Medical Sciences

Medical Sciences BSc (Hons)

The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree 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. 

Taught at our Burnley campus, this is an accelerated two year programme that 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.

Benefits of an accelerated two year degree

  • Become well equipped for further study, graduate entry or postgraduate degrees.
  • Graduate a year ahead of your peers.
  • Enter professional employment earlier.
  • Financial savings – one less year of tuition fees and living costs.
  • Teaching takes place over three semesters per year - 46 weeks in total.
  • Increased concentration of study shows employers good work ethic and time management.
  • Perfect for ambitious, motivated and driven students who can cope with the workload.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Two years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Burnley (Campus code: A)

  • Start Date:


  • Medicine is 2nd in the North West and in the top 15 of the UK for academic support - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Two-year gateway route specifically designed to give you the best chance of entry to graduate entry medicine, dentistry or other health related courses.
  • Enjoy access to state-of-the-art facilities such as specialised human anatomy resource centres using much of the same equipment as medicine students.
  • Get involved in extra-curricular, voluntary placement opportunities, facilitated by clinical staff.

Course Overview

The Medical Sciences course will initially help you to establish a core scientific foundation in the understanding of body systems and their functions using an integrated approach. You will go on to further develop your understanding of physiological and pathological processes, as well as studying the principles of scientific research and exploring patient care, communication and clinical skills. Towards the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to integrate your understanding of the body and pathological processes at a molecular to gross level, and apply it to explain the basis of therapeutic treatments.

To achieve this you will initially learn a core of Anatomy and Physiology together with topics such as Immunology, Microbiology, Genetics, Cell Biology, Haematology, Biochemistry. Later on you will cover more advanced subjects relevant to therapy such as Pharmacology and Molecular Medicine.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £11,100 per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

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.

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

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Further Information

Why study this course?

During the two year Medical Sciences degree 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.

The Foundation Entry to this course for UK students is also run at Burnley.

Course Highlights

  • A ‘gateway’ course to prepare you becoming highly competitive candidates for graduate entry medicine, dentistry, Physician Associate, or other professional programmes.
  • A unique course embedded within a medical school, providing a core clinical foundation not offered on many other ‘gateway’ courses. It focuses on both academic achievement and the development of strong student personal profiles, alongside training in clinical and communication skills, required by many professions.
  • Extra-curricular voluntary placement opportunities facilitated by staff within the School.
  • Taught in small, culturally diverse groups promoting integration, cultural exchange and personal development.

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Anatomage Suite

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.

Career Opportunities

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 clinically-relevant 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.


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.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Medicine

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.