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BSc (Hons) in

Medical Sciences


This one-year intercalated BSc (Hons) research focused degree explores the fundamentals of neuroscience and the mechanisms underlying disease and the development of novel therapies to treat human disease.

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


About the programme

This degree programme gives you the opportunity to explore the exciting and developing field of neuroscience. You will undertake taught modules focusing on key themes within the neuroscience field, including the cellular and molecular structure of the nervous system, the development of learning and memory, ageing and its role in the development of degenerative diseases and the importance of understanding mechanisms of disease in the development of novel therapies. You will also carry out an independent research project on a neuroscience theme.

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, 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.


Students must undertake 120 credits of study. 40 credits will be obtained via the compulsory research project. A further 60 credits will be obtained from three core taught modules and students are able to choose the remaining 20 credits from a selection of optional modules listed.

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 (Theme: Neuroscience) Core 6 40
Neuroscience Core 5 20
Advanced topics in neuroscience Core 6 20
Ageing and regenerative medicine Core 6 20
Mechanisms to therapies Optional 6 20
Human genetics Optional 6 20
Cancer cell and molecular biology Optional 6 20

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 2022 entry are:

  • UK (Home): £9,250
  • International (including EU): £24,000



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.