Why study medical sciences at USW?

Medical Sciences student using a microscope

1. Become a doctor
Our BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree forms part of the graduate feeder scheme to Graduate Entry Medicine at Cardiff University. We prepare you for entry to Cardiff, or any other GEM course, with a curriculum designed in consultation with the medical school that will set you apart from other applicants. If you are in the top 12 students in year two, you will start pre-integration into Cardiff Medical School in year three. We teach you to think critically and apply your newly acquired scientific knowledge in clinical scenarios.

2. Recognition
Our BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences degree is recognised by the Royal Society of Biology, which ensures that as a graduate, you’ll automatically fulfill the educational requirements for Associate Membership (AMRSB) of the Royal Society – a great boost to your CV!
3. Keep up-to-date with the latest research
Science doesn’t stand still and neither do we – our academics are involved in the latest research. We incorporate these findings into our lectures so that you can benefit from the very latest knowledge.
4. Fantastic facilities
We have well-equipped labs with anatomical models, microscopes and the latest physiological equipment. Our fully equipped Category II laboratories enable students to handle pathogenic bacteria. Come to an Open Day and you’ll get to see for yourself!
5. Study a diverse range of modules
You’ll study modules ranging from Clinical Practice, Tropical Medicine, Biological Anthropology, Clinical Physiology and, if you’re one of the 12 students chosen for integration into the medical school, Human Dissection.
6. Hands-on learning
Practical sessions are the best way to learn. You’ll get plenty of lab time and have the opportunity to work on a wide range of practicals. These sessions allow you to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt in lectures. In many modules, you’ll also find that some course material is taught using clinical cases, where you must apply your knowledge to make your diagnosis.

Here are a few examples of our practicals:
Clinical Physiology
Application and interpretation of a 12-lead ECG: learn how to carry out a functional, diagnostic cardiovascular stress test.
Clinical Practice
Principles of advanced life support: learn what happens in an arresting patient. You’ll find out which heart rhythms are shockable and non-shockable, and how the crash team keeps the patient alive.
Introduction to Microbiology
Learn to safely handle bacteria in the Category II labs: find out how to culture bacteria and identify different bacteria under the microscope.
Tropical Medicine
Find out about the analysis of different parasitic worms and protozoa responsible for various human and animal diseases, such as Malaria and African sleeping sickness.