Undergraduate Study

BSc Medical Sciences - 2021 entry

Please note: The below is for 2021 entries. Click here for 2020 entries.
UCAS code B100
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2021
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Entry requirements

A levels: ABB
IB: 32/655
BTEC: DDM
GCSE: Grade C English Language

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Campus

Streatham / St Luke’s

Discipline Medical Sciences

Overview

  • You are encouraged to undertake a Professional Training Year in the UK or abroad and gain invaluable experience working as part of a leading research team
  • You’ll have the option to specialise into one of four pathways with named specialism in your degree title; Health Research, Human Genomics, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Neuroscience
  • You’ll learn through interdisciplinary small group learning, training you to think like a scientist
  • You’ll be part of our world-renowned research community from day one, working with researchers on their current cutting-edge research

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Small group learning

independent learning, team work, collaboration, and communication

Professional Training Year

Encouraged and open to all students

Beyond biomedical sciences

includes populations, clinical trials, public health, and health economics, and more

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level ABB


AAB (With Professional Training Year)
At least one grade A and one grade B in GCE AL science* subjects, one of which must be Biology. *GCE AL/AS science includes: Biology/Human Biology**; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths**; Life and Health Sciences; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics. **If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’.
IB 32/655


34/665 (With Professional Training Year)
At least one HL6 and one HL5 in IB science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
BTEC DDM


DDD (With Professional Training Year)
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require one grade A and one grade B in GCE AL science subjects, one of which must be Biology.
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30
BTEC: DDM

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Students joining the three-year programme may have the option to transfer to the four-year programme, and vice versa.

Will there be an interview?

No – we don’t interview for this programme.

What happens next?

If you receive an offer from us, you’ll be invited to an offer-holder visit day where you can find out more about the Medical Sciences programme from our current students and meet the academics who will be teaching you.

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Course content

Our Medical Sciences degree prioritises the science that underpins medicine and clinical practice, preparing you to translate scientific discoveries and technological advances into improved healthcare. To achieve this, the first part of the programme gives you a wide-ranging insight into how the human body normally works. We study this through small-group sessions, lectures and hands-on laboratory practicals.

We then build upon this foundation to see how things can go wrong in the body due to disease and trauma and how normal function might be restored. We are keen that you develop a holistic understanding of human health. You will then specialise in the area that interests you most, tailoring your degree to match your specific career ambitions.

If you choose the Professional Training Year for this course, it will take place between your second and third (final) year.

The emphasis is on understanding the normal functioning of the human body, from enzymes through to whole biological systems. Without this core knowledge of how the body works, it would be impossible for us, as scientists, to devise the new diagnostic tests, drugs or treatments that will best benefit patients. Modules cover human physiology, biochemistry and genetics, and microbiology and cells.

You will focus more on the scientific basis of important diseases, beginning with some fundamental insights into the ways in which human biology goes awry in disease. This knowledge is then used to explore how cutting-edge scientific technologies can be exploited to advance disease diagnosis and treatment. Modules cover disease, diagnostics and therapeutics, medical research, immunopathology and specialisms for the pathways.

In your final year you have opportunities to study and undertake research to help improve current medical knowledge and practice. In addition to the core modules, you can select from a range of optional specialist advanced modules, enabling you to tailor your degree to match your own specific interests and career ambitions.

You will complete the same first year regardless of whether you choose Medical Sciences or if you choose to undertake one of our four Medical Sciences pathways. Our programme is designed to be flexible so that you can change between specialisms, or onto a pathway at the end of year one.

Our specialisms are:

• Health Research
• Human Genomics
• Neuroscience
• Pharmacology and Therapeutics

By studying one of our pathways, you will come away with a named specialism after your degree title, eg BSc Medical Sciences (Health Research).

You will receive advice about the pathways once you’re at Exeter so you don’t need to make any decisions in advance.

Course variants

UCAS code: B101

You can choose to, and we actively support and encourage you to, undertake a Professional Training Year (PTY). The PTY provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working as part of a leading research team. This gives you the chance to discover what it is like to work in a real research environment or a health intervention setting and will enhance your career prospects. You will contribute to a medical or health related project, and may have the opportunity to attend a national or international science conference to present your research data, or co-author a research paper.

If you choose a PTY, it will take place after your second year of study, and your degree will take four years to complete.

Why choose a Professional Training Year?

