University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

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University of Edinburgh College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, is headed by Professor Sir John Savill; who is also the Head of the Medical School.

The Medical School in Edinburgh can trace its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching

The existing qualifications for undergraduates are amongst the most competitive in the UK.

The academic disciplines within Medicine are largely concentrated in the two teaching hospitals in Edinburgh, namely the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France (RIE) and the Western General Hospital (WGH). The new RIE was recently constructed on a green field site under a Private Finance Initiative (completed 2002).

It is a state-of-the-art multi-speciality hospital linked with the Medical School which is housed in two purpose built teaching and research facilities, the Chancellor’s Building and the Queen’s Medical Research Institute providing the accommodation and facilities required for the majority of the clinical students and associated academic clinical staff previously located at the old Royal Infirmary in central Edinburgh.

The Western General Hospital (WGH) has also undergone major redevelopment of its clinical research and teaching facilities. The Molecular Medicine Centre (£5m) was opened in 1995, a new Wellcome Millennial Clinical Research Facility (£4m; joint development between the Wellcome Trust, University and Lothian Health), a £40m new clinical wing, the Anne Ferguson Building, and a new Medical Education Centre (£1m) were opened in 2001, and a new Cancer Research Building (£7m) in 2002.

The University (through its Medical School) and Lothian Health work in close collaboration to ensure the co-ordination of the Health Board's Integrated Health Care Plan for Lothian with the University's teaching and research plans.


University of Edinburgh
College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
EH16 4TJ

0131 242 9100