Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

School of Medicine




Under- graduate



Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    2G75; Short form: MS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2016

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

The BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences is innovatively designed to prepare students to become highly competitive candidates when applying for graduate entry Medicine, Dental, Veterinary, Physician Associate and Pharmacy programmes; or for employment opportunities in pharmaceutical industries and postgraduate research positions in academia.

The course is delivered by internationally acclaimed clinical practitioners and scientists.This is a clinically-orientated programme for people who haven’t secured a place on a medicine course. This course will prepare you and give you the degree needed for entry onto graduate level medicine and dentistry courses.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

BBB preferably from two science subjects and a third academic subject at A2
Science Distinction, Distinction, Merit
GCSEs: 5 at C or above including English and Maths or equivalent

If you are studying the International Baccalaureate please contact the course leader Stan Ko at


Entry Requirements 2017/18

BBB preferably from two science subjects and a third academic subject at A2
Science DDM
GCSEs: 5 at B or above including English and Maths

If you are studying the International Baccalaureate please contact the course leader Stan Ko at

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

UCLan Open Day, 12 November 2016 (Banner)

Course at a Glance

Year 1

    During the first year the course will help you establish a sound scientific foundation in the understanding of body systems and their functions using an integrated approach. You’ll be using the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired in this year for the progression into the in-depth understanding of diseases in future years.

    Topics covered:

    • Anatomy

    • Physiology

    • Biochemistry

    • Cell biology

    • Genetics

    • Microbiology

Year 2

In the second year you’ll study the mechanisms of clinical and pathological conditions at both clinical and molecular levels. You’ll also learn how the evidence base for science and medicine is developed and begin to explore into research methods and how to conduct a research project successfully.

Topics covered:

• Medical Physiology

• Anatomy of specialty areas

• Immunology

• Molecular Medicine

• Research Skills

Year 3

    In your final year you’ll have the opportunity to learn the knowledge on the mode of action and the use of drug together with the most advanced technologies in therapeutics. The course has been designed specifically to best equip students for the competitive entry process for entering professional courses (medicine, dentistry, veterinary and physician associate programmes) by providing clinical skills teaching in the final year. The final year projects are designated in current areas of interest in clinical and scientific research to give students the opportunities to demonstrate their capacities in integrating everything they have learnt to generate solutions to problems.

    Topics covered:

    • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics

    • Nanomedicine

    • Clinical Communications and Medical Skills

    • Basic knowledge on Clinical Psychology and Public Health

Further Information

Academics on the course not only have established high profiles in their areas of expertise, but are also enthusiastic, supportive and innovative teaching professionals. Amongst these are senior practicing clinicians in many fields in addition to clinical and scientific researchers. This team of in-house staff means that you are constantly in contact with, and inspired by experts from all areas of clinical practice and scientific discovery. You’ll be taught throughout the course to research and understand evidence basis of problems followed by critical evaluation and synthesis of solutions, thereby developing valuable transferable skills for your future career paths.

Personal Development Plan (PDP) – Year 1

The first stage of a 3-year personal development plan also starts at this point. You’ll begin to acquire transferable skills to assist you with coursework and to provide the basis for continuing professional development in the future. In the first year, the PDP includes sessions during which you will have opportunities to learn from clinicians using the same facilities as other clinical students within the school.

Personal Development Plan (PDP) – Year 2

The PDP elements in Year 2 explore opportunities for clinical work experience and charity work with local organisations for those students who wish to participate. Although not a compulsory part of the course, practical work experience could provide an opportunity for students to explore roles not only in local or regional communities but the international theatre.

Personal Development Plan (PDP) – Year 3

Where applicable, students will continue to explore work shadowing or charity work. At this point, staff will also continue to help students reflect on strengths and weaknesses and provide guidance as to how they might make improvements, where required. Clinical and scientific staff from various specialty areas will advise students who wish to make applications to clinical courses beyond graduation and will assist in preparing applications. 

Course Highlights

    1. Designed to prepare you for graduate entry Medicine, Dental, Veterinary, Physician Associate, Pharmacy programmes, Pharmaceutical industries and in Academia

    2. Focuses on both academic achievement and the development of strong student personal profiles

    3. Unique in providing solid scientific foundations alongside training in clinical skills and clinical communication skills required by many professions

    4. Delivered by a very experienced team of clinical practitioners and scientists.

    5. High tutor to student ratio for inspirational teaching and constructive feedback in a student-centred learning environment using state if the art facilities.

    Course Specification and Handbook

    For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
    For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

    For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

    Apply Now

    You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

    Contact Us

    +44(0)1772 892400

    Fees 2017/18

    Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

    Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

    Further information:

    For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    The School of Medicine maintains a high staff to student ratio allowing for individualised learning and excellent student support. Feedback to students is timely and constructive. This feedback policy works alongside our commitment in listening to students’ voice so that we are in constant dialogue with students to ensure that student opinions are valued and acted upon promptly.

    Teaching and learning is delivered via lectures, tutorials, case-based and problem-based learning, laboratory practicals, seminars and tutor-assisted learning.



    The University has invested in state-of-the-art facilities to ensure a high quality student learning experience. One of the many examples of technology-enhanced learning is the use of virtual dissection tables during anatomy sessions. The use of this virtual learning tool dramatically changes the approach of practical anatomy teaching sessions, providing students with a realistic experience of whole body dissection whilst at the same time avoiding many of the disadvantages of conventional methods. Our teaching and research laboratories are also equipped with the latest technologies in molecular genetics, cell biology, physiology, drug formulation development and many other medical science repertoire.

    Students graduating from this course will be extremely well placed to apply as a graduate for clinical courses such as medicine, dentistry, physician associate studies, etc or to seek employment in academia or industry using their research skills


    Career Opportunities

    The in-depth knowledge and skills in both clinically-related and scientific areas will become valuable assets of our graduates when they apply for employment or further study opportunities in both academia and industries. The opportunities provided to students during the course will assist our students in applying for further study or employment beyond graduation.

    Alternatively your scientific knowledge alongside your transferable skills development will all be welcomed by higher education around the world for entry onto undergraduate medicine, dentistry, veterinary, physician associate, pharmacology, optometry and other professional study programmes. Graduates from the course will also be highly competitive candidates for further postgraduate study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level.

    Academic Expertise

    Professor StJohn Crean

    Professor Cathy Jackson

    Professor Waqar Ahmed

    Dr. Gerard Browne

    Dr. Heather Milne

    Dr. Jennifer MacDowall

    Dr. Jessica Chung

    Dr. Jonathan Squibbs

    Dr. Paul Milne

    Dr. Ridwaan Ahmed

    Dr. Andy Ginty

    Dr. Antonia Solomon

    Dr. Jorge Garcia-Lara

    Dr. Katy Wareing

    Dr. Melissa Baxter

    Dr. Stanley Ko (Course Leader)

    Dr. Sue Jameison