Intercalated BSc in Clinical Sciences
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Educational aims of the programme
The iBSc in Clinical Sciences is designed to develop the student’s interest, knowledge and understanding of clinical science and its application to medicine. The course will offer an insight into state-of-the-art biomedical science, including exposure to leading research scientists, research methodology, the translation of basic science research into novel therapies for human disease, and the philosophy, governance and social implications of health research. All students will also be required to undertake an original research project.
The programme provides the students with theoretical knowledge in the following areas:
- Research methodology including statistical methods as applied to medical research
- Translational clinical research
- Ethics and governance of applied health research
By the end of the programme students will have acquired an understanding of:
- The key concepts of clinical science as applied to medicine
- The interface of basic and clinical science
- Clinical research methodology
In addition they would also gain:
- An appreciation of ethical and governance requirements of research
- The ability to evaluate scientific literature
- The ability to design and complete a research project, including practical experience in laboratory, clinical or epidemiological research
The programme will be made up of four components:
- The Basics of Clinical Science (core module) – 1 unit
The course provides a combination of seminars with small group discussion with individuals working at the cutting edge of technological advances, as well as laboratory visits and practical demonstrations. Assessed by course work, practical exercises and unseen examinations; will contribute 25% to the overall mark.
- Clinical Transition (core module) – 0.5 unit
This is an introduction to clinical methods and practice and will include clinical skills teaching; lectures and demonstrations combining anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and histology with clinical medicine; an introduction to clinical measurements and investigatory techniques and opportunities for ward work and clinical bedside teaching. Assessed by course work and practical exercises; will contribute 12.5% to the overall mark.
- The optional modules – 1 unit
Consisting of a choice of either two 0.5 unit modules or a single 1.0 unit module from other established intercalated iBSc programmes such as Physiology, Molecular Medicine, Infection and Pharmacology. The optional modules will be assessed as part of the parent BSc. Each 0.5 unit will contribute 12.5% to the overall degree mark. Thus, the optional module(s) will contribute a total of 25% to the overall degree mark.
See our guide to option selection and our list of popular choices for more information.
- A Clinical Research Project – 1.5 units
Assessed by supervisor's report, written report and viva presentation; will contribute 37.5% to the overall degree mark.
There are a range of project titles to choose from. These will vary from year to year; examples of current and recent projects conducted by Clinical Sciences students can be found here.
How to apply
Applications can be made via Rebecca Holmes, the Intercalated Administrator. The deadline for applications for 2012/13 is 5th March 2012.
** We are holding an open day at the Royal Free Campus for all students who are interested in the course on Wednesday afternoon, 22nd February 2012. Please email Carolyn Cohen, course administrator, if you would like to attend **
From 2012/13, this course will be open to students who have successfully completed MB BS Years 1 and 2.
We attended the IBSc Fair in January 2012 - Dr Morgan's presentation explains further about what the course has to offer.
Students are encouraged to publish work in peer reviewed journals and present at conferences. Many of our former students have done this.
Comments on the course
Contact Programme Tutors
Please feel free to contact either the programme tutor or the course administrator if you have any queries about the course.
Dr Marsha Morgan
Miss Carolyn Cohen
Number of students accepted onto the programme in 2011/2012: 10
We envisage that a similar number of places will be available in 2012/2013.
More information on the intercalated BSc in Clinical Sciences is available on p. 6-11 of the 2012/13 prospectus.
Please visit the Medical School web pages for more information.