Population Health and Medical Sciences with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Swansea University (Prifysgol Abertawe)

Population Health and Medical Sciences with a Foundation Year

Course summary

If you’re interested in the “next big thing in healthcare” but don’t have the required entry qualifications to join our BSc programme or are a mature student returning to education, our BSc with a Foundation Year is the right course for you. The foundation year of this four-year course will introduce you to the key concepts and knowledge in applied medical sciences that you will need to progress to the BSc in Population Health and Medical Sciences. This degree will give you a solid grounding in medical and life sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, demography, public health, and health informatics. Progressing to the full BSc, you will also develop the academic and professional knowledge needed to determine systematic variations in the health of individuals and populations, as well as the skills and experience to apply this knowledge to practical solutions to improve health, wellbeing, and the delivery of health services The Population Health and Medical Sciences foundation programme is unique as it 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. With your studies crossing over a number of disciplines, you will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the Medical School and also the dynamic research and learning environment. This degree is part of our ‘Medical Science in Practice’ Pathway to Medicine programme. Provided you meet the minimum entry requirements for Graduate Entry Medicine, and have successfully completed the Pathway, you will be guaranteed an interview for our flagship Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh course. Our academic staff across medical, health and social sciences are active in a diverse range of research fields, offering an unrivalled mix of academic excellence and innovative practice. For example, Swansea University Medical School is home to the National Centre for Population Health and Wellbeing Research which aims to make Wales a world leader in population health science. Students will have direct access to this innovative, world leading research which is embedded into the taught modules on this programme. We have an outstanding reputation for Medicine at Swansea and are ranked 5th in the UK for Medicine according to the Times Good University Guide 2024.


• Year 0 • Foundation Biological Chemistry • Metabolism and Homeostasis • The Human Cell • Introduction to Molecular Biology • Fundamentals of Microbiology & Disease • Foundation to data handling and analysis • Foundation Skills Development • Year 1 • Introduction to Population Health: Systems and Organisation • Genetics, Genomics & Evolution • Population Genomics • Introduction to Medical Psychology • Digital Health • Foundations of Community Medicine • Human Physiology • Eukaryotic Cell Biology • Skills for Medical Sciences • Year 2 • Human Immunology • Communicating Medical Sciences • Healthy mind, healthy body? • Population Health & The Art of Research • Practical Epidemiology • Health Services Research • Population Health Management, Solutions and Strategies • Molecular Evolution • Intermediate Medical Psychology • Bioethics • The Cardiovascular System • Introduction to Health Data Science • Introduction to neuroscience • Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice • Doctors, patients & the goals of medicine • Skills for Researchers • Biostatistics • Year 3 • Practical Quantitative Research • Human Biology and the Environment • Global Health • Advanced Epidemiology • Innovation Management - Fundamentals • Being a Medical Scientist • Reproductive Biology and Medicine • The Sweet Sickness: Advances in Diabetes and Related Disorders • Advanced Biostatistics • Machine Learning in Healthcare • Data to Decisions • Mental Health Literacy • Child Health • Advanced Digital Health and Care • Health and Care Economics • The Neuroscience of Learning, Memory and Cognition • Capstone Project • Teaching Science

Assessment method

Assessments will include Laboratory practicals, written exams, oral presentations, written assignments, and clinical skills assessments. The range of assessment methods is chosen to develop and demonstrate a range of skills transferable to the modern healthcare environment including reflection, oral and written communication, confidence and competence.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This Course is Open to UK, EU and international students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE requirements: English and Maths minimum Grade C Wales (England Pre-2017) or Grade 4 (England Post-2017) For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) and no less than 5.5 in each component.

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Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

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For the latest fee information, please check the individual course page on our website. Our full range of programmes are listed here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/ Further information on tuition fees can be found here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/

Sponsorship information

Swansea University offers a wide range of scholarships and bursaries which may be available to help finance your studies. Scholarships can be awarded to Welsh medium or international students, or for students excelling in exams, music or sport. Our income-related bursaries help students from lower income backgrounds. swansea.ac.uk/scholarships. Students paying the full international fees automatically receive the Swansea International Pharmacy Scholarship.

Population Health and Medical Sciences with a Foundation Year at Swansea University - UCAS