Students working in the St Luke’s Campus Medical School building.

Our Medical School building on the site of the RD&E hospital.

About us

At the University of Exeter Medical School, we pride ourselves on contributing regionally and nationally to health, prosperity and well-being through three strands of activity:

  • Undertaking research driven by the principle of translation from discovery to personalised care and healthy communities.
  • Delivering socially accountable medical education.
  • Training collaborative leaders who are committed to life-long scholarship for the service of patients and the public.

We deliver this mission by:

  • Undertaking world class research in four key areas:

          Diabetes, Cardiovascular Risk and Ageing
          Environment and Human Health
          Health Services Research
          Neuroscience and Mental Health

  • Sustaining and developing academic and clinical partnerships that improve healthcare, education and research.
  • Delivering an undergraduate medical programme which is recognised by the General Medical Council and produces the high quality doctors needed by the NHS and other healthcare providers.
  • Developing new education programmes that will deliver sustainability and high levels of student satisfaction.
  • Focusing on the creation of a genuinely international medical school.
  • Investing in staff and infrastructure to support our world-class research and education.

As a new medical school, we are applying to the General Medical Council (GMC)1 for recognition as an awarding body for a primary medical qualification. Our staff have had many years’ experience with the GMC recognition process.

1The GMC is the legal entity which decides which bodies or combinations of bodies are entitled to award primary medical qualifications. It does this by setting requirements on what they expect of new graduates and the standards that medical schools must meet in teaching and assessing medical students. These are set out in "Tomorrow's Doctors". The GMC does this through a series of quality assurance visits and inspections.

National Health Service partnership

The National Health Service (NHS) has been closely involved in the development of medical education in the South West and is the major UK employer of healthcare professionals. Significant growth in the number of doctors and the development of medical education, both pre- and post-qualification, contributes to the essential modernisation required to deliver the government’s NHS Plan.

The NHS in Devon and Cornwall has worked with the school to ensure that its services and facilities offer the right environment to support the way doctors are trained in line with the General Medical Council’s guidance, ‘Tomorrow’s Doctors’. The GMC determines the knowledge, skills and behaviours that medical students learn at UK medical schools. The GMC also sets standards for teaching, learning and assessment.

We work with the following NHS Trusts to deliver our medical education:

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust