BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

VIDEO: Dr Clare Gallon describes the BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme.

  • A broad and flexible programme, investigating the science underpinning medicine and clinical practice
  • Innovative approaches to individual and group learning
  • State-of-the-art research, teaching and learning resources
  • Worldwide optional professional research training placements
  • A vibrant and supportive environment for personal, academic and professional skills development

At present, many scientific discoveries never leave the laboratories in which they are made. At the same time, the needs of front-line clinicians – and their patients – often go unheard by those doing research. This career-focused degree trains you to fill these gaps, and thereby enhance the lives of patients.

Our Medical Sciences degree offers an innovative approach to learning that includes lectures from world-leading experts; supportive small-group learning; internationally renowned e-learning resources; hands-on sessions in research laboratories and clinical settings; inspirational clinician-scientist-patient sessions; and worldwide professional training placements. The curriculum combines contemporary medical science with the professional training required to undertake cutting-edge research.

Career opportunities and employability training run throughout the programme: after your second year, you could choose to take a Professional Training Year (PTY) and spend a year undertaking research at one of the world’s leading universities, find out what it’s really like to work in industry or work in the NHS research environment. This competitive-entry optional year will increase your employability and reinforce your CV.

The programme has been developed in consultation with industry employers, the NHS and academia and provides a firm foundation in the core biomedical and biomolecular sciences, alongside an insight into medical practice and the biotechnologies used to prevent, test and diagnose disorders and treat patients. You’ll develop an integrated scientific knowledge that you can put into practice in a clinical setting and robust research skills, plus creative and inquisitive communication, leadership, critical appraisal and problem-solving skills. These key skills will prepare you for a career helping to progress scientific discovery into clinical and medical practice, ultimately to improve human health.

Open Days

Open Days give you the opportunity to find out more about the University and decide whether Exeter is the right choice for you before you apply. The days are packed with opportunities for you to see a range of facilities, meet staff and students, and experience the atmosphere of the University for yourself.

Our next Open Day at the Exeter Campuses will be taking place on Tuesday 10 June 2014. The booking system will be available approximately six weeks prior to the event.

Keep an eye on the University of Exeter's Open Days pages for more details.

I am currently completing my Professional Training Year (PTY) at Imperial College, London where I am part of the Molecular Medicine Section. In my search to find a PTY that suited me most, I faced the challenge of selecting a research project which matched my interests as much as possible. Having completed my A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths, as well as an Open University course in Understanding Cardiovascular Diseases at Sixth Form, I built an interest in the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, specifically abnormal genetic defects of the myocardium and how these may arise. Therefore, I knew that cardiology was an area in which I wanted to specialise in.

I am being trained in the technique of cardiac muscle dissection and preparation, which includes identification of striated cardiac muscle under the light microscope and then sectioning of the sample with the use of the ultramicrotome. These selected sections are then analysed by electron microscopy and electron tomography. From this, I will hypothesise and understand how the structure of the sarcomere relates to its function, especially in relation to myosin binding protein C.

In the long term, I aim to pursue a career in cardiovascular research, and I believe that this placement is providing a strong foundation upon which my interest in cardiovascular research will only increase.

Mozhgon Jeddi, 3rd year student

BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences Brochure

For further information on the BSc Medical Sciences degree you can download the Medical Sciences brochure (pdf).