b902 - Medical Sciences (Deferred Choice) BSc

Medical Science (Deferred Choice) BSc Honours

UCAS Code: B902 (full time: 3 Years)

Course Overview

Want to study biomedical and biomolecular sciences at Newcastle but not sure which degree you want to study? This degree lets you delay choosing your specialism until the end of the first year.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA-AAB
IB: 34-35 points

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All our degrees cover the same content in the first year. You'll study a broad curriculum that introduces the different areas of biomedical sciences.

You can:

  • spend your first year exploring all our specialisms
  • decide which topics interest you most at the end of first year
  • choose which specialism to study for the rest of your degree

We offer a wide range of degrees. They cover a diverse range of subjects related to medicine and life processes. It is an interesting and vital area of study.

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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2017 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2018 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2018).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.


    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2019 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our 2018 Admissions Policy (PDF: 185 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    Medical science careers

    There is a great demand for graduates in the biomedical and biomolecular sciences within the health services and industry, particularly leading or working as part of research teams, and many of our students choose this career path.

    Industries employing bioscientists for research and development include:

    • pharmaceuticals
    • biotechnology
    • chemical
    • cosmetics and toiletries
    • food and drink

    In addition, with a biosciences-related degree you could undertake medical, veterinary and agricultural research in universities and research institutes. Hospital and public health laboratories also employ a large number of bioscientists.

    A large proportion of our graduates choose to take a further degree (either an MSc or PhD qualification) before embarking on permanent employment. This is a step in a career path which can lead to senior, decision-making roles. Each year some students use our degrees as a route for graduate entry into medicine, dentistry and PGCEs.     

    Apart from laboratory work, there are many other ways to use your degree. Some of our graduates choose to enter the legal side of the subject, using their scientific knowledge to advise on patenting, and others opt for careers such as scientific journalism.

    Our graduates also embark on careers unrelated to the biomedical sciences, for example in management, accountancy and IT. Whichever career you choose, you can be sure that you will receive our advice and whole-hearted support.

    Find out more about the career options for Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    95% of our 2016 UK-domiciled graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    Of our graduates who entered employment more than three quarters (78%) achieved a professional or managerial position.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

    To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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