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Medical Sciences (Final Year Entry)

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code

B290

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 1 Year

Overview

This BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences (Final Year Entry) degree programme is for those with a Level 5 HND/Higher Diploma Programme in the biosciences. By studying this degree you will graduate with a BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences awarded by Oxford Brookes University. 

You will gain a sound understanding of medical aspects of the human body in health and disease as the course builds on core biomedical science subjects. Primarily taught by our teaching staff, some aspects are taught by health professionals from the local hospitals developing key skills and scientific knowledge employers need. 

A degree in Medical Sciences is the first step to a wide range of career opportunities in medical science, clinical science, healthcare management, clinical trials co-ordination and postgraduate study.

It also gives international students the opportunity to study at a UK institution, Oxford Brookes University, with the intention of broadening your experience and career opportunities.

Students in a lab

How to apply

Further offer details

Students will usually have achieved a Diploma of Higher Education with at least 55% or a Higher National Diploma with a Merit profile in a relevant discipline such as Applied Sciences (Biology) or Biomedical Science, or an equivalent relevant Level 5 qualification of 240 CATS subject to individual credit rating by Oxford Brookes University.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, an Academic IELTS with 6.0 overall, including 6.0 in Reading and Writing, and 5.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements

Learning and assessment

The course is structured to give you a sound understanding of medical aspects of the human body in health and disease. It builds on core biomedical science subjects.

You will be able to choose modules to suit your particular interest in the molecular life sciences or physiological sciences. The emphasis is on the interdisciplinary nature of causes and treatment of disease.

Teaching and learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • practicals
  • tutorials
  • seminars

As well as delivering this course in partnership with scientists working in local hospitals, we are able to invite colleagues and collaborators who are at the forefront of research to join us in exploring the scientific themes of medical science with you.

Group of students studying

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Project (double)

A Research Project is your chance to do brand new research and find out what it’s really like to be a professional scientist – gathering, considering and evaluating data, then communicating it clearly and critically to others. This is the pinnacle of your degree, working with a supervisor (and possibly others) to collect novel scientific data about a specific topic. You are likely to use a range of theoretical, experimental and/or bioinformatics methods or you may use tools such as data mining, patient or volunteer surveys, questionnaires and other forms of investigative research.

Projects allow you to make the transition from student to professional, building on all you have learned to develop and practice a range of superior skills and abilities. Working largely independently you will gather, analyse and present your findings, and argue your conclusions to others in a clear and well-written formal report.

Optional modules

Evidence-Based Medicine & Diagnostics

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM), also known as Evidence Based Practice, refers to the deliberate, careful and thorough use of clinical research, review and appraisal to ensure patients receive the best possible clinical care. This module will explore many aspects of evidence-based medicine, introducing public health and policy, drug design, diagnostic screening and epidemiology. The module will also include the wide range of diagnostic tools which are available and used within the health system in the UK.

Genomic Medicine

The aim of this module is to reflect on the growth of genetic analysis  as part of healthcare diagnostics, treatment and monitoring. As technologies advance, the ability to use whole genome data offers clinicians more information on the pathology of diseases, but at a cost of being much more complex. This module sets out to inform the key areas in this field, and how it can be used in practise in healthcare.

Independent Study in Life Sciences

This module involves an extended study (normally library-based) of a topic of the student's choosing that is relevant to their degree but not formally taught. The topic will normally focus on a specific area of interest. Students will work independently, with support given by a supervising member of staff in the form of tutorials where progress is reviewed and discussed. Much of the student's effort will typically involve library-searching, reading, reviewing, assimilation and synthesis of material for preparing an extended essay reviewing and critiquing the chosen topic.

Molecular Biology of Cancer

The module will explore our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie human cancer and explore some of the possible therapeutic targets and treatments. Understanding the molecular and cellular basis of disease is vital for dissecting the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and for designing appropriate and effective treatments.

Pathophysiology (double)

The module explores the physiological mechanisms of disease states that disrupt the normal functioning of the respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, renal and neural systems. You will learn from lecturers who are actively engaged in cutting edge research or are highly experienced practicing physicians in the fields of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. In addition the content will include a review of dyspnoea (breathlessness) and angina (chest pain) as the cardinal symptoms of cardiopulmonary disease and recent advances in our knowledge of the neurophysiological mechanisms of these symptoms that has led to an exploration of new therapeutic approaches.

Professional skills and techniques

This module focuses on the development of the professional skills, personalised to your career ambitions. You will select three ‘podules’ from a selection of podules, which draw upon our research expertise and links with external partners. Podules will cover a wide range topics relevant to your degree, such as advanced microscopy, protein biochemistry, species identification, geographic information systems, entrepreneurship or science communication. Each podule consists of an introductory lecture, plenty of hands-on experience, and a seminar in which you will learn more about the application of ‘your’ skill in different contexts.

Science and Humanity

The module draws students to consider the impact that science has had on all aspects of our lives, aiming to set that influence in its social and historical context. We will address alternative views of the world, how they have been developed or replaced in the context of science and have a clear look at the strengths and weaknesses of a scientific world view. Ideas about the value of other life forms will be explored and environmental philosophy will be discussed. In this light we will discuss some of the modern contentious ideas and possibilities, such as Genetic Modification, organic farming, fracking, stem cell research, manipulation of the human genome and designer babies. The political, economic and moral context of the current environmental crisis will be discussed.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning methods include: 

  • lectures
  • practicals
  • tutorials
  • seminars

You will have the opportunity to attend seminars given by visiting speakers from around the world.

As well as delivering this course in partnership with scientists working in local hospitals, we are able to invite colleagues and collaborators who are at the forefront of research to join us in exploring the scientific themes of medical science with you. This includes work on:

  • DNA repair
  • disease biofilms
  • clinically important immunohistochemistry tests
  • deep brain stimulation for symptom relief.

Our research in these areas underpins this course.

Medical science is a practical subject and we have a very good range of equipment. This includes:

  • high-performance liquid chromatography equipment
  • confocal and electron microscopes
  • specialised laboratories for tissue culture
  • microbiology
  • physiology
  • microscopy.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

The course includes a variety of teaching, learning and assessment methods.

Assessment methods include:

  • essays
  • reviews
  • examinations
  • laboratory notebooks
  • scientific reports
  • posters
  • oral presentations.

Reflective learning is encouraged through the use of:

  • self reflection following feedback
  • peer or staff formative feedback
  • group work
  • project work
  • reflective diaries.

After you graduate

Career prospects

A degree in Medical Science from Oxford Brookes is the first step to a wide range of career opportunities in biomedical science, clinical science, healthcare management and clinical trials coordination. Many leading universities around the world now have graduate medical schools. This degree is excellent preparation for entry into medicine or study as a health care practitioner.

Our courses are designed to equip you with the skills you need for employment. We put a strong emphasis on developing the multidisciplinary graduate attributes needed to keep ahead in a rapidly changing workplace.

The BSc degree is well designed to provide a foundation for graduate-entry medical school or further academic training in the life and medical sciences (eg MSc and PhD level degrees).

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

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