Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2016

Applied Medical Sciences MSci

This MSci combines training in the biological sciences with particular reference to human health, so that graduates are familiar with human biology and medicine. Students have the opportunity to specialise and emerge in a strong position both to lead medical science in the future and work in sectors where knowledge of medicine is an advantage. A three-year BSc programme is also available.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Applied Medical Sciences MSci
UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Applied Medical Sciences
Total intake (by subject area)
100 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Biology and Chemistry required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
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

A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Biology and Chemistry at grade 6, 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

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) 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 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Chemistry and Biology required.

A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including Chemistry and Biology required.

Award of Advanced Diploma core with grade A plus 2 GCE A-levels at grades AA. 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

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

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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: Advanced

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

Degree benefits

  • This degree will provide students with both a solid foundation in medicine and the ability to develop scientific ideas into clinical concepts.
  • 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, and with a professional placement in year three; where students will be able to recognise their talents and pursue them.
  • The programme will produce graduates who are innovative and inventive, and who can translate scientific discoveries to make a difference in medicine. Our graduates will lead clinical science in the future.

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 is demanding, covering the foundations of human biology and 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. You also choose a student selected component plus one of two optional courses. Students learn in small groups with problem-based learning and tutorials.

In year two, you will take four compulsory courses including Molecular Basis of Disease, and Statistics for Medical Scientists. You will also choose four 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 the same pattern and allow you to build courses around a solid applied medical science core and into a bespoke route. They are designed to enable you to tailor a programme that suits your needs and aspirations while the core skills give you strengths to pursue a career you enjoy.

Year One

Compulsory courses

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

Optional courses

You will select one of the following:
Functional Anatomy and Medical Imaging
Principles of Pathological Science

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Statistics for Medical Scientists
Molecular Basis of Disease
Musculoskeletal Biology and the Functional Nervous System
Pharmacology and Drug Action

Optional courses

You will select four of the following:
Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
Innovation Management
Introduction to Applied Genomics
Introduction to Clinical Trials
Nanotechnology in Medicine
Physics of the Human Body
Science and Society
Other UCL content as appropriate.

Year Three (BSc final year)

Compulsory courses

Professional Placement
Research Methods
Research Project

Optional courses

You will select three courses:
Allergy, Autoimmunity & Transplantation
Biomaterials and Biomechanics
Biomedical Entrepreneur
Cellular Pathology
Drug Design and Delivery
Human Microbiome in Health and Disease
Immunodeficiency & Therapeutics
Immunology in Health & Disease
Infection: Patient to Pathology
Infectious Agents
Introduction to Cancer Clinical Trials
Microbial Pathogenesis
Molecular Virology
Neoplasia and its Treatment

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

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Research Project
Seminar Series

Optional courses

You will select three of the following:
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

Your learning

Interactive online lectures prepare you for small-group tutorial work. They give the opportunity to go through the topics at your own pace allowing you to read round the subject, engage with quizzes and watch videos. Practicals will support your training in basic laboratory skills. There are also regular group 'house' activities.


Formative and summative assessment methods include: examinations, some of which are multiple-choice or short-answer format; coursework, including essays of up to 1500 words; portfolios; case presentations, online participation. There are dissertations based on projects in years three and four.

Further Information

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


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 there is a strong emphasis on fusing science with medicine.

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 the first cohort of students for this programme will not graduate until 2018, there is no career destination information available. However, we expect all students to be capable of working in any of the biomedical sciences that they choose to pursue, and we envisage that our students will play key roles in clinical trials, drug design or the pharmaceutical industry, or progress to PhD research. Importantly, this degree leads to many alternative possibilities.

*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 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding


UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£21,320 (2016/17)


Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance


The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

Evidence in your application of 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 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016


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