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Medical Sciences and Engineering MSci

This unique, cross-faculty degree will give you knowledge of human physiology and disease, with engineering and problem-solving skills. By learning how to combine innovation and technology with translation towards patient care, you will graduate with multi-disciplinary skills. You will be equipped to work in the biomedical and healthcare industries in areas such as pharmaceuticals, designing artificial and regenerative tissues, robotic surgeries and improved prosthetics.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
HA11
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Mathematics, Biology at grade AA and either Physics or Chemistry at grade B required.
GCSEs
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

Contextual offer

Grades
ABB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
Mathematics at grade A and Biology at grade B. Either Physics or Chemistry at grade B also required.
GCSEs
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

Points
36
Subjects
A total of 17 points in three higher level subjects, including a score of 6 in both Mathematics and Biology and either Physics or Chemistry with a minimum score of 5.

Contextual offer

Points
34 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects, including a score of 6 in Mathematics, plus Biology and either Physics or Chemistry, with a minimum score of 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Mathematics and Biology at D3 and either Physics or Chemistry at M1.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Mathematics and Biology at A,A Advanced Higher and either Physics or Chemistry at Advanced Higher or Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB including Mathematics and Biology at grade AA and either Physics or Chemistry at grade B.

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 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 benefit from innovative teaching methods underpinned by world-leading research activity in medical science and engineering across UCL. UCL is the top UK university for research strength (REF2014) and a top 10 Faculty for Medical Sciences in the world (QS). 

  • You will personalise your degree along a medical science or engineering stream in the third year, by choosing optional modules. You will engage with scientists, clinicians and engineers across UCL's Bloomsbury, Royal Free and Stanmore campuses and their associated hospitals in world-class facilities.

  • You will develop entrepreneurial skills and learn how research can be translated into clinical practice. You will also learn about commercialisation within the medical technology industry.

  • By completing an additional MSci year, you will further specialise by selecting a theme for your optional modules and carrying out an additional research project.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

This degree is split equally between engineering and medical science and is composed of eight compulsory modules in year one and eight in year two.

In year three students are able to choose from a range of optional modules. You will be encouraged to design your degree programme along themes which include engineering and medical sciences. You will also complete two compulsory modules; Research Project and Professional Clinical Practice. 

You will have the opportunity to experience UCL's cutting-edge research laboratories, as well as state-of-the-art hospital facilities.

MSci students will be able to carry out a research project in medical sciences and/or engineering in their third year, as well as a larger research project in their final year, alongside further optional modules.

Modules

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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Engineering and Biology for Medicine
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Function in Health and Disease
Mathematics and Modelling
Medical Instrumentation
The Gut, Liver and Drug Metabolism
Kidneys, Hormonal Control of Human Physiology, Fluid Balance and Nutrition
Materials and Mechanics
Design and Professional Skills 1

Optional modules

All first year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)

The Functional Nervous System and Brain
Medical Instrumentation II
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
Musculoskeletal Biology
Manufacturing Regenerative Medicines
Fundamentals of Biomechanics
Infection, Inflammation and Repair
Professional Medical Practice

Optional modules

All second year modules are compulsory.

Core or compulsory module(s)


Professional Clinical Practice
Research Project

Optional modules

A variety of optional modules will be available, allowing students to personalise their degree along a themes including engineering or medical sciences. 

Core or compulsory module(s)

There are no compulsory modules in year four.

Optional modules

Students will be able to select modules from a range, allowing them to personalise their degree along an engineering or medical sciences themes. 


Your learning

Taught modules will be supported by specially-tailored group tutorials. Working in small teams, students will apply their knowledge within a supported environment, supervised by academics. Formal learning will include practical laboratory classes, case-based discussions, workshops and research projects (group and individual).

Assessment

A range of methods of assessment will be used across the programme, including: written coursework, project reports, and unseen examinations (designed to test knowledge and understanding of both medical sciences and engineering).

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

Careers

Graduates will be equipped to deliver world-class biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine solutions in clinical, commercial, regulatory and research environments. They will have the skills to move into the expanding global medical technologies and regenerative medicine sectors as product specialists, researchers, designers and regulatory advisors. Graduates may also enter NHS Clinical Scientist and Clinical Engineer training programmes. 

Recent government and industry reports have identified skills shortages in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. These shortages need to be met by multidisciplinary graduates who can think broadly to create new solutions to global challenges. 

Graduates will be able to work in areas such as biomedical science and pharmaceuticals, designing artificial and regenerative body organs and tissues, designing equipment for improved surgical techniques (robotic surgery) and assistive technology. You could also develop a career in innovating techniques for diagnosis and treatment of disease, or quantifying physiological function. Graduates may also wish to continue pursue postgraduate studies.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2020/21 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£26,490 (2020/21)

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

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in UCL Libraries (including the Royal Free library), and journal articles in your reading lists are available to download electronically. Some students may wish to purchase their own text books or print course documents and if you would like to do this, then we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this. In addition students will be required to pay for their own travel costs to placements or project locations, depending upon he proje

Funding

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.

Additional costs

The core textbooks for all modules are available in UCL Libraries (including the Royal Free library), and journal articles in your reading lists are available to download electronically. Some students may wish to purchase their own text books or print course documents and if you would like to do this, then we suggest allowing approximately £200 per year for this. In addition students will be required to pay for their own travel costs to placements or project locations, depending upon he proje

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

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

We will be looking for evidence of your motivation, commitment and enthusiasm to pursue this degree. This could be demonstrated through relevant work or other experiences (e.g. attendance at a scientific exhibition). This programme will suit students who want to make a difference in the world, who are innovative and inventive, and who are prepared to be challenged.

Due to the programme content, we require applicants have an A level in Biology and Mathematics, plus one additional STEM subject (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Further Mathematics).

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 2020



Selection

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

We are happy to defer your entry for one year, provided that you have made definite plans for that year (such as working in a relevant field to gain experience or broadening your horizons through travel).

We enthusiastically welcome students applying from overseas.

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