UCC Undergraduate courses

Medical and Health Sciences

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Medical and Health Sciences

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,130 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H4, 4 x O6/H7, Maths and Lab science subjects are required. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2020: 542

  • CAO Points Range

    2020: 541-602

Course Outline

The BSc Medical and Health Sciences offers an integrated learning experience in an interdisciplinary environment, to produce graduates who are passionate about human health and medicine, and are equipped to embark on careers in the medical research or healthcare sectors. It has a strong focus on research and is taught by research-active academics in a wide range of disciplines spanning the biological and medical sciences. This course delivers up-to-date current knowledge in the field of biomedical, clinical and public health sciences. It encourages students to foster their analytical study skills and critical thinking, enabling them to research, develop and implement the innovative healthcare of the future.

Students take core modules in Years 1, 2 and 3, providing a solid grounding in the medical and health sciences. In Year 4, students undertake a substantial Research Project in a current research topic in the medical and health sciences. Additionally, each student can choose from a broad range of specialised modules in the final year, allowing them to design the individual composition of their degree.

Year 1 modules

All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.

EH1101 Foundations in Epidemiology (10 credits)

MH1010 Introductory Human Biology (15 credits)

MH1020 Cardiovascular Biology

MH1030 Respiratory Biology (10 credits)

MH1040 Gastrointestinal, Nutritional and Metabolic Biology (10 credits)

MH1050 Introduction to Translational Medicine   

PT1020 Introduction to Pharmacology  

Year 2 modules

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Research Skills and Methods.

Year 3 modules

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Neuroscience
  • Microbiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Structured Literature Project
  • Translational Medicine.

Year 4 modules

  • Research Project
  • Anatomy and Developmental Biology
  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology.

Course Practicalities

Teaching is delivered from Monday to Friday, with a combination of scheduled lectures, tutorials and laboratory/practical sessions each week.


Students are assessed using a variety of formats to meet different learning styles. Assessments include essays, written reports, in-class tests, on-line exercises, practical demonstrations, laboratory skills, oral presentations and written examinations. Written examinations take place before Christmas and in May.

Who teaches this course

The BSc Medical and Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary degree taught by experienced academic staff in the College of Medicine and Health and the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science. Core teaching and research project supervision will be delivered by research-active academic staff in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Biochemistry & Cell Biology and School of Microbiology, who specialise in the many areas of the medical and health sciences.

Why Choose This Course

The BSc Medical and Health Sciences in UCC is a multidisciplinary, research-led course providing cutting-edge knowledge and skills in the fast-paced area of medical sciences. Students study across the spectrum of medical- and health-related disciplines, which opens up a wide range of career opportunities on graduation in medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. The course provides an in-depth scientific knowledge of the medical and health sciences, state-of-the-art research methods, and an insight into how research impacts human health and medicine. There are hands-on opportunities to undertake projects in world-class research laboratories. The BSc Medical and Health Sciences is taught by academics who are research leaders in the medical and translational sciences.

Skills and Careers Information

The BSc Medical and Health Sciences opens up many career opportunities in Ireland and further afield in the medical, biosciences and health sciences arena. Graduates have a solid foundation to pursue Masters and Doctoral studies in a wide range of medical sciences areas, PhD research leading to careers in medical research, and for graduate entry to study Medicine, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Public Health, Occupational Health, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy. Career prospects also include employment in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices industries, and in health promotion, education and policy.


Leaving certificate entry requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade H4 in two subjects and minimum grade O6/H7 in four other subjects. English and Irish are requirements for all programmes unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.

The following are considered Lab Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Agricultural Science.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Lab Science


Additional Requirement






H4 in another subject

Please note: H4 Chemistry and O6/H7 in one of Physics, Biology or Agricultural Science.

QQI FE applicants:

QQI FE equirements can be found here.

Mature entry applicants

Find out about the mature entry requirements here.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

Course fees include a tuition fee, student contribution fee and capitation fee. The state will pay the tuition fees for EU students who are eligible under the Free Fees Scheme. The annual student Contribution and Capitation Fees are payable by the student. In 2021/22 the Student Contribution Fee will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be €130.

Please see Fees Office for more information.

Non-EU Fees

The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

EU applicants

Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.

Mature applicants

Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU applicants

Non-EU applicants should visit the UCC International Education website.

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact