Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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Subject area: Medical Sciences

Why choose Medical Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?

  • You will join a multidisciplinary programme that provides the knowledge, skills, personal and professional development appropriate for a career in one of the many healthcare or healthcare-related professions, medical research, or graduate entry to medicine.

  • You will be supported by academic staff who provide an outstanding research-led learning experience that fosters individual intellectual development.

  • You will have the opportunity to undertake projects with our leading medical and biomedical researchers addressing major global challenges in healthcare.

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My subjects are so varied and tailored to my interests that I have no hesitation getting as involved as I can in my work. There is a great working ethos in the University, which is a great drive to do and be your best.

Bethany Shiell 4th Year BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences
Bethany Shiell 4th Year BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences

Introducing Medical Sciences

Our BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences programme delivers the core material in biomedical sciences, medical sociology and anthropology that underpins and directs advances in 21st-century medical practice.

In addition, your option course choices offer you the flexibility to explore the broader biological, physicochemical, clinical and social sciences that underlie contemporary healthcare.

Our programme develops healthcare-related themes. It has a particular emphasis on current medical research and its significance for advances in medical/clinical practice. Opportunities exist for students to undertake research within groups recognised for delivering excellent and, in some areas, world-leading research.

Students of Medical Sciences develop skills in academic research and scientific enquiry. You will gain an awareness and understanding of the ongoing research needed to advance clinical practice.

Alongside a depth of knowledge in medical sciences, you will also develop a level of understanding and a breadth of skills that will enable you to contribute to, and guide, public debate on issues that affect healthcare for present and future generations.