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Course facts

  • UCAS code: B100
  • Bangor code: BMedSci/Md
  • Course length: 3 years

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The Admissions AdministratorSchool of Medical SciencesTel: 01248 383244E-mail: [email protected]/sms

Course Overview

This degree aims to provide a science programme related to medicine with strong professional research elements. These aspects are closely linked to the three generic graduate outcomes specified in Tomorrow’s Doctors; that is, a Doctor as a scholar and scientist, practitioner, and professional. This programme acts as a potential stepping stone into Medical Schools as a graduate entrant and also equips graduates with the skills to pursue other clinically related careers. This makes it an ideal 5th choice for those whose primary aim is Medicine or Dentistry, as well as a 1st choice for those interested in a Health based career but who want to keep their options open. The programme is a Feeder Stream for the Medicine Four Year Graduate Entry Scheme (MBBCh) at Cardiff University. Students will benefit from teaching and research expertise across a number of disciplines.  

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • The School of Medical Sciences is a vibrant, recently established school which aims to develop graduates with the skills to enter into a range of healthcare career pathways including the potential for graduate entry into medicine.
  • The School is made up of academics, clinicians and researchers with considerable NHS and University experience.
  • Staff have regional, national and international recognition in medical and healthcare education and research.
  • Scientific and clinical staff from hospitals across north Wales are involved in all aspects of teaching.
  • Bangor has an excellent reputation for student support and for student satisfaction.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Tags: Medical, Sciences

  • Study Mode: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Fees: £9,000 UK
  • Language: English
  • Foundation: No
  • Placement: No
  • Year Abroad: Yes
  • Course Code: L70-N01

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

On this course teaching will take place in lectures, small group tutorials, laboratory and clinical skills practical classes. In the third year, all students will undertake individual research projects or dissertations. Students will be taught by faculty from the School of Medical Sciences, and senior clinicians from the local NHS.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

The first year provides the foundations in human physiology, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, foundations in therapeutics and medical research skills. Since year 1 is common for all undergraduate degrees in the School of Medical Sciences, you will have an opportunity to change to Medical Biology (B103) or Biomedical Science (B102) before the start of year 2.


  • Foundation in Molecules and Cells
  • Key Skills in Medical Science
  • Foundation in Clinical Skills
  • Good Laboratory Practice
  • Biomedical Practicals
  • Physiology and Anatomy
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Foundation in Therapeutics

In Years 2 and 3, students will specialise in modules with a clear clinical focus, and will extend their skills in functional anatomy, human physiology in health and disease, the application of therapeutics, professional ethics, metrology, micropathology and medically-related research. Students may have the opportunity to undertake ward rounds. Since Year 1 is common for all the undergraduate degrees in the School, students may have an opportunity to change to Medical Biology or Biomedical Science before the start of Year2 (subject to meeting eligibility criteria).

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Medical Sciences Modules page.

Programme Specification

  • Programme specification: B100

Careers & Employability

As well as the opportunity for suitably qualified graduates to apply for entry to Medical Schools’ Graduate Programmes they will also have high employability in science-based areas. Graduates will be ideally placed for MSc and PhD programmes and, after further study, for research positions within the NHS (including the NHS Scientist Training Programme). The professional skills element will also aid graduates to gain places on postgraduate programmes related to other health areas, with subsequent employment opportunities such as audiology, clinical informatics, cardiography, health promotion, occupational therapy, genetic counselling, paramedic, physiotherapy, physician associate, speech and language therapy.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.


Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

There is a wide range of internships you can get involved in, from medical research to marketing and promotion. Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering is worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Our students say...

Through the Bangor Employability Award I have become much better at time management and handling stress and pressures. It put me in different types of situations, which allowed me to become more flexible with how I handle new challenges and different types of people.

Kathryn HowardElectronic Engineering

Entry requirements for this course

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 128-112 tariff points including a level 3 qualification* in Biology and at least one other science from Chemistry (preferred), Medical Science, Physics or Maths. (*Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at
  • GCSE Maths and English at C grade required. 
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).
  • Applicants wishing to undertake Access to Higher Education Diplomas to gain entry onto this course should note that only Science or Bioscience diplomas provide the necessary pre-requisite knowledge. Further information about local providers can be found here and here. 

Applicants should ensure that they are aware of all the entry requirements for graduate entry programmes they may wish to undertake following completion of this course. In particular, any specific grades in GCSE Maths and English Language requirements and specific grades/subjects at level 3*.

For 2016 entry:

  • 320-280 points from A levels with at least 2 Sciences from Chemistry (preferred), Biology (preferred), Physics or Maths.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C required.
  • We give full recognition to alternative qualifications, including the International Baccalaureate, BTEC, NVQ (level 3) and GNVQ (Advanced).
  • We welcome applications from students with Scottish or Irish Highers.
  • Applications from international students are welcome, subject to appropriate IELTS level.
  • For mature-age candidates we consider qualifications such as Access and other adult-education certificates and appropriate experience.

Applicants should ensure that they are aware of all the entry requirements for graduate entry programmes they may wish to undertake following completion of this course. In particular, any specific grades in GCSE Maths and English Language requirements and specific grades/subjects at A Level.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: [email protected] or write to:

Admissions Office Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: [email protected] or write to

International Education Centre Bangor University Gwynedd LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

  • apply via UCAS,
  • or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
  • or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

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Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

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Studying at Bangor

A top 15 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice– in university accommodation that’s rated the best in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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