Applied Medical Sciences is the science that underpins medicine.It provides the ideal springboard for careers in research and innovation as well as further study such as Graduate Entry Medicine.
The Applied Medical Sciences Foundation Programme will introduce you to the study of Medical Sciences, developing the concepts and knowledge required to progress to Year 1 of the BSc Applied Medical Sciences programme. It is aimed at students whose A Level choices or performance would not allow direct entry onto the BSc programme and mature students who wish to re-enter education.
***BSc Applied Medical Sciences students may be guaranteed an interview for Graduate Entry Medicine MB BCh at Swansea University by choosing the appropriate pathway, performing satisfactorily and meeting the minimum entry criteria at the time of application to Graduate Entry Medicine***
During the Foundation Year, students will be introduced to the study of Medical Sciences, taking modules in Foundation Biological Chemistry, Metabolism & Homeostasis, Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease, Skills Development, Introduction to the human cell, psychology and molecular biology and Foundation to Data Handling & Analysis.
Subject to satisfactory performance (a cumulative module average of at least 60% is required), students progress onto the BSc Applied Medical Sciences programme where modules are designed to build on the content of the Foundation Year, giving students a thorough understanding of the human body and medical science. Students will cover a range of subjects including Anatomy (taught through hands-on, whole-body human dissection), Physiology, Medical Psychology, Molecular & Cell biology, Biochemistry, Immunology and Pharmacology. In addition, specialist modules will allow students to develop the skills required to be a scientist, a life sciences entrepreneur or to apply for a career in the Health professions, including Graduate Entry Medicine, enhancing employability on graduation.
Applied Medical Sciences is ideally suited for future scientists, biotechnology entrepreneurs and those who desire a more comprehensive understanding of medical science prior to graduate entry into more clinically focused studies such as medicine.
***Students taking the BSc Applied Medical Sciences may be guaranteed an interview for the Swansea University Graduate Entry Medicine MB BCh programme provided they have chosen the appropriate pathway within the BSc Applied Medical Sciences, performed satisfactorily on the course, and meet the minimum entry criteria for the MB BCh at the time they apply to it. ***
During each year of your degree, you will be required to study 120 credits, made up of compulsory and optional modules. Learning will be facilitated using an approach that includes lectures, laboratory practicals, independent learning and small groups. Whilst the programme will be academically rigorous, there will be support from personal tutors who are dedicated to helping you succeed in your studies and future career in science and medicine.
The course has been designed to guide you to a range of relevant careers. Following solid grounding in fundamental science and core scientific skills in the foundation year (Year 0) and Year 1, Year 2 can focus on research, enterprise and/or medical sciences in practice*. The final year will allow you to develop independent skills relevant to a range of careers such as postgraduate research, pharmaceuticals, product development and graduate entry medicine.
A cumulative module average of at least 60% is required for progression from the Foundation Year to Year 1 of the Applied Medical Science BSc Course.
* Progression onto the medical sciences in practice strand is subject to satisfactory performance in the Year 1