Top 5 UK Universities in Medicine

If you’ve decided a medical degree is for you, but you can’t choose which of the 43 fantastic medical schools in the UK you should study at, then you’ve come to the right place!

To help you decide, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 UK Universities for medicine. So if you want to receive inspirational, world-class teaching then these Universities will be just right for you.

Swansea University

Highly acclaimed Swansea University has been ranked the best medical school in Wales, the best research environment in the UK and the 2nd best in the UK for research quality.

Swansea medical school is well located in the heart of the Swansea University Campus and right next to Singleton Hospital. Their teaching programme has been awarded the highest 5 star rating in the QS Stars quality assessment, placing them amongst other world-leading institutions who have also achieved 5 stars, such as Harvard and Oxford.

Swansea’s world-leading research has made a big impact on health and well-being, and

Swansea works closely with their NHS partners to achieve excellence in teaching, research and clinical service.

If you are looking for some down time, this coastal city is very popular amongst students, it has a vibrant music scene and over 50 university sports clubs to choose from. Swansea has also been voted in the top 10 student cities for nightlife, so won’t disappoint!

University of Oxford

Well known as one of the top Universities in the UK, this Oxbridge University offers superb facilities that includes a dedicated teaching centre for Medicine and a fantastic library.

The teaching and research in biomedical sciences at University of Oxford is recognised as world-class. Students at Oxford are encouraged to constantly challenge new scientific thinking and research, and gain a comprehensive knowledge in medical science, before applying it in a clinical setting.

As well as offering individually-tailored tutorial teaching, Oxford offers fantastic prospects and a dynamic social scene.

University of Dundee

The University of Dundee has received many accolades, including being ranked first for medicine in the UK in the Complete University Guide rankings for 2021, number one for medical technology and winning the Innovation Technology Excellence Award.

Dundee offers a close knit community where students quickly get to know each other, as well as the academics and clinicians teaching.

One of the great things about studying at Dundee is you’ll be interacting with real patients from early in the course. Students at Dundee will be based at Ninewells Hospital, but there are opportunities for placements in hospitals and general practice in other areas of Scotland.

The University boasts that you will get an experience and understanding that no other medical school in the UK can offer, as in the third year Dundee students learn anatomy by dissection using Thiel-embalmed cadavers, which retain life-like tissue quality and is as close as possible to examining the anatomy of a living person.

Studying at Dundee gives you the perfect chance to explore the Scottish Highlands and as the cost of living is less expensive than many other areas in the UK, it’s a very student friendly place to stay. With the weekly household costs being 20% lower than in London and 10% cheaper than the UK as a whole, it’s definitely worth considering!

University of Cambridge

Situated in the beautiful city of Cambridge, this Oxbridge university offers some of the best undergraduate teaching in the UK and is the top-rated university by students.

Compared to other courses, students can expect more contact time, with an above average 20-25 hours of scheduled teaching time each week, consisting of one to one and group-based research, as well as lectures.

Cambridge is known for closely monitoring the ongoing process of students and work is reviewed weekly and termly by college supervisors. Cambridge offers great prospects and is often targeted by Britain’s leading graduate employers.

In your spare time, you can test out your punting skills and see all the sights on the 40 mile stretch of the River Cam. Just be careful not to fall in.

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Medical School is one of the oldest, most prestigious schools in Scotland and has influenced global medicine for more than 500 years. Previous students include Charles Darwin, whose time at Edinburgh helped to develop his evolution and natural selection theory, and Arthur Conan Doyle who based the iconic Sherlock Holmes character on his mentor, a Scottish surgeon and lecturer at the medical school in the 19th century.

Edinburgh’s innovative teaching style, placed them first for medicine in the UK by Guardian University Guide 2022.  Edinburgh has an excellent international reputation for research and is the only University in Scotland to offer a 6 year course, giving students the chance to achieve at least one academic publication and opening many doors for the future.

The stunning historic Scottish capital is home to the Edinburgh Fringe comedy festival and with a student population of 100,000 has a fantastic social scene that’s not to be missed!

If you would like to learn more about the medicine courses available in the UK, contact our friendly advisors today on +44 (0)23 9283 9210.

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