Faculty of Life Sciences and Education - Glyntaff - University of South Wales

Bachelor in Medical Sciences - Grado en Ciencias Médicas

Faculty of Life Sciences and Education - Glyntaff - University of South Wales
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Do you want a challenging career and the chance to really make a difference? Advances in healthcare and science have led to exciting opportunities in this sector.

Our BSc in Medical Sciences, developed in partnership with Cardiff School of Medicine, forms part of the graduate feeder scheme to medicine at Cardiff University for our high achieving students. It will also provide you with the skills and practical experience needed to progress towards a rewarding career in medical science should you decide you don’t want to practice medicine.

In our state-of-the-art clinical simulation facilities, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of medical science. Subjects range from anatomy and physiology to health policy, all of which are reinforced by practical modules, clinical training and valuable research experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake work placements with local health boards.

This course is recognised by the Society of Biology, which ensures that graduates automatically fulfil the educational requirements for Associate Membership (AMSB) of the Society.


Titulo de Bachillerato or the Selectividad with an average mark of 6.
Curso de Orientación Universitaria (COU) with an average mark of 6.
Técnico Especialista (Formación Profesional – segundo grado).
Ingeniero Técnico (from Escuela de Ingeniero Técnico).
Diplomado / Diplomatura.
English language qualifications:

GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score for Undergraduate of 80 IBT
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 169 with at least 162 in each component ; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE II Distinction or ISE III Pass for undergraduate courses
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests, in some cases, we may also be able to accept the communicator level (B2)
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 51 points in each element for the majority of undergraduate programmes
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.


Year One

Cellular Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Biological Chemistry
The Musculoskeletal System
Experimental Design and Data Manipulation in Life Sciences
Health and the Human Lifespan Recommended
Introduction to Clinical Practice
Year Two

Introduction to Genetics
Medical Microbiology
Human Genetics
Endocrinology, Metabolism & Homeostasis
Cardio-respiratory Physiology
Nutrition and the Alimentary System
Developing Skills in Clinical Practice
Year Three

Project or Human Structure (human cadaver dissection with Cardiff University School of Medicine)
Clinical Biochemistry & Pharmacology
Clinical and Molecular Immunology
Healthcare Management
Healthcare Management Project
Health Policy
Health and Human Behaviour
Tropical Medicine
Biological Anthropology
Your final year lets you choose modules that are most relevant to your career aims. There will be core modules in immunology, pharmacology, psychology, and health policy, as well as optional areas like tropical medicine or biological anthropology. All areas of the course provide extra opportunities for clinical training and research, which will improve your career potential.

Learning and teaching methods
You will learn through lectures, tutorial support, workshops, practical laboratory sessions, placements, self-directed study and work-based learning. In the first two years, there will be 4 weeks of placements in the local healthcare sector, where you will gain real clinical experience in hospital settings.

Salidas profesionales

To improve your employability, you will get extra skills and experience through short work placements with local health boards.

As well as being a strong science qualification in its own right, this medical science degree can be an initial step to apply for graduate-entry degrees in medicine at other universities. There are many careers related to medicine and health science, such as medical research, health and social care management or technical support in healthcare services.

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