UK’s first private medical school
Wednesday 28th August 2013, 12:11AM BST.
The UK’s first private medical school is about to be launched.
The Buckingham Milton Keynes Medical School will receive no Government funding to teach future doctors and nurses.
The not-for-profit venture is between the University of Buckingham and the Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust, where students will spend time their clinical year.
The course lasts four-and-a-half years and will begin in January 2015, with fees of £35,000 a year.
A spokeswoman said the fees are ” within the range of fees being charged by other UK medical schools for overseas students”. The admission policy will also compare to other UK universities.
Professor Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said: “We have long held an ambition to pioneer a medical school with a patient orientation.
“We intend to provide high-quality students with a first-rate, caring, medical education.
“We will be working with the General Medical Council, who will undertake a multi-year quality assurance review.”
Joe Harrison, chief executive at Milton Keynes Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Buckingham University in this exciting development.
“We are very much looking forward to receiving students in 2017 at the hospital, and ensuring they commit to the high standards of patient care we expect at Milton Keynes Hospital.”