Today, St George’s, University of London and INTO University Partnerships agreed a venture that offers four new degree-level and pre-university courses in medicine and biomedical sciences, aimed at international students.

Places on courses offered through the joint venture, called INTO St George’s, University of London, will be additional to those offered by existing programmes at St George’s, where international student numbers are currently capped by the government. 


Two of the courses offered as part of the venture – a degree in biomedical sciences, and a foundation-level programme, which prepares applicants for a university medical degree and is the first in the UK to be designed exclusively for international students – will begin in September 2011.

The two medical degree options – one for undergraduate students and one for students already holding a first degree – will begin in September 2012.

Students will receive a qualification from St George’s, University of London. They will be based in London – either at the St George’s campus in Tooting (for degrees) or at both the St George’s campus and the INTO London Study Centre in the City of London (for foundation-level courses). Where clinical training is part of the curriculum, this will be undertaken in the USA.

In a unique development for the UK, students studying on these UK medical degrees will work towards the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) – a route into medicine recognised by countries around the world, and which leads directly to medical registration in the USA.

Principal of St George’s, University of London, Professor Peter Kopelman, said:

“This partnership is an example of a more diverse higher education market that is emerging in response to government changes to the higher education sector, including funding cuts and rising tuition fees. This innovative venture with INTO University Partnerships will enable us to continue to maintain financial stability as well as to offer a high standard of education to a broad range of students. We look forward to welcoming an increased number of international students into our university community.”

Andrew Colin, Chairman of INTO University Partnerships, said:

“Ambitious and innovative universities are finding creative ways to address the challenges and opportunities of a new era of higher education funding. This joint venture improves access to students, will build on the first class student experience offered by St George’s and contribute to an even stronger independent future for the University, delivering sustainability and student success. We have great pleasure in working with St George’s to ensure that these mould-breaking courses can be developed and delivered.”