BSc (Hons), CertHE Medical Science

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Introduction to our Medical Science degree

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Studying Medical Science at ARU

Broaden your understanding of the human body while exploring the development of disease and how it can be prevented, with our accredited BSc (Hons) Medical Science degree.

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What is a medical science degree?

Our Medical Science degree course, accredited by the Royal Society of Biology, combines an understanding of the function of the human body and how a healthy body works, how disease develops and how normal function of the body can be restored.

Study full-time at ARU in Chelmsford. You'll learn the theories and practice behind modern medicine. A bachelors in Medical Science prepares you for a rewarding career in a medical lab, helping diagnose, treat and prevent disease.

Studying a Medical Sciences course combines analytical study with laboratory skills, giving you the opportunity to work in interactive learning environments and learn key skills through experiential learning – this includes getting hands on our state-of-the-art SuperLab, where you can put your new-found skills to the test in a safe, industry-standard environment.

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Facilities and accreditation

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Facilities and support

As part of your Medical Science studies with ARU, you’ll be able to enhance your learning experience with:

  • our level 2 Category multi-functional SuperLab
  • as a final year student on a Royal Society of Biology accredited course, you're entitled to receive a year's free membership with benefits including professional networking opportunities.

Experience our Medical Science facilities with our virtual tour.

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Royal Society of Biology

Our three-year Medical Science degree has been accredited by the Royal Society of Biology following an independent and rigorous assessment.

Accredited degree programmes contain a solid academic foundation in biological knowledge and key skills and prepare graduates to address the needs of employers. The accreditation criteria require evidence that graduates from accredited programmes meet defined sets of learning outcomes, including subject knowledge, technical ability and transferable skills.


What can you do with a Medical Science degree?

Once you graduate, you’ll be in a strong position to pursue a career in the medical field. You could go on to become a clinical scientist, researcher, a lab technician or even take your knowledge into the field of medical sales or science communication.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our MSc Physician Associate. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Can you be a doctor with a Medical Science degree?

A degree in Medical Science makes a great foundation for your training but you will need a Medicine degree to practise medicine.

Students who complete the first year of their Medical Science degree to an exceptionally high standard may have the opportunity to transfer to Year 1 of MBChB Medicine. This is a highly competitive route with limited availability but if you have dreams of being a doctor, this could be the option for you.

Is a Medical Science degree the same as Medicine?

No, a Medical Science degree is focussed more on laboratory and desk-based work whereas Medicine prepares you to work as a doctor, with plenty of patient contact on placements. BSc Medical Science only takes three years (or four if you study a foundation year).

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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How can medical scientists help to promote people's health and quality of life?

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“It is in the lab that I have learned the most, putting into practice the theory we learn in lecture is so gratifying, all the staff in the SuperLab are wonderful and very experienced.”


BSc (Hons) Medical Science student

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.

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