Medical Studies

The region’s strong clinical and life sciences academic centres of excellence enable today’s global
healthcare challenges to be explored and addressed by experts from healthcare, academia and industry.

Birmingham has great opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students


There are a number of universities throughout Birmingham and the wider region which deliver high calibre graduates in healthcare fields such as medical, biochemistry, engineering and other life sciences. Not only does this provide students looking for a career in healthcare with an advantageous start to their studies, it also provides companies and start-ups in the area with a wealth of graduate talent and expertise.

Depending on your chosen field of study, there are numerous universities and specialist colleges in the West Midlands each with their own specialities and facilities.

Key Facts

  • Aston Medical School has about 100 new medical students each year
  • Birmingham City University is one of the largest providers of nursing and healthcare education
  • The University of Wolverhampton is one of the major centres for brain tumour research

Aston University

The School of Life & Health Sciences pursues interdisciplinary research extending from the laboratory to the clinic. Work ranges from molecular and cellular, through neural systems and human behaviour, to the restoration of health and the study of individuals in health care and societal settings. World-class research here is housed in state-of-the-art infrastructure within four centres of excellence: Aston Research Centre for Heath Ageing (ARCHA), Aston Brain Centre (ABC), Centre for Vision and Hearing Research (CVHR), and Aston Research Centre for Children and Young People’s Health (ARCHY). Further to this, significant investment has been made into well-equipped laboratories providing excellent facilities for teaching and research.

Aston Medical School is open to 60 undergraduate medical students growing to around 100 new medical students each year.

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is the second largest of five universities in the city and with more than 7,000 students, is one of the largest providers of nursing and healthcare education. The university has recently invested £20 million in new facilities that promise a major contribution to the health and wellbeing of Greater Birmingham. The expansion of the University’s campus in Edgbaston will feature specialist laboratories for a newly created School of Life Sciences, offering a range of courses in health, nutrition and biomedicine. The 10,000m² building will reinforce Birmingham City University's status as the region’s largest provider of qualified health and social care professionals to the NHS and will also provide a new home to its School of Education, supporting the development of the next generation of school teachers.

University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is recognised as a major centre for brain tumour research. The Brain Tumour UK Neuro-Oncology Centre leads the way in identifying the genetic causes of brain tumours and the treatments to deal with them. Investment has allowed two research groups (Research Institute in Healthcare Science at the University of Wolverhampton, directed by Professor John Darling and a research group formerly at the Institute of Neurology, University College London directed by Dr Tracy Warr) to bring together specialist knowledge in order to develop new medicines for brain tumors based on a greater understanding of their fundamental biology.