areas of research strength that are highly relevant to future health care. We aim to increase our interdisciplinary and international offering of postgraduate taught courses. Finally, we will work with the University Hospital Southampton to create new flexible research and teaching  space where current estate is in need of modernisation. The creation of our new Centre for Cancer Immunology has been an inspiration and has clearly demonstrated the potential for philanthropic fund-raising to help underpin a more sustainable future for medical teaching and research in Southampton.'

The Dean's research and clinical work 

'My main research interest is in inherited factors that impact breast cancer risk and treatment outcomes. I run a long standing national cohort study which recruited 3000 young women with breast cancer and has followed the cohort up to explore outcomes linked to inherited genetic variants. I have established a Southampton group of smart co-investigators and have a large external network of collaborators. We have already published a range of outcomes from the study, the main clinical outcome in Lancet Oncology in 2017 was an important milestone.  I am fortunate that I can continue to be involved with long-term outcome analyses but my co-investigators are now taking on more ownership.

I am continuing to do some cancer genetics clinics although much less than previously. I work with national and international groups developing an evidence base and guidelines to underpin the safe clinical implementation of genetic testing for cancer predisposition. I will definitely continue this work as one of three co-leads (with QMUL and Cambridge) of a recently awarded £4.1m grant from CRUK.'

Our campuses

Our campuses

We deliver our education through a number of different campuses both in the UK and abroad.

Our university

Our University

The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 research universities in the UK.

Key achievements

In 2021 REF, 82% of the Faculty's research was rated as either world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Our partnership with UHS and other collaborators from around the world facilitates high quality translational research with 100% of our research recognised as world leading or internationally excellent for impact.

Enterprise is a key element of our strategy with our Future Worlds medicine initiative and the iCURE program collectively received £10M in investment.


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