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B902 - Medical Science (Deferred Choice)

Medical Science (Deferred Choice)

BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: B902
  • Full time
  • 3 years
  • Next start date: September 2020
Year :

This Medical Science BSc Honours degree prepares you for studies in biomedical and biomolecular and allows you to choose your specialist area after the first year, so you know you're making the right decision for you.

Fees (per year)

  • UK/EU: £9250
  • International: £22800

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 34-35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Study abroad opportunity

Course overview

Our Medical Science (deferred choice) BSc Honours degree allows you to explore all of the biomedical and biomolecular specialisms we offer to develop a broad understanding of the subjects. You can then choose the area of study you wish to focus on for the remaining two years of your degree. 

We are a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research and you will be taught by our world-leading and expert staff, so you will graduate with a cutting-edge knowledge of the industry.

All of our medical science programmes benefit from research-led teaching, which will equip you with a wide range of skills ready to take into your career. 

Students working in the lab

COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

See our terms and conditions for more information

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.

Quality and ranking

  • top 20 in the UK – The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 (Subjects Allied to Medicine category)
  • top 150 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020
  • top 100 – Medicine category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
  • 9th in the UK – Research Excellence Framework 2014 (Clinical Medicine category)

Additional information

Transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degrees

You'll transfer to one of our biomedical or biomolecular degree programmes at the end of the first year.

You can also apply to transfer to our Medicine or Dentistry degree. This opportunity is open to UK, EU and international students. It is competitive, with a limited number of places available. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance in the first year, a UCAT score, a personal statement and, if shortlisted, an interview.

Find out about transferring courses

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

The first year of our Medical Science (deferred choice) degree follows the same curriculum as all of our Biomedical and Biomolecular Science courses, so you'll develop your practical skills and study topics such as: 

  • biochemistry
  • genetics
  • microbiology and immunology
  • cell biology
  • pharmacology 
  • physiology

At the end of Year 1 you choose the degree you wish to study for the remainder of your time at university, you can choose from degrees in: 

  • biochemistry
  • biomedical genetics
  • biomedical sciences
  • pharmacology
  • physiological sciences

Modules

Compulsory Modules Credits
Biochemistry 15
Genetics 15
Microbiology and Immunology 15
Cell Biology 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1 15
Practical Skills in Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences 2 15
Pharmacology 15
Physiology 15

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

You'll learn through a combination of lectures, practical laboratory classes and small group seminars.

You also have the chance to attend optional research talks, aimed especially at first-year students, as part of our biomedicine+ programme.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Assessments

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Practical sessions

Skills and experience

Practical skills

You'll have the opportunity to work alongside industry-recognised scientists in one of our research institutes while completing your research project in the discipline you have chosen. 

You will develop advanced research and scientific skills as well as gaining an insight into a research-focused career. 

Business skills

We make sure you have plenty of opportunities to gain work experience to enhance your employability while studying. This includes:

  • vacation studentships in a University research laboratory
  • paid work in one of our research institutes through our Laboratory Assistant Scheme
  • employability ambassador scheme
  • student mentoring scheme

Research Skills

As a National Centre of Excellence in biomedical research, you're guaranteed an education right at the cutting edge of the discipline, so you'll always be aware of the latest developments and innovations in the field.

Opportunities

Study abroad

Experience life in another country by choosing to study abroad as part of your degree. You’ll be encouraged to embrace fun and challenging experiences, make connections with new communities and graduate as a globally aware professional, ready for your future.

You can choose to spend up to a year studying at a partner institution overseas. You can even take a summer placement in an overseas research laboratory.

Find out more about study abroad

Work placement

Get career ready with a work placement and leave as a confident professional in your field. You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months working in any organisation in the world, and receive University support from our dedicated team to secure your dream placement. Work placements take place between stages 2 and 3.

You'll gain first-hand experience of working in the sector, putting your learning into practice and developing your professional expertise.

If you choose to take a work placement, it will extend your degree by a year. A work placement is not available if you're spending a year studying abroad. Placements are subject to availability.

Find out more about work placements

Facilities and environment

Facilities

You'll be based in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at our city-centre campus. The Faculty is also home to Dentistry, Medicine, Psychology and Pharmacy.

Situated next to Newcastle’s RVI hospital, we’re one of the largest integrated teaching/hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:

  • a dedicated medical library with a wide range of specialist books and journals
  • large teaching laboratories
  • hi-tech computer clusters and study spaces

Find out about the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Support

You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.

Your future

There is a great demand for graduates of biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.

A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree either a medical, master's, PhD or teaching qualification, before embarking on permanent employment.

Recent Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences BSc and MSci Honours graduates have taken up roles such as:

  • clinical specialist
  • laboratory analyst
  • research technician
  • clinical data associate
  • trainee clinical scientist

Work in a range of industries

Sectors employing bioscientists include:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • biotechnology
  • education
  • healthcare
  • chemical
  • cosmetics and toiletries
  • food and drink
  • scientific writing
  • research and development

Employability at Newcastle

96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.

Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

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Careers support

Throughout your studies, there will be many opportunities to engage with industry including:

  • site visits
  • guest lectures
  • employability fairs
  • industrial placements
  • internships
  • advice from industry

Develop your employability with the support of the School through:

  • summer placements
  • internship opportunities
  • SOLAR – a student-led outreach group teaching school children science
  • opportunities to participate in clinical work shadowing
  • mock interviews
  • CV interviews
  • careers clinics
  • assistance with applying to medicine/dentistry

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

A Level

AAA-AAB

International Baccalaureate

34-35 points

Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

PARTNERS

Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)

UK Students

£9250

International Students

£22800

The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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How to apply

Apply through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:

  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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