Medical Sciences

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.

See also: Human Physiology

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.

BSc Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3

SEMESTER 1

  • Foundations of Biomedical Sciences
  • Basic Laboratory & Scientific Skills

SEMESTER 2

  • 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

Options

  • Medical Microbiology

Options

  • Exercise Biochemistry
  • Signalling In and Between Cells
  • Human Diseases
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Human Genetics Medical Bacteriology
  • Medical Immunology
  • Medical Virology
  • Biomedical Nanotechnology

Options

  • Integrative Biomedical Sciences
  • Systems Neurophysiology
  • Drug Development
  • Pre-Clinical to Practice
  • Inherited Disorders
  • Cellular Cardiology
  • History of the Body1
  • 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.

Teaching

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:

Qualification

Course Title

Duration

BSc

Medical Sciences

3 years

BSc

Medical Sciences with industrial placement year

4 years

BSc

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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