INTO St George's, University of London will launch in
September 2011 offering a range of pioneering pre-university and
degree-level medical courses for international students. These
include the UK's first university medicine degrees leading to final
qualification in the US, and the first health sciences foundation
course be delivered by a medical school.
The venture is expected to significantly increase St George's
international student intake and enhance its brand globally. It
also shows INTO moving into exciting new academic territory as it
teams with a medical institution for the first time.
Steve Walters, interim Centre Director of INTO St. George's,
said: "We will be offering successful students a seamless
transition from preparation to medical study. The venture will also
increase the possibility of training a greater number of doctors at
one of the UK's best medical schools. This will be particularly
attractive to the large number of foreign government-sponsored
students wanting to train in the UK."
Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George's, said: "This
partnership is an example of a more diverse higher education market
that is emerging in response to government changes to the higher
education sector, including funding cuts and rising tuition fees.
This innovative venture with INTO University Partnerships will
enable us to continue to maintain financial stability as well as to
offer a high standard of education to a broad range of students. We
look forward to welcoming an increased number of international
students into our university community."
In a first for UK universities, students on the INTO St George's
International Medicine BSc/MD will study their first four years at
St George's before completing their clinical training with two
years in the US, all taking the United States Medical Licensing
Examination (USMLE). Those on the Graduate International Medicine
degree will also spend two years in the US.
The degrees, along with a Biomedical Sciences undergraduate
programme, will run from September 2012 at the St George's campus
in Tooting, London, which shares a site with St George's Hospital -
one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals. All academic content
and standards for the programmes will be controlled by the
The INTO St George's, University of London Foundation, run from
September 2011 at the London Centre, also breaks ground by being
the first course of its kind delivered by a UK medical school. The
course will prepare international students for the challenges of
studying at St George's and other top British medical schools.
Undergraduate and postgraduate English preparation courses will
also be offered by the London Centre.
Steve Walters said: "As long as students have 12 years of
secondary education with good grades, they can take the one-year
Foundation and get help with preparation for the interview and the
UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test). They also study, in part at
least, on the St George's campus which is on the same site as the
hospital, so they begin to get a taste of medical education from
the beginning. In addition they will be taught by St George's
St George's, University of London is one of the country's best
medical schools, offering high-quality education and clinical
practice informed by world-class research. In 2010 it was ranked as
having the second-greatest impact of any HE institution in the
country in terms of published research.
Andrew Colin, Chairman of INTO University Partnerships, said:
"Ambitious and innovative universities are finding creative ways to
address the challenges and opportunities of a new era of higher
education funding. This joint venture improves access to students,
will build on the first class student experience offered by St
George's and contribute to an even stronger independent future for
the University, delivering sustainability and student success. We
have great pleasure in working with St George's to ensure that
these mould-breaking courses can be developed and delivered."