Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 3 years

Course summary

The Medical Sciences BSc Honours is a stand-alone three-year Bachelor’s degree which also acts as a pre-clinical 'feeder' course offering graduates a guaranteed transfer directly into the third year of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MD) degree at our overseas partner, the University of Malta. The University of Malta has a long history of medical education with their MD programme being recognised in the UK for over 100 years. All teaching at the University of Malta is in English and the university has a diverse, international student body with students from over 90 different countries. 

Transfer to the MD programme at the University of Malta is conditional upon the successful completion of the Medical Sciences BSc Honours with a minimum classification of lower second-class honours (2:2). Graduates wishing to progress must also have attended the anatomy and Medical Maltese Summer School and passed the Certificate in Medical Maltese Proficiency. Further details about Malta, the University of Malta and their MD programme can be found on the Studying Medicine at the University of Malta page.

The Medical Sciences BSc Honours comprises a detailed study of the human body in health and disease, with emphasis on the diagnosis and understanding of disease states and the mechanisms involved. It prepares you for a wide range of careers in variety of life science careers, but also fully equips you for transfer to the University of Malta MD programme. Teaching on the course is through a variety of methods and includes tutorials, lectures and seminars, practical laboratory work and group activities along with the use of learning technology and electronic resources. Assessment is through a combination of examinations and coursework (including essays, practical work, group work, presentations and reports).

This course also offers, at additional cost (see Fees and Funding information below), a Human Anatomy Summer School based at the University of Malta, and a Medical Maltese language programme, both of which are compulsory for students planning to progress to the MD degree on completion of the BSc. More details of these can be found on the Studying Medicine at the University of Malta page.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

In Year 1 you will study the important fundamental sciences underlying modern medicine including human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry and cell biology along with the basics of pharmacology and drug discovery, all supported with a critical skills module. You will build on this in Years 2 and 3 to develop your understanding of normal human physiology and disease processes.

Subjects of study include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Critical skills for the Biomedical Sciences
  • Functional Anatomy 
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Human Physiology

Level 4
 

Year 2 focuses on the integration of body systems, the roles and responses of those systems to external factors and the underlying influence of genetics on individual heath. There is also a module focusing on research methods to prepare you for your final year research project.

Subjects of study include:

  • Infection and Immunity 
  • Medical Genetics and Genomics
  • Medical Physiology 
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Physiological Networks
  • Research Methods 

Summer school attendance is required between year 2 and year 3 for students intending to progress to the University of Malta MD programme.

Level 5

Year 3 builds on the theme of body system integration, homeostasis and the adaptation of individual systems and the human body as a whole to the external environment. Alongside this you will explore the pathology, investigation and treatment of selected disease states including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases and those resulting from abnormal immune responses. You will also undertake a research project, which will enable you to develop the skills, ethos and understanding for medical research including an appreciation of research ethics and governance.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Medical Science
  • Cancer Biology
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunohaematology
  • Human Physiological Adaptations
  • UG Research Project 

Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – ABB to AAB with 2 science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths
  • International Baccalaureate – 128 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including 6 at HL in 2 science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – D*DD to D*D*D in a science related subject area
  • BTEC Diploma – not accepted on its own
  • Access – not accepted on its own

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C - IB grade 4 Higher level; GCSE Maths grade 4/C - IB grade 4; GCSE Science grade 4/C - IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in the other components.

Applicants may also be asked to attend an interview, either in person or via Skype. Applicants are considered as a gathered field. If you apply by 15 January, selection will be made by 31 March. Applications received after that date will be advised or their decision date at the point of application.

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  • International Baccalaureate – 128 to 136 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including 6 at HL in 2 science subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in the other components

Applicants may also be asked to attend an interview, either in person or via Skype. Applicants are considered as a gathered field. If you apply by the 15th January, selection will be made by 31st March. Applications received after that date will be advised or their decision date at the point of application.

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Careers

This course has been designed to prepare students for progression onto the MD programme at our overseas partner, the University of Malta, with the ultimate goal of a career in medicine and likely eventual specialisation into one of the many medical disciplines. It is expected that the vast majority of students enrolling on the Medical Sciences BSc Honours will follow this career pathway.

An MD qualification from the University of Malta entitles graduates to apply for Provisional Registration with Licence to Practice from the UK General Medical Council (GMC) without the requirement to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test. Once graduates are registered with the GMC they are then eligible to apply for the UK Foundation Programme. They may also be able to apply for the Malta Foundation Programme which is regulated by the Malta Public Service Commission.

The Foundation Programme is the next phase of a doctor’s training after the completion of a medical degree at university and precedes specialist training in medicine or surgery. The Foundation Programme comprises a two year series of rotations in different specialties within hospitals or in the community and after successful completion of the first year, you will be able to apply for full registration with the GMC.

As a result of the accreditation of the Malta MD Degree by AMSE and ASIIN, University of Malta medical graduates have more opportunities for mobility and lifelong learning at an international level. The AMSE-ASIIN certification is recognised by the United States (US) Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). For further information, see the Studying Medicine at the University of Malta page.

If you decide not to progress onto the MD programme at the end of your studies at the University of Westminster, there are a variety of other career paths open to Medical Sciences BSc (Hons) graduates including:

  • Scientific research 
  • University laboratories (possibly as part of a PhD)
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Other institutions (e.g. Medical Research Council)
  • Government departments
  • Scientific/ pharmaceutical/ diagnostics sales
  • Technical support roles in scientific/ pharmaceutical/ diagnostics industry
  • Clinical trials
  • Scientific writing/publishing
  • Teaching
  • Further study (MSc, MRes, PhD)
     

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

There will be an additional fee, payable to the University of Malta, for the Anatomy and Medical Maltese Summer School. The cost of these additional courses is currently £5,000 but may rise due to inflation and exchange rate fluctuation (information accurate at the time of publishing, January 2020).

Applicants will also need to budget for their accommodation and living expenses during the summer school and the cost of a return airfare to Malta (we suggest approximately £2,000).

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,000

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our  Cavendish Campus page.

Summer School: see Studying Medicine at the University of Malta.

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