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Medical education in the UK is world-renowned and the standard of graduates from UK medical schools is very high.

What makes UK medical education so unique is the individuality of the medical schools. While they all work towards meeting a common standard, which is set by the regulator, no two medical degrees are the same. This variation can be in areas such as course structure, the types of placements offered and teaching styles used. In these ways each medical school is able to build its own set of values into its training, and contribute graduates to a medical workforce which can provide the many services required by the National Health Service.

The Medical Schools Council provides a national voice on issues which affect medical education, helping the individual medical schools make their experience a part of that voice. It is this balance of collaboration and independence which ensures the continued high quality of medical education in the UK. 

Education Leads

Each medical school has staff who specialise in education. It is they who manage the curricula and make sure that graduates are able to meet the needs of their future roles as doctors. The heads of medical education from member medical schools work together as the Education Leads.

Areas of work include:

  • Curriculum mapping
  • Criteria for reasonable adjustments
  • The introduction of the Medical Licensing Assessment
  • Making clear the value and benefits of a career in certain areas, such as general practice, according to workforce needs


Education Leads meets three times a year and is led by the chair of the Medical Schools Council Education Sub-Committee, which is Professor Malcolm Reed, Dean of Brighton and Sussex Medical School.