BSc Applied Medical Sciences

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We have places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018. 
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Course Overview

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Applied Medical Sciences is the science that underpins medicine. Our Applied Medical Sciences course provides the ideal springboard for careers in research and innovation as well as further study such as Graduate Entry Medicine.

***BSc Applied Medical Sciences students are guaranteed an interview for Graduate Entry Medicine MB BCh at Swansea University provided they have chosen the appropriate pathway, performed satisfactorily, and meet the minimum entry criteria at the time they apply to Graduate Entry Medicine***

You will be offered a choice of three study strands, mapping onto graduate employability areas: medical sciences research; medical sciences enterprise & innovation; and medical sciences in practice*.
* Subject to first year satisfactory performance.

Key Features

This degree will cover a range of subject areas, including human anatomy, physiology, cell biology, neuroscience, pharmacology and the applied and clinical relevance of this knowledge. Other subjects relevant to careers in lab research, medicine and commercial enterprise in the life sciences will also be covered. The focus will be on providing you the chance to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of how the human body works, what happens when it goes wrong, and how we currently treat disorders and the potential for novel therapeutics.

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.

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 ***Students taking the BSc Applied Medical Sciences are 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. ***



Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Full details of modules are available on request. Please contact Programme Director Dr Lisa Wallace: / +44(0)1792 602977

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-131Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Chemistry of Life
PM-132Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Eukaryotic Cell Biology
PM-133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Evolutionary and Molecular Genetics
PM-134Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Microbiology
PM-137Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Medical Psychology
PM-138Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Skills for Medical Sciences
PM-139Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology I
PM-140Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Anatomy
PM-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Physiology II

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human and Medical Genetics
PM-238Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Biostatistics
PM-249Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Human Immunology
PM-250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Infectious Disease and Parasitology
PM-256Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Communicating Medical Sciences
PM-257Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neuroscience
PM-266Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Cardiovascular System
Optional Modules
Research Pathway 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : All modules are compulsory.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-259Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary themes and techniques in medical sciences
PM-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioethics
Medical Sciences and Practice Pathway 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select 30 credits exactly from the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-254Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Doctors, patients & the goals of medicine
PM-258Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate Medical Psychology
PM-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioethics
E&I Pathway 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select exactly 30 credits from the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AR-201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Enterprise & Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice
PM-258Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate Medical Psychology
PM-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Bioethics
TB Options 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one of the following modules. This applies to all pathways. NB: Please note the modules run in different Teaching Blocks.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-261Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Pharmacology: Dynamics and Kinetics
PM-262Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Antimicrobial therapy and resistance

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Medical Genetics
PM-317Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Genetics of Cancer
PM-340Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Being a Medical Scientist
PM-341Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human Biology and the Environment
PM-344The College - Autumn Term (Sep - Nov - Jan)40Capstone Project
PM-352Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Reproductive Biology and Medicine
Optional Modules
TB1 Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select exactly 20 credits from the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-342Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Advances in Pharmacology
PM-351Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Nanotoxicology
PM-356Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10The Sweet Sickness: Advances in Diabetes and Related Disorders


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 is being designed to guide you to a range of relevant careers.  Following solid grounding in fundamental science and core scientific skills in the first year, the second year can focus on research, enterprise and/or medical sciences in practice*.  The third 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. 

* Progression onto the medical sciences in practice strand is subject to satisfactory performance in the first year

Entry Requirements

A typical offer will be AAB-ABB at A Level, with an A in Biology and one other STEM subject (i.e. science, technology, engineering, mathematics or Psychology).

Applicants with alternative qualifications should attain at least 128 UCAS tariff points and will be judged individually on their own merit.  

If you are an International Student, please visit our International pages for more information about entry requirements.  

How To Apply


Course code: B100

Institution Code: S93

All applications will be scrutinised by an Admissions Tutor, who will take all elements of your UCAS application into consideration including predicted and achieved qualifications, your personal statement, your reference and your circumstances.  

If you wish to discuss your application, please contact Programme Director Dr Lisa Wallace: / +44(0)1792 602977

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,450

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

You will need to purchase a white lab coat and safety goggles prior to any practical classes.  These can be purchased on arrival at the University.  


Currently, there are no specific vaccination requirements for students applying to study Applied Medical Sciences or Applied Medical Sciences with a Foundation year. Human cadavers are used in the teaching of Human Anatomy, but the fixing process inactivates potential infective agents and so the exposure to potential infectious agents is considered negligible, as advised by Bristol University, where all our specimens are sourced from. All students are however encouraged to ensure all childhood vaccinations e.g. tetanus, measles etc. are up to date to ensure general health and wellbeing at university.

We continually evaluate the risk posed to students as a result of the practical work which they undertake, and work closely with our Occupational Health Department and Health & Safety Department to ensure student safety is maintained at all times. This is an on-going process, but if ever there were to be a risk we would continue to work according to their protocol for dealing with exposure, which is available to students. As such, this information may be subject to change, but this will be communicated to students and applicants as soon as any such information became available.

As with all our practicals, any student who may be immunocompromised (e.g. have had a recent transplant) or suspect that they are pregnant is asked to inform the Programme Director at their earliest convenience, as this could lead to health problems that we may need to take into consideration during the practical aspects of the programme.

Welsh Language Provision

There is an opportunity for non-welsh speaking students to enroll on our Welsh for Medicine 1 + 2 courses, that have been uniquely developed alongside Swansea Bay-Learn Welsh, to introduce basic welsh lessons for a healthcare setting. here will be support for any student wishing to learn more about Welsh language and culture as they live and study here in Wales.

Welsh speaking students have the opportunity to study a 50credit module in each year through the medium of Welsh - Doctor as a Professional 1-4. The Welsh provision within these modules include:

  • A Welsh speaking Academic mentor
  • Welsh medium tutoring sessions
  • Clinical Placements with welsh speaking practitioners
  • Clinical Placements in areas with a high percentage of Welsh speakers
  • Opportunity to complete long projects including Family Case Study, Living with a Diagnosis and Developing Professional Practice in Welsh.

Any prospective students can request to be interviewed in Welsh.

The Medical School is working toward enhancing and developing their Welsh language provision.

Students who choose to study at least 40credits a year in Welsh are eligible to apply for a Coleg Cymraeg Incentive Scholarship of £500 a year - the closing date is in May.

Academi Hywel Teifi offers an internal scholarship of £300 a year to students choosing to study at least 40credits a year in Welsh, or a bursary of £100 a year to students choosing to study at least 5credits a year in Welsh. These may be applied for on a yearly basis, at the start of each Autumn term.

For more information, please contact Dr. Heledd Iago - 

Funding opportunities

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The BSc Applied Medical Sciences is a new course. For this reason, the data displayed by UNISTATS in the box at the bottom of this page is for all students in Nursing and medical related subjects at Swansea University

Foundation year available

We offer an Applied Medical Sciences Foundation Programme 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.