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Medical Science B Med Sci (Hons)

Taking you from bench to bedside, this course helps you acquire thorough knowledge of evidence-based medicine and clinical skills, specialising in immunology, physiology, pathology and endocrinology.

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Overview

Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, this research-led 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, Cancer 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 and medical writing, and upon completion you can also choose to progress to graduate entry medicine and dentistry courses.

Key features

 

  • 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 and endocrinology.
  • 94.4% of our Medical Science graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating, according to the latest Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2016-17 report.
  • 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 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.

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  • 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)

Start date: September 2020

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

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

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

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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)

Start date: September 2020

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be  £14,250 

Additional costs: You may incur additional costs for this programme, including the cost of travelling to and from project/placement locations.

Entry criteria

  • A minimum of 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels. One A level must be at grade C or above in either Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology, or

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

Plus, five GSCEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English

Alternative qualifications include:

  • Pass QAA Accredited AHE (Science) with a minimum of 21 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 24 Level 3 credits at Merit in Chemistry or Biology. English and Maths GCSE required at grade 4 (C) or above as separate qualifications

We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ with six higher level points in Chemistry or Biology

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

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications

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.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2019 will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise 

 

 

First Year

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

Second Year

  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics
  • Organ Systems Physiology
  • Inflammation and Immunobiology
  • Research and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Clinical Perspectives 1
  • Evidence-Based Medicine

Optional work placement year

Third Year

  • Research Project
  • Cancer Therapeutics
  • Nutrition Through the Lifespan
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Perspectives 2
  • Pharmacology and 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 

facilities

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.

Library

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: 

DMU Global

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 DMU Global 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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