BSc Applied Medical Sciences
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.
- 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.
Core Modules MEDC0010 Molecular Basis of Disease 15 MEDC0011 Techniques in Molecular Medicine: A Practical Approach 15 MEDC0012 The Nervous System and Neurological Diseases 15 MEDC0013 Pharmacology and Drug Action 15 STAT0026 Statistics for Medical Scientists 15 Optional Modules (select 3) MEDC0014 Introduction to Clinical Trials 15 MEDC0015 Introduction to Applied Genomics 15 MEDC0090 Nutrition and Metabolism 2 15 MEDC0092 Growth and Development 15 CINS0009 Cancer Biology and Therapeutics 15 INIM0005 Immunology 15 INIM0007 Infection 15 HPSC0036 Engaging the Public with Science 15 HPSC0038 Medicine and Society 15 MPHY0005 Physics of the Human Body 15 Other UCL content as appropriate 15
- 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.
Here is a list of the student winners of the various prizes on the AMS programme since it started in 2014-15.
|Year||Year 2||Year 3||Mariam Sabir||William Marsden||Sophia Jex-Blake||Other prizes|
|2018-19||Vittoria Torri||Bethany Gomersall||Justyna Binkowska||Elika Karvandi||Ashley Reid||TBC|
|2017-18||Bethany Gomersall||Reem Satti||Sara Hrabovska||Aleena Aris/ Yen Yi Tan||Dara Vakili||Vittoria Stefanello - Dean's Research Prize (Undergraduate)|
|2016-17||Reem Satti||Yexin Xie||n/a||Nazia Parkar||Monika Mikalauskaite||-|
|2015-16||Yexin Xie||n/a||n/a||Chaima Hale||Jack Whitby||-|
- 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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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