About This Course
Our Medical Sciences degree aims to provide a science programme, related to medicine, with strong professional research elements. You’ll receive a firm foundation of scientific teaching, considering human health and disease at a micro and macro level. This enables you to develop, integrate and apply your knowledge at the interface of scientific discovery and clinical practice.
As a graduate, you’ll be equipped with a broad skill set, making the course an ideal 1st choice for those interested in a Health-based career but who want to keep their options open. It is also a perfect 5th choice for those whose primary aim is Medicine or Dentistry; for high-achieving students this degree may act as a stepping stone into Medical Schools as a graduate entrant.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- We offer a vibrant atmosphere with small group teaching, meaning you’ll quickly develop a rapport with your fellow students and lecturers.
- Our staff include academics, researchers and clinicians with national and international recognition in medical education and research.
- You will have a focus on anatomical teaching in years 2 and 3 including access to a dissection room, which is rare outside of medical schools.
- For students with the necessary pre-requisite qualifications, BMedSci is a feeder stream for Graduate Entry Medicine at Cardiff University. Subject to successful interview, qualifying students can apply to study Medicine in Cardiff, or remain in Bangor for their 4 year MBBCh degree. See Medicine North Wales for more information.
For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.
On this course you will benefit from teaching and research expertise across a number of disciplines, with content delivered by Medical Sciences faculty, and pharmacists and clinicians from the local Health Board.
What will you study on this course?
During the first year you will build a broad base of relevant knowledge and proficiencies. A good understanding of molecular and cell biology, biochemistry and basic laboratory skills is enriched with introductions to microbiology, human physiology and therapeutics. Our Key Skills in Medical Science module begins your transition to becoming an accomplished academic.
Since year 1 is common for all undergraduate degrees in the School of Medical Sciences, you will have an opportunity to change to Biomedical Science (B102) or Medical Biology (B103) before the start of year 2 (subject to eligibility criteria) if your interests evolve.
Your second and third-year modules on BMedSci Medical Sciences have a focus on human physiology and anatomy in health and disease, clinical diagnostics, infectious disease and therapeutics. You will be able to describe disease processes from molecular defects, to gross anatomical changes and integrate information on their diagnosis and treatment.
An over-arching theme will be the development of transferable skills such as critical analysis, data interpretation and the ability to communicate medical science to a variety of audiences. In the third year, this culminates in a piece of self-directed research using medically related scientific literature and databases.
Welsh medium modules are also available.
Teaching takes place in lectures, small group seminars, practicals in our well-equipped laboratories (including sessions in the dissection room) and computer lab classes.
Assessment is by a mixture of examinations, coursework in a variety of formats and group and individual presentations. You will have many opportunities to showcase your developing skills, with regular constructive and individual feedback to help you achieve your full potential.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Medical Sciences Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
Highly Recommended E member of IBMS E10:00 per year.
Welcome Week trips etc arranged by Peer Guides (approx. £20:00).
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Language, Maths and Science.
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 128 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including Biology and at least one other science from Chemistry (preferred), Medical Science, Physics or Maths)
- WJEC Medical Science Applied Diploma and Applied Certificate
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DDM (Biology and Chemistry modules required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma: Including Biology and Chemistry (Preferred) at Higher Level
- Access: Only Science or Bioscience diplomas provide the necessary pre-requisite knowledge
- Welsh Baccalaureate
- Extended Project Qualification
- Key Skills and General Studies not accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
With integrated scientific knowledge and key skills such as critical appraisal, communication and problem solving, graduates have high employability in medical science-based areas.
Many of our students are interested in careers within a clinical environment and enter postgraduate training to become Physician Associates, Radiographers, Paramedics, Physiotherapists and other allied health professionals.
You will also be ideally placed for MSc and PhD programmes and for research positions within the NHS (including the NHS Scientist Training Programme).
To give you an idea of the breadth of interests our students develop, recent BMedSci graduates have gone onto MSc courses in Cardiovascular Science, Neuroimaging, Psychology, Infectious Disease Control and Health Promotion.
Still others enter the teaching profession, the armed forces and police, and graduate management positions.
Internships and work experience are encouraged and supported during your degree, to help you gain an insight into the world of work and give you a competitive edge. We offer the opportunity to take short work placements (over a summer holiday) or year-long ‘sandwich’ placements, with all of our degree programmes.
On successful completion of the BMedSci degree, high achieving students are eligible to apply for Cardiff University’s four year Graduate Entry Medicine Programme (MBBCh). If successful, you can study Medicine on the innovative C21 curriculum in Cardiff or Bangor. More information can be found on Cardiff University's web pages.
Please note to apply for this programme you will need to fulfil all of Cardiff University’s additional criteria, which include but are not limited to specific GCSE and A level achievement and successful completion of the entrance exam (GAMSAT)
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.