First applications at Kent and Medway Medical School exceed expectations

23 October 2019

The first recruitment cycle for the Kent and Medway Medical School has been a huge success.

Prospective student applications to study medicine at KMMS next September closed last week (October 15).

The region’s new medical school received 14 applications for every one place, with student applicants from Kent leading the way.

Professor Chris Holland, Founding Dean of the Kent and Medway Medical School, said: “We’re delighted that applications to our medical school are so high, and it’s particularly encouraging to see so many from our region.

“Our aspirations for KMMS are high. We see the amazing potential for the next generation of health professionals to shape our future, drawing from a diverse and wide pool of talent from Kent, Medway and further afield.

“KMMS and its students will play a significant role in supporting the NHS in Kent and Medway and help to address some of the issues the region has with attracting and retaining medical professionals by offering training and development opportunities.”

The medical school will open in September 2020 and will offer 100 undergraduate places on a yearly basis.

In March 2018 the Government and Health Education England announced that a joint bid by Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent to establish a medical school had been successful, making the KMMS the first ever medical school for Kent and Medway.

The five year undergraduate programme will be taught at the Canterbury campuses of both university partners with medical placements within Primary, Community and Secondary Care across Kent and Medway, resulting in Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS*) jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Notes to editors 

Kent and Medway Medical School 

The Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) is an exciting collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent and builds on our existing high-quality clinical teaching and research strengths. 

We are working in partnership with the highly regarded and well-established Brighton and Sussex Medical School for support and quality assurance purposes. 

From September 2020, our unique school will educate aspiring doctors to train to deliver 21st century medicine, attracting talented students from all backgrounds, from the local community and beyond and offer opportunities to help to transform the future of healthcare. 

Our Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BS)* is jointly awarded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Last edited: 11/11/2019 16:51:00