Medical Sciences or Biomedical Science: Which degree is for me?

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Choosing a degree can be a challenging situation. At USW, we want to support you as much as we can with the decision-making process so that we can ensure your tomorrow is exactly how you want it to be.

If you are looking to pursue a career in the medical medicine or related healthcare fields, then a degree in Medical Sciences or Biomedical Science could be for you. Here we have outlined the specific differences in each course to help you choose the right degree to suit your needs.


Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences degree is designed primarily for students who wish to become medical doctors and it is an initial step for application to graduate-entry medical courses at a number of universities. The course is also appropriate for those wishing to pursue other careers in healthcare, such as Public Health and Physicians Associates. If you are interested in these careers, then Medical Sciences is a good option for you.

The content of our Medical Sciences degree covers clinical sciences and clinical practice with students undertaking placements in local NHS hospitals. Some key modules of the course include Case-based learning, Public Health, and Global Challenges in Infectious Diseases. The course has a very strong science content, including immunology, biochemistry and microbiology, ensuring students appreciate the scientific basis of medical treatment and patient care.

Many of our graduates have progressed to medicine and are working within the NHS and other areas of healthcare. Others have pursued careers in medical research using their skills and knowledge gained during the course in improving patient care and public health.

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Biomedical Science

The Biomedical Science degree explores the scientific basis of human health and disease covering subjects looking at the normal functioning of the human body, how disease affects the body and how this understanding enables the development of new diagnostics and medical treatments. If you are interested in the scientific basis of medicine, then Biomedical Science is a good option for you.

Key modules of this course include; Molecules, Membranes & Cells, Cellular Pathology and Disease Processes, Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, and Clinical and Molecular Immunology. These modules explore the physiological, biochemical and cellular basis of health and disease.

The Biomedical Science degree provides the scientific basis and skills for a career in a range of fields, including biomedical research, and postgraduate study (e.g. MSc or PhD). Graduates may also choose to progress to careers in healthcare, for example, as Physicians Associates or Public Health.

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