Medical Sciences

At present, many scientific discoveries never leave the laboratories in which they are made. At the same time, the needs of front-line clinicians – and their patients – often go unheard by those doing research. This career-focused degree trains you to fill these gaps, and thereby enhance the lives of patients.

The programme prioritises the science that underpins medicine, 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 how normal function might be restored. We help you develop a thorough insight into human health. For example, whilst pharmaceutical intervention may be appropriate in some conditions, other conditions might best be helped by using technology or engineering. You will be able to see this for yourself, thanks to the wide-range of placements that run throughout the programme which help you develop your career outlook.

The longest of these placements takes place in the third year, when many students take the option to spend a whole year working in industry or a university or NHS laboratory. Whether you choose to do the three- or four-year programme, your final year will be spent specialising in the area that interests you most, tailoring your degree to match your specific career ambitions. A large component of the final year includes carrying out independent research under close supervision by research experts (for example in cardiovascular, diabetes, genetics, neuroscience and cell and molecular biology).