BSc Applied Medical Sciences

Course Overview

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-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-255Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Health Informatics
PM-256Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Communicating Medical Sciences
PM-257Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Neuroscience
Optional Modules
Research Pathway 

Choose Exactly 30 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select 30 credits from the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-253Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Techniques in Molecular Biology
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
TB2 Option 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Please select one of these modules to be undertaken in TB2 (applies to all pathways).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PM-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Human and Medical Genetics
PM-262Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Antimicrobial therapy and resistance
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-243Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Clinical Biochemistry & Physiology
PM-261Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Pharmacology: Dynamics and Kinetics

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PM-300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Medical Genetics
PM-317Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Genetics of Cancer
PM-339Academic Year10Introduction to Health Data Science
PM-340Academic Year20Being a Medical Scientist
PM-341Academic Year10Human Biology and the Environment
PM-342Academic Year20Pharmacology
PM-344Academic Year40Capstone Project


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.  


All students taking the Applied Medical Sciences or Applied Medical Sciences with Foundation year degree programmes are a required to be vaccinated against the Hepatitis B virus before the start of term. We also ask that if you either a Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG) scar or evidence of Tuberculosis screening you are able to supply this. In the absence of this, students will be screened for latent TB on arrival. These are essential under UK Health and Safety Regulations for those who will come into contact with human cadavers, blood or blood products. Although the risk of transmission is extremely rare, because you will be working with human cadavers or blood products during your course, these regulations apply to you. If students choose not to be vaccinated, their learning experiences or placements may be severely limited. Please contact your GP to arrange immunisation and/or testing as soon as you have been offered a place at Swansea. The process of Hep B immunisation requires three injections as follows: Day 0 – first injection; Day 30 – second injection; Day 60 – third injection, followed by a blood test for vaccine responsiveness 8 weeks later and, Day 365 – fourth injection, needed to complete your primary occupational immunisation schedule (the fourth injection may be administered earlier in the case of a poor vaccine response). Please try to ensure that you have the full or initial course of Hepatitis B immunisations before enrolling in September. Your GP may charge you for vaccinations and this cost cannot be refunded by Swansea University.

You are advised to inform the Programme Director if you are immunocompromised, (e.g. have recently had a transplant) or suspect that you are pregnant, as this could lead to health problems that we may need to take into consideration during practical aspects of your programme.

Welsh Language Provision

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

Students Studying Medical Genetics will be given the opportunity to have a Welsh speaking personal tutor, as well as being able to register for the Welsh version of Genetic Analysis 1 (PM-120) in the first year of their studies.

For more information, please contact Dr. Alwena Morgan - 01792 602051 or Dr. Heledd Iago - - 01792 602402

Funding opportunities

Click here to learn more about fees and funding


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. 

2017 Start date

Induction begins 25 September 2017.

Welsh Language Provision

Swansea University Medical School is working toward enhancing and developing its Welsh language provision.

For more information, please contact Dr. Nia Davies - - 01792 295533

Forthcoming Open Days

28 October: Medical School Open Day

Interested in attending our UK top 3 Medical School? We'll be hosting our first open day on 14th October. Make sure you come along to find out all about our full range of courses.

Location: Singleton Campus