UCC Undergraduate courses

Medical and Health Sciences - New Programme 2018

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Medical and Health Sciences

  • Code

    CK707

  • Subject Title

    New Programme 2018

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165. See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7, Maths, Physics/Biology/Agricultural Science, H4 Chemistry. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    New Programme 2018

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

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Epidemiology
  • Translational Medicine.

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.

Assessment

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.

Requirements

Leaving certificate entry requirements

H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, Mathematics, one Laboratory Science subject and two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Special entry requirement: H4 Chemistry and O6/H7 in one of Physics, Biology or Agricultural Science.

QQI FE applicants:

QQI FE equirements can be found 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

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 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. 

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