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Population Health and Medical Sciences Swansea University Degree level: Undergraduate


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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.

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Course details


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 method

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code B211
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If you are an International Student, please visit our International pages for more information about entry requirements:- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements/

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - AAB 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.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D*D* BTEC should be in a relevant subject.
Access to HE Diploma Should be in a relevant subject.
Extended Project 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.

Each application will be assessed on its own individual merits by the Admissions Tutor and will take into account the A-level subjects (or equivalent), personal statement, relevant skills and past experiences/achievements and referee’s comments.

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