Medical Science B Med Sci (Hons)

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About the course

The Medical Science Degree is ideal if you are interested in a career in the medical or healthcare professions.

The course is based on the research expertise of our academic staff, who will help equip you with a thorough knowledge of research, statistics, and evidence-based medicine.

You will pursue your own research interests in a final year project working closely with our staff, or out on project placements, for example in local hospital laboratories.

Integrated basic biomedical subjects with medical disciplines include:

  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Pathology

By using laboratory and clinical approaches, it takes you from 'bench to bedside' providing an unde…

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About the course

The Medical Science Degree is ideal if you are interested in a career in the medical or healthcare professions.

The course is based on the research expertise of our academic staff, who will help equip you with a thorough knowledge of research, statistics, and evidence-based medicine.

You will pursue your own research interests in a final year project working closely with our staff, or out on project placements, for example in local hospital laboratories.

Integrated basic biomedical subjects with medical disciplines include:

  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology
  • Pathology

By using laboratory and clinical approaches, it takes you from 'bench to bedside' providing an understanding of the human body in health and disease.

Reasons why you should choose to study Medical Science Degree at DMU
  • We excel in our e-learning capabilities, and our Programme Leader has been awarded a National Teacher Fellow, so you will learn from expert practitioner staff
  • Optional sandwich placements allow you to apply theory to practice in an industry setting and enhance your employability upon graduation
  • Combines laboratory and clinical approaches to investigating the human body
  • 90 per cent of our Medical Science graduates are successful within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2010/11)
  • A research-led course reflecting the expertise of our academic staff
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Key facts

UCAS course code: B902

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional)

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

2013/2014 UCAS Points A minimum of 260 points

GCSEs
  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. Plus one of the following:
Alevels
  • Normally 260 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A levels including Human Biology, Biology or Chemistry at grade C or above
BTEC
  • BTEC National Diploma with Science - BTEC with Distinction/Merit/Merit (280) points
  • BTEC National Certificate - only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet science requirements
  • BTEC National Award - only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet science requirements
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A2s) - Science BTEC with Distinction/Merit/Merit (280) points
  • BTEC Diploma (2 A2s) - Science BTEC Distinction* Distinction
  • BTEC 90 - credit only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet science requirements
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (1 A2) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet science requirements
  • BTEC certificate (1 A1) - only in combination with other accepted qualifications. Must meet science requirements
Access Course Pass in Access to Science. English and Maths GCSE equivalency required, 12 level 2 credits in each subject.

Interview: No

Work Experience: No

International Baccalaureate:
28+ with 6 higher level points in Chemistry and another Science at Higher Level (preferably Biology).

International students:
If English is not your first language, we require an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Personal Statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

Teaching and assessment

This is a practical degree and provides instruction in laboratory sciences and human clinical skills such as cardiorespiratory physiology and body morphometry.

Medical Science combines quality traditional teaching such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions, with modern educational approaches and the course is based around a contemporary e-learning hub that empowers you using podcasts, educational video and animation, and online quizzes providing a flexible approach to learning.

You will be appointed a personal tutor for support, and will gain additional academic support from all other members of academic staff. This is a practical degree and provides instruction in laboratory sciences and human clinical skills such as:

  • Cardiorespiratory physiology
  • Body morphometry
Lectures, seminars, tutorials and face-to-face contact time will make up approximately 17 hours of study per week. You will be expected to do approximately 13 hours of self-directed study in addition to this for the completion of assignments and for research projects.

Course modules

First year

  • Structure and function of Cells and Tissues
  • Microbiology
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Chemistry
  • Professional Skills

Second year

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Immunobiology
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Organ Systems Physiology
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Planning and Management of Research Projects

Third year

  • Research Project
  • Quality Management
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Clinical Genetics and Genomics
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Pharmaceutics and Therapeutics

Academic expertise

Many teaching staff on the course have links with the NHS and industry through their own work, experience or research activities, which provides an exciting curriculum of up-to-date health and medical advances.

Work experience and placements

Students have the opportunity to undertake an optional sandwich work placement, based in an environment of your choice.

These could include a hospital laboratory, pharmaceutical business or other industrial organisation; developing your practical and professional skills and enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Graduate careers

Graduate opportunities exist in medical research, writing, education, commerce and sales. This is an appropriate entry qualification for graduates who wish to apply for further study in graduate entry medicine, pharmacy|, dentistry or NHS medical care practitioner training.

Other career opportunities include further postgraduate study on one of our courses which include;

  • MSc Advanced Biomedical Science
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • MSc Pharmaceutical Quality by Design
  • MSc/MA by Research

Fees and funding


UK/EU Full-time £9000 Part Time 2013/14 4 Year Course £5925 6 Year Course £3950 Per Module (15 Credits) £988 International
Full-time Band 1 £10,750 Band 2 £11,250

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Scholarships

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Facilities

We continuously develop our range of high quality e-learning resources; including video, animations and podcasts.

Investment of £8 million in our first-class teaching and learning facilities helps develop your practical experience and enhances your employability.

Dedicated scientific laboratories, such as our Clinical Sciences laboratory, enable you to develop your practical experience and specialist skills with industry standard equipment
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