The University of Warwick

The Medical School at Warwick was established in 2000 as part of an expansion in the number of Medical Schools nationally to deliver the additional capacity needed to support the Government’s plan to increase the number of UK trained medical graduate’s joining the NHS.

The undergraduate MB ChB course at Warwick is a four-year graduate entry programme which requires entrants to already have a first degree in biological sciences or a similar subject.


At University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW), a state of the art PFI hospital opened in June 2006. This provides an optimal environment to support both research and education at the Trust. The Clinical Sciences Building and the Clinical Sciences Research Institute provide a base for education and laboratory research for the Medical School.

The Medical School works closely with the West Midlands South Foundation School (Foundation School Director: Dr Michael Walzman) in delivering training to foundation doctors. Each subspecialty has its own clinical teaching and education programme.

One of the strengths of the foundation year 2 rotations in Coventry is the very strong Generic Skills Programme that is offered on Thursday afternoons. It is generally located at the Clinical Science Building at the Walsgrave Hospital, and attendance is compulsory for all F2 trainees. This programme will be under the supervision of Dr Tanya Potter, Consultant Physician and Generic Skills Tutor.

An option for F2 trainees is a post Graduate Award (PGA) at Warwick University.  This normally is available in a wide variety of subjects such as professional skills, medical education.  This will all be discussed at the beginning of the F2 year. 

The core of the Generic Skills Programme is the Post Graduate Award (PGA) in Professional Skills at Warwick University. This is a modular course that will            be a requirement of each trainee, funded from the study leave budget. The PGA comprises modules in:


  • Communication Skills
  • Teamworking
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Medical Ethics

The Medical School is also very active in the provision of postgraduate and continuing professional development programmes for junior doctors who wish to go on to further academic study during specialty training. The School provides a number of entry routes into postgraduate study, students can initially register for our flexible masters programme in Health Sciences which allows students to select their own combination of modules from the wide range on offer to build sufficient credit for the award of a masters degree. We also offer specialist masters programmes in Child Health, Medical Education, Public Health, Implant Dentistry and a number of other subject areas. We offer short courses both accredited and non-accredited in areas such as diabetes care (Warwick Diabetes Care), clinical systems improvement and team building.

The School is organised in three Institutes, the Institute of Clinical Education (ICE) which is the base for all the School’s taught programmes, the Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI) in which biomedical and acute hospital based research groups are based, and Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) which is the base for our research in the community based clinical disciplines.


The Medical School’s research is focused around a number of multi-disciplinary and cross-specialty teams; collaboration within and outside School and University is encouraged and investigators are encouraged to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in innovative ways.


The Warwick Medical School works closely with many departments across the University for both our Research and Education programmes; these include the Department of Life Sciences, the School of Health and Social Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Statistics, Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the Department of Mathematics.


Academic FYs receive additional training which is weekly in the CSB and covers a range of topics to help in research training (Organised by Adele Kenny and Professor Charles Hutchinson  IAT lead for the University of Warwick.)

Research at WMS

Division of Biomedical Cell Biology- Led by: Professor John Miller

The Division of Biomedical Cell Biology (BCB) carries out fundamental molecular and cellular research into biomedical problems. BCB explores a broad, integrated ‘systems’ understanding of the highly complex interactions between components of physiological systems at the molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and system levels. The division has research links with colleagues in WMS, Life Sciences and Systems Biology, as well as Chemistry, Physics, Computer Sciences, Complexity and Engineering. For further information, please visit our website at

Division of Health Sciences - Led by: Professor Francis Griffiths

The Division of Health Sciences (HS) integrates work from societal, social, psychological, organisational and bio-medical perspectives. HS focuses on the design and evaluation of interventions (behavioural, medical, technological and organisational), plus how the application of knowledge in these areas change clinical practice and ultimately health outcomes. The division's work includes applied health services research, methodological development/application of health sciences, as well as relevant theoretical enquiry and discovery science. For further information, please visit our website at

Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing - Led by: Professor Swaran Singh

Research in the Division of Mental Health Science and Wellbeing (MHWB) ranges from serious mental disorders to mental wellbeing, and across the life span from neonates to the elderly. The Division brings together experts in psychiatry, public health, epidemiology, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, social sciences and community paediatrics with a shared academic agenda that focuses on robust methodologies and excellence in design and execution. For further information, please visit our website at

Division of Metabolic and Vascular Health - Led by: Professor Victor Zammit

The Division of Metabolic and Vascular Health focuses on the elucidation of mechanisms involved in the maintenance of health, and the aetiology of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases which account for the greatest incidence of morbidity globally. The Division integrates molecular/cell biological, physiological and pharmacological studies at several layers of biological organization leading to human studies, coupled with the development of diagnostics and preventive treatment strategies, and research into the delivery of patient care. For further information, please visit our website at

Division of Reproductive Health - Led by: Professor Jan Brosens

The Division of Reproductive Health focuses on improving reproductive outcome by conducting well-powered observational and interventional clinical studies underpinned by innovative basic and translational research. Our scope spans from pre-pregnancy fertility assessment, predicting and preventing implantation failure, early pregnancy loss and obstetrical complications to developing novel therapeutics for parturition-associated disorders. For further information, please visit our website at

Page updated: 30 August 2016