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Course Overview

  • topics covered in this course span medical science through the ages; from ancient civilizations to the modern day science of genomics and synthetic biology;
  • alongside lecture material, in depth practical classes will cover biomedical measurement techniques, forensic science and a research-based mini project;
  • also included in the course is a trip to the Institute of Medical Sciences where you will gain access to cutting-edge laboratories and equipment;
  • overall, this course is a journey through some of the key milestones that underpin the discipline of medical science we see today

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Gordon McEwan

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • International BSc Foundation Programme (Medical Sciences) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will introduce core disciplines associated with the School of Medical Sciences. Through exploration of basic human body function in health and disease, the course will engage students with the fundamental concepts of anatomy, physiology and neuroscience. This will lay the foundation for understanding the general principles of pharmacology, developmental biology and the biomolecular sciences. Discipline specific skills and techniques will be utilised to enhance understanding and to develop broader medical science skills and methods.

Further Information & Notes

This course is only open to students following the International BSc Foundation (Medical Sciences) Programme.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (100%). 1 two-hour in-course MCQ exam (50%) and completed laboratory reports (50%). Resit: 1 two-hour MCQ exam (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

PRS-based MCQ in lectures/practicals. Problem-solving sessions.


Practical reports will be marked with written comments. Students given general feedback on performance during PRS sessions. General feedback provided following in-course MCQ assessments. General feedback following problem-solving sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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