Northumbria University pathway with St. George’s University, Grenada, opens applications for Thai Medical Students

Northumbria University pathway with St. George’s University, Grenada, opens applications for Thai Medical Students

Partnership for academic year 2022-2023 offers chance to live in Newcastle upon Tyne while completing up to 50% of degree in the UK

Thailand, 14 December 2021: St George’s University (SGU) in Grenada, West Indies, announces that admissions for aspiring Thai doctors are open for the Northumbria University, a pathway that provides students with an opportunity to start their medical careers in the United Kingdom.

SGU’s partnership with Northumbria University offers international students, including Thai students a chance to live in Newcastle upon Tyne, while completing up to 50% of their degree in the UK, earning a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from SGU. Students can now submit their applications for the upcoming academic year, starting in September 2022.

Dr. Boonyanuth Maturostrakul, originally from Thailand who recently became a board-certified physician in New York, said “I liked the adventure as I really wanted to travel. It allowed me to come to the United States, via Grenada, and to spend my first year in the UK at Northumbria University was a dream. For Thai students considering their next step, if they work hard enough, their dreams will come true.”

Prior to joining SGU Dr. Maturostrakul graduated from Mahidol University International College (MUIC), with whom SGU also had a strong collaboration.

Since the UK pathway partnership commenced in January 2007, it has since welcomed more than 2,000 medical students to Newcastle, including 14 from Thailand.

Northumbria University City Campus in Newcastle upon Tyne has invested more than £250 million in its estate over the last decade. The university is continuously evolving to create an environment where medical aspirants worldwide, including those from Thailand, can shape their future. All SGU students live together at the Trinity Square accommodation in Gateshead, which is only a twenty-minute walk or quick Metro ride from the City Campus.

“When living and studying in an international environment, students experience a well-rounded, culturally diverse medical education, which is the foundation of any successful doctor’s career,” said Dr. James Coey, Course Director, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in Anatomy at St. George’s University in partnership with Northumbria University.

These exceptional MD programs have multiple entry points for students from various education systems around the world, including Thailand. St. George’s University students starting their journey at Northumbria University can join the four-year, five-year, or six-year programs. For example, Thai M6 students are eligible to apply for six-year MD programs. International students such as those from Thailand, are exempt from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) admission requirement when they apply.

The final two years of SGU’s MD program focus on clinical sciences, with training opportunities at over 70 clinical centres and affiliated hospitals in the United States or United Kingdom. Clinical studies include core rotations, sub-internships, primary care, and elective rotations in specialties such as surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry, and family medicine.

Dr. Sasisupa Handagoon, another SGU graduate from Thailand said her two years of clinical rotations in the UK were crucial in her development.

“I have a strong bond with SGU family at Norwich and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH). Our SGU family are helping and supporting each other on the journey of becoming medical doctor.” Upon graduation Dr. Handagoon is now preparing to pursue the Foundation Programme as the next step in her medical career.

SGU is truly an international institution with pathways around the world, and clinical facilities that provide international students with medical experience and exposure that ensures starting their healthcare career with diversity, confidence, and well-roundedness. Not only does the Northumbria University pathway provide an opportunity to start their medical degrees in the UK, but it also provides international students from Thailand a smooth transition to living abroad.

Students can find additional information on SGU’s Northumbria Pathway, admission requirements, application processes and more at Aspiring students can submit their interest via SGU international landing page here

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Tom Van Blarcom / Titichayapon Angsuwapattanakul

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About St. George’s University School of Medicine:

Founded in 1976 with the goal of drawing the best talent and practices from around the world, St. George’s University (SGU) has become a leading center for academic excellence worldwide. With students and faculty drawn from more than 150 countries, SGU is truly an international institution, with a uniquely global perspective, perfectly poised to help educate students in this rapidly changing world. St. George’s University School of Medicine has four-, five-, six-, and seven-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) programs with entry points available for students from any education system around the world. SGU has a large network of 70+ affiliated hospitals and health centers in the US and UK and also has a unique opportunity for students to begin their medical career in Grenada, the United Kingdom, or India.


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