BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

Advances in healthcare and science mean there are many exciting opportunities in this important sector. The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences course gives you the scientific knowledge to progress in a number of medical disciplines and it is your starting point for an interesting and varied career in the healthcare community. The course, developed in partnership with Cardiff School of Medicine, forms part of the graduate feeder scheme for medicine at Cardiff University for our high achieving students. It will also provide you with the skills and practical experience needed to progress towards a rewarding career in health care or public health should you decide you don’t want to practice medicine.

Subjects range from anatomy and physiology to epidemiology and public health policy, all of which are reinforced by practical modules, clinical training and valuable research experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake work placements with local health boards. The BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences course is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, which ensures that graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements for Associate Membership (AMRSB) of the Royal Society. This is the professional body for biologists, so you can rest assured that this course also provides the ideal preparation for a career in the field of human biology.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
B901 Full-time 3 Years September Glyntaff A


Year One

  • Microorganisms and the Dynamic Cell
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomedical Research Skills
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Genetics and Evolution

Year Two

  • Clinical Practice
  • Human Form and Function
  • Clinical Physiology
  • Metabolism and Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Human and Molecular Genetics

Year Three

  • Project or Human Structure (human cadaver dissection with Cardiff University School of Medicine)
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Human Variation and Forensic Anthropology
  • Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology
  • Clinical and Molecular Immunology

Your final year lets you choose modules that are most relevant to your career aims. There will be core modules in immunology, pharmacology, epidemiology, as well as optional areas like tropical medicine or anthropology.

All areas of the course provide extra opportunities for clinical training and research, which will improve your career potential.


You will learn through lectures, tutorial support, workshops, practical laboratory sessions, placements, directed and self-directed study and work-based learning. In year 2, clinical physiology, human form and function and clinical practice function as integrated modules to present the course material in a facilitated case and problem based manner. In addition to this, there will be approximately 80 hours of work based learning in local hospitals in the first two years.


Assessment varies from module to module but includes examinations, essays, oral presentations, written reports, case history analysis, data interpretation, problem solving and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).


As well as being a strong science qualification in its own right, the medical sciences degree is an initial step to apply for graduate-entry degrees in medicine at other universities.
There are many careers related to medicine and health science, such as medical research, health and social care management or technical support in healthcare services.


Students have access to the state-of-the-art science laboratories in Pontypridd campus as well as a purpose-built clinical skills laboratory with patient simulation equipment.


Dr Lewis Fall (Physiology)
Dr Martin Powell (Immunology)
Dr John Morton (Biochemistry)
Dr Tracie McKinney (Anatomy and Anthropology)
Dr Charlotte Miller (Anatomy and Biomechanics)
Dr Darren Johnson (Cellular Biology)
Mrs Catherine Fall (Clinical Practice)
Dr Emma Hayhurst (Genetics and Microbiology)
Dr David Lee (Research Methods)
Dr Elke Scheibler (Research Methods)
Prof Denis Murphy (Biochemistry and Bioinformatics)
Prof Bruce Davies (Physiology)
Dr Simon Williams (Epidemiology)
Dr Lina Evans (Public Health Policy)

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBB to include Biology but to exclude General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and BB at A Level to include Biology but to exclude General Studies

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit in a relevant subject which must include Biology modules

Typical IB Offer

32 points to include 18 points at Higher Level to include Biology grade 6 and one other Higher Level Science grade 6

Typical Access to HE Offer

Diploma in Science or Maths with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 24 Distinctions (18 from Biology units), 18 Merits and 3 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: Applicants must hold GCSE Mathematics and English Language grade B or above with 3 other subjects grade C or above.
Equivalents may be considered on an individual basis.

Other: You will also need an enhanced DBS check.

International Entry Requirements

This course is only available to UK and EU national applicants, but is not available to international applicants.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Field Trips *
Placement in local NHS hospital - Please note that students who undertake this placement in a Local NHS hospital are expect to pay travelling costs to and from the hospital.
DBS * £57.2
Students will have to have a DBS check in place in order to undertake the placements. Current cost is £57.20.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional we strongly recommend signining upto this service (which has to be within 19 days of the DBS certificate being issued).
Some General Practitioners will give a Hepatitis B vaccination free of charge, though you may be charged e.g. by a local pharmacy. Appoximate cost is £60 currently.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

In many medical schools, you are exposed to case/problem-based learning, so we have incorporated this into our teaching methods and assess you on these modules in a similar way to medical school exams. These teaching methods promote lifelong learning, open inquiry, teamwork, and critical thinking which are essential transferable skills. To improve your employability, you will also get extra skills and experience through short work placements with local health boards.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.