Of the new places, 500 were allocated to medical schools in 2017, and the distribution of the remaining 1,000 has now been decided through a competition run by HEFCE and Health Education England.
As a result of the expansion, every existing medical school is taking on additional students – and five entirely new medical schools are also being set up, in Sunderland, Lancashire, Canterbury, Lincoln and Chelmsford.
Medical courses are currently heavily oversubscribed and this will open up new opportunities for many aspiring doctors to train for careers in medicine at a larger number of medical schools across England than ever before.
Professor Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of HEFCE, said:
‘This significant expansion opens the door for many more students, including students from underrepresented groups, to gain high-quality medical education and training.
‘Following a rigorous competitive process, an ambitious portfolio of places has been allocated across both new and established medical schools which will offer innovative training and provision.
‘Universities and colleges across the country play a vital role in supporting their local and regional communities. This initiative will provide highly skilled professionals, many of whom will go on to serve communities in areas of greatest need.’