Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this research-informed course is ideal for careers in the medical and healthcare professions or laboratory science. It integrates scientific research and clinical skills to develop your understanding of the human body in health and disease.
You will be taught by experienced, research-active academics and clinical experts who will present the latest advances in medicine and science, and study a range of topics, including Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Inflammation and Immunobiology, Evidence Based Medicine and Clinical Perspectives, Cancer Therapeutics, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Nutrition through the lifespan. As the course progresses, you will be introduced to more advanced medical topics, and start to relate the understanding of normal healthy physiology with pathological processes.
You can choose to enhance your employability through an optional sandwich year work placement, allowing you to gain hands-on experience and develop practical and professional skills that you can apply to your learning.
Many of our graduates have pursued careers in scientific research, teaching, medical writing, and various roles in the NHS. Upon completion you can also choose to progress to graduate entry medicine, physician associate and dentistry courses.
Professionally accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, so you can graduate with the skills and qualifications sought by employers.
- Using scientific and clinical approaches, this course provides you with an understanding of the human body in health and disease. Areas of specialism include immunology, physiology, nutrition, pathology, therapeutics and endocrinology.[NP1]
- Gain industry experience through an optional sandwich-year placement, with past students securing roles at B. Braun Medical Limited, Merck, Sharp and Dohme.
- Add an international edge to your CV through our DMU Global initiative, which in previous years has seen Medical Science students consider preventative healthcare in Berlin, raise awareness of type 2 diabetes in Kentucky and perform a parasitological and public health research study in New York.
- Experienced academics and clinical experts will support you to build the skills required for careers in medical or scientific research, teaching, medical writing and industry. Our graduates have gone on to postgraduate study at DMU, as well as graduate entry medicine and dentistry courses.
Structure and assessment
- Personal and Professional Skills
- Basic Anatomy and Physiology
- Biochemistry and Cell Biology
- Chemistry for the Biosciences
- Molecular Genetics and Genomics
- Organ Systems Physiology
- Inflammation and Immunobiology
- Research and Diagnostic Techniques
- Clinical Perspectives 1
- Evidence-Based Medicine
Optional work placement year
- Research Project
- Cancer Therapeutics
- Nutrition Through the Lifespan
- Clinical Perspectives 2
- Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Graduate opportunities exist in medical research, writing, education, commerce and sales. This is an appropriate entry qualification for graduates who wish to apply for further study in graduate entry medicine, pharmacy, dentistry or NHS medical care practitioner training.
Other career opportunities include further postgraduate study on one of our courses which include:
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.
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