Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IoM) at the University of Bolton is well-equipped to deliver a high-quality Medical School that will benefit its students and the wider community and is committed to providing top-quality education and training to future healthcare professionals. The IoM’s mission is to equip students and healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their chosen careers and to make a difference in the lives of their patients.

The IoM’s faculty is made up of experienced healthcare professionals who are passionate about teaching and who are dedicated to helping students succeed. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our programmes and are committed to providing personalised support to each student.

The University has an established and highly regarded Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, which provides exceptional training to our students and has a proven track record of delivering innovative, evidence-based health training. The Institute of Medicine will build upon the reputation of the Faculty of Health in delivering excellent undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Medicine.

We are committed to deliver holistic, compassionate and patient-centred care in a safe and professional manner.

Core Values

Institutional integrity, diversity, equity and inclusion are at the core of our philosophy

Academic excellence in the delivery of compassionate, holistic, patient-centred care

Innovation and creativity in collaboration with our healthcare partners


To establish a centre of medical excellence within the University of Bolton and its partner healthcare providers.


Promote an excellent educational environment directed at safe patient care and the health and well-being of the population, with an emphasis on social engagement; thus, embracing the richness of Bolton’s diverse community, in partnership with our healthcare providers.

Students are academically and emotionally prepared in a culture of compassion, critical thinking and lifelong learning, developing refined clinical skills and professionalism. Student support is embedded in the curriculum, incorporating widening participation, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Staff aspirations are nurtured and innovation encouraged, welcoming and exploring opportunities; responding with accountability, responsibility and integrity.

Postgraduate courses are directed at continuing education, specialist training, global health management and leadership. Research embraces local expertise and aspirations.

Key Objectives of the Institute of Medicine

The IoM will strengthen the University of Bolton’s strategic aim of sustainable business growth by introducing prestige medical programmes to satisfy the increasing demands in the healthcare system. Building on the experience of the University of Bolton in establishing programmes of excellence in health and well-being, the IoM is well placed to develop an Institute of Medicine.

This will be achieved by establishing its three integral components:

1. A Postgraduate School of Medicine delivering global healthcare programmes for medical and healthcare workers.

The Postgraduate School of Medicine has been established to complement the Undergraduate School of Medicine and the Centre for Research in Medical Excellence at the University of Bolton.

Established in 2021 the Postgraduate School of Medicine delivers postgraduate level training courses and short courses to medical professionals and has a number of existing specialties, which will provide support to the undergraduate medical programme.

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2. An Undergraduate School of Medicine leading to an internationally recognised qualifying medical degree in accordance with the criteria set by the General Medical Council for the establishment of new medical schools.

Pending approval from the General Medical Council (GMC), the driving philosophy underpinning the Undergraduate Medical School is to build on the experience of the University of Bolton in establishing programmes of excellence in health and well-being by establishing an undergraduate programme in Medicine with a focus on holistic, compassionate, patient-centred care for the local population, parts of which have high levels of deprivation and health inequalities.

Objective 1: GMC APPROVAL

To gain General Medical Council (GMC) approval for an undergraduate medical school commencing in September 2025 in line with the GMC Accreditation Process.


Establish a widening participation agenda to increase diversity, including establishing outreach links with local schools; developing a pre-medical programme and establishing a local scholarship programme.


  • Increase the capacity of the intake of the undergraduate programme
  • Continuous innovation of curriculum responsive to changes in healthcare delivery
  • Develop an intern programme for foundation doctors
  • Build a stand-alone, Bolton Institute of Medical Science (BIMS) facility for the Institute of Medicine in the grounds of Royal Bolton Hospital
  • Integrate improvement of healthcare within the community and other healthcare providers
  • To be an internationally recognised centre of academic excellence in undergraduate health education
3. A Centre for Research in Medical Excellence that embraces local and global healthcare expertise and aspirations.

A Centre for Research that embraces both local and global healthcare expertise and aspirations and aims to advance medical knowledge, improve healthcare delivery and address health challenges worldwide.

Bolton Institute of Medical Sciences

The Institute of Medicine will be based in the new Bolton Institute of Medical Sciences (BIMS), in the grounds of the Royal Bolton Hospital in Farnworth, Bolton. The £40m project is expected to welcome its first cohort of students in September 2025, subject to General Medical Council (GMC) approval.

The state-of-the-art building which houses the Bolton Institute of Medical Sciences, will be home to six simulation suites, with each able to accommodate 30 students. These simulation suites will replicate different types of hospital ward with industry-grade equipment, creating a highly accurate hospital setting in a simulated and controlled environment.

The BIMS design team has worked extensively alongside senior clinicians at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, ensuring the layout and equipment create an accurate and highly tuned environment that will prepare future clinicians for the scenarios they will face.

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Register your interest

We would welcome enthusiastic doctors, physician associates and other healthcare professionals in the North West of England to join our team and support us in delivering holistic, compassionate, patient-centered care to develop our students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need for professional and personal success.

If you are a prospective student, or are interested in supporting the Institute of Medicine and would like to discuss the roles which will become available, please email:


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