Undertaking a PTY placement will enhance your professionalism, independence and confidence; increase your subject knowledge and research skills; improve your problem-solving, team-working, leadership, communication and project management skills; and prepare you for working in a professional work environment.

How is the PTY organised?

You apply for a PTY during your second year of study and are supported to apply for positions with guidance from our staff. During your PTY you are closely support by both your workplace supervisor and visiting PTY tutor.

How do I apply?

You can apply directly to one of these options using the UCAS codes below, or you can apply to the standard BSc Medical Sciences course and transfer onto the PTY option at the end of your first year.

OptionUCAS code
BSc Medical Sciences (standard course)  B100
BSc Medical Sciences with Professional Training Year B101

How does it affect my tuition fee?

If, as part of your four-year degree programme, you spend a full academic year studying or working abroad you will pay a reduced fee of £1,350 (or 15 per cent of the maximum fee for that year). If you spend a full year on a work placement (in the UK) you will pay a reduced fee of £1,800 (or 20 per cent of the maximum fee).

Fees

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £22,950 per year

Please note that the fees for students starting in 2021 have yet to be set. The fees provided above are the fees for students starting in 2020 and are for guidance only. We will post the fees for 2021 entry shortly.

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Learning and teaching

Throughout the programme, you benefit from a careful blend of innovative and traditional teaching methods employed by both the Medical School and the Biosciences department. A variety of stimulating, cutting-edge resources are also available to support your learning.

Structured small group learning sessions

In tutor-led groups of 8-12 students you will investigate key scientific concepts and systems presented in the form of triggers. The style of trigger varies week by week but will include patient-based clinical case studies, current media-worthy medical science breakthroughs and extracts from research papers.

Life Sciences Resource Centre activities

You’ll be supported in your exploration of the human biomedical science that is presented in your small group sessions by the rich variety of state-of-the-art resources available in the Life Sciences Resource Centre. These resources include anatomical models, multimedia and IT resources, and a well-stocked library. Tutor-led activities will drive your engagement with selected resources in order to increase your understanding of the small group triggers.

Lectures and seminars

Large group lectures and cutting-edge research seminars delivered by academics as well as external speakers will complement your studies. Lectures may contain students from a variety of different programmes for which the lecture content is relevant.

Practical laboratory sessions

You will develop your laboratory skills in the biosciences teaching laboratory on the Streatham Campus and the new teaching lab at the St Luke’s campus, which are equipped with instruments for observational, experimental and numerical aspects of biosciences including a range of biochemical, molecular, physiological and electronic apparatus.

Online learning

Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will have individual access to electronic journals, content-rich study guides, and interactive online learning materials covering various science disciplines, formative online assessments and group discussion forums.

Assessment

Regular assessment is used to help provide you with frequent feedback, enabling you to identify your strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Feedback is provided in a number of different ways including online written feedback and self, peer, tutor or small group feedback. Assessment formats include multiple-choice tests, essays, structured practical exams, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing, short-answer question tests and independent project work.

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Your future

Medical Sciences has been developed in consultation with industry employers, the NHS and academia and provides a firm foundation in the core biomedical and biomolecular sciences, alongside an insight into medical practice and the biotechnologies used to prevent, test and diagnose disorders and treat patients.

You’ll develop an integrated, scientific knowledge that you can put into practice in a clinical setting and robust research skills, plus creative and inquisitive communication, leadership, critical appraisal and problem-solving skills. These key skills will prepare you for a career helping to progress scientific discovery into clinical and medical practice, ultimately to improve human health.

Recent graduates have gone on to*:

  • Postgraduate Medicine or Dentistry
  • NHS Scientist Training Programme
  • NHS Graduate Management Scheme
  • Finance and Banking graduate training schemes

Recent graduates are now working for*:

  • Universities, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and other knowledge industries
  • National Health Service
  • BMI Healthcare
  • KPMG

Future career pathways include*:

  • NHS
  • Academia
  • Pharmaceutical/biotech industry
  • Teaching
  • Sales and marketing
  • Consultancy
  • Finance and banking

* This information has been taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Student Record 2016/17 and Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey 2016/17. Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

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“The teaching here is inspirational. I’ve been overwhelmed by the passion and dedication of every single member of the teaching staff at the University. I hope to be able to emulate their passion in my career as an academic. It would be a dream to return to the university to teach.”

Oli

BSc Medical Sciences graduate