UCC Undergraduate courses

Medical & Health Sciences

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Medical & Health Sciences

  • Code

    CK707

  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    4 Years

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Hons)

  • Fees

    EU State Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,138 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

    2022: 566

  • CAO Points Range

    566-625

Course Outline

Our BSc Medical and Health Sciences course will appeal to those of you with a keen interest in both science and medical health. This interdisciplinary and innovative course produces graduates who are passionate about human health and medicine and are equipped to embark on careers in the medical research or healthcare sector.

The BSc Medical and Health Sciences programme 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. We aim to deliver up-to-date current knowledge in the field of biomedical, clinical, and public health sciences and encourage students to foster their analytical study skills and critical thinking, enabling them to research, develop and implement the innovative healthcare of the future.

Course

Students take core modules in Years 1, 2, and 3, providing a solid grounding in the medical and health sciences. In Year 4 you will undertake a research project module in Medical and Health Sciences (MH4010) worth 20 credits.

Additionally, each student can choose from a broad range of specialised modules in the final year, allowing them to design the individual components of their degree.

Modules

Year 1 (60 credits)

  • EH1101 Foundations in Epidemiology (10 credits)
  • MH1010 Introductory Human Biology (15 credits)
  • MH1020 Cardiovascular Biology (5 credits)
  • MH1030 Respiratory Biology (10 credits)
  • MH1040 Gastrointestinal, Nutritional and Metabolic Biology (10 credits)
  • MH1050 Introduction to Translational Medicine (5 credits)
  • PT1020 Introduction to Pharmacology (5 credits)

To see modules for Years 2-4 consult the University Calendar BSc Medical & Health Sciences.

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, online exercises, practical demonstrations, laboratory skills, oral presentations, and written examinations. Written examinations take place before Christmas and in May.

Connected Curriculum

Our learning approach reflects our commitment to the Connected Curriculum where we emphasise the connection between students, learning, research and leadership through our vision for a Connected University. Our staff will support you in making meaningful connections within, and between, topics such as medicine, healthcare, bioscience, leadership, and management.

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 the School of Microbiology.

Why Choose This Course

This course is perfect for anybody with a keen interest in the dynamic field of medical science and healthcare.

Ava O’Flynn, Medical & Health Sciences student

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I love the fact that we are studying a wide range of disciplines from across many different schools and colleges at UCC...

Brandy Favour Lucky, Medical & Health Sciences student

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Medical & Health Sciences is the perfect blend of science & healthcare innovation...

Ciara Leahy, Medical & Health Sciences student

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I've found the interdisciplinary nature of Medical & Health Sciences thoroughly enjoyable...

Brian Curtin, Medical & Health Sciences student

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I’ve loved everything about this course so far and cannot wait to learn more.

Jennifer Okparaeke, Medical & Health Sciences student

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The BSc Medical and Health Sciences in UCC is a multidisciplinary, research-led course. You will study topics from across the spectrum of medical- and health-related disciplines, which will open up a wide range of career opportunities on graduation in the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

There are hands-on opportunities to undertake projects in world-class research laboratories from within the College of Medicine and Health. Our research institutes, centres and units include APC Microbiome Institute, ASSERT, INFANT, Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, and the Biosciences Imaging Centre. You can read more about our research institutes on our research page.

The flexible, modular structure of this degree allows you to specialise in the areas of investigative biomedical science that interest you, particularly in the later stages of the degree.

Skills and Careers Information

This programme will open up many career opportunities, in Ireland and further afield, in the medical, biosciences, and health sciences arena.

Graduates also have a solid foundation to pursue postgraduate 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 include employment in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices industries, and in health promotion, education and policy.

Requirements

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.

Lab Science subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Agricultural Science.

Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

EnglishIrishMathsLab ScienceChemistryAdditional Requirement
O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 O6/H7 H4 H4 in another subject

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

QQI  Applicants

See the QQI requirements page for more information.

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 visit our qualification comparison page.

Refer to our International Office page for more information on how to apply to UCC.

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. See the Fees Office page for more information.

Available Scholarships

At UCC we support our student community by offering scholarships and prizes to prospective and current students. Please see the Scholarships & Prizes page for more information.

For International Fees see our Fees Schedule page.

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. See the Mature Entry Requirements page.

EU Applicants: The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions. Refer to the CAO page for further information.

Mature Applicants (age 23 or over): See the CAO Mature Applicants page and the Mature Students Admissions Pathway (MSAP) page for essential information on the application process for mature students.

QQI FET/FETAC Applicants: See our QQI FET/FETAC Applicants page.

Non-EU Applicants: Non-EU applicants apply online via the UCC Apply portal. See our International Office page.

All Applicants: Please note that the modules listed are indicative of the current set of modules for this course and 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 terms 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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