Medical Sciences (two-year accelerated degree) - BSc (Hons)
Why study this course?
The Medical Sciences course enables you to gain a full BSc university degree in just two years. Here at London Met, you're guaranteed an interview for a place in a UK medical school, on successful completion of this course. Which means you'll be a whole year ahead of your peers, an advantage that will kick-start your career in medicine.
This course not only offers the chance to graduate a year ahead of your peers, for those interested in other medical science related careers. it creates opportuntities to enter the professional job market early.
You could work in areas as diverse as the medical and allied research institutes, health agency laboratories, bioanalytical medical genetics and forensic units, the pharmaceutical industry and health and safety.
You'll graduate with a deep understanding of health and disease, as well as technical and transferable skills in a range of specialist areas.
A typical week involves a minimum 15 hours contact time with academic staff in a variety of forms, including: lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops or practicals. Practicals and projects are conducted in the state-or-the art Science Centre, said to be the largest teaching laboratory in Europe.
You'll be assessed through a variety of methods, including problem solving exercises, in-class tests, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, extended essays, examinations, research project interim reports, oral examination and dissertation. Practical skills are assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Data handling skills are assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.
Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops. You'll also undertake the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) training during the summer of the first year.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in A levels with B in Biology and B in Chemistry (or a minimum of 120 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
- GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above (grade 4 from 2017) (or equivalent)
IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 in all components would also be required for students for whom English is an additional language.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications, please see our English language requirements.
The first year of the course includes modules covering anatomy and physiology, cell biology and biochemistry, to give students a good background in the essential aspects of biology, as well as blood science and infection science.
In the second year, you'll take a range of modules including Advanced Blood Science, Parasitology and Advanced Tissue Science and specialist modules such as Systems Pathology, Immunology and Virology. You'll also undertake a directed final year research project over the summer period.
On graduating, you'll be equipped for entry to medical school, as well as employment in the medical and allied research institutes, health agency laboratories, bioanalytical medical genetics and forensic units, in the pharmaceutical industry, information services, health and safety and science education.
The analytical skills you'll develop as a medical science graduate are in demand in non-science-based careers too, such as those in the financial services sector, marketing and company administration.
These fees are subject to confirmation of government student funding for accelerated degree students. At present, the University is waiting to find out how much government funding will be made available per year to accelerated degree students from the 2018-19 academic year.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
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When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.