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£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

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Applied Medical Sciences MSci

UCAS Code: 3F76

This MSci combines training in the biological sciences with particular reference to human health, so that graduates are familiar with human biology and clinical medicine. It equips scientists to interact with clinical colleagues engaged in healthcare, and enables graduates to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences. A three-year BSc programme is also available.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAA
Subjects Biology and Chemistry required
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 38
Subjects A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry at grade 6, with no score below 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

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University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • This degree will equip students with a strong knowledge of clinical medicine and the ability to develop scientific ideas into clinical concepts, and enhance the translation of science into medicine.
  • The fusion of basic and clinical science will enable graduates to work at the highest levels in biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, clinical trials, hospital management, public health, etc.
  • Students will be exposed to a variety of different disciplines in year one, with one month work experience in year three; the programme will encourage students to recognise their talents and pursue them.
  • The degree will generate graduates who are innovative and inventive, and who can enable scientific discoveries to make a difference in medicine. Our graduates will lead clinical science in the future.

Year one is demanding, covering the foundations of human biology and clinical medicine. The content includes most of the topics covered during first year Medicine, but is more detailed in some areas and less so in others. The six core courses lay a foundation for understanding human health and disease and each system is covered in detail. Teaching of biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and basic anatomy is integrated within each system. There are also four optional courses of which two are selected. Students learn in small groups with problem-based learning and tutorials.

In Year two, you will take two compulsory courses: the Molecular Basis of Disease, and Epidemiology and Medical Statistics. You will also choose six optional courses from a wide selection, enabling you to choose your own route within the biomedical sciences. This allows you to start selecting specific courses for a defined pathway.

Years three and four follow this pattern and allow you to build courses around a solid applied medical science core and into a bespoke route. Years two to four are designed to enable you to create a tailor-made programme that suits your needs and aspirations. You will develop core skills that give you strengths to pursue a career you enjoy.

Your Learning

You will be expected to read and study before each teaching session; flip teaching will be used. Most teaching sessions will be small group tutorials. A co-ordinated programme-wide assessment is used to blend formative and summative assessments into a novel and innovative approach. Dissertations are assessed based on year three and four projects.


There are various assessment methods, including: examinations, some of which are single best answer format; coursework, including essays of up to 1500 words; portfolios; case presentations.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease
Foundations in Health and Disease
The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism
Infection, Inflammation and Repair
Kidneys, Hormonal Control of Human Physiology, Fluid Balance and Nutrition
Student Selected Component

Optional courses

You will select two courses:
Anatomy and Developmental Biology; Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science; Principles of Pathological Science; Social Responsibility in Medicine

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
Molecular Basis of Disease

Optional courses

You will select six courses:
Basics of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; Cancer Biology and Therapeutics; The Functional Nervous System; The Human Sciences in Society; Innovation Management; Introduction to Applied Genomics; Introduction to Human Genetics (TBC); Musculoskeletal Biology; Pathogens; Pharmacology and Drug Action; Physics of the Human body.
Other UCL content as appropriate.

Year Three (BSc final year)

Compulsory courses

Industrial Placement
Research Methods
Research Project

Optional courses

You will select six courses:
Biomaterials and Biomechanics; Biomedical Entrepreneur; Cancer Theranostics; Drug Design and Delivery; Human Microbiome in Health and Disease; Infection: Patient to Pathology; Introduction to Cancer Clinical Trials; Nanomedicine; Neurogenetics and Neurodegenerative Diseases; Stem Cell Therapies

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Research Project
Seminar Series

Optional courses

You will select three courses:
Advanced Molecular Diagnosis in Infectious Disease; Animal Models in Medical Science; Applied Biomaterials; Big Biology: Data Generation, Analysis and Output; How to Design a Clinical Trial; Musculoskeletal Assessment in Health, Injury and Disease; Pharmaceutics, Drug Disposition and Pharmacokinetics


The courses can be assembled so as to allow specialisation for a particular applied medical science theme. Example Routes are:
Regenerative Medicine and Nanotechnology
Biomedical Entrepreneur
Clinical Trials.

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

The BSc and MSci degrees are basic science degrees that cover anatomy, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, immunology and infection, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and pathology. However, they differ from most degrees in these areas in that in the first year there is a strong foundation in human biology and clinical medicine.

Students can forge their own pathways during years two, three and four, opting for courses that suit their career choices.

For example, if a student has a good idea that they wish to develop into a business, there is a course available which includes supervision, idea protection and marketing. The proposal will be subject to a real life Dragon’s Den presentation with real business representatives present who are willing to invest money.


As this is the first year of this programme, no information is currently available about career destinations. However, we expect all students to be capable of working in any of the biomedical sciences that they choose to pursue, but importantly this degree leads to many alternative possibilities.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

Evidence in your application of sustained interest in science, demonstrating your self-motivation and organisational skills, are important. This programme will suit students who want to make a difference in the world, who are innovative and inventive, prepared to be challenged, and willing to explore areas outside their comfort zone. In what way do you meet these criteria?

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


We will use your predicted or achieved academic qualifications, and your personal statement and reference to decide whether to offer you a place.

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