BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences


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Entry Requirements

300 UCAS tariff points from three A levels (to include Biology at grade B or above) or 220 points from Biology and Chemistry A levels.

A minimum of grade B in both English Language and Maths GCSE.

We also accept Science Access to Higher Education qualifications, you will need to Pass with 18 Level 3 credits achieved from science units awarded at Distinction.

An interview is required; completion of a DBS disclosure form and proof of EU Nationality or indefinite right to remain within the UK.

EU applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

Applications welcome from individuals with a proven professional track record in any career path, and now wish to pursue a career in medicine. Contact Enquiries & Admissions to discuss further.

Interviewed Course

Yes an interview is required.


Advances in healthcare and science mean there are many exciting opportunities in this important sector. This course gives you the scientific knowledge to progress in a number of medical disciplines – it is your starting point for an interesting and varied career in the healthcare community.

About BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

Essential Information

You will be introduced to the fundamentals of medical science and gain valuable clinical training and research experience. Subject areas such as anatomy, biochemistry and physiology are reinforced by practical modules in our state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities, which are among the best in the UK. To improve your employability, you will gain extra skills and experience through short work placements with local health boards.

As part of a widening access strategy for medicine the degree has been developed in partnership with Cardiff School of Medicine and forms part of the graduate feeder scheme for medicine (A101). We welcome applications from individuals with a good employment history and proven professional track record in any career path who may have been out of education for some time and now wish to pursue a career in medicine. These individuals are advised to contact the Enquiries and Admission team for advice regarding the best way of obtaining the necessary entry requirements for the degree programme (such as a single A level in biology or chemistry, Access to Science programme or Foundation Science programme).

Every year, we identify a selected number of second-year students who are eligible for this graduate feeder scheme to study medicine at Cardiff. If these students achieve a 2:1 Honours degree or higher, and satisfy admission criteria for medicine at Cardiff University, they are eligible to apply to the graduate feeder scheme for medicine (A101) at Cardiff University.

Applicants are required to provide a current DBS form and proof of EU nationality before starting this course. All applicants will be interviewed.

All our Biology related courses have been reviewed by the Society of Biology, the professional body for biologists, and granted Recognised Programme status. This is your assurance that the courses we teach are a suitable preparation for a career in biology. You can get involved with the Society by joining as a student member for only £15. This looks good on your CV, and among the many benefits you receive is free entry to the Life Sciences Careers Conferences organised by the Society. As a graduate from one of our biology degrees, you would be eligible for Associate Membership of the Society, and entitled to use the letters AMSB after your name. Furthermore, because we have recognised status, you will be entitled to a 50% discount on your subscription for the first two years!

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The clinical placements provided a great experience to observe and gain insight into the different areas of medicine and surgery. The facilities were good and the lecturers were very enthusiastic. I graduated with first-class Honours.” – Natalie Lane, BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

What you will study

In the first year, you will be introduced to anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, health science and clinical practice, at the University and in the workplace. The second year will develop your knowledge in medical microbiology, human genetics, endocrinology, nutrition, and biochemistry, as well as improve your clinical practice skills.

Your final year lets you choose modules that are most relevant to your career aims. There will be core modules in immunology, pharmacology, psychology, and health policy, as well as optional areas like tropical medicine or biological anthropology. All areas of the course provide extra opportunities for clinical training and research, which will improve your career potential.

A limited number of students who are considered for progression to medicine at Cardiff University will be integrated into human dissection classes at Cardiff during the third year of study at the University of South Wales. Other students either choose to complete a research dissertation, or specialise in healthcare management.


Year One

  • Cellular Biology
  • Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biological Chemistry
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • Experimental Design and Data Manipulation in Life Sciences
  • Health and the Human Lifespan Recommended
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice

Year Two

  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Human Genetics
  • Endocrinology, Metabolism & Homeostasis
  • Cardio-respiratory Physiology
  • Nutrition and the Alimentary System
  • Developing Skills in Clinical Practice

Year Three

  • Project
  • Human Structure (with CUSM)
  • Clinical Biochemistry & Pharmacology
  • Clinical and Molecular Immunology
  • Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Management Project
  • Health Policy
  • Health and Human Behaviour
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Biological Anthropology

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

Learning and Teaching methods

You will learn through lectures, tutorial support, workshops, practical laboratory sessions, placements, self-directed study and work-based learning. In the first two years, there will be 4 weeks of placements in the local healthcare sector, where you will gain real clinical experience in hospital settings.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes examinations, essays, oral presentations, written reports, case history analysis, data interpretation, and problem solving.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences


To improve your employability, you will get extra skills and experience through short work placements with local health boards.

As well as being a strong science qualification in its own right, this medical science degree can be 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.

Alumni Profiles

  • Hazel Wallace- Bsc (Hons) Medical Sciences
  • Natalie Lane - BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences
  • Additional Information for BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

    Further Reading:

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