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Interested in the science that underpins modern medicine? Study on our full-time Medical Science degree course, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Based in our Chelmsford SuperLabs, you’ll understand how a healthy human body works, learn how disease develops and discover how normal function can be restored. We work with industry partners to make sure you’re career ready.
The 21st century presents many health challenges. Studying Medical Science gives the desirable analytical and laboratory skills; provides knowledge and understanding of the human body; how it performs optimally, and the impact of disease. It’ll prepare you for work in various professional environments or the healthcare sector, where a scientific contribution is made to areas involving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. This broad science degree will help you identify and solve problems, lead and manage people and be confident in scientific communication; all highly valued competencies across the health sectors giving a strong advantage in the employment market.
The teaching and learning environments are interactive and versatile involving structured small group learning, team-based learning, lectures, seminars, online learning and regular guest lecturers sharing their expertise. You’ll acquire your laboratory skills in a state-of-the-art level two category SuperLab. You’ll benefit from our innovate teaching and assessment methods to optimise your learning experience and development as scientist.
Senior Lecturer: Rudolph Schutte
Senior Lecturer: Nicky Milner
*This programme has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment. Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills, and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it. When you graduate, you’ll be highly competitive in the employment market because of your extensive theoretical knowledge, combined with a high level of practical skills.
After graduation you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in the following areas, research scientist, lab technician, scientific writer, medical and healthcare regulations, patent law, data scientist, clinical trials or medical sales.
We recommend that you use your first degree to further your studies in medical science or choose a patient focused discipline such as Physician Associate (two-year Masters degree) or complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and enter teaching. For those wanting to a career in research, you can apply for direct entry into PhD study or an MSc/MRES.
For students who complete their first year of BSc Medical Science to an exceptional high standard, there may be the opportunity to transfer to the Year 1 of MBChB Medicine. It must be noted that this is a highly competitive route and there is limited availability. As a life science degree, those with a 2:1 or above could apply for Graduate Entry Medicine programmes.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Scientific Communication and Professional Skills
Principles of Human Nutrition
Principles of Biomedical Science
Principles of Metabolism
Year two, core modules
Essential Physiological Biochemistry
Principles of Pharmacology
Fundamentals of Epidemiology
Year three, core modules
Specialist Case Studies
Contemporary Issues in Medical Science
Undergraduate Major Project
We’ll make sure you’re progressing correctly in a number of ways, including course work, essays, exams, short-answer tests, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing and independent project work. In the early stages of your degree we’ll use the best methods to make sure you gain a solid understanding of all the relevant subject matter. Later on, we’ll focus on developing your critical appraisal skills, depth of understanding, and ability to work independently
This is a three year programme
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.