BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

Advances in healthcare and science mean there are many exciting opportunities in this important sector. The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences course gives you the scientific knowledge to progress in a number of medical disciplines and it is your starting point for an interesting and varied career in the healthcare community. The course, developed in partnership with Cardiff School of Medicine, forms part of the graduate feeder scheme for medicine at Cardiff University for our high achieving students. It will also provide you with the skills and practical experience needed to progress towards a rewarding career in health care or public health should you decide you don’t want to practice medicine.

Subjects range from anatomy and physiology to epidemiology and public health policy, all of which are reinforced by practical modules, clinical training and valuable research experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake work placements with local health boards. The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences course is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, which ensures that graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements for Associate Membership (AMRSB) of the Royal Society. This is the professional body for biologists, so you can rest assured that this course also provides the ideal preparation for a career in the field of human biology.

What you will study


Year One

  • Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Research Skills
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Genetics and Evolution

Year Two

  • Clinical Practice
  • Human Form and Function
  • Clinical Physiology
  • Metabolism and Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Human and Molecular Genetics

Year Three

  • Project or Human Structure (human cadaver dissection with Cardiff University School of Medicine)
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Human Variation and Forensic Anthropology
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology
  • Clinical and Molecular Immunology...
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Students have access to the state-of-the-art science laboratories in Pontypridd campus as well as a purpose-built clinical skills laboratory with patient simulation equipment.


Dr Lewis Fall (Physiology)
Dr Martin Powell (Immunology)
Dr John Morton (Biochemistry)
Dr Tracie McKinney (Anatomy and Anthropology)
Dr Charlotte Miller (Anatomy and Biomechanics)
Dr Darren Johnson (Cellular Biology)
Mrs Catherine Fall (Clinical Practice)
Dr Emma Hayhurst (Genetics and Microbiology)
Dr David Lee (Research Methods)
Dr Elke Scheibler (Research Methods)
Prof Denis Murphy (Biochemistry and Bioinformatics)
Prof Bruce Davies (Physiology)
Dr Simon Williams (Epidemiology)
Dr Lina Evans (Public Health...

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Work and Study Placements

As well as being a strong science qualification in its own right, the medical sciences degree is an initial step to apply for graduate-entry degrees in medicine at other universities.
There are many careers related to medicine and health science, such as medical research, health and social care management or technical support in healthcare services.


This course is taught at: Glyntaff Campus, Pontypridd


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  • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
    • Full Time 3 Years Start Date: Sep 2018


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