St George's, University of London

St George's, University of London is UK's only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.


On the outskirts of a city or town


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: S49

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 81%
  • Postgraduate 19%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 62%
  • Part Time 38%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 2%
  • Other 7%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library includes 42,000 books, theses and multimedia materials along with over 10,000 e-journals, with technology-enabled workstations. 
  • Students also have access to the expansive learning resources centre in Kingston. 
  • Drop-in clinics help students with study skills.

Student jobs

  • Students are given the opportunity to make some extra money by working as St George's student ambassadors. Ambassadors undertake a range of work, from giving clinical skills lessons at summer schools to assisting with university open days and events.

Careers advice

  • Careers programme includes workshops on topics such as CV or application writing, career progression and interview skills.
  • Students are able to book a one-to-one appointment with the careers consultant to discuss all aspects of careers and employability, including making career decisions, finding jobs, application checking and mock interviews.
  • Students can access online career resources and information, as well as jobs and volunteer opportunities, on the virtual learning environment.

Health services

  • The university assists students with registering with a local GP (General Practitioner) and dentist.

Counselling services

  • A full counselling service is available.

Disability support

  • Advisers are available to support any student or potential student with a disability or specific needs.
  • The university was a partner in the General Medical Council’s Gateways project, helping develop guidance to encourage people with disabilities into medicine.

Other services and facilities

  • IT facilities include over 260 PC workstations, with three rooms open 24 hours a day; over 60 Wi-Fi-enabled laptops within the library, and Wi-Fi access throughout the library and across campus. Drop-in clinics provide help for students with technology. In order to facilitate the submission of placement assessments, students use e-portfolio software on tablets which are fully supported by the university.
  • Specialist course facilities include extensive clinical skills laboratories and a low fidelity simulation suite, as well as a centre for paramedic science students. Students also learn through role play, with health service users and shared learning with student doctors, paramedics and other healthcare professionals. The university has its own dissection room, where students can learn anatomy through a variety of methods.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union offers a wide variety of social events such as the infamous Back2Skool Disco, comedy nights, and quiz nights.
  • It also offers a wide range of sports, societies, and community projects for anyone and everyone to immerse themselves in. Every student is also by right a member of the NUS and Student Central (formerly University of London Union).


  • St George's first began training doctors through St George’s Hospital, which registered its first apprentice doctor in 1751. In 1834 St George's Hospital Medical School was formally established; in 1836 it joined the University of London. This combined the advantages of a smaller, specialist institution with a community feel, with that of one of the largest and most diverse universities in Britain.
  • In 1995 a joint faculty was established with Kingston University, and today is the UK's only dedicated health sciences university, sharing a site with St George's Hospital, one of London’s largest and busiest hospitals.
  • In 2005 St George's Hospital Medical School was renamed St George's, University of London.

Fascinating Fact

  • Based in a hospital, St George's, University of London has a long history of training doctors. In 1796 Edward Jenner (student from 1770 to 1774) successfully performed the first vaccination against smallpox; the disease was declared eradicated in 1980.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • John Hunter − often referred to as the father of modern surgery.
  • Edward Jenner − inventor of the smallpox vaccine.
  • Patrick Steptoe − pioneer of IVF treatment.
  • Muriel Powell − a leading advocate for the nursing profession in Britain.
  • Harry Hill − comedian, entertainer and writer.


St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London , SW17 0RE