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Buckinghamshire private medical school to open

University of Buckingham
Students are expected to start the new course in January 2015

A private medical school is to open in 18 months' time in Buckinghamshire, a university has announced.

The Buckingham Milton Keynes Medical School will be run by the University of Buckingham and Milton Keynes NHS Foundation Trust.

The first students will begin the four-and-a-half-year course in January 2015, with fees of £35,000 per year.

A spokesman said these were similar to existing charges for foreign students.

The medical school will receive no government funding and is a not-for-profit venture.

Students will spend the first two years at the University of Buckingham, studying biomedical science and clinical skills, followed by clinical placements at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and other local healthcare providers.

Prof Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of the university, said: "We have long held an ambition to pioneer a medical school with a patient orientation.

"We will be working with the General Medical Council, who will undertake a multi-year quality assurance review."

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