Full-time: Three years
2G75; Short form: MS
Preston (Campus code: U)
The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme is designed to prepare students for further study on professional programmes; such as graduate entry Medicine, Dentistry or Physician Associate Studies, Masters or PhD studies, as well as creating opportunities for students to competitively apply for careers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries or academia.
Delivered over three years, this programme provides a unique opportunity for you to gain a scientific degree which is embedded within a clinically-focused curriculum. Staff from both scientific and clinical fields will guide you through your journey, developing key transferable skills and enhancing your understanding of the healthcare industry in order to prepare you as a highly competitive candidate for a range of career options.
Based within the School of Medicine, this programme understands what is necessary for competitive entry into professional healthcare programmes; such as graduate entry medicine. A high staff to student ratio allows us to provide you with a nurturing environment in which you can grow.
BBB preferably from two science subjects and a third academic subject at A2
BTEC: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.
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During the first year, the course will help you to establish a core scientific foundation in the understanding of body systems and their functions using an integrated approach.
In the second year you will study the mechanisms of clinical and pathological conditions at both gross and molecular levels, whilst also exploring the evidence base for science and clinical medicine.
In the final year you will have the opportunity to build on the clinical science knowledge gained in year two and further apply this by exploring patient care, communication, clinical skills and therapeutic treatments. You will also undertake a research project designed to foster independent thinking and develop higher level analytical skills.
During the three year Medical Sciences programme you will learn how the systems of the body, from the cellular level upwards, work together to maintain normal function in health, together with how pathological processes disrupt these systems.
Scientific writing, critical appraisal, analytical skills and presenting work are fundamental themes which span the whole programme. Students will be encouraged to present their work and ideas, fostering the development of confidence and public engagement; key skills sought after by many employers.
For students wishing to undertake graduate entry professional courses, the School of Medicine will provide support in building a student’s application and preparing for interview; an essential asset for any student interested in this career pathway.
Our team of dedicated and experienced staff provide both academic and pastoral guidance which helps students to make a successful transition to the UK higher education system, recognising that students come from very diverse backgrounds.
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:
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
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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The School of Medicine has a strong focus on an innovative learning environment using a wide range of cutting edge resources. Teaching and learning is delivered via lectures, tutorials, practical classes, and seminars, creating both self-directed and facilitated learning environments. The School of Medicine understands the need to develop graduates who are familiar with digital technology and so this is embedded within the curriculum. A state-of-the-art 3D virtual dissection table accompanies digital physiology recording kits, together with a contemporary clinical skills suite and a dedicated anatomy resource centre containing detailed anatomical models. Our teaching and research laboratories are also equipped with the latest technologies in molecular genetics, cell biology, microbiology, haematology and many more.
Teaching within the School of Medicine is diverse, with sessions taught by doctors and clinicians, together with science staff. Students are taught in small, culturally diverse groups offering unparalleled access to staff and facilities.
Feedback is regarded as a fundamental element in creating a positive learning experience and is therefore detailed, constructive and timely as part of a student-centred learning environment. This feedback policy works alongside our commitment in listening to the student body so that we are in constant dialogue, ensuring that student opinions are valued and acted upon promptly.
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
Extra-curricular volunteering or placement opportunities are positively encouraged and staff will help to facilitate and guide students who are committed to achieving their goals.
Your scientific knowledge alongside your transferable skills will prepare you to become a highly competitive candidate for entry onto graduate entry medicine, dentistry, physician associate and other professional study programmes. Graduates from this programme will also be highly competitive candidates for further postgraduate study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level. With a strong focus on developing independent thinking and analytical skills, students will also be competitive in the workplace sector, especially for jobs within healthcare, clinical and scientific industries.