• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award: BMSc (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Learn how to develop an advanced understanding of the evidential basis for the clinical disciplines of psychiatry, anaesthesia and neurology.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Dundee allows you to study in a friendly, responsive and student-centred environment. Our comparatively small size as a medical school works to your advantage: there is close integration of teaching and research activities, and our medical students are fully involved from an early stage in pioneering new approaches to teaching, clinical practice and research. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School is the centre of many areas of pioneering research in cancer, keyhole surgery, heart disease, drug development, and medical education.

Students undertaking an intercalated BMSc are still central to the activities of the medical school. As well as the clinical environment you will experience cutting edge research led by world class researchers and clinicians.

For entry to the BMSc (Hons) Intercalated course you must have successfully completed three years of an undergraduate medical degree (MBChB/MBBS etc) or two years of an undergraduate dental course (BDS).

English Language Requirement

 English Language Requirements

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).

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How you will be taught

Teaching on the course involves tutorials and a research project.

How you will be assessed

The course will be assessed by a combination of written coursework, oral presentations, written examinations, project dissertation and viva. Students will be expected to pass both coursework and exams associated with semester 1 and research project tasks associated with semester 2.

  • Semester 1: 60 credits divided between 5 x 12-credit modules, each assessed by written/oral coursework and/or written examination.
  • Semester 2: 1 x 60 credit research module, assessed by written project report and oral presentation/examination.
  • Total: 120 credits

What you will study

Semester 1 taught modules

This module will be taught by pathologists and non-clinical researchers working on neurodegenerative disease. The module aims to introduce students to the clinical morphology and pathology of nervous system function, neural disease and neurodegenerative disorders. It will showcase imaging techniques used to investigate the central nervous system, promoting an appreciation of the relationship between abnormal structure of the nervous system and disease, and the concept of abnormal protein aggregation as a common feature of neurodegenerative disorders. The mechanisms underlying diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Huntington’s, Motor Neuron and Creutzfeld-Jacob will be studied in detail and potential novel therapeutic targets discussed.

This module will be taught by consultant psychiatrists and non-clinical researchers working on mechanisms of addiction and affective disorders. This module students will expand students’ knowledge and understanding of the neurobiology and aetiology of a range of common psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, OCD and addiction. It will investigate their underlying causes and discuss the rationale underpinning their treatment. There will be debate on the use of drugs of abuse for medicinal purposes and discussion on dependence as a major adverse effect of morphine. Techniques such as neuroimaging in psychiatry and preclinical laboratory models of addiction behaviours will be studied.

This module will be taught by consultant anaesthetists and non-clinical researchers working on anaesthetic mechanisms. The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of the mode of action of analgesic and general anaesthetic drugs at a modern and advanced level, specifically relating the complex state of general anaesthesia to the modulation of specific transmitter gated ion channels within the CNS. It will describe the actions of endogenous neurosteroids as anxiolytic and sedative molecules and investigate emerging targets for novel analgesic agents. The module will also illustrate the complexity of modern anaesthesia and discuss the management of the patient in the peri‐operative period by multiple drugs.

This module will be taught by neuroscientists working on the electrophysiological correlates of cognition from the systems to the molecular level. It will introduce students to the concept of synaptic plasticity and the relationship between synaptic plasticity and cognitive function/dysfunction will be discussed in depth. It will familiarise students with experimental techniques which have been used to study synaptic plasticity and how these have attempted to link the synaptic plasticity phenomenon with higher order functions, including behaviour and cognition. Students will gain an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of molecular, genetic and behavioural modelling approaches in linking cellular and circuit phenomena to cognition. The module will nurture an ability to frame at a theoretical level how changes in synaptic plasticity may underpin changes at the whole organism level of analysis

The aim of this practical skills module is to introduce students to good laboratory practice and basic laboratory skills and techniques. Each session will reinforce and build on concepts learned in the previous one. This module will familiarize students with the fundamentals of liquid handling, including use of pipettes, calculations of concentrations, molecular weights and solution making. Principles of tissue culture and good sterile technique is taught and students will have the opportunity to grow their own cell cultures. Transfection of DNA into cells and the detection of protein products from these cells using immunofluorescence and western blotting will also be demonstrated. The key feature of this module is the hands-on aspect and all students will be expected to complete practical mini-projects as well as learn the theoretical concepts underpinning them, and to learn how to keep experimental records. There is also a weekly statistics session, providing an introduction to statistical analysis in preparation for analysing research project data collected in semester 2.

Semester 2

Semester 2 will include a 12-week research project culminating in a dissertation report (thesis). The mentors for research projects will be clinical and non-clinical neuroscientists, most of whom will have taught on the modules in semester 1. Students will be introduced to the areas of research expertise in Dundee Neuroscience during Semester 1 enabling an informed choice of research project.

Undertaking an intercalated BMSc will give you the opportunity to study the topic(s) of your choice in depth and will expose you to a systematic and well-organised method of how to formulate and pursue research and transferable skills.

This Honours Degree will put you in a better position when you apply for employment post MB ChB/BDS graduation.

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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

If you are currently a student at the University of Dundee and would like to apply, use the following form

Application form for Dundee students

If you would like to come to Dundee from another medical school please complete the following form. 

Application form for students from other medical schools

There will also be procedures at your own Medical School and you should speak to your course leader or administrative staff to find out what these are.

Application enquiries email: BMSC@dundee.ac.uk


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