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BSc Applied Medical Sciences

This page explains why the AMS programme is special, the course structure after the first year, contains prize winners, careers, the people involved in running the course, and contacts

A Biomedical Sciences degree with a difference "Fusing Science with Medicine"

BSc in Applied Medical Sciences is an innovative and exciting new degree fusing science with medicine. Our main aim is to develop science graduates with a strong medical background, combining exceptional academic education with a focus on practical and thinking skills that will equip graduates for the highly competitive jobs market. This will give our graduates a huge advantage over current straight science and should equip them to drive research and innovation forward within medical research. Follow the link to explore Applied Medical Sciences

This is a biomedical science degree in which graduates develop a deep understanding of the biomedical sciences underpinned by a strong understanding of how the body works, how it goes wrong and therapeutics.

This requires a good knowledge of human physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology as well as a good understanding of the mechanisms of disease and human medicine. 

Thus, our students emerge with a strong understanding of medicine, its language, and the application of scientific discovery to human disease or physiology.

*Please note the MSci is no longer offered.

Structure

Year 1

The first year of the BSc is the shared Integrated Medical Sciences programme, more information can be found on its webpage

Year 2

Year 2 includes the Molecular Basis of Disease and Epidemiology and Medical Statistics, the rest of Year 2 will comprise many optional modules that enable students to forge their own path within the biomedical sciences.
There are five compulsory modules and choice of three optional modules from the list below.

Module Code

Module Title

Credit Value

Core Modules
MEDC0010Molecular Basis of Disease15
MEDC0011Techniques in Molecular Medicine: A Practical Approach15
MEDC0012The Nervous System and Neurological Diseases15
MEDC0013Pharmacology and Drug Action15
STAT0026Statistics for Medical Scientists15
Optional Modules (select 3)
MEDC0014Introduction to Clinical Trials15
MEDC0015Introduction to Applied Genomics15
MEDC0090Nutrition and Metabolism 215
MEDC0092Growth and Development15
CINS0009Cancer Biology and Therapeutics15
INIM0005Immunology15
INIM0007Infection15
HPSC0036Engaging the Public with Science15
HPSC0038Medicine and Society15
MPHY0005Physics of the Human Body15
 Other UCL content as appropriate15

 

Year 3 

Year 3 allows students to build modules around a solid applied medical science core and into a bespoke route.
There are two compulsory modules and five optional modules to complete. 

Module Code

Module Title

Credit Value

 
Core Modules
MEDC0017Research Methods15
MEDC0019Research Project30
Optional Modules (select 5)
MEDC0018Professional Experience15
MEDC0020Drug Design15
MEDC0023Stem Cell Therapies15
MEDC0024Neurogenetics and Neurodegenerative diseases15
MEDC0025Nanotechnology in Medicine15
MEDC0026Biomedical Entrepreneur15
MEDC0027Human Microbiome in Health and Disease15
MEDC0028Genetic Model Organisms: roles in understanding disease and the search for new therapies15
MEDC0093Bioscience and Society: Public Engagement, Policy and Funding15
CINS0005Cancer Clinical Trials15
CINS0014Precision Cancer Medicine 15
INIM0006 Immunology in Health & Disease 15
INIM0009Infectious Agents 15
INIM0010 Cellular Pathology 15
INIM0011Autoimmunity and Transplantation15
INIM0012 Viruses & Disease 15
INIM0013Microbial Pathogenesis 15
INIM0014Global Eradication of Viruses15
INIM0015Evolution and Infectious Diseases15
INIM0030Immunodeficiency & Therapeutics 15
INIM0031 The Immune System, Cancer, and its Treatment15
INIM0034  Molecular Virology 15
 Other UCL content as appropriate15

 

Prize winners

Here is a list of the student winners of the various prizes on the AMS programme since it started in 2014-15.

