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Medical Science B Med Sci (Hons)

Taking you from ‘bench to bedside’, the Medical Science BMedSci (Hons) degree is a research-led course, designed to equip you with a thorough knowledge of research, evidence-based medicine, and clinical skills.


Reasons to study Medical Science at DMU:

  • 91% graduate employability
    students in work or study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2014/15)

  • Experienced academics 
    Be taught by a combination of our research-active academic staff and clinical experts

  • Relevant teaching
    The latest cutting-edge advances in medicine and science are integrated into the course

  • 98% of Medical Science students
    approve of the learning resources on offer, with 93% reporting that they are satisfied with the course as a whole in the 2016 National Student Survey

  • Work placement options
    Work in an industry-setting through the optional sandwich placement year

  • Benefit from a £12 million faculty investment
    in dedicated scientific laboratories, with industry-standard equipment and apparatus

  • #DMUglobal international experience initiative
    Taking part could broaden your cultural horizons and help develop global skills

  • Rated in the top 10 most popular universities in the UK by UCAS, find out more #ichoseDMU

Using scientific and clinical approaches, the course provides you with an understanding of the human body in health and disease. Areas of specialism include:

  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Pathology
  • Endocrinology


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer a scholarship for this course.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.


  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B902

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional)

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Our dedicated #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers ambitious students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: B902

Duration: Three years full-time, four years sandwich (optional)

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Fees and funding: £12,250 

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.


Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English

Plus one of the following:

A levels

  • A minimum of 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels including Human Biology, Biology or Chemistry at grade C or above


  • BTEC National Diploma Science - Distinction/Distinction/Merit
  • BTEC Extended Diploma Science - Distinction/Distinction/Merit

International Baccalaureate: 28+ with six higher level points in Chemistry and another Science at Higher Level (preferably Biology).


Access course (started before September 2014)

Pass in Access to Science, with 15 level 3 science credits at merit. English and Maths GCSE equivalency of 12 level two credits in each subject required.

Access to HE Diploma (started from September 2014)

Pass a Science Access qualification, e.g. AHE (Science) or AHE (Health Professions), Pass in Access to Science, with 15 level 3 science credits at merit. GCSEs in English and Maths at grade C or above.


Interview: No

Work experience: No

Personal statement selection criteria

  • Clear communication skills, including good grammar and spelling
  • Information relevant to the course applied for
  • Interest in the course demonstrated with explanation and evidence
  • If relevant for the course - work and life experience

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

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UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise 



First Year

  • Personal & Professional Skills                 
  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biochemistry and Cell Biology
  • Chemistry for the Biosciences

Second Year

  • Molecular Genetics & Genomics
  • Organ Systems Physiology
  • Inflammation and Immunobiology
  • Research & Diagnostic Techniques
  • Clinical Perspectives 1

Optional sandwich work placement year

Third Year

  • Research Project
  • Studies in Clinical Biochemistry
  • Nutrition Through the Lifespan
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Perspectives 2
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics

This is a practical degree and provides instruction in laboratory sciences and human clinical skills such as cardiorespiratory physiology and body morphometry.

Medical Science combines quality traditional teaching such as:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars and laboratory sessions

with modern educational approaches, and the course is based around a contemporary e-learning hub that provides:

  • Podcasts
  • Educational video and animation
  • Online quizzes providing a flexible approach to learning

You will be appointed a personal tutor for support, and will gain additional academic support from all other members of academic staff. This is a practical degree and provides instruction in laboratory sciences and human clinical skills such as:

  • Cardiorespiratory physiology (Blood Pressure, ECG and respiratory function)
  • Body morphometry (BMI)
  • First Aid

Your precise timetable will depend on your modules, however, lectures, seminars, tutorials and face-to-face contact time will normally make up approximately 17 hours of study per week. You will be expected to do approximately 20 hours of self-directed study in addition to this for the completion of assignments and for research projects. 

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 17 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: approx. 4 hours of tutorials (or later, project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: approx. 6 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: approx. 7 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: approx. 20 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs, online activities, etc.

Many teaching staff on the course have links with the NHS and industry through their own work, experience or research activities, which provides an exciting curriculum of up-to-date health and medical advances.

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.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.


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.

Learning zones

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 course

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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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience. We are happy to help guide you through the process and answer any questions you might have. 

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