Full-time undergraduate (3 years, 4 years with foundation year)
You can choose to study this course over four years, with a foundation year. If you choose this option, the first year of your study will be delivered by our partner, Cambridge Ruskin International College (CRIC) on our Cambridge campus. In years 2 to 4 you'll study with us in Chelmsford.
Interested in the science that underpins modern medicine? Study on our full-time Medical Science degree course, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology. Based in our Chelmsford SuperLabs, you’ll understand how a healthy human body works, learn how disease develops and discover how normal function can be restored. We work with industry partners to make sure you’re career ready.
The 21st century presents many health challenges. Studying Medical Science gives the desirable analytical and laboratory skills; provides knowledge and understanding of the human body; how it performs optimally, and the impact of disease. It’ll 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 across the health sectors giving a strong advantage in the employment market.
The teaching and learning environments are interactive and versatile involving structured small group learning, team-based learning, lectures, seminars, online learning and regular guest lecturers sharing their expertise. You’ll acquire your laboratory skills in a state-of-the-art level two category SuperLab. You’ll benefit from our innovate teaching and assessment methods to optimise your learning experience and development as scientist.
Senior Lecturer: Rudolph Schutte
Senior Lecturer: Nicky Milner
*This programme 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.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it. When you graduate, you'll be highly competitive in the employment market because of your extensive theoretical knowledge, combined with a high level of practical skills.
After graduation you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in the following areas, research scientist, lab technician, scientific writer, medical and healthcare regulations, patent law, data scientist, clinical trials or medical sales.
We recommend that you use your first degree to further your studies in medical science or choose a patient focused discipline such as Physician Associate (two-year Masters degree) or complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and enter teaching. For those wanting to a career in research, you can apply for direct entry into PhD study or an MSc/MRES.
For students who complete their first year of BSc Medical Science to an exceptional high standard, there may be the opportunity to transfer to the Year 1 of MBChB Medicine. It must be noted that this is a highly competitive route and there is limited availability. As a life science degree, those with a 2:1 or above could apply for Graduate Entry Medicine programmes.
We'll make sure you're progressing correctly in a number of ways, including course work, essays, exams, short-answer tests, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing and independent project work. In the early stages of your degree we'll use the best methods to make sure you gain a solid understanding of all the relevant subject matter. Later on, we'll focus on developing your critical appraisal skills, depth of understanding, and ability to work independently.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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