We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies. You can understand more and change your cookies preferences here.

Swansea University

Population Health and Medical Sciences

UCAS Code: B211

Bachelor of Science - BSc

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,A,B

Including Biology and any other A-level subject. A-levels in subjects such as IT/Computers, Mathematics, Health and Social Care and Geography are desirable but not essential.

Should be in a relevant subject.

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSEs: GCSE profiles will need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A-C, Including English/Welsh Language and Mathematics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D*D*

BTEC should be in a relevant subject.

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Medical sciences

Population Health is a multidisciplinary approach which spans the medical and life sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, demography, public health and health informatics, to develop new knowledge and effective strategies which aim to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities among populations. It seeks to unify the entire spectrum of health interventions, from prevention and promotion to health protection, diagnosis, treatment and care, and to integrate and balance action between them.

Our BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences programme brings together a diverse range of subjects to provide you with a holistic understanding of the social, economic, medical and demographic factors that shape population health; from prevention and promotion, to health protection, diagnosis, treatment and care. Students will be equipped with the academic, practical and professional knowledge and skills required to determine systematic variations in the health of individuals, communities and populations, and the ability to apply this knowledge to a wide variety of health solutions aimed at improving population health, wellbeing and the delivery of health services.

During the first year, students are introduced to the key issues and concerns of Population Health, including Healthcare systems and organisation, and the use of Health Information Technology. Alongside this, they will also develop an elementary knowledge of genetics, cell biology, human physiology and develop key skills for medical sciences. The second year of study then introduces students to more specialised topics within Population Health and medical sciences. These include Health Service Research, Health Informatics, Human Immunology, Bioethics, Biostatistics, Population Health Management, and many more. In addition, in the second year, students can choose modules from one of three ‘Employability Strands’ (1: Medical Research; 2: Enterprise and Innovation; 3: Medical Science in Practice (minimum 60% year 1 average required). The third year then exposes students to a further range of multidisciplinary topic areas, including Data to Decisions, Global Population Health and Human Biology and the Environment. Students are also provided with the opportunity to develop independent research skills relevant to their chosen area of interest through the completion a 'capstone project.' This project will require that students draw from the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the programme in order to produce a piece of independent research.

Employability is at the heart of this programme; as well as having the opportunity to tailor their module choices to an ‘Employability strand’, our students will be able to enhance their employability skills throughout the duration of their studies through supported work experience opportunities at each year. Placements have been secured with NHS Wales Informatics Service and will provide students with invaluable opportunities for work-based learning, as well as unique opportunities to network with established healthcare professionals.

The BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences programme is also included in the 'Pathways to Medicine' programme, which will provide our students with direct links to Swansea's Graduate Entry Medicine degree, and the opportunity to secure a guaranteed interview for this programme, providing they choose the appropriate pathway (Medicine in Practice), perform satisfactorily and meet the minimum entry criteria (60% average in year 1 and 2) at the time of application.

**We guarantee that you will be made a conditional offer for a course at Swansea University. Subject requirements will apply. Please come along to our next Open Day or get in touch for further information.**

Modules

Please see the course website for detail.

Module selection options may change, but below is the course structure in place in place for the 2018/19 cohort.

Level 4: Year 1: "Building Blocks" Developing fundamental knowledge, skills & competencies
During the first year, the programme has been structured to gradually introduce students to core knowledge and skills within Population Health and medical sciences. The following modules are compulsory:

• PM-144: Introduction to Population Health: Systems and Organisation (10 credits)
• PM-132: Eukaryotic cell biology (10 Credits
• PM-133: Evolution & Molecular genetics (10 Credits)
• PM-138: Skills for medical sciences (20 Credits)
• PM-146: Health Information Technology (10 Credits)
• PM-137: Introduction to Medical Psychology (10 Credits)
• PM-139/141: Human Physiology 1 & 2 (10 Credits each)

Students also have a choice between two optional modules in their first year:

• PM-145: Careers and Employability in Population Health (20 Credits)
• PME-100: Learning in a digital age (20 Credits)

Level 5: Year 2: "Critical Thinking” the analysis and evaluation of knowledge, skills & competencies

During the second year students are able to further develop their knowledge, skills and competencies through the completion of more specialised modules which adopt a more critical and evaluative approach. Compulsory modules are:

• PM-255: Introduction to Health Informatics (10 Credits)
• PM-263: Health Service Research (10 Credits)
• PM-256: Communicating medical sciences (10 Credits)
• PM-249: Human Immunology (10 Credits)
• PM-238: Biostatistics (10 Credits)
• PM-265: Population Health Management, Solutions and Strategies (10 Credits)
• PM-264: Enhancing employability through work experience (20 Credits)

Students also choose 20 credits from:

• PM-258: Intermediate Medical Psychology (10 Credits)
• PM-266: The Cardiovascular system (10 Credits)
• PM-260: Bioethics (10 Credits)
• PME200: Enhancing Learning with Digital Technologies (20 Credits)

Students also take a 20 credit module in from their chosen 'Employability Strand'

• Medical Science in Practice Pathway students take PM-254: Doctors, Patients and the goals of medicine (20 Credits)
• Medical Research Pathway students take PM-259: Contemporary Themes and Techniques in Medical Sciences (20 Credits)
• Enterprise and Innovation Pathway students take AR-201 Entrepreneurship (20 Credits)

Level 6: Year 3: "Doing Population Health & Medical Sciences" application of knowledge, skills & competencies

The third year provides opportunities for the student to apply the knowledge, skills and competencies they have acquired throughout their studies in a number of speciaised areas. Compulsory modules are:

• PM-340: Being a medical scientist (20 Credits)
• PM-348: Data to decisions (20 Credits)
• PM-349: Global Population Health: Future Opportunities and Challenges (20 Credits)
• PM-341: Human Biology and the Environment (10 credits)

Students also have a 10 credit module choice from the following advanced modules:

• PM-352: Reproductive Biology (10 Credits)
• PM-353: From Bench to Bedside: An Introduction to Clinical Trials (10 Credits)
• PM-350: Evaluating natural experiments and complex interventions (NRSIs) (10 Credits)
• PM-356: The Sweet Sickness: Advances in Diabetes and Related Disorders (10 Credits)

In addition, all final year students will take PM-344: Capstone Project (10 + 30 Credits). Here, students will be encouraged to develop independent research skills relevant to their individual areas of interest through the completion of their own, independent research project (which may be Lab-based, Data-based or Educational Research dependent upon student interest/staff resources). Projects will require students to draw from the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the course, and will be aligned with their chosen 'Employability Strand'.

Assessment methods

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including, practical write-ups, multiple choice examinations, oral and visual presentations, podcasts, essays, reports, group journal clubs, mock grant proposals, policy briefs, on-line discussion boards, blogs and a capstone project.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Swansea University Medical School

TEF rating:

Calculate your living costs

See how much you'll need to live on at your chosen university, with our student budget calculator.

See your living costs
Read full university profile

What students say


Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Medicine and dentistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

100%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

100%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here