YearYear 2 Year 3Mariam SabirWilliam MarsdenSophia Jex-BlakeOther prizes
2018-19Vittoria TorriBethany GomersallJustyna BinkowskaElika KarvandiAshley ReidTBC
2017-18Bethany GomersallReem SattiSara HrabovskaAleena Aris/ Yen Yi TanDara VakiliVittoria Stefanello - Dean's Research Prize (Undergraduate)
2016-17Reem SattiYexin Xien/aNazia ParkarMonika Mikalauskaite-
2015-16Yexin Xien/an/aChaima HaleJack Whitby-
2014-15n/an/an/an/aAmar Bhogal-

The prizes

  • Year 2 - The highest achieving student in Year 2.
  • Year 3 - The highest achieving student in Year 3.
  • Mariam Sabir - The best project in the MSci year*.
  • William Marsden - The student with the best contribution to general welfare of the student body.
  • Sophia Jex-Blake - The student that most refects the ethos of the course: creativity, team work and innovation.

People

Careers 

We anticipate our graduates will be highly sought-after by employers and will have a significant advantage when applying for positions. The course will prepare students for a career across the scientific or general disciplines, but will be of particular interest to those who wish to go into clinical trials, regenerative medicine and nanotechnology, drug development, hospital management or similar roles.

Our graduates have an extremely wide range of employment potential including:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Working in the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Working in Public Health
  • Working in the Biotech Industry
  • Working on tissue regeneration and repair
  • Biomedical Entrepreneur
  • Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Trials
  • Graduate Medical Courses
  • Scientific Bodies (WHO, NGOs)

A Focus on Employability

The opportunity for students to specialise from the second year onwards. This will allow students to demonstrate experience, knowledge and commitment to a sub-discipline which will be an asset both in applying for jobs or for pursuing further study.

An optional one month long placement with an employer in the third year gives students valuable experience in a working context. Many employers have stated they would not hire a graduate unless they had relevant workplace experience.

A focus on proficiency in practical lab skills, solving real world problems and sound scientific communication mean our graduates will have the abilities necessary to survive and thrive in the workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Applied Medical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences?

Does this course help me go on to do Medicine?

Answers

 

What is the difference between Applied Medical Sciences and Biomedical Sciences?

The first year of Applied Medical Sciences (AMS) mirrors quite closely to the Year 1 MBBS, including a lot of anatomy, physiology etc, more so than Biomedical Sciences. 

Both AMS and Biomedical Sciences students will focus on practical and laboratory skills during their studies.

However because of the amount of input in both content and teaching from clinicians and clinician scientists during the AMS degree programme, AMS graduates will be in a position to communicate with clinicians in their own language. This will put them at an advantage in the workplace.

 DOES THIS COURSE HELP ME GO ON TO DO MEDICINE?

If you are interested in applying to Medicine at a later date, please note that UCL itself does not have a graduate entry to the MBBS programme, so whether a student has already completed an undergraduate degree, or whether he/ she is applying straight from school, the point of entry would always be MBBS Year 1. 

The MBBS programme at UCL is normally a 6 year programme, but students who have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree can complete the programme in 5 years.  Please see the fact sheet for students who wish to apply to UCL Medical School as graduates: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/study/undergraduate/mbbs-admissions/applications-graduates

For more information on the entry requirements for the MBBS programme at UCL, please see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/medical-school/study/undergraduate/mbbs-admissions/entry-requirements

For any further information on entry requirements to study Medicine at UCL, please contact: medicaladmissions@ucl.ac.uk

Only a few universities in the UK offer a graduate entry programme to Medicine and the number of these programmes is likely to decrease, so it may not be worth applying for Applied Medical Sciences - or any other undergraduate degree programme - with the plan to proceed to Medicine through the graduate route.  

You should check directly with the institutions who do offer graduate entry Medicine to see what they can tell you about future prospects for that option.  If you are keen to apply for Medicine on completion of Applied Medical Sciences – or on completion of any other undergraduate degree programme - then it is worth keeping in mind that you will not be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan and maintenance grant for this second degree.  

However, you will still be entitled to apply for a maintenance loan for living expenses and other supplementary grants such as the Parents' Learning Allowance, Childcare Grant (for registered childcare), Disabled Students' Allowances and Adult Dependants' Grant. Please see https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

General Queries

If you are interested in applying to study the BSc in Applied Medical Sciences and have any questions, please contact +44 (0)20 3108 9208 to speak to Elizabeth Cullen or email bams-admissions@ucl.ac.uk

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