University of Buckingham’s plan to build new medical school

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The University of Buckingham plans to turn the site of a derelict factory into the UK’s first independent medical school – and will be seeking applicants from September.

Subject to obtaining planning permission, the university intends to start building the new school in January on the former Hartridge’s site, Tingewick Road.

The six-acre site would provide accommodation as well as teaching facilities for the medical students.

A planning application will be submitted in the autumn with a view to the first intake of medical students beginning their studies in January 2015.

The university has just received permission from the General Medical Council (GMC) to set up the school.

The four-and-a-half year MB ChB course will be run in partnership with Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Phase one of the training will take place in Buckingham with a mix of clinical and biomedical science teaching over two years.

The second, clinical, phase will be centred at Milton Keynes Hospital.

The university hopes for an intake of about 50 medical students each year.

The university says admission criteria will be comparable to other medical schools in the UK and the fees of £35,000 per annum are comparable with fees being charged by other UK medical schools for overseas students.

Dean of medicine Karol Sikora said: “Five years ago we started a postgraduate degree course in internal medicine, and we now have more than 50 doctors studying on this course.

“In the university’s laboratories we research into a range of subjects including cancer, diabetes, obesity and bioinformatics.

“Now with the launch of the MB ChB undergraduate degree, we have a complete medical training programme.”

Chief executive of Milton Keynes Hospital, Joe Harrison, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Buckingham in this exciting development. We are very much looking forward to receiving our first intake of students in 2017 at the hospital and ensuring they commit to the high standards of patient care we expect at Milton Keynes Hospital.”

Buckingham residents are invited to a presentation about the proposals on Thursday, September 19.

The event will take place from 4pm to 8pm in the Tanlaw Mill building.