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BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences (Biomedical Sciences)

Biomedical science is at the heart of medical breakthroughs in some of the world’s most significant diseases – including cancer, diabetes, stress and a range of other medical conditions.

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.

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, 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.  

How is the programme taught

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.   

How is the programme assessed  

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.

Modules
Modules
Module Core/OptionalLevelCredits 
Research project Core 6 40
Immunology and infection* Optional 5 20
Pharmacology Optional 5 10
Tutorials Optional 5 10
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
Specialised topics in infection and immunity* Optional 6 20
Human genetics Optional 6 20

*Level 6 Specialised topics in Infection and Immunity must be selected with the pre-requisite Level 5 Immunology and Infection.


About the Department of Biology at the University of York

Teaching within the Department of Biology is delivered by researchers from four departments with outstanding biomedical research activity: the Department of Biology, Hull York Medical School, the Department of Health Sciences, and the Department of Psychology. Biology at York is highly active in both research and teaching.    

The department of Biology is ranked 6th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and is currently 12th for Biological Sciences in the Complete University Guide 2020. 

The most recent external review of research – the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – placed Biology at York in the top 10 in the UK. Moreover, Biology at York was ranked 1st in the UK for research impact; our research has had major influence on environmental policy, industry and health.

Researchers within the department of Biology, along with Hull York Medical School's Experimental Medicine and Biomedicine researchers are active within the recently established York Biomedical Research Institute.    

Further information about the Department of Biology is available on the University of York website.

Entry requirements

You can intercalate after successfully passing your second year of your MB BS Medicine or equivalent degree. Students will need to have passed their exams first-time round to be eligible to intercalate.

Tuition fees
  • UK/EU: £9,250
  • International: £22,080