St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine/Northumbria University Four-Year MD Program

St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine/Northumbria University

Four and Five-Year MD Program

Program Overview

Start your journey to a world-class medical degree and gain a global perspective on modern medicine.

Thanks to a unique partnership with Northumbria University (NU), St. George’s University (SGU) gives international students the opportunity to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and complete up to 50% of your degree in the United Kingdom.

Both four- and five-year MD students who begin their studies at Northumbria University will complete one year of integrated basic sciences at our technologically-advanced campus in Grenada.

Your final two years of study will connect traditional academic preparation with hands-on clinical experience. SGU offers clinical training available in the United States and the United Kingdom with a network of more than 70 affiliated hospitals and clinics.

An established world leader in medical education for more than 40 years, St. George’s University educates more international medical students than all US medical schools combined.

SGU has contributed over 16,000 physicians to the global physician workforce, with students, graduates, and faculty from over 140 countries. They have practiced in every state in the United States, as well as in more than 50 nations around the world.

Last year, 93% of our eligible US 2018 graduates who applied for a postgraduate position obtained one at the time of graduation.

St. George’s University students who took the USMLE 1 for the first time in 2018 achieved a 96 percent pass rate, including a 96 percent pass rate for students from the United States and Canada. The more than 1,200 SGU students taking the exam for the first time hailed from 49 countries over five continents.  


Students who begin their MD through the St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine/ Northumbria University Four- and Five-Year Program receive the same intensive medical education as students who start at our campus in Grenada. Lectures, labs, textbooks, small groups, and exams all follow the same clinically-integrated curriculum and align over the same academic schedule.

The SGU/NU program is led by resident faculty and administrators, with the added benefit of teaching support from visiting professors and Northumbria University faculty.

Students can participate in the Early Clinical Exposure selective during their basic science years, engaging in a physician-shadowing experience at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, England.

Admission Requirements

There are no special admission requirements to pursue medical school studies at Northumbria University through the SGU/NU program. You must meet the same standards as students who begin their MD at our campus in Grenada. Find out more on our general admission requirements page.

Scholarships and Tuition

SGU offers international students who intend to practice medicine in underserved areas the Keith B. Taylor Bursary based on financial need. Learn more about SGU’s scholarship offerings.

Special Note: United States citizens and US permanent residents who attend the SGU/NU program will not be eligible to receive US Department of Education supported loans for any part of their medical education at SGU. US federal student loan eligibility is dependent on completing all of basic science years of the location on the Grenada campus.

Campus Location and Housing

The SGU/NU program is located on the Northumbria University campus in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a modern city with ancient roots. Located in the north of England, three hours from London by train, Newcastle positions you on the doorstep to continental Europe.

Take a long weekend in Paris or Rome. Cheer on Newcastle United, the city’s premier league football club. Soak up the friendly Geordie culture with bustling pubs, green spaces, concerts, and festivals. Newcastle attracts more than 30,000 university students and is home to all the amenities you can expect to find in a busy college town.

Enrolled students live together at the Trinity Square residence building. A twenty-minute walk or a quick Metro ride from the city campus, Trinity Square puts you in the heart of Newcastle. Most students are required to live in University housing while studying with SGU.

Northumbria Partnership

The International Medical Pathway is the partnership that exists between St. George’s University and Northumbria University in Newcastle. The partnership commenced in January 2007 and has since welcomed more than 1,700 medical students to spend one or more years of their preclinical or medical degree program at Northumbria University. 

The inception of the partnership came about from SGU’s second Vice Chancellor, Dr. Keith B. Taylor (1989-1998). Dr. Taylor’s vision for international expansion was spurred by the reality of a shrinking world of medical education, which led not only to the growth of St. George’s University but also the creation of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) in 1994.  

The St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine/Northumbria University partnership (formerly known as the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program) provides students with the opportunity to complete either a four- or five-year MD program. The programs are identical to that delivered in Grenada but affords students the opportunity to study in and experience a different healthcare environment. Staff from both SGU and NU teach on the same two-year basic sciences program schedule. As the programs mirror each other, entry requirements, curriculum, and testing cadence all follow the same principles and schedules, which allows students to receive the exact same educational foundation regardless of location. 

Students studying in Newcastle will gain academic credit from both SGU and NU and are also eligible to receive a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) in Medical Sciences. These students are invited to attend Northumbria University’s graduation ceremony, held each year at the True Blue Campus in Grenada. 


To participate, simply:

  1. Apply for admission to the SGU School of Medicine.
  2. Make a clear note on your application that you would like to be considered for the St. George’s University of Grenada School of Medicine/Northumbria University Four-Year MD Program.

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Train for your calling in medicine with an innovative, world-class MD program.

Please note: US Citizens and permanent residents of the United States who attend the SGU/NU program will not be eligible to receive USDOE loans throughout their medical education at SGU. Student federal loan eligibility, for all foreign medical schools, is dependent on taking the Basic Science portion of the program on the main campus.

Choose Your Pathway

Students in the 5-year program will spend 1 year in preclinical, 1 year in basic sciences, and may do 6 months of clinical rotations in the UK. Students in the 4-year program will spend 1 year in basic sciences and up to one year in the UK. Clinical rotations may not be done in the UK for the last six months of year four/five.

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Choosing a medical school is one of the most crucial decisions of your life, and it’s important that you absorb as much information as possible about the choices in front of you. We encourage you to consult with St. George’s University graduates, students, and administrators, who are available to answer any questions you may have about the University curriculum, campus, and track record of student success.