If you're thinking about studying Medical Science, and have University Centre Shrewsbury in your sights, this interesting blog from our Programme Leader Elizabeth O'Brien tells you all you should be considering ahead of starting your degree.
"The field of medicine is in an era of ever-changing landscapes, from the mass outbreak of Ebola to highly personalised treatments for cancer. Antibiotic resistance is an urgent and growing problem and we live in a country where the population is ageing and where patient’s expectations are high. There will be many difficult decisions to be taken but it is truly an exciting time to be a Medical Scientist.
Before undertaking a degree in Medical Science there are several questions that you may wish to ask yourself, such as:
Do you have a real interest and enthusiasm for the subject?
There are many, sometimes difficult, concepts which you will need to understand to be able to progress in this field, and your personal interest will help when carrying out your own research - reading thoroughly about a topic in order to truly understand your subject and gain the most out of your studies.
Do you enjoy working with your fellow students?
Collaboration is vital in science and part of the course involves discussion of case studies where students come prepared, enabling an informed exchange of ideas.
Do you like working independently in a laboratory?
A considerable amount of your time will be spent in a laboratory, carrying out practical experiments which may not always work and can be disappointing at times. However, that is part and parcel of the excitement of science. A real curiosity about how things work will carry you through to success.
Do you have a love for science and in particular the biological sciences?
A good degree in Medical Science should give you a strong foundation in several different areas, which are all interlinked with medicine, so you will study many different modules along the way – broadening your overall knowledge.
When considering a degree in Medical Science you should look for a range of topics including human anatomy and physiology, and the application and relevance of this knowledge. It should include in-depth study of disease, genetics and how a genetic profile might impact on risk, current research and treatments. It should also include a consideration of ethics and how society approaches some extremely challenging questions around medicine. A final year project will enable you to apply the knowledge and techniques you have learned throughout your programme of study. All aspects of which, are included in the course at University Centre Shrewsbury.
Careers with a degree in Medical Science are numerous. You may choose to become a clinical scientist working in the NHS or you may wish to pursue independent research and further study. There are multiple opportunities in industry with research and development and in drug companies. In addition, many employers seek graduates with a science degree who will have skills such as the ability to think critically, be articulate and have excellent writing skills. You will also have an excellent base for postgraduate study, which may take you in a different direction but will require all the skills you have gained studying for your first degree.
If you are interested in studying Medical Science at UCS then it would be great to meet you at our Open Evening on Thursday 8th June. My colleagues and I will be able to answer any questions you might have, and give you a flavour of what it would be like to study on the course and be a part of University Centre Shrewsbury."
Elizabeth O'Brien, Programme Leader for Medical Science