St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton has linked up with the University of Buckingham to launch the country’s first independent medical school.
Students taking four-and-a-half year course at the university will be placed at St Andrew’s for psychiatric education and clinical placements.
The course will offer a mix of clinical and biomedical science teaching. It is designed to appeal to international students, as the number of foreign students taking the course is not capped. The cost of the course is £36,000 and more than 500 students applied for the initial 70 places.
Professor John Clapham, chief operating officer at the University of Buckingham Medical School, said: ““We have been absolutely staggered by the huge response to the course. And we are already getting double the number of applications than we did for this year for the 2016 course.
“The ethos at Buckingham has always been to put the student first and at the Medical School we will add to this by making the patient the central focus. Small group sessions and one of the smallest Medical School courses in the country means that Buckingham students will get all the help and expertise they need to become first class doctors.”