Welcome to the website of the Royal Medical Society.

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


The Royal Medical Society (RMS) was founded in 1737 with the aim of furthering the medical education of its members and building links amongst medical students. Today, the RMS continues this tradition through hosting regular academic talks, tutorials and social events throughout the year. Our premises are located in the Student Centre at Potterrow, Bristo Square and house our offices, computer room, medical library, clinical skills resource room, lecture theatre, kitchen and lounge. Members enjoy access to these amenities 24 hours a day mid-week and from 8am to midnight at the weekends. We also facilitate the activities of a broad range of medical societies and charitable organisations, as well as peer-to-peer teaching. The Society has a long history of providing 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, 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.

Forthcoming Events

The 2017-18 syllabus is now available, and 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.

Prospective Members

New members are always welcome. You can sign up online or call in to the office in Potterrow during office hours. During Welcome Week, you can also sign up at the medical societies fair in the RMS rooms.(Monday 11th September 2017, 2-4pm)

Advice for potential applicants to the Edinburgh Medical School is available here.

Social Media

Make sure to like our Facebook page for the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/royalmedicalsocietyedinburgh/

Follow us on Instagram for updates on speakers and events: @royalmedicalsociety 

Exam Revision Tutorials

Thank you for attending another set of engaging exam revision tutorials. Any handouts provided by the tutors can be found at the Tutorial Resources Page.