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BSc (Hons) in

Medical Sciences

(Biomedical Sciences)

In this one-year intercalated BSc (Hons) research-focused degree, you will gain expertise in the processes underpinning health and disease at the cellular and molecular level, covering themes such as cancer biology, infectious disease, immunology, and neuroscience.

Course length 1 year full-time
Start date September 2022
Location University of York


About the programme

This degree programme is specifically designed for you to explore a number of themes of your own choosing. You will undertake an independent research project within one of the four themes of immunology and infection, neuroscience, cancer biology or molecular aspects of disease/cell biology. You can decide from a selection of specially curated modules addressing themes of cancer, immunology, neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology, ageing and regenerative medicine or molecular mechanisms underpinning the development of novel therapies.

This degree will help you develop your academic research skills, including critical analysis and data analysis in addition to experimental design and practical laboratory skills.

All teaching will be undertaken within the Department of Biology, at the University of York. Hull York Medical School staff from the Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine group contribute significantly to the teaching you will receive within the department. On successfully completing the programme, you will graduate with a BSc (Hons). All our degrees at Hull York Medical School are awarded by both our parent universities – the University of Hull and the University of York.


The Department of Biology continually reviews the modules it offers to students. The modules detailed below may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of staff. We will endeavour to keep you updated with respect to any changes that may affect these intercalated programmes.

Module Core/Optional Level Credits
Research project Core 6 40
Cell Biology Optional 5 20
Understanding health and disease Optional 5 20
Immunology and infection* Optional 5 20
Neuroscience Optional 5 20
Advanced topics in neuroscience Optional 6 20
Ageing and regenerative medicine Optional 6 20
Cancer cell and molecular biology Optional 6 20
Mechanisms to therapies Optional 6 20
Haematology and immunology in health and disease* Optional 6 20
Advanced topics in pathogens and pathogenesis* Optional 6 20
Human genetics Optional 6 20

Level 6 modules may have Level 5 modules as a pre-requisite.

*Level 6 Haematology and Immunology in Health and Disease and Advanced Topics in Pathogens and Pathogenesis must be selected with the pre-requisite Level 5 Immunology and Infection. The research project may be undertaken within a number of themes including cancer biology, immunology and infection, molecular aspects of disease/cell biology or neuroscience. Further details can be found in the research projects section.

Laboratory work

Teaching and assessment

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Teaching within the department is delivered in thematic modules via a mix of lectures and workshops. Laboratory practicals also provide a basis for learning for modules at Level 5. You will also be expected to undertake self-directed learning to consolidate your learning.

Learning for each module will be assessed by at least one assessment, which will vary between modules. Examples of assessment include essay/coursework, closed examinations and open assessments designed to test your skills in data analysis, experimental design, synthesis, evaluation or application. The research project is assessed by a dissertation and an oral assessment.


Entry requirements

You can intercalate after successfully passing your second year of your MB BS Medicine or equivalent degree.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for 2023 entry are:

  • UK (Home): £9,250
  • International (including EU): £26,800



How to apply

Please complete the online application form.

The application form requires details of two referees. Once you have submitted your application form, reference forms are automatically sent to the referees you indicate in your application.

The closing date for applications is 30 June.