Healthcare fit for the future

Aston Medical School
Subjects allied to medicine
Management & leadership training
GMC accreditation

Real world experience of medical excellence

Aston Medical School is the UK’s first medical school to offer an enhanced management and leadership component in their MBChB curriculum. We will train tomorrow’s doctors to meet the increasing demand in the UK and abroad for highly skilled medical practitioners.

Our five year course will enable you to reach the ‘Outcomes for Graduates’ prescribed by the General Medical Council in ‘Promoting Excellence’. On graduation you will be competent and safe to start work as a doctor and have the relevant professional attitudes and behaviours to succeed in your new career. 

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Developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to excel

The MBChB curriculum will be taught in a small community of 100 students per year. 80 of these places will be open to international students and 20 to local students from hard to reach communities. The Aston Medical School forms the fifth school of study within Aston University and complements the excellent expertise existing in the other four Schools.

The Aston Medical School is working in close partnership with the School of Life & Health Sciences on this initiative whose primary focus is in subjects allied to medicine. 

In addition to your MBChB qualification you will also gain a certificate for enhanced leadership and management as part of your medical degree, providing you with the business acumen for your future career. This is provided through Aston Business School, one of only three UK business schools to have received the Small Business Charter Gold Award.

As part of the development of the Aston Medical School, a University-wide Aston Medical Research Institute (AMRI) has been established to create a culture of discovery based exploitable research that transforms lives and addresses global health challenges. The initial focus is on women’s health and vascular complications of diseases such as dementia and diabetes.

The Aston Medical School is working in close partnership with the School of Life and Health Sciences on this initiative whose primary focus is in subjects allied to medicine.


Aston Medical School aims to equip our MBChB students with the clinical expertise to embark on their years as Foundation Doctors, while encouraging the caring and compassionate attitudes required to develop into safe practitioners.

The Aston curriculum aims to be patient focused and help you to develop the principles and values of the NHS constitution to become safe, caring and compassionate doctors and surgeons. 

Particularly important to Aston is the principle of ‘paying particular attention to sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population’.

We hope that whole communities, as well as individuals, will benefit from the skills, both clinical and sympathetic, that you will learn at Aston Medical School.

Phase 1

Years 1 and 2 of your medical degree will help you develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to communicate with patients, examine them, and interpret your observations. Blocks will cover the following themes:

  • Basic Sciences 
  • Pathological Processes 
  • Infection 
  • Imaging 
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Public Health 
  • Professionalism 
  • Team Working and Inter-professional Learning

Alongside the core teaching you will take two ‘Student Selected Components’ on topics which match your interests and aspirations.

Our aim is that you would take our enhanced management and leadership modules as part of these selected components.

Phases 2 to 4

The best way to learn clinical medicine is to work with practising doctors. In Phases 2 to 4 you will spend nearly all of your time on long clinical attachments in hospital and in the community, learning by apprenticeship and putting your Phase 1 education into practice.

The aim is that you should develop general skills rather than receive training in individual specialties. Clearly stated objectives guide your learning. 

Yr 1
Induction & Placement Molecular & Cellular Science Applied Sciences Systems of the Body S, B & Pop SSC
Integrated Clinical Learning
Yr 2
Systems of the Body Applied Sciences S, B & Pop Consolidation SSC
Integrated Clinical Learning
Yr 3 
Prolonged Clinical Apprenticeships
Medicine Surgery Primary Care/
Yr 4
Speciality Blocks
Obs & Gynae Child Health Psychiatry Acute Care Integrative Care Cancer Care
Yr 5

Foundation Apprenticeships
SSC SSC Med Surgery Comm Elective

Getting to know one another

All new medical students will have a week where you will be introduced to Aston Medical School, the curricula, the educational methods employed, and most important, one another. This will help you settle in and work together with the staff as the course progresses.

Looking after you

Medicine is a demanding course that will test you to the limits of your inner resources.

It is important that you have a good support network. Within the medical school you will be allocated a Personal Tutor who can offer feedback and advice on study-related or personal issues. As well as the medical school’s dedicated School Office, there are a range of university student support services to help you.

Life after Medical School

A medical degree is just the beginning of your medical career. There are excellent opportunities to undertake your foundation programme and post-graduate training in the West Midlands (HEWM Deanery) or elsewhere.

Research Education Practice

The home of medical research at Aston University, with a focus on Angiogenesis and Vascular Protection. 

Seeking to improve Social Mobility by widening participation in Higher Education.

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“We are very pleased indeed to be a partner in this truly exciting development for Birmingham. A second medical school for the second city will bring more leading edge expertise and health research into the area, and provide real benefit to people in the City with poorer health outcomes.The Trust looks forward to working with Aston University and other partners to support local students to train as doctors and contribute to improving health in our communities.”

Dr Mark Newbold, Chief Executive
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

“We welcome this ambitious plan to expand access to medical training to local children from the communities that we serve. We look forward to working with Aston University and others to build on our existing tradition of excellence in medical education.”

Toby Lewis, Chief Executive, Sandwell and West
Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

“This partnership offers a unique and ground-breaking opportunity for local students who would otherwise not have the funding or financial capability to pursue a career in medicine. This benefits the students themselves as clinicians of the future, and also supports the local area through research to improve local outcomes.”

Dr Nick Harding, Chair, Sandwell & West
Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group

“Birmingham is a city of tremendous vitality and diversity and we are very pleased to support the development of a second medical school in the City. This development offers the opportunity to attract new and exciting local people into the medical profession, deliver new areas medical expertise and research focus and provide further opportunities to improve the health of our many communities.”

John Short, Chief Executive, Birmingham & Solihull
Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

“Aston University has for many years been at the cutting edge of medical research and this latest project will further enhance its reputation. During my year as High Sheriff, I have made it my aim to shine a light on the innovations that make this region stand out and few projects are as ground-breaking as the launch of Aston Medical School. Not only is this a huge boost for students from hard to reach communities, but it will also create local doctors for the local area; improving the health and well-being of communities.”

Tim Watts, High Sheriff, West Midlands and Lifetime
President of Pertemps Network Group

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The development of Aston Medical School offers an exciting opportunity for GPs to take part in a unique educational initiative, with the ambition to widen access to the medical profession and train students taken from hard to reach local communities.

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For all other enquiries please contact Aston Medical School on 0121 204 3284 or medicalschool@aston.ac.uk

For any media information please contact Jonathan Garbett, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4552 or j.garbett@aston.ac.uk

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