Broaden your understanding of the human body while exploring the development of disease and how it can be prevented, with our accredited BSc (Hons) Medical Science degree.
Our Medical Science degree course, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, combines an understanding of the function of the human body and how a healthy body works, how disease develops and how normal function of the body can be restored. You'll learn the theories and practice behind modern medicine. A Bachelor's in Medical Science prepares you for a rewarding career in a medical lab, helping diagnose, treat and prevent disease.
Studying a Medical Sciences course combines analytical study with laboratory skills, giving you the opportunity to work in interactive learning environments and learn key skills through experiential learning – this includes getting hands on our state-of-the-art SuperLab, where you can put your new-found skills to the test in a safe, industry-standard environment.
The 21st century presents many health challenges. Our BSc (Hons) Medical Science course will prepare you for work in various professional environments or the healthcare sector, where a scientific contribution is made to areas involving the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. This broad science degree will help you identify and solve problems, lead and manage people and be confident in scientific communication – all highly valued competencies in the health sectors, and something which will give you a strong advantage in the employment market.
The teaching and learning environments at ARU are interactive and versatile. They involve structured small group learning, team-based learning, lectures, seminars, online learning and regular lectures where guest speakers share their expertise.
You’ll acquire your laboratory skills in a state-of-the-art level two category laboratory. You’ll benefit from our innovative teaching and assessment methods to optimise your learning experience and development as scientist.
There's a limited opportunity to transfer to Year 1 of our MBChB Medicine degree, following successful completion of your first year of Medical Science, application and interview.
See our Careers section for career paths opened by BSc Medical Science.
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As part of your Medical Science studies with ARU, you’ll be able to enhance your learning experience with:
Our three-year Medical Science degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment.
Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.
Associate Professor; Course Leader BSc (Hons) Medical Science
Acting Deputy Head of School (Allied Health), Senior Lecturer in Biological Science and Course Leader for Extended Science Programmes
A degree in Medical Science makes a great foundation for your training but you will need a Medicine degree to practise medicine.
Students who complete the first year of their Medical Science degree to an exceptionally high standard may have the opportunity to transfer to Year 1 of MBChB Medicine. This is a highly competitive route with limited availability but if you have dreams of being a doctor, this could be the option for you.
No, a Medical Science degree is focussed more on laboratory and desk-based work whereas Medicine prepares you to work as a doctor, with plenty of patient contact on placements. BSc Medical Science only takes three years (or four if you study a foundation year).
Once you graduate, you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in the medical field. You could go on to become a clinical scientist, researcher, a lab technician or even take your knowledge into the field of medical sales or science communication.
Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Physician Associate. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
“We have plenty of lab sessions where we learn various techniques and procedures that are essential for our future careers.”
BSc (Hons) Medical Science studentExplore the SuperLab with Carolina
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