Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
BSc (Hons) Medical Science
Category: Sciences nutritional and pharmaceutical
4 July 2017
Studying a science course is exciting and hard work, with a lot of practical sessions that are really fun. Here's the lowdown on my Medical Science degree.
I’ve just finished my second year studying Medical Science. Especially in first year, there are a lot of practical sessions which are really fun, and you’re able to do lots of advanced practicals which make you feel like a real scientist!
However, there were a couple of things that I would’ve liked to know before I started the course, especially when it came to the practical sessions. Here are some Q&As that I think will be useful for you before you start the course.
What does a Level 2 laboratory mean?
A level 2 lab works with organisms which could pose a potential biological risk. Due to this risk, specialist clothing such as gloves, goggles, and lab coats are worn so not to cause potential harm or injury. Special biohazard containers are used for any biological samples used as well as correct containers for any contaminated sharps.
How many lab sessions do you get compared to lectures?
In your first year, you get a three-hour session every fortnight. However, it will decrease in your second year. Depending on your course, you may have more practical sessions than others. Pharmaceutical Science has more laboratory sessions due to the majority of modules in second year being chemistry- or drug-based. As Medical Science becomes more theory-based in the second year, there will be fewer lab sessions taking place; however if the module is practical, there is more sessions. There are more practical sessions in first year, as everyone must know certain tissues and organs in detail and practical sessions help with that.
Some modules in my course don’t look relevant. Why do I need to attend those modules?
Every module applies to the course even though it may not look like it. Medical Science deals a lot with experiments and the wider community and therefore everyone must know certain topics which allow you to be the best kind of medical scientist. The course is not just biology based, and each student must be able to apply a lot of different topics to the course to progress as a student as well as a graduate.
Is there a lot of work to do outside the lectures?
There is always work to do and books to read to help you in the course. There isn’t a massive workload, however you must be prepared to put the hours in and to study hard to achieve the best possible grades.
How closely related is Medical Science to Pharmaceutical Science and Nutritional Science?
The three courses are linked quite closely and they all need to have a general understanding of the anatomy to understand how everything works when they relate it to each of the course. In the first year there are a lot of shared modules with a couple modules being specific to each course. As the years progress, the modules become more specific to each course and there aren’t as many shared modules.
Do I need to do anything before I start the course?
There isn’t much to do or read to prepare for the course. I would suggest getting a couple of the books on the reading list from the John Smith's book shop on campus. Apart from that, just make sure you’ve got lots of paper and pens – and try and make some friends so you know a few people when you start!