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The University of Exeter Medical School

Our Truro Campus is the base for University of Exeter Medical School students studying MSc Environment and Human Health and for a proportion of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) students during years 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Students studying the BMBS programme at the University of Exeter will be expected to spend a portion of their degree studying in different locations across Devon and Cornwall and experiencing a diverse range of clinical and academic environments. This will include a minimum of one year and maximum of two years being based in the Knowledge Spa at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (Truro), which is a modern, multi-disciplinary building that is also the home of the Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health and has its own specialist teaching facilities.

BMBS students have access to the lecture theatre, seminar rooms, a common room, the Cornwall Health Library, the Life Sciences Resource Centre (LSRC) and Clinical Skills Resource Centre. Other facilities include administrative and academic offices. Students based in Truro also have full access to the social and student support facilities and activities offered at our Penryn Campus.

The Knowledge Spa is also the Cornwall base for the Peninsula School of Dentistry and Nursing School which are part of Plymouth University.

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health

The Centre was launched in May 2011, with support from the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund.

The Centre focuses on the interconnections between the environment, human health and wellbeing, specifically on emerging threats from climate change, chemical pollutants (including pharmaceuticals and nanomaterials) and antibiotic-resistant pathogens. It also explores the benefits to health and wellbeing from time spent in the natural environment, particularly in relation to coastal areas.

National and international collaborations with business, government and the third sector are key to the Centre’s work. Through collaborative research, PhD projects, forums and other mechanisms, the Centre’s academics are working with enterprise to produce findings that will have local and global applications.

Centre staff work closely with leading research centres across Europe, in North America, India, and China; they also serve as experts on national and international advisory bodies such as the World Health Organisation, and publish extensively in high-impact  internationally peer reviewed journals.

The Centre is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 and European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Centre’s research is also supported by national research councils, major charities, international businesses and national governments.

The University of Exeter Medical School and The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) are both based at the same address:

Knowledge Spa
Royal Cornwall Hospital


Phone: +44 (0) 01872 258131


University of Exeter Medical School Student Reception

Phone: +44 (0) 1872 255171


The Truro Campus is based at the Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) site, on the outskirts of Truro. The Knowledge Spa is on the edge of the main hospital site, close to the roundabout on the main road; Reception is through the main doors in the centre of the building, facing the car park. 

Walk or Cycle

From Truro train station it’s a 25-30 minute walk or 10-15 minutes on a bike. Turn right out of the station, go up the hill, right at the roundabout and follow the main road along to the hospital entrance.

A taxi to The Knowledge Spa at Treliske from the station is roughly ten minutes and in the region of £6.


From the main station entrance, cross the road to the bus stop. Most buses coming past the station here stop either within the hospital (Trelawny Wing main entrance) or at the layby on the main road just outside the hospital. Regular buses stopping at the layby include 18; those stopping within the hospital include 587, 594, U1.

By car

Turn off the A30 at Chiverton Cross roundabout, onto the A390 signed to Truro. Follow for just under four miles, past Truro College, then at the next roundabout turn left into the hospital.


There is a paid car park at the hospital, but it's expensive and gets busy. There are a limited number of ECEHH visitor parking spaces - permits need to be reserved in advance.

It's very easy to use the Park & Ride, on the A390, before you reach Truro College from the A30. The Park & Ride bus goes about every ten minutes, and the bus comes through the hospital on the way into town or you can use the Park & Ride Treliske shuttle that just comes to the hospital.

Coming to Truro has really changed my perception of what it means to have a fulfilling life as a doctor. Everyone here is passionate about medicine and passing on their knowledge to students to make us better doctors. There are opportunities for academic and practical tutoring anywhere you ask, and there is a strong sense of community. What is so great though, is that they all know how important it is to balance their hard work in the hospital with fulfilling activities outside of it. I can go surfing, cycling, walking, or swimming anywhere around the local area and I'll usually see someone I know from the hospital. There are so many opportunities to get out and enjoy yourselves, whether that is through art, food, sport, or nightlife.

Ed, studying Medicine in Truro

I moved to Cornwall a year and a half ago and have found it to be an extremely positive experience. I didn’t expect to develop as deep a connection with the place as I have done, especially as I moved down at the beginning of 2nd year and was worried that I would miss out on the things Exeter has to offer. However, I’ve found myself surrounded by a community of extremely welcoming and friendly people, both the students and staff, and I have the beauty of the outdoors and the ocean on my doorstep – both these things have been the biggest support I could hope for whilst doing my medical degree. I have also enjoyed discovering the huge creative and artistic scene that Cornwall has to offer, and this along with swimming, surfing and constantly discovering new places, has provided me with an unforgettable and hugely multi-faceted university experience. By embracing everything Cornwall has to offer, there is no doubt you can truly have a fantastic time here and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Elena, studying Medicine in Truro