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Our Medical Science degree is set firmly in the birthplace of Charles Darwin but is informed by the latest research in the field of Biomedical Science.

Guest Speakers

Recently our students were fascinated to hear from Visiting Professor Tracey Willis, a Paediatric Neurologist with a special interest in neuromuscular disorders, whose research is helping to inform the next generation of treatments for these diseases. Together with a talk from a Genomic Counsellor, students were given an excellent insight into the world of Medical Science and increasingly personalised medicine which will require skilled practitioners such as yourselves!

Work Based Learning

Our second-year students have now started their Work Based Learning in our labs, undertaking a series of projects including looking at variable gene expression in bacteria using the latest real-time PCR equipment. This is a chance for students to work independently in a work-like setting with minimal guidance from lecturers. This week they are honing their science communication skills with advice from an expert in this field. They are learning how the media might treat the outbreak of a potentially killer disease! The module rounds off with speakers from industry and the NHS who talk about their career paths and perhaps opening students’ eyes to the many opportunities available to them.

Work Experience

Our final year students have recently spent a day at the Assisted Conception Unit for Shropshire and Mid Wales where they spent time with the Fertility team to learn about the work they do and discover what it means to be a Healthcare Scientist. Some students have also spent a day in the Audiology Department at the Princess Royal Hospital Telford, learning how to interpret test results and diagnose balance disorders. Others are going to be attending a Cardiorespiratory clinic - a great opportunity to see the application of the theory they learn in lectures in a patient care setting. We have some excellent links with the local hospitals who are keen to encourage our students by giving them access to many departments within the hospital to see first-hand the vital role of clinical scientists within the NHS.

Specialist Lectures

Students were privileged to hear a talk from Professor Ian Wilson who holds the Chair in Drug Metabolism and Molecular Toxicity at Imperial College London. He spoke to them about the role of Biochemistry in personalised medicine and how potential biomarkers of disease are identified.

Darwin Festival

This festival is held every year to commemorate the birth of Charles Darwin and gives students the opportunity to widen their knowledge of genetics and evolution beyond the field of medicine. There are lots of activities and talks around the town, which this year included a couple of SciBars which essentially means Science with a pint! So, if you fancy discussing science in a pub then this is for you!

Find out the latest news from the UCS Bioscience department at their Facebook page. If you'd like to learn more about studying Medical Science at UCS, why not come along to one of our upcoming Open Evening? You can book your place here

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