• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Medicine
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

You will be taught by scientists, health practitioners and clinicians within a University/NHS Teaching Hospital - suitable to prepare for direct entry to medical school or biomedical/medical sciences careers

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Are you interested in a career within healthcare or medical research? This Medical Sciences degree is for students who want to understand the science behind medicine and ultimately improve the lives of patients.  

You will study the structure and function of the human body in health and disease and gain a solid understanding of contemporary basic science principles that underpin clinical medicine. 

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Dr Faisel Khan provides an overview of the course with students Amy and Patrick.

  • Develop the skills needed to progress into a career in medical sciences or to apply for Medicine or postgraduate medical courses
  • Gain a strong set of broad-based transferable skills, perfect for the graduate job market
  • Benefit from combined teaching in both Life Sciences and Medicine
  • Course content includes (but is not limited to):
    • Evolution of modern life
    • The gene and the cell
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biological Sciences
    • Research Skills
    • Translational Medicine
    • Specialist Medicine Options including Anatomy, Cardiovascular Disease, Forensic Medicine and Human Genetics
  • This flexible degree allows you to build your own degree, focusing on your own choice of medical specialities
  • You will study alongside Medical Students within Ninewells Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe
  • As a result of studying in this busy hospital, you will observe all facets of a potential career in medical/health science
  • Take advantage of state-of-the-art-facilities including our refurbished Clinical Skills Centre
  • Life Sciences in Dundee features outstanding laboratory and technology facilities
  • Medicine at Dundee ranks in the top 5 UK Medical Schools and is number 1 in Scotland (Guardian University Guide 2016)
  • High achieving students will be in a strong position to transfer into Medicine


The course modules are really interesting and allow you to develop important transferable skills. I think the course is really suited to me as I am interested at the prospect of a career in healthcare and medical research. After the degree I intend to study medicine.

Patrick Porter
current student

Take advantage of state-of-the-art-facilities including our refurbished Clinical Skills Centre

This course will help you to develop a wide understanding of the science of human beings. The flexibility of the course allows you to develop a programme of study that is tailored to your career ambitions.

Students who attain an degree qualification of upper second (2:1) or higher would be eligible for transfer to Dundee's MBChB course, subject to also achieving the required standard in the UK clinical aptitude test (UKCAT) and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).


I was attracted to the dynamic and unique opportunities offered by the Dundee Medical Sciences course. It’s one of the few courses in the UK that integrates clinical teaching into the curriculum and also presents an option for direct entry to Medicine. The learning experience has been really engaging. Practical sessions in state of the art laboratories are supplemented with high quality teaching through lectures and workshops.


Bobby Xu
Medical Sciences

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Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBB at Advanced Higher, to include biology and chemistry, plus mathematics and English (Standard Grade at 3, Intermediate2/National 5 at C) Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
GCE A-Level AAB to include biology and chemistry, plus GCSE mathematics and GCSE English at B Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 34 points (minimum) at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include biology and chemistry, plus Standard Level mathematics and English at grade 4 Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)
Scottish Baccalaureate
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate
Other Qualifications

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

What you will be taught

The primary delivery of the course is taught face to face. This consists of traditional seminars/lectures/essays/assignments/case reports/presentations/laboratory practical/laboratory work/self-directed study.

The degree is a  3 year programme which dovetails into the Life Sciences BSc programmes. Students accepted onto this course would enter level 2 (SCQF8) of the common BSc course. Years 2 & 3 (Level 3, 4) are  designed, delivered and assessed, in the main, by the School of Medicine.

How you will be assessed

Students will be assessed by a variety of teaching methods including on line assessments, presentations, essays, assignments, case reports, laboratory work and a research thesis.

What you will study

Year 1 (All Core)

  • Evolution of Modern Life
  • Gene and Cell
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Laboratory and Research Skills
  • Laboratory and Research Skills
  • Laboratory and Research Skills
  • Translational Medicine

Year 2

  • Principles (Core)
  • Respiratory Medicine (Core)
  • Cardiovascular Medicine (Core)
  • Gastrointestinal (Core)
  • Dissertation (Core)
  • Practical Techniques in Biomedical Medicine (Core)
  • Practical Module (Core)
  • Self-Selected Component - One from:
  • Human Genetics Research
  • What you Need to Know about Molecular Science
  • Assisted Conception and Reproduction


Year 3

You will follow the current Intercalated BMSc (Hons) programme available to Medical Students. You will select one from:

  • Anatomy
  • Applied Orthopaedic Technology
  • Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine
  • Clinical Research and Quality Improvement
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Human Reproduction, Assisted Conception, and Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Genetics, Cancer and Personalised Medicine
  • International Health
  • Neuropharmacology and Behaviour
  • Patient Safety and Non-Technical Skills
  • Remote and Rural Medicine
  • Teaching in Medicine

This course will equip you for a career in the biomedical/medical sciences, including careers within the NHS, biochemistry, physiology and medical research. It will also prepare you to work towards a career within the allied health professions.  

The program is also suitable for students who want a course that can prepare them for direct entry to medical school in Dundee or elsewhere.

Students who attain an degree qualification of upper second (2:1) or higher would be eligible for transfer to Dundee's MBChB course, subject to also achieving the required standard in the UK clinical aptitude test (UKCAT) and Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI).

This course will equip you for a career in the biomedical/medical sciences

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

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  Degree UCAS Code
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