Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Applied Medical Sciences BSc

This programme fuses science with medicine, enabling graduates to translate scientific advances into clinical practice. Students learn to understand both science and the foundations of medicine, including the mechanisms of disease and how diseases are treated. Graduates will be empowered to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)
Applications per place
3 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
80 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to Applied Medical Sciences subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Biology and Chemistry required.
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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

A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,D3 - D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.

A,A,A - A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher to A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA-AAB. Chemistry and Biology required.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • You will gain a solid foundation in medicine and science through an exposure to a variety of different disciplines, with an added focus on laboratory skills. 

  • You will attain the skills required to achieve employment at the highest levels in biomedical research, in the pharmaceutical industry, in biotechnology, clinical trials, hospital management, public health, and nutrition, along with other fields.

  • You will have the benefit of sessions specifically designed to enhance creativity and inventiveness and to develop team work. The programme will give you access to inspirational talks by external speakers on science, medicine and the arts.

  • You will be taught by clinicians as well as basic scientists. This special fusion of science and medicine will give graduates a competitive advantage in careers at the interface of these two disciplines.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Medicine.

  • 80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 is demanding, covering the foundations of human biology and medicine. The core modules provide an understanding as to how the body works, what goes wrong in disease and how to treat it. You will be mostly based at UCL’s Royal Free campus in Hampstead, North London, and taught by world-leading scientists and clinicians. The programme is designed not just around individual excellence, but also on all-important team skills. As an example, you will be enrolled into one of four 'houses' which compete for points in various events, both fun and academic, including invention activities.

In year two, you will take five compulsory modules. There are a wide range of optional modules, of which you will select three. This flexibility will enable you to choose your own route within the biomedical sciences: between biomedical entrepreneurship, clinical trials, study of infection, or regenerative medicine and nanotechnology.

Year three follows a similar pattern, with modules built around a solid applied medical science core. You can tailor a programme to suit your needs and aspirations, while the core skills will give you the grounding to pursue a career you enjoy. You will also have a one-month professional placement and will be engaged on a six month research project.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease
Data Interpretation and Evaluation of Science
Foundations in Health and Disease
The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism
Infection, Inflammation and Repair
Kidneys, Hormones and Fluid Balance
Musculoskeletal Systems in Health and Disease

Optional modules

You will select one of the following:

Functional Anatomy and Medical Imaging
Principles of Pathological Science

Core or compulsory module(s)

Molecular Basis of Disease
The Nervous System
Pharmacology and Drug Action
Statistics for Medical Scientists
Techniques in Molecular Medicine

Optional modules

You will select three of the following:

Cancer Biology
Innovation Management
Introduction to Applied Genomics 
Introduction to Clinical Trials
Medicine and Society
Physics of the Human Body
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

You are also able to select modules from other UCL departments as appropriate.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Professional Experience
Research Methods
Research Project

Optional modules

You will select three options from further modules within the following areas:

Clinical Trials
Infection and Immunity
Regenerative Medicine

Your learning

Our innovative online teaching system allows you to learn at your own pace and explore topics in greater depth. The face-to-face teaching which follows offers more intensive, creative sessions of tutorial-based problem solving and learning in small groups. Extensive practicals support your training in laboratory skills. Combining online and face-to-face teaching means you take greater control of your academic development.


Being prepared for the professional world after graduation is important. The placement in year three will give you valuable experience in a field you are interested in, and in which you may desire to work. You will learn how the professional environment operates, gain sector-specific knowledge, develop new ideas, and will be able to reflect on your actions and how the placement has benefited you.


Formative and summative assessment methods include: online and written examinations (some of which are multiple-choice or short-answer question format); coursework; poster presentations; practical skills assessment; and online participation. In year three you will be required to write a project dissertation and a reflective diary on your professional placement.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Applied Medical Sciences BSc.


Applied Medical Sciences differs from most biomedical science degrees in that students develop a very strong understanding of the foundations of medicine, with an emphasis on fusing science with medicine. The programme is angled towards the development of an appreciation of how science helps us to understand and treat various diseases.

This programme will enable you to become a highly skilled scientist who can make medicine work for patients. Alternatively, you might like to use your knowledge to find a career in research. You will be able to adapt your skills to other professions where an understanding of science and medicine are crucial.

We expect all our graduates to be capable of working in any of the biomedical sciences that they choose to pursue. We envisage that our graduates will play key roles in clinical trials, biomedical research, nanotechnology, drug design, the pharmaceutical industry, the regenerative repair industry or postgraduate research.


Our first cohort of students for this programme graduate in 2017. So far, they have successfully applied for MSc and PhD programmes, graduate entry Medicine, and jobs in biomedical science.

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view

The degree brings you into regular contact with leading scientists and researchers in their fields, as well as notable guest speakers. You are encouraged to find what it is you 'want' to do - what really gets you interested. The Applied Medical Sciences degree will challenge you more than just intellectually. Louisa Wilson - Applied Medical Sciences BSc (Second Year)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£24,040 (2018/19)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

Evidence in your application of a sustained interest in science, demonstrating your self-motivation and organisational skills, is 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 zones. 

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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018


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

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.

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