Medical Sciences 2016/17

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What is Medical Sciences?

Medical Sciences offers a solid foundation in core biomedical subjects such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience, and is ideal for people with a broad interest in the science of human beings, from the level of molecules and cells to individuals.

Why Study Medical Sciences?

This course is ideal for those who can see themselves in a career related to healthcare, medical research, or even management of health organisations. As well as offering the chance to apply for postgraduate medical or dental qualifications, you will also leave with a very strong portfolio of transferable skills ideal for the graduate job market.

Advanced Accredited Degree

Our Integrated Masters (MBiol) programme has been awarded interim accreditation and our BSc with Industrial Placement Year programme has been awarded advanced accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology.

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Course Overview

Our medical sciences degree offers a very flexible programme in which you can tailor your degree to your interests. Our facilities, including an environmental suite and a dissection room, allow our students to truly explore the way the human body functions both normally and in extreme conditions.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.

This is an indicative list and actual content can vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

BSc Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3

Core Modules

Core Modules

Core Modules


  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
  • Basic Laboratory & Scientific Skills


  • Biology of the Mind
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Human Endocrinology
  • Basic Laboratory & Scientific Skills 2
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Cardiorespiratory Physiology & Pharmacology
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology of Absorption & Excretion
  • A choice of skills and topics modules and options.
  • Advanced Scientific Skills
  • Inherited Disorders
  • Research laboratory or literature project
  • Advanced Topics in Medical Science 1 & 2

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

Optional Modules

  • Medical Microbiology
  • Exercise Biochemistry
  • Signalling In and Between Cells
  • Human Diseases
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Human Genetics Medical Bacteriology
  • Medical Immunology
  • Medical Virology
  • Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • Integrative Biomedical Sciences
  • Systems Neurophysiology
  • Drug Development
  • Pre-Clinical to Practice
  • Inherited Disorders
  • Cellular Cardiology
  • History of the Body 1
  • History of the Body 2
Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120

Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.

BSc year one

Year one will introduce you to the broad range of topics that makes up medical sciences, including anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. On top of this you will also develop a foundation of laboratory skills and techniques that will be vital throughout your degree.

BSc year two

Through modules around topics such as neurobiology and the physiology of absorption and excretion, you will receive more exposure to the systems of the body. The course is taught in a way that integrates your understanding of the normal structure and function of the body with changes in disease and treatment. There is also a chance to participate in a study year abroad or an industrial placement at the end of year two to further enhance your skills.

BSc year three

After developing your interests in certain topics in your first two years, year three will offer the chance to select research-based modules around these preferences. A large focus of year three will also be on the research project you will undertake, that will offer you the chance to manage your own cutting-edge project alongside professional researchers in specialised laboratories.

MBiol year three and four

Year three of the MBiol will prepare your for Master’s level, through a research preparation module and a group or individual research project, alongside level 3 modules. In year four you will have the opportunity to undertake an extended research project in a completely original topic, alongside the chance to explore our latest research breakthroughs with leading academics.

Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MBiol.

To find out more about this MBiol degree programme download our guide and our overview on MBiol programmes.


Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skill, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts in the field.

Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

  • Year one includes twelve hours of lectures, a three hour practical session in the lab, additional tutorial, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
  • Year two consists of around eight to ten lectures per week, four hours in the lab either on a single practical or ongoing project, additional tutorial, workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study time.
  • In year three you will have around eight lectures per week and tutorial and seminar sessions (Semester One). Your research project will take around three days per week (Semester Two), you will also attend three to six lectures per week, plus private study time.

Discover more about our teaching.

The structure of your course will depend on the pathway that you choose:


Course Title



Medical Sciences

3 years


Medical Sciences with industrial placement year

4 years


Medical Sciences with a study year abroad

4 years

MBiol, BSc

Medical Sciences

4 years

MBiol, BSc

Medical Sciences with industrial placement year

5 years

MBiol, BSc

Medical Sciences with a study year abroad

5 year

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Graduate Employment

Many students go on to postgraduate entry medical or dental courses. The Medical Sciences degree is also attractive to those who envisage careers related to healthcare or medical research. Examples include laboratory or clinical research, management in world or health organisations, diagnostic services, pharmaceuticals and many other careers requiring a good general university degree, as well as PhD research.

As well as careers in the field of Medical Sciences being wide ranging, there are also reasonable graduate prospects of 69%. Data collected 6 months after graduation from our course shows that a typical salary rests around the £14,000 mark (DLHE 2012/2013).

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Marketing Intern, GE Healthcare
  • Therapy Representative, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Assistant Cardiac Physiologist,
  • Territory Manager, Johnson and Johnson
  • Accounts Manager, The Gas Company

Careers Support

We take personal development and career opportunities very seriously and the Faculty has a dedicated Employability Officer who works closely with the careers centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placement opportunities.

We organise regular careers workshops designed especially for biological sciences students to help develop their career opportunities, including the annual Bioscience Careers Networking Event, offering a chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

Careers Centre

The Faculty works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. The centre provides high-quality professional support and advice for all our students and access to thousands of opportunities for graduate employment, placements and internships.