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Clinical Sciences

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2018: BBB / 120 UCAS points
Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: B990
Placement: Placement year not available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Life Sciences
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Entry onto the Clinical Sciences course, either directly or via a foundation year, allows students a unique and exciting opportunity to study science and health studies, and which can lead to a career in medicine, the healthcare sciences and other healthcare professions.

This collaborative course provides an opportunity for widening participation students entering the foundation year to progress to the MBChB programme at Leeds Medical School

Our focus is to widen participation in medical and healthcare education from students from underrepresented groups.

Clinical Sciences Widening Participation criteria September 2017 (docx, 66KB)

Clinical Sciences Widening Participation criteria September 2018 (docx, 71KB)

This course will provide you with the essential knowledge and key skills to underpin today’s ever-changing health service, and to meet the needs of our local community.

Find out more about the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Year 1 of the BSc in Clinical Sciences is accredited by the General Medical Council as part of the Leeds MBChB programme and the Foundation year recognised for entry to year 1 of Medicine at Leeds.


"The course has been great, we've had lots of opportunities to go out into the community and speak to people, and improve our employability skills.

Then we've had the chance to do a dissection - a full human body dissection.

The labs here are just amazing, and that's because of the amount of research that goes on here."

BSc Clinical Sciences, 2016

Why Bradford?

There will be opportunities on both courses for experiential training in a variety of healthcare settings.

We focus on providing you with the confidence and competence to embark on a career in allied health and science professions.

There are three routes into Clinical Sciences:

  1. Route 1: Direct entry into Year 1 of the BSc is suitable for applicants who wish to study a medically-related degree.
  2. Route 2: Entry via the Foundation year is suitable for applicants who do not have science A levels or the entry requirements for Year 1. Route 2 can lead directly into the BSc in Clinical Sciences or other health-related courses at Bradford or other UK institutions.
  3. Route 3: Entry via Route 3 into the Foundation year is for applicants who fulfil our widening participation criteria as well as the standard academic and non-academic entry requirements. Route 3 provides transfer opportunities for some students to the MBChB programme
    at Leeds Medical School.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBB / 120 UCAS points

A levels:

To include A-level Biology and Chemistry minimum grade B. No more than 12 points from Key Skills or any other scheme can count towards the total points.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Not accepted for this course. Applicants should apply for the Foundation Course in Clinical Sciences/Medicine.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

122 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Medicine Diploma courses accepted from the College of West Anglia and Sussex Downs Adult College only, where 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction (including Biology and Chemistry) and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit are required.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry or Dual Award Science at grade C or 4.

Additional entry requirements:

As part of the selection process, short-listed candidates are invited to a Selection day prior to making offers.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each sub-test) or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Year 1

Special Studies 1 (Semester 1 & 2)

This module introduces you to the essential skills required in your future career as a clinical scientist. You will research a selected drug and a specific case study to develop research and evaluation skills, particularly with regard to data generation, retrieval and analysis.

Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Systems (Semester 1 & 2)

This module provides you with knowledge of the structure, function & control of the human cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems; its contribution to the maintenance of homeostasis; how the system is affected by common diseases & the basic principles of assessment & treatment of common cardiovascular, respiratory and renal disorders.

Nutrition and Energy (Semester 2)

This module provides you with an understanding of digestion, absorption, storage and utilisation of food, the growth, development and structure of the gastro-intestinal tract, and the most common inherited and acquired defects. To promote enquiry into the relationships between diet, lifestyle, ethnicity, health and disease and consider how drugs are eliminated from the body.

Integrated Medical Sciences (Semester 1)

This module will provide an introduction to molecules, cells and tissues which underpin the normal structure and function of the human body. The module also explores genetics and offers a foundation in anatomy and human physiology in relation to disease and disease prevention.

Personal & Professional Development, Society and Health (Semester 1 & 2)

This module allows you to investigate selected topics related to healthcare, to develop your understanding of these areas in a self-directed manner. This also develops your transferable skills, including communication, presentations and scientific writing all of which are useful in a healthcare setting.

Year 2

Core modules:

Genetics and Health (Semester 2)

This module provides you with an understanding of the role of genetics in disease.

Skin, Sensation and Movement (Semester 1)

This module provides you with an introduction to the normal structure and function of the musculoskeletal/locomotor system and to consider the effects and management of some common pathologies and injuries and helps you develop an understanding of the structure and function of skin and the implication of damage in wounds, burns and skin cancer.

Personal, Career and Professional Development (Semester 1 & 2)

This module consolidates your skills in reflective practice and focuses these towards your future career. You will also explore how attitudes, values and beliefs can affect equality of healthcare and treatment and how relevant policies and legislation are used within healthcare.

Special Studies 2 (Semester 1 & 2)

Consolidation of skills in self - evaluation, communication and reflection all of which are essential skills that you will require for lifelong learning in your future career. You will also begin to develop skills in critical analysis that will enable you to make objective assessments of medical and scientific reports as well as gaining a foundation in statistical analysis and epidemiology.

Your optional modules include:

  • Endocrinology and Neurobiology (Semester 1 & 2)
  • Immunology, Haematology and Transfusion Science
  • Clinical and Analytical Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Year 3

Core modules:

Clinical Pharmacology (Semester 1)

This module provides you with an awareness of pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, drug therapy in special populations and how these processes may vary between ethnic group.

Economics of Healthcare Management (Semester 1 & 2)

This module equips students to understand and challenge management within the NHS through exposure to contemporary management theory and case examples. Students will also critically review concept of health economics as applied in the UK and global healthcare systems, how it impacts on patient treatment and its role in determining quality of life.

Special Studies and Personal & Professional Development (Semester 1 & 2)

CNS Mechanisms, Disorders and Therapeutics (Semester 2)

This module is designed to provide students an in-depth understanding of the central nervous system structural organisation and assess the molecular mechanisms underlying several diseases. Information outlining the knowledge and understanding required in this module is delivered in lectures and workshops are designed to discuss the development of the latest therapeutics targets used in the treatment of diseases, with especial focus on the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Your optional modules include:

  • Common Diseases and their Treatment (Semester 2)
  • Biology of Disease (Semester 2)
  • Research Topics 1 in Medical Cell Pathology (Semester 1)
  • Research Topics 1 in Cancer Biology & Therapeutics (Semester 1)
  • Research Topics 1 in Medical Biochemistry (Semester 1)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

98% of our 2016 graduates in Clinical Sciences found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

Career prospects

Opportunities include medicine and careers within the NHS that contribute directly to patient care, ranging from health service management, healthcare sciences, financial management, clinical psychology and primary care.

The highly successful pharmaceutical industry also offers a wide variety of careers.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2016 Clinical Sciences graduates was £23,214.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.


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Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • International: £17,800

* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..

See our Paying your fees page for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.