Clinical Sciences BSc

3 years

Clinical Sciences BSc, 3 years

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Course information

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code B990

International fee £22,600

Institute code L34

Taught by Biological Sciences

Combine the study of medical and clinical sciences with cutting-edge scientific methods and practice, and prepare for a career where you can make a difference - in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, academic research, or even as a doctor.

Course description

Course description

Now, more than ever, we are aware of the importance of understanding and managing health and disease, as well as the need for the development of new and effective treatments through scientific research.

On our BSc in Clinical Sciences, you will study medical sciences, alongside gaining a foundation in related laboratory and research skills. The course brings together the expertise of two areas where Leicester’s reputation is truly global – Medicine and Biological Sciences. You will learn from our academics who are leading world-class research in areas such as genetics, cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Their research continues to have a real impact on health and wellbeing.

The first two years of this course closely follow our Medicine curriculum. You will get a thorough understanding of areas such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and biochemistry, all with a clinical focus. We have more than 40 years’ experience of medical education here at Leicester, which means that you will benefit from excellent training and you will learn from expert academics and medical practitioners working day-to-day in the NHS in a wide range of clinical disciplines.

Alongside this strong foundation in the medical sciences, you will learn foundation laboratory and research skills. You develop these techniques further in Year 3 by undertaking your own analytical research project. You will receive additional training in cutting-edge medicine through three specialised ‘precision medicine’ modules in your final year which have been specially developed for this course.

You will learn in outstanding facilities. Teaching takes place in our George Davies Centre, a modern building that harnesses the very latest technology and resources for interdisciplinary learning and research. You will also have access to the School of Biological Sciences’ state-of-the-art laboratories for practical sessions and research. You will learn anatomy through full-body dissection in the Medical School’s dissection room; we are one of the few universities that still offers this facility. 

If you want to become a doctor, this course offers you the chance to transfer at the end of Year 1 onto Year 2 of our MBChB Medical Degree. (NB. Transfer is dependent on you meeting the academic and entry criteria, and there being places available. There can be up to four Medicine transfer places available each year but there may be some years when transfer places are not available). International/EU students are eligible to be considered for the Medicine transfer. There is, however, a nationally applied cap on international students studying medicine in the UK and so any transfer would be dependent on the spaces we have available regardless of how highly they scored, or how well they performed at interview.

This course is also offered as part of the Joint Educational Partnership with Chongqing Medical University

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A-levels: AAB, including Biology/Human Biology or Chemistry plus one other science from Biology/Human Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology or Maths/Further Maths.
  • GCSE: English Language, Maths and either Double Science or Chemistry and Biology - all at Grade B or 6 (see note below)
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Science or Medicine diploma with 45 credits at level three, with distinctions in all subjects.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with IB with 32 overall including three higher levels subjects at grades 6, 6, 5 including Biology or Chemistry, plus one other science from Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths

A ‘gathered field’ approach is used for this course. This will enable fair and equal consideration of all ‘on time’ applications for applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements. Decisions for this course will be made after the UCAS deadline of 26 January. We will aim to have processed the majority of decisions by 31 March.

You will be assigned a score based on your GCSE grades. Applications are then ranked and the highest scoring candidates will be considered for offer.

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the University.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each component. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK Students

Starting in 2023 

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2023 

  • £22,600 per year

If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £3,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

From 2022 onwards, EU nationals will pay the International fee. If you are an EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme, you may qualify for the UK fee (subject to criteria).

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

The BSc in Clinical Sciences is an excellent foundation for further study in a related area, for a Masters or a PhD.

Your clinical knowledge, along with your advanced research and laboratory skills, make the course ideal preparation for a career in the important and ever growing medical and healthcare research sectors.

The alignment of the first two years of the Clinical Sciences BSc with the University’s medical curriculum means this course is ideal preparation for Graduate Entry Medical (GEM) courses if you want to pursue a career as a doctor. It’s also suitable preparation for other professional training routes, such as Physician Assistant or Healthcare Management. 

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

All modules are double modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

All modules are double modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 3

Year 3

All modules are double modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester

If you have ambitions to become a doctor, this course allows you to transfer to the second year of our Medical degree at the end of your first year.

Join a community synonymous with research excellence and be taught by leading experts. The School of Biological Sciences and Leicester Medical School are world-renowned for their ground-breaking work in genetics and areas such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Learn in outstanding learning facilities. Develop professional techniques in our state-of-the-art labs, and further your understanding of anatomy in our medical dissection room.

Specially developed precision-medicine modules allow you to develop advanced laboratory and research techniques, and you will undertake your own scientific research project into an area of interest. This is ideal preparation for a career in medical research.

Teaching and learning

This course is jointly provided by the School of Biological Sciences and School of Medicine. The School of Medicine provides most of the teaching for Years 1 and 2 as you develop your clinical understanding. In Year 3, as you develop your research skills further, teaching is delivered by the School of Biological Sciences.

Throughout the course, teaching involves integrated and multidisciplinary methods that are interactive and stimulating, including lectures, small group teaching and laboratory practicals. You will learn anatomy through full-body dissection. We are one of the few universities that still offers this facility and we feel there is no better way to learn anatomy and physiology

We have fully embraced digital technology in its application to teaching. In the First Year you will be given an iPad. Lecture and group work material is delivered directly onto these iPads enabling you to annotate during sessions. Content can also be rapidly revised and updated, and the iPad can support you to organise your own self-directed study.

Assessment takes varied forms, including summative (formal) written assessments at the end of each semester, using a blend of short answer and single best answer questions as well as practical assessments, project diaries and laboratory practical write-ups. The assessments are blended and build from one semester to the next. In the Third Year there is also an assessed analytical project.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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