Medical Sciences Degrees
Join our Medical Preparation Society and be supported throughout your journey into graduate entry medicine
Spend time getting real clinical experience in hospital and community healthcare settings and through case-based learning
Medical Sciences at USW is ranked top in the UK for teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and student voice (National Student Survey 2023)
Many of our graduates progress to graduate entry medicine
Medical Sciences Degrees
Experience Life and Death
Our Medical Sciences degree is designed for students who want to become medical doctors.
Every year, there are ten places available on the A101 medicine programme at Cardiff University for suitably qualified graduates of this course and our graduates are also able to progress to graduate entry medicine at other universities.
The teaching of all subject areas, which range from anatomy and physiology to clinical skills and health policy, is reinforced by applying theoretical knowledge to clinical scenarios. Throughout the Medical Sciences degree you will gain valuable, hands-on clinical training and research experience from intensive work placements in local NHS facilities.
As well as being a strong scientific qualification, our Medical Sciences course is the application of scientific knowledge to clinical scenarios using simulation and case-based learning.
Real Clinical Experience
A key feature of the course is the opportunity to spend time getting real clinical experience in hospital and community healthcare settings, such as the surgical ward of a busy general hospital.
You will complete two, one-week placements in the healthcare sector, one of which will be in an acute care setting.
Case-based learning is based on scenarios that imitate real-life situations and this is a key part of how our course is delivered. You use the knowledge and skills you develop from modules, clinical practice, clinical physiology, and human form and function to provide an informed outlook on patient diagnosis. Throughout the year, cases alternate to focus on a single human body system. Each one offers a unique scenario and is supported by tailored lectures.
Medical Preparation Society
Our Medical Preparation Society hosts a series of events ranging from workshops to improve clinical skills to mock entrance exams. The Society also attends the Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine Scheme, hosted by Cardiff University School of Medicine, which provides an opportunity for our students to integrate with current medical students. You can follow the society on Twitter.
Medical Sciences Courses
Experience South Wales
The places you study and live make a big difference to what you get out of university. It’s important to be somewhere that feels like home, but can also surprise you. South Wales offers rich experiences, with Cardiff at the heart.
With campuses in and around Cardiff, you can experience the diversity that south Wales has to offer – the buzz of the cities, the beauty of the coast, and the calm of the countryside.
We have five campuses across three locations, but we’re one university. Every campus is open to you and whatever inspires you, you’re always welcome.
Join us at an open day or live event and discover the opportunities waiting for you at the University of South Wales.
You'll have the chance to explore our campuses at Cardiff, Newport or Pontypridd, meet academic staff and current students, learn about life at USW and student money, and take part in interactive activities related to your course. For those who can't attend an on-campus event, we run online and on-demand events. There's plenty of ways to discover what USW is all about.
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Careers and Employability
Put Theory into Practice
A course at USW is more than just a degree. We create graduates who are prepared for tomorrow. People who are ready to build their careers and have the mindset to succeed through a degree that is 100% focused on what employers need in the future.
From projects based on working practices to time in the workplace through internships and placements, we’ll help you to build job-ready skills and gain relevant experience for your career. We also offer practical help with completing job applications and practising interview techniques. Support is available every step of the way.
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