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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.
  • 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 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding: 

2021/22 tuition fees for UK students will be £9,250

2021/22 tuition fees for EU students: TBC - Learn more

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 2021

Location: De Montfort University Leicester UK.

Fees and funding: For 2021/22 tuition fees will be £14,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

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

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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

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand 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 practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library and learning zones

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

 
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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a paid placement year, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career. 

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

Students have previously undertaken placement opportunities at Institute of Lung Health at Glenfield Hospital, Clintec and private healthcare organisations.

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DMU Global

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges. 

The DMU Global initiative has seen Medical Science students explore preventative healthcare in Berlin, raise awareness of type 2 diabetes in Kentucky and perform a parasitological and public health research study in New York.

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Graduate 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. 

Our graduates have gone on to work as Account Directors within the Tribal Group, Global Operations Graduate scheme at HSBC, Quality consultants Medical devices/Regulatory affairs at Cantor and Nissel as well as working within the private Healthcare sector. 

Other career opportunities include further postgraduate study on one of our courses which include:

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"I went on a DMU Global trip to Berlin, which put the knowledge I had learned from my course into a real-life perspective. Going to another country gave me the ability to see how the UK is similar or different from Germany, medically. During this trip I went to a medical museum and a plastination museum, which helped me to expand my course knowledge even further and prepare me for the next academic year. 

"The highlight of the trip was going to the plastination museum. This museum exhibits the past 300 years of medical history, showing the changes in historical view of the human body, and showcasing the current aspects of medicine and medical history. It was an amazing opportunity and I would definitely recommend DMU Global to any student." Inarha Nourani, second year Medical Science student

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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