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Cardiff University, School of Medicine

The mission of the School of Medicine is to pursue the highest standards of research, education and training, in medicine and related subjects, so as to enhance the health and wealth of the people of Wales and the wider world.

The School of Medicine at Cardiff is one of the largest in the UK, employing nearly 500 academic and 300 support staff. Over 1000 undergraduate and 1100 postgraduate students are currently enrolled on medical and science courses. The School has an annual financial turnover of over £50 million, of which nearly half comes from competitive external research funding.


The School’s major Undergraduate Programme is the MBBCh in Medicine.

This is a modern integrated five-year curriculum, delivered in partnership with the School of Biosciences with additional contributions from Psychology and Social Science. Clinical placement teaching occurs in partnership with over a dozen NHS Trusts and over 150 General Practices, covering the whole of Wales. This ‘hub and spoke’ model gives a unique diversity of clinical learning experience in both hospital and community settings.

The School also delivers a 4 Year Graduate Entry Programme in partnership with the University of Swansea, at which Graduate Entrants carry out a problem-based, accelerated two-year initial phase, after which they join Year 4 of the 5 Year Programme in Cardiff.

Other Undergraduate contributions are to the Honours BSc Programme in Pharmacology and to the BDS Degree in Dentistry

A wide range of Post-Graduate Taught (PGT) Schemes is also offered. The School is the largest provider of medically-related PGT courses in the UK. These include both conventional and, increasingly, “distance learning” (e-based) teaching. Many courses are aimed specifically at qualified doctors and health care professionals, such as the Diploma in Practical Dermatology and the MSc in Psychiatry.


Research in the School is now focused on interdisciplinary themes, each of which spans the spectrum from basic science to clinical practice in either hospital or community settings. The underlying aim is to ensure the optimum “translation” of fundamental knowledge to patient benefit.

Five such Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) exist at present namely Infection, Immunity & Inflammation (I³), Cancer Studies, Cardiovascular Sciences, MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetic Genomics and Clinical Epidemiology. The School also conducts research in its Diabetes Interest Group (DIG)


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