Open the door to a rewarding career. You'll focus on the science that underpins modern medicine. Understand how a healthy human body works, the effect of diseases and how normal function can be restored. Our extended course runs over four years, with the added benefit of a foundation year, giving you a solid scientific grounding to succeed on the BSc. This programme has been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology*.
The 21st century presents many health challenges. Studying Medical Science gives the desirable analytical and laboratory skills; provides knowledge and understanding of the human body; how it performs optimally, and the impact of disease. It’ll prepare you for work in various research environments or the healthcare sector, where a scientific contribution is made to areas involving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. This broad science degree will help you identify and solve problems, lead and manage people and be confident in scientific communication; all highly valued competencies across the health sectors giving a strong advantage in the employment market.
The teaching and learning environments are versatile involving lectures, interactive seminars, structured group work, and regular guest lecturers sharing their expertise. You’ll acquire your laboratory skills in a state-of-the-art level two category SuperLab. Tapping into our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and the library resources provide access to invaluable online supporting materials to optimise your learning experience and development as scientist.
* Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates have met defined learning outcomes, including gaining substantial research experience. Following a successful demonstration to the Society that these graduate attributes have been attained, and graduation of the first cohort of students from the programme, the programme may be awarded full accreditation.
Senior Lecturer : Nicky Milner
The skills and understanding you'll require on this course will be well-regarded, not just in the healthcare sector but in many others. All employers value graduates who can analyse problems and find solutions.
After graduation you'll be in a strong position to pursue a career in the following areas, research scientist, lab technician, scientific writer, medical and healthcare regulations, patent law, clinical trials or medical sales.
We would recommend that you use your first degree to further your studies in a range of Masters of Science or choose a patient focussed discipline such as Physician Associate (two years Masters programme) or complete a PGCE and enter teaching.
As a life science degree, those with a 2:1 or above could apply for Graduate Entry Medicine programmes.
We'll make sure you're progressing correctly in a number of ways, including multiple choice tests, essays, practical exams, short-answer tests, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing and independent project work. In the early stages of your degree we'll use the best methods to make sure you gain a solid understanding of all the relevant subject matter. Later on, we'll focus on developing your critical appraisal skills, depth of understanding, and ability to work independently.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across three departments:
Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.
We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.
Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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