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The University of Edinburgh - College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

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The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked as 16th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2022.

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine is comprised of two schools. These are the Edinburgh Medical School and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Together we form a unique grouping in the UK where vets, medics and biomedical scientists work together and study the common causes of disease that affect our populations. Our campuses, our structure, and the organisation of our degrees ensure that we have people from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Edinburgh Medical School breathing the same air, designing projects together, and teaching in their specialist areas.

Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

The highest-ranked veterinary school in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is a world leader in veterinary education, research and practice. We provide outstanding veterinary education using an award-winning curriculum, innovative teaching methods and an interdisciplinary environment. We were placed first among the seven UK veterinary schools for the quality of research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercises, confirming the outstanding international reputation of the school. Our clinical services - Hospital for Small Animals and Large Animal Practice - are among the most influential centres for clinical care in the UK.

Edinburgh Medical School

Edinburgh Medical School hosts three Deaneries. These are Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, and Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences.

Teaching for the MBChB program and other biomedical undergraduates and postgraduate programs take place across the three Deaneries. By bringing the right individuals together, both clinical and non-clinical, we catalyse and create opportunities to develop exciting work that makes a difference in people’s lives. Edinburgh Medical School delivers a first-class education in first-class facilities by excited people who are at the cutting edge.

We offer an excellent experience in an environment where research is cherished and prosecuted. Research is an important component of the life of every student as a means of understanding a way of thinking that will equip them to deliver positive change for humanity.

Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

Conducting groundbreaking research, Biomedical Sciences hosts the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems, the Centre for Integrative Physiology, the Centre for Neuroregeneration, and the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine.

We also contribute to interdisciplinary research with these affiliated centres: Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, Edinburgh Neuroscience, the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, the Patrick Wild Centre, and Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics.

Research themes within the Deanery include:

  • Genes and development
  • Membrane biology
  • Neural control systems
  • Cognition, learning and synaptic plasticity
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Basic and clinical virology
  • Bacterial pathogenesis and chemotherapy

Also within the Deanery is the Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO) which plays a vital role in the administration, coordination and implementation of undergraduate teaching.

The BMTO is responsible for the BSc Medical Sciences programme, along with numerous Honours programmes in Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Veterinary Sciences, plus fourteen Biomedical Sciences courses for undergraduates.

Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

With a long-held international research profile, Clinical Sciences hosts the Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, the Centre for Inflammation Research, the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Centre for Reproductive Health, Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute and the Division of Health Sciences.

In the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, Clinical Medicine was rated top out of 28 submissions in the whole UK.

The Deanery is based mainly in Little France.

At Little France, the Chancellor's Building, The Queen's Medical Research Institute and the Centre for Regenerative Medicine have state of the art teaching and research facilities adjacent to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the biomedical research park, Edinburgh BioQuarter.

Other Deanery sites are the Edinburgh Sick Children's Hospital, Western General Hospital, Royal Edinburgh Hospital and Lauriston Place.

Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences comprises the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit and the Division of Pathology.

The MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine comprises the MRC Human Genetics Unit, the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre and the Centre for Genomics and Experimental Medicine.

The Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics comprises the Centre for Population Health Sciences, Centre for Medical Informatics and Centre for Global Health Research.

The Deanery also hosts the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU) which was recently was full registration with the UK Clinical Research Consortium and was awarded MRC clinical trials methodology hub status and the Division of Pathology.


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