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Plans for Ulster University’s Medical School opening in September 2019 are underway. The new School will have a priority focus on providing more physicians and addressing the ongoing workforce shortage across the medical profession in Northern Ireland.

The University has submitted an Outline Business Case to the Department of Health for the establishment of a new Northern Ireland Graduate Entry Medical School (NIGEMS). In parallel, the University has submitted an application to the General Medical Council (GMC) under their New School or Programme Application process.

The ambitious project will see the creation of a Graduate Entry Medical School in the North-West, offering a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) medical degree programme that is unique in this country.

Professor Hugh McKenna, Ulster University’s Dean of Medical School Development, said:

“Northern Ireland is facing an unprecedented medical workforce shortage that will continue to impact negatively on the care of patients, their families and communities. A new medical school will help to ease the workforce challenges and futureproof our health service.

“Ulster University has a global reputation for biomedical sciences research across the breadth of the medical sphere. Our School of Nursing based at the Magee campus in Derry~Londonderry is ranked fifth in the UK and 37th in the world. Our unparalleled stratified medicine research, which primarily takes place in the C-TRIC facility at Altnagelvin Hospital, is globally renowned for pioneering personalised treatments for chronic health conditions.

“The evidence is clear, Ulster University has never been in a stronger position to take the lead in delivering practical, relevant, and evidence-based teaching to the doctors of the future.”

The Northern Ireland Graduate Entry Medical School will select students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and provide them with four years of intensive, practical medical education. Ulster’s MBBS programme will have a problem-based and interdisciplinary learning focus and will provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of new UK medical graduates, as set out in the GMC’s ‘Outcomes for Graduates’.

Students will benefit from access to practice learning placements across the full range of medical specialist subjects, enhanced opportunities for primary care based experience, and a greater knowledge and appreciation of the interconnectivity between primary, secondary, social and community-based healthcare. The programme will address modern day healthcare issues, such as chronic disease management, mental health, and gerontology, and will have an added element of cross-border collaboration. Students will spend over 83 core weeks on clinical placement, with the opportunity of spending up to 30 per cent of this within a primary care setting.

Fees are only £4,030 !

With this and ScotGEM being effectively free, I wonder will we see GEM course fees reducing from the total 60k in debt they incur on students

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Kirby2k07 Registered User

Consonata said:

Fees are only £4,030 !

With this and ScotGEM being effectively free, I wonder will we see GEM course fees reducing from the total 60k in debt they incur on students

“As the course is graduate entry, and most UK students will already have availed of fee loans from the Student Loan Company, this will not be an option. Ulster University is currently in negotiations with a local bank to secure a favourable loan rate for our GEMS students and further information on this will be published as soon as the arrangements have been finalised.”

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Emailed them enquiring about the fees

Thank you for your enquiry and interest in Ulster's proposed new Graduate Entry Medical School. 


The fee information on the website is accurate, as of this point in time.  The £4,030 quoted is the fee for a full-time undergraduate NI/EU students for the 2017/18 academic year, although, this will increase in line with inflation for subsequent years.


However, you should also bear in mind that it is possible that the NI Assembly could change current policy regarding student fees, which could see them increase to match those in England (c. £9,000 pa).  Additionally, it is not yet clear what, if any, the impact of Brexit will be in this regard.  Currently, students from all EU countries are charged the same fees as students from NI but post-Brexit this could change to see EU students charged the same as ‘overseas’ students.


Unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty at present but I wold advise you to keep an eye on the website as all developments will be updated there as further details become available.


I hope you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any more specific questions.



brendanwalsh Registered User

Represents a great alternative option for people from this island to study medicine for a much cheaper price. Cost of living is very low up there. Certainly anyone from connacht will go there. Dublin too. Two hours to derry ad opposed to two hours to limerick/cork.

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Celestial12 Registered User

ScotGEM probably won't be free after Brexit for EU citizens though. I can definitely see a lot of Irish people applying for this course next year, I wonder how many places will be on offer.

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