BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

UCAS CODE B901

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Status

Validated

Campus

Pontypridd (Campus code - A )

Location

Glyntaff

Tuition Fees

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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 and to exclude General Studies.

Minimum grade B in GCSE English Language and Maths.

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; plus completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (additional costs apply) 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.

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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

Do you want a challenging career and the chance to really make a difference? Advances in healthcare and science have led to exciting opportunities in this sector. Our BSc in Medical Sciences, developed in partnership with Cardiff School of Medicine, will provide you with the skills and practical experience needed to progress towards a rewarding career in medical science.

In our state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of medical science. Subjects range from anatomy and physiology to 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.

This course also forms part of the graduate feeder scheme to medicine at Cardiff University.

What you will study

Modules

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

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.

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

Employability

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:

    Read our Medical Science subject pages