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University of Reading

Medical Science

UCAS Code: C750

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A level Biology and one other science at grade B. Acceptable Science subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Statistics, Psychology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Applied Science, Geology.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including relevant science units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include Biology and one other science.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Biology and one other science at grade 5 at Higher Level.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

including relevant science modules.

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Biology and one other science at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

128-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Medical sciences

Train to work at the forefront of modern medicine with our BSc Medical Science course.

Focus on the science that underpins medicine, and how medical science can lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating disease. This course covers topics such as biomedical laboratory research and frontline clinical care in order to improve patients’ lives.

Led by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, your learning is enhanced by:
* Industry-specific training. Designed in partnership with our local NHS partners to respond to career needs within the NHS, our course offers you the most relevant, practical content.

* Teaching from medical experts. You will be taught by academics whose research is aimed at understanding disease mechanisms, improving diagnoses, developing new therapies and advancing clinical practice. Everyone who teaches you has on-the-ground experience.

* Practical experience. Options to complete multiple small placements in primary and secondary healthcare settings, or healthcare industry, are built into your degree timetable.

Graduate well prepared to work in the NHS or a variety of other healthcare settings.

**Your learning structure**
Tailored pathway options allow you to specialise in topical, cutting edge areas of medical science:

* Diseases pathway: explore the genetic and physiological basis of major diseases and disorders and study how gene-environment interaction underpins disease.

Example modules: Clinical Psychology, Bacteriology & Virology, infectious diseases.
* Medical Devices pathway: learn how modern technology is used to address previously insurmountable medical challenges.

Example modules: Introduction to programming, Sensors & Transducers for Biomedical Engineering.
* Clinical and Medical Sciences pathway: investigate the complex causes of major diseases and global epidemics, and study the multidisciplinary approach to their containment, treatment and prevention.

Example modules: Public Health & Nutrition, Medicines in Healthcare, Drug Targets.

The first two years of this course are taught alongside our MPAS Physician Associate Studies, a four-year programme that enables you to train as a fully qualified physician associate. If you achieve certain grades, you can choose to transfer to this course after your first or second year, if this aligns with your career aspirations or interests.

**Clinical placements with BSc Medical Science**
You can gain hands-on experience during multiple short placements in clinical settings, depending on your chosen pathway.

Our well-established network of clinical partners includes the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, and others in the region.

These placements offer you excellent opportunities to gain practical experience, from the very first year of your degree.

**Careers**
This degree is geared towards careers within the NHS and its supporting industries.

Our Clinical and Medical Sciences pathway has been designed specifically to provide a foundation for graduate-entry medical school. You could also enter a career in the pharmaceutical industry, or pursue further medical study.

All pathways allow you to work in hospital, pharmaceutical or research laboratories. You may also decide to study for higher research degrees.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

*Clinical Psychology
*Anatomy and Physiology
*Diagnostics and Nuclear Medicine
*Principles of Drug Action
*Assistive Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering

Please see our website for more information on modules.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,830
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Biological Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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Anatomy, physiology & pathology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
57%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Science, engineering and production technicians
18%
Caring personal services
7%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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