What will I learn?

Train to work at the forefront of modern medicine with our BSc Medical Science course.Focus on the science that underpins medicine, and how medical science can lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating disease. This course covers topics such as biomedical laboratory research and frontline clinical care in order to improve patients’ lives.Led by the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy, your learning is enhanced by:* Industry-specific training. Designed in partnership with our local NHS partners to respond to career needs within the NHS, our course offers you the most relevant, practical content.* Teaching from medical experts. You will be taught by academics whose research is aimed at understanding disease mechanisms, improving diagnoses, developing new therapies and advancing clinical practice. Everyone who teaches you has on-the-ground experience.* Practical experience. Options to complete multiple small placements in primary and secondary healthcare settings, or healthcare industry, are built into your degree timetable.Graduate well prepared to work in the NHS or a variety of other healthcare settings.**Your learning structure**Tailored pathway options allow you to specialise in topical, cutting edge areas of medical science:* Diseases pathway: explore the genetic and physiological basis of major diseases and disorders and study how gene-environment interaction underpins disease.Example modules: Clinical Psychology, Bacteriology & Virology, infectious diseases.* Medical Devices pathway: learn how modern technology is used to address previously insurmountable medical challenges.Example modules: Introduction to programming, Sensors & Transducers for Biomedical Engineering.* Clinical and Medical Sciences pathway: investigate the complex causes of major diseases and global epidemics, and study the multidisciplinary approach to their containment, treatment and prevention.Example modules: Public Health & Nutrition, Medicines in Healthcare, Drug Targets.The first two years of this course are taught alongside our MPAS Physician Associate Studies, a four-year programme that enables you to train as a fully qualified physician associate. If you achieve certain grades, you can choose to transfer to this course after your first or second year, if this aligns with your career aspirations or interests.**Clinical placements with BSc Medical Science**You can gain hands-on experience during multiple short placements in clinical settings, depending on your chosen pathway.Our well-established network of clinical partners includes the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, and others in the region.These placements offer you excellent opportunities to gain practical experience, from the very first year of your degree.**Careers**This degree is geared towards careers within the NHS and its supporting industries.Our Clinical and Medical Sciences pathway has been designed specifically to provide a foundation for graduate-entry medical school. You could also enter a career in the pharmaceutical industry, or pursue further medical study.All pathways allow you to work in hospital, pharmaceutical or research laboratories. You may also decide to study for higher research degrees.

Which department am I in?

School of Biological Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£20,830.00 (US$ 26,002) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

October 2021


Main Site

Room 208,

Pepper Lane,



RG6 6AH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with US High School Diploma with GPA of 3.0/4.0 will be considered for entry onto International Foundation Programme. We do accept several combinations of qualifications for students who completed the High School Diploma but generally we consider the following common combinations: High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and grades ranging from 444 - 555 in three Advanced placement tests Or High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and scores ranging from 600 - 700 in three SAT Subjects Tests. A levels/AS levels or International Baccalaureate (IB) or other International qualications will also be considered. Please refer the university website for details of the English Language requirements for entry to individual undergraduate degree programmes.

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About this uni

The University of Reading has great links to businesses and an international reputation for high-quality research and teaching.

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  • Approximately 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses
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