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BSc Health and Medical Sciences

Do you have a passion for promoting health through science? Are you interested in understanding complex problems in human health? Do you want to advocate for change and help to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations?

If the answer is yes then the BSc Health and Medical Sciences could be for you. New for 2020, our course is designed to enable students to address current local and global problems in health through the integrated perspectives of Health Science and Medical Science to create multi-disciplinary solutions.



Overview

The BSc in Health and Medical Sciences will help you address current local and global problems in health through the integrated perspectives of health science, and medical science. It will equip you with the vital skills to be able to make a valuable contribution and impact on health in our society, both locally and globally. Case-based learning, a signature educational approach for Warwick Medical School, and small group teaching feature heavily in the delivery of the course.

"Wherever we look in the world, health and medical services are struggling to cope with rising demand and the increasing burden of disease. Advances in the scientific understanding of health and disease along with new technological developments offer exciting opportunities for improved health, but also present novel challenges to our health systems in terms of affordability, sustainability, and equity...If you are interested in the integrated scientific study of problems in human health and their impact on society, we want you to join us. We are confident that our course will give you the vital skills and knowledge to be able to make a valuable contribution and bring about change." Hear more from our course director.

Dr David Davies
Course Director


Why study Health and Medical Sciences at Warwick?

  • You will learn from highly regarded researchers who are experts in their field.
  • You will develop a set of highly transferable skills that are sought after by employers including interpersonal skills; critical thinking; ability to be able to synthesise evidence and information across disciplines and from multiple perspectives; team working; ability to construct novel solutions or transfer solutions across settings to solve problems; time management; project planning and delivery; digital literacy and the ability to scrutinise digital solutions from different viewpoints; analytical and numerical skills and advanced communication skills, including the ability to inform multiple and varied audience types.
  • You will benefit from a variety of teaching and assessment methods incorporating case-based learning, small group learning, technology enhanced learning and independent enquiry based learning.
  • The University of Warwick is consistently ranked highly in university league tables:
    - We are the 3rd most targeted university by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2020, High Fliers Research Ltd)
    - We are ranked 4th in Europe for teaching in The Times Higher Education (THE) teaching rankings with only Oxford, Cambridge and the Sorbonne ranked higher.
    - We were ranked 7th overall among UK research universities in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.

Course structure

The course addresses current local and global problems in health through the integrated perspectives of health and wellbeing science and medical science, covering six main thematic areas:

  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Infectious disease
  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Civil strife and displacement

We will teach you to understand the underpinning science, identify real-life solutions, enable their application and act as facilitators and analysts to make a valuable contribution and ultimately make a positive impact on our health in society.


How will I learn?

The course encourages engagement and active involvement in a broad range of structured and specifically designed learning activities centred around real-world cases. This case-based learning approach will allow you to develop problem-solving skills and integrate your learning, working closely with your peers in small teams.

As an additional feature of the course, some of the content will be delivered wholly online to give flexibility and to develop personal responsibility in your studies. Directed learning activities, project work, additional reading and reflection as well as preparations for group work and assessed elements will take up the rest of your time.

Find out more about how you will learn on the course including examples of cases you might encounter.


Class size

As a new course we expect the class size to be around 50 for full cohort sessions. Case-based learning and other small group activities will be in groups of around 10 students.


How will I be assessed?

The course includes a mix of examinations, written course work, presentations and skill-based assessment types. Many modules have more than one assessment type, so that you can convey your understanding of module material in diverse ways as we all learn in different ways.

Find out more about the assessment strategy.

Entry requirements

2021 Entry

A level:
  • Either AAB including one subject or ABB including two subjects from: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Physical Education, Statistics (Biology is recommended).
IB:
  • 36 overall including 5 in one Higher Level subject out of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Sports, Exercise and Health Science or 34 overall including 5 in two Higher Level subjects from the list above (Biology is recommended).

Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer.

Warwick Scholars Programme
We support Warwick Scholars Programme.

UCAS code: B990

Award: Degree of Bachelor of Science

Duration: 3 years full time (30 weeks per year)

Location of study: University of Warwick

How to apply

Overseas applicants.

Fees and funding.

Scholarships and bursaries

Contact us: wms.hms@warwick.ac.uk

The course is designed to enable you to address current local and global problems in health through the integrated perspectives of health and medical sciences, aligned to the following problem areas; non-communicable disease, infectious disease, physical health, mental health, nutrition, and civil strife and displacement.

Years one and two have no wet lab component. In year three you can decide the topic and type of project you would like to do for your dissertation. For example you can conduct a laboratory based research project in the area of biomedical sciences and biomedicine, focused group studies, analysis of patient data or you may wish to undertake a literature review. Explore the modules below to find out more about the areas you will study.

Year one

In your first year, you will study five core modules.

Year one modules


Year two

In your second year, you will study four core modules and will have the opportunity to choose an optional module.

Year two modules


Year three

In your third year, you will study six core modules.

Year three modules

We will work together with you to identify your support needs as you progress through the curriculum. We will identify any areas where you need additional support and we will provide that support. There will be a focus on contact and personal development time, enabling you to work with expert academics with an adaptable approach. Warwick has an extensive range of student support services, including: Counselling Services, Students’ Union Advice Centre, Mental Health Coordinators, Chaplaincy, Disability Services and many more.

To help you settle in, you will be allocated an academic member of staff as a personal tutor. Your personal tutor normally stays with you throughout your degree and is your first point of call for any academic queries or concerns. Regular contact with your personal tutor throughout your course provides one-to-one support for your academic work and career development. Our senior tutors will also work alongside your personal tutors to ensure your welfare and wellbeing while you are studying with us.

Read our staff biographies to find out more about the teaching staff on the course. The team talk about their backgrounds, interests, current research and why they are passionate about teaching on the Health and Medical Sciences course.

Open Days

Our open days give you the chance to hear more about the course, meet staff and students, visit the Medical School, tour the campus and get a real feel for life at Warwick. We hold four open days per year, usually in June and October. Find out more.

Live chats

We hold regular live online chats where you can chat to members of our course teams and ask any questions you may have. If you'd like to attend a chat please register your interest and we'll let you know when the next session is booked.

Taster Days and off-campus events

We hold a range of Taster Days and off-campus events throughout the year which provide the opportunity to find out more about the Medical School and our courses. Dates for 2020/21 are yet to be confirmed so please check back here for updates.

Contact us

Want to find out more? If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Graduates will be positioned to move into a range of work areas which impact on health, including, but not limited to:

  • Public Health, health promotion and surveillance
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Industrial and graduate training programmes in health
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Health service management and administration
  • Biomedical or health sciences research
  • Community engagement and transformation in health
  • Graduate entry to health and clinical education programmes