Ulster University has agreed that the medical curriculum from St George's, University of London will be taught at its Graduate Entry Medical School.

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The four-year medical degree will widen access to medical training to address the skills and workforce challenges currently faced by the health care sector in Northern Ireland.

Welcoming the curriculum provision, Vice - Chancellor of Ulster University Professor Paddy Nixon said:

“Our agreement with St George's, University of London is a major step forward in our commitment to addressing the current health crisis by establishing a Graduate Entry Medical School in the North West. Having appointed Professor Louise Dubras as Foundation Dean of the Medical School and built plans for clinical placements across Northern Ireland, we are delighted to have secured this curriculum from St George's, as we prepare to educate capable, caring, professional future doctors for local healthcare.”

Paul Ratcliffe, Chief Operating Officer at St George's, University of London, added,

“St George's has a long history of training doctors, dating back more than 250 years. Our graduate-entry medicine programme was one of the first in the UK and continues to be one of the few programmes that encourages non-science graduates, opening up medicine as a career option to many people. We're enormously proud of the achievements of graduates from our programme and are delighted to be able to share our expertise and contribute to the next generation of doctors in Northern Ireland.”

The Ulster University Graduate Entry Medical School is being established to help address the shortage of doctors in Northern Ireland and to contribute to the transformation of health care.

Within the region the project has received cross-party political and industry-wide support. Ulster University is not yet in a position to recruit students due to the current political situation in Northern Ireland and the absence of a Minister to make funding decisions. However, Ulster University continues to work closely with the Department of Health.