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Undergraduate Medical School



The development of an Undergraduate Medical School in Bolton subject to approval by the General Medical Council (GMC), aims to bring a multitude of benefits to Bolton and its surrounding areas

Undergraduate medicine is under strict regulation in the UK by the General Medical Council (GMC); GMC approval must be gained before students can be recruited to an undergraduate programme.  

Pending approval from the General Medical Council, the driving philosophy underpinning the Undergraduate Medical School is to build on the experience of the University of Bolton in establishing programmes of excellence in health and well-being by establishing an undergraduate programme in Medicine with a focus on holistic, compassionate, patient-centred care for the local population, parts of which have high levels of deprivation and health inequalities.



Widening Participation is fundamental to our philosophy. The proposed funding model, targeted at international students, includes the provision of local bursaries for local disadvantaged home students, building up over ten years to a steady state of 10% of local students attending on bursaries. Our ultimate aim is to provide a UK government-funded programme, recruiting local students from diverse backgrounds reflecting the local demographic, as aligned with current GMC recommendations.

Our culture and core values underpin the philosophy:
– Institutional integrity, diversity, equity, and inclusion 
– Academic excellence in the delivery of holistic, compassionate, patient-centred care
– Innovation and creativity in collaboration with our healthcare partners

The medical school will work closely with local healthcare providers to provide foundation training – and postgraduate experience locally upon graduation.

Focused on high-quality medical education and student support in 
the delivery of compassionate, holistic, patient-centred care. 

Professor Iqbal Singh CBE

The establishment of our new Undergraduate Medical School at the Institute of Medicine, pending GMC approval, marks a significant milestone in our commitment to advancing medical education and healthcare.

As the Pro Vice Chancellor of the Institute of Medicine, I cannot overstate my enthusiasm for the launch of our Undergraduate School of Medicine. This venture is a testament to our dedication to excellence and innovation in medical education, as well as our unwavering belief in the transformative power of healthcare.

Our vision for this new endeavour is nothing short of extraordinary. We aim to nurture the next generation of healthcare leaders, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and compassion necessary to make a profound impact on the lives of patients and communities. Our curriculum is designed to foster holistic, compassionate, patient-centred, critical thinking, cultural competence and a deep sense of responsibility to society.

We understand that attracting the right faculty members is instrumental to the success of our medical school.   We are committed to providing a supportive and enriching environment where both students and faculty members can thrive personally and professionally.


Objectives of the Undergraduate Medical School

Objective One:

To gain General Medical Council (GMC) approval for an  undergraduate medical school commencing in      September 2025 in line with the GMC Accreditation Process.

Objective Two:

Our second objective is to establish a widening participation agenda to increase diversity and benefit the local community, as considered in Queens: Institute of Medicine Strategic Vision, including establishing outreach links with local schools; developing a pre-medical programme and establishing a local scholarship programme.

Objective Three:

  • Increase the capacity of the intake of the undergraduate programme
  • Continuous innovation of curriculum responsive to changes in healthcare delivery
  • Develop an intern programme for foundation doctors
  • Build a stand-alone facility for the Institute of Medicine in the grounds of Royal Bolton Hospital
    Integrate improvement of healthcare within the community and other healthcare providers
  • To be an internationally recognised centre of academic excellence in undergraduate health education