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School of Medicine

Train to become a doctor, or advance your medical career, at Essex’s first School of Medicine.

We offer an innovative, fully integrated curriculum with a strong science base - as well as excellent clinical opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge to work in, shape, and lead healthcare delivery in the 21st century.

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Medicine MBChb course details
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Our £20 million School of Medicine boasts state-of-the-art skills facilities, GP simulation rooms, the ARU Anatomy Centre and a Harvard style lecture theatre.

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Our medical students benefit from placements in all five years of the course, working directly with patients across a variety of healthcare settings.

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Our highly qualified and experienced staff are here to teach you the latest skills and knowledge in your discipline, as well as supervise research projects.

Find out more about our School of Medicine staff
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Making your application

Learn more about the application process for our MBChB Medicine course, including what to expect at your interview, and information for first-year students wishing to transfer from ARU's Medical Science, Biomedical Science, and Optometry degrees.

How to apply for Medicine, including information on our Widening Access to Medicine Scheme (WAMS) Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs): What to expect Internal transfers to Medicine for selected ARU students
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Research and innovation

We're carrying out ground-breaking research, and helping to lead the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, which drives innovation in the health service.

Research institutes and groups in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care Clinical Entrepreneur Programme Our latest news
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Support our students

You can support our students by joining our patient participation group, giving feedback on the care you've received from an ARU medical student, or helping disadvantaged medical students with the financial costs of their training.

Join our patient participation group Send us your feedback Donate to the ARU School of Medicine appeal
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