Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Applied Medical Sciences MSci

A programme which 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 are empowered to work at the highest levels within the biomedical sciences.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
2 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
80 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to Applied Medical Sciences subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Biology and Chemistry 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 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

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.

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

  • This degree provides students with a solid foundation of medicine and science through exposure to a variety of different disciplines in year one. A professional placement is integral to year three.
  • This 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, nutrition, etc.
  • Sessions to enhance creativity and inventiveness and to develop team work are incorporated throughout, as are inspirational talks by external speakers on science, medicine and the arts.
  • This programme will produce innovative and inventive graduates, with the capability and insights needed to make groundbreaking scientific discoveries with true clinical applications, and to make a greater impact in the biomedical world.

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 of human health and disease. Teaching of biochemistry, physiology and anatomy is integrated within each organ system. You will be mostly based at UCL?s Royal Free campus in Hampstead, North London, and taught by world-leading scientists and clinicians. You will be enrolled into one of four 'houses', which compete for points in various events, both fun and academic, including invention activities and a Dragon?s Den scenario.

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 enables you to choose your own route within the biomedical sciences: biomedical entrepreneur, clinical trials, infection, or regenerative medicine and nanotechnology.

Years three and four follow a similar pattern, with modules built around a solid applied medical science core. You can tailor a programme that suits your needs and aspirations, with core skills to give you strengths to pursue a career you enjoy. You will also have a one-month professional placement and be engaged on a 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
Student Selected Component

Optional modules

You will select one of the following:

Functional Anatomy and Medical Imaging
Principles of Pathological Science

Core or compulsory module(s)

Key Laboratory Skills
Molecular Basis of Disease
Musculoskeletal and Nervous System
Pharmacology and Drug Action
Statistics for Medical Scientists

Optional modules

You will select three of the following:

Cancer Biology
Innovation Management
Introduction to Applied Genomics
Introduction to Clinical Trials
Physics of the Human Body
Special Topics in History and Philosophy of Science: Applied Medicine and Society
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Plus modules from other UCL departments as appropriate.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Professional Placement
Research Methods
Research Project

Optional modules

You will select three options from 20 modules within the following areas:

Clinical Trials
Infection and Immunity
Regenerative Medicine

Core or compulsory module(s)

Research Project
Seminar Series

Optional modules

You will select four of the following:

Advanced Molecular Diagnosis in Infectious Disease
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

Plus modules from other UCL departments as appropriate.

Your learning

Interactive online lectures give you the opportunity to go through the topics at your own pace and explore them in greater depth, engage with quizzes and watch videos. The face-to-face teaching which follows offers more intensive, creative sessions of tutorial-based problem solving and learning, in small groups. Extensive laboratory practicals will support your training in basic laboratory skills.


Formative and summative assessment methods include: examinations, some of which are multiple-choice or short-answer question format; coursework; poster presentations; practical skills assessment (OSPE); online participation. There is a project dissertation and a report on your professional experience in year three.

Further Information

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


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, i.e. an appreciation of how science helps recognise and treat various diseases.

You will become highly skilled scientists who can make medicine work for patients, or use your knowledge to find success in a research career, or flourish in other professions where a keen 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, and we envisage that our graduates will play key roles in clinical trials, biomedical research, nanotechnology, drug design or the pharmaceutical industry, the regenerative repair industry or postgraduate research.


As the first cohort of students for this programme will not graduate until 2018, there is no career destination information available.

*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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is committed 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18)
Overseas students
£21,960 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current 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 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 2017


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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