Welcome to the website of the Royal Medical Society.

The society is run by medical students for medical students at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland


The Royal Medical Society (RMS) was founded in 1737 with the aim of furthering the medical education of its members and building a community amongst medical students. Today, the RMS carries this tradition into modern medicine through hosting regular academic talks, student-led tutorials and social events throughout the year.

Our premises are located in the Student Centre at Potterrow, Bristo Square and house our offices, lounge, computer room, medical library, clinical skills resource room, lecture theatre and kitchen. Members can access these amenities 24 hours a day mid-week and from 8am to midnight at weekends. Rooms access for those with additional accessibility requirements can be arranged on request.

We also facilitate the activities of a broad range of student medical societies and charitable organisations, as well as providing medical education through peer-to-peer teaching opportunities and a range of online exam revision resources. The Society has a long history of offering funding for members who wish to undertake research or medical placements at home or abroad. Calls for applications are made periodically throughout the year.

Founded over 280 years ago and remaining the only student society to have been awarded a royal charter for its work, the RMS has a rich and interesting past. Members have included Charles Darwin, Sir Joseph Lister and Sir James Young Simpson. Further information on our history can be found here and contributions of famous alumni here.

The 2018-19 syllabus can be seen below:

Event highlights throughout the year include our Welcome Week for incoming students, the Inaugural Address, the Presidents’ Annual Dinner, the traditional Burns Supper, pub quizzes, exam revision and clinical skills tutorials and many fascinating talks by leading doctors from across the country.