Medical Science - BSc (Hons)

You’ll learn the theories and practice behind modern medicine. A Bachelor’s in Medical Science prepares you for a rewarding career in a medical lab, helping diagnose, treat and prevent disease.

Course details

Our Medical Science degree course, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, combines an understanding of the function of the human body and how a healthy body works, how disease develops and how normal function of the body can be restored.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

Studying a Medical Sciences course combines analytical study with laboratory skills, giving you the opportunity to work in interactive learning environments and learn key skills through experiential learning – this includes getting hands on our state-of-the-art SuperLab, where you can put your new-found skills to the test in a safe, industry-standard environment.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent) including a pass in Science (Biology or Chemistry are preferred). 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.


Can you be a doctor with a Medical Science degree? A degree in Medical Science makes a great foundation for your training but you will need a Medicine degree to practise medicine. Students who complete the first year of their Medical Science degree to an exceptionally high standard may have the opportunity to transfer to Year 1 of MBChB Medicine. This is a highly competitive route with limited availability but if you have dreams of being a doctor, this could be the option for you. Is a Medical Science degree the same as Medicine? No, a Medical Science degree is focussed more on laboratory and desk-based work whereas Medicine prepares you to work as a doctor, with plenty of patient contact on placements. BSc Medical Science only takes three years (or four if you study a foundation year).


Alongside this, you’ll be developing your scientific and professional communication, securing the skills that will be essential for you in the scientific industry. You’ll learn how to operate common laboratory apparatus and develop your knowledge of how to communicate your findings.

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Scientific Communication and Professional Skills
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Fundamentals of Nutrition, Drugs and Metabolism
  • Essential Physiological Biochemistry
  • Applied Pathophysiology
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Research Proposal
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)
  • Applied Pharmacology
  • Biotechnology
  • Specialist Case Studies
  • Contemporary Issues in Medical Science
  • Undergraduate Major Project