BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences and Humanities

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    3yrs Full-time
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Course Overview

SCHOLARSHIPS: Up to £1500 are available.

EMPLOYABILITY: 90% of graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats, 2015)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Managerial roles in the health and social care service sector usually range from £25,411 to £46,600 at the higher end.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum ABB at A2 level. Maths or Science useful but not essential. Minimum five A-C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics. Double Science, or Physics and Chemistry useful but not essential.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply. Find out more about International Students at Swansea

Key Features

  • Students are taught by lecturers with theoretical and practical expertise in biomedical research, public health, nursing, anatomy, physiology, counselling, psychology, law, healthcare ethics, and the history of healthcare.
  • This degree is ideal for students interested in a broad range of healthcare and medical careers. 
  • MeSH is a flexible degree programme that you can tailor to your interests.
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The Medical Sciences and Humanities degree covers how we experience health and illness and why that might also be central to modern conceptions of medicine and healthcare.

Students of MeSH are interested in the natural sciences and how they apply to the human body.

The degree embodies the modern bio-psycho-social view of health and illness and aims to foster a broad and deep understanding of medicine and healthcare in every way we experience them.

As well as studying anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, students address such questions as:

• How did doctors get the power to tell us how to eat, drink, and think?

• How did we get a National Health Service, and how does it work?

• What is the role of healthcare in controversial areas like euthanasia and suicide prevention?

The degree includes perspectives from the healthcare sciences, the human sciences and the humanities. It also teaches students how to analyse and evaluate information, developing advanced critical ability which is valued by employers.  The degree also provides a broad base for those passionately interested in working in healthcare or medicine but unsure of their career path.

Entry Requirements

Minimum ABB at A2 level. Maths or Science useful but not essential. Minimum five A-C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics. Double Science, or Physics and Chemistry useful but not essential. 

Alternative Requirements:

  • Access: A distinction and merit profile.
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either BB at A2 level or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 320 - 390
  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.0

For more information call +44 (0) 1792 518531 or email

How To Apply

  • Selection must be made through the UCAS process. The admissions tutor scrutinises all applications from UCAS and considers all those that match the entry criteria
  • There is no interview process. Offers made will be uploaded to the UCAS tracking system and the student invited to either accept or decline.
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 6.0.

Applicants who think they have supporting information that might not be captured on the admissions form or have any other query should email admissions tutor Andrew Bloodworth.


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

 You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library will have all the texts you need. This is likely to cost £75 in year one, and £100 in years two and three.
  • Gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • Library fines

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students. Click to find out more about tuition fees at Swansea. 


You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

Current Students 

You can find out more about the fees and funding for our standard undergraduate degrees, including BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences and Humanities, here.

Course Structure

The teaching programme commences two weeks after Enrolment. Here is a full list of term dates.

Students undertake a mixture of course work and exams. Compulsory modules include:

  • Biological Sciences – how knowledge of biological systems at the molecular, cellular and organism levels underpins clinical medicine
  • History of healthcare – a critical view of the interaction of intellectual and social factors in medical theory, practice and professionalization, and the overall role of health care and medicine in the creation of modern society
  • Philosophy of healthcare – ethical and conceptual issues that shape the nature and goals of medicine, including problems of life and death


Some modules will be assessed by exam, some by coursework, and some by a mixture of both.


The College’s health and social sciences research falls into eight broad themes:

  • Children and Young People’s Health and Well-Being
  • Health Economics
  • Health Services Research
  • History, Health and Culture
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing and Healthcare Practices
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Law in Healthcare
  • Social Science

Here is more information about College of Human and Health Sciences research. 

International Students


For this course, international students must have an IELTS score of 6.0

Alternative requirements can be found on our country specific guide.

More information is here for Swansea international students.

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International students seeking to access courses such as Graduate Entry Medicine after undertaking the BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences and Humanities should check the eligibility and entry requirements of these separate courses.

They should also ensure their High School background covers academic subjects relevant to the Medical Sciences and Humanities.


MeSH graduates leave with excellent transferable skills and good prospects in careers including health care and other public sector management roles, the NHS Graduate Training Scheme, charity work and research. Students have also progressed onto graduate entry medicine courses, and further study in nursing and midwifery. Note: Graduate Entry Medicine programmes, and other programmes in the health professions are separate from MeSH and have their own competitive application process, and specific entry requirements.

Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories and download our career guide 

Many students volunteer in a broad range of roles and are keen to develop work experience in health care-related fields. Staff do their best to guide them and share information but students organise placements themselves, which reflects well upon their endeavour and commitment.

The BSc Medical Sciences and Humanities course has as part of its curriculum a first year module in employability, and  a second year option to take a module with a placement component.  

Information on ways to gain international experience while at Swansea University is available here 


Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.