Faculty of Medical Sciences

History

History

Medicine has been taught at Newcastle since 1834. Our vibrant history provides a solid foundation for continuing growth and innovation.

The North East of England has been a centre of learning for centuries, reaching back to Bede's monastery at Jarrow where the copying of ancient texts preserved the fruits of learning in an age of chaos.

In 1832, acts of Parliament founded the University of Durham and modernised the scope of medical education in the UK. Two years later, the Newcastle upon Tyne School of Medicine and Surgery was established. In 1870, the organisation became known as The Durham University College of Medicine - Newcastle upon Tyne and, in 1934, a further Act established King's College in Newcastle as a separate division of Durham University. In 1963 the University of Newcastle upon Tyne was established.

By the 1990's the medical school had become one of the largest in the UK, with a reputation for patient-directed research and for innovation in the teaching of medicine. In keeping with our history, medical research and teaching in Newcastle continues to thrive through partnership.

Our longstanding relationship with the University of Durham is complemented by strong links with other academic institutions in the region; the Universities of Northumbria and Sunderland. An essential partner is the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the UK's leading hospitals.

An old image of the Medical School, from 1834.