BSc in Population Health and Medical Sciences

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Program Description

Interested in the “next big thing in healthcare”? The increasingly developing field of Population Health is a great career choice for those who wish to be at the forefront of healthcare advancement. Put simply, Population Health is concerned with the wide range of factors that can determine the health and health outcomes of individuals, groups and populations.

The growing pressures on healthcare systems globally are well documented, with chronic diseases, ageing populations and increased incidents of mental health. Advancements in medicine are improving health for more and more people, but inequalities in the health care received by people based on where they are born, live and work are prevalent. Population health aims to address these inequalities, by working to better understand the healthcare needs of groups of people, improving healthcare models and providing innovative solutions to meet people’s health needs.

This degree will give you a solid grounding in medical and life sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, demography, public health, and health informatics. 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.

Why Population Health and Medical Sciences at Swansea?

Our BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences 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 entry requirements, and have followed this Pathway, you will be guaranteed an interview for our flagship Graduate Entry Medicine MBBCh course.

We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Medicine and top in Wales (The Complete University Guide 2019). We are also ranked 1st in the UK for Research Environment and joint 2nd for Research Quality (Research Excellence Framework 2014).


Your Population Health and Medical Sciences Experience

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 (www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/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.


Population Health and Medical Sciences Employment Opportunities

Studying Population Health and Medical Sciences will open you up to a vast range of careers in the medical and life sciences sector including:

  • Research
  • Health education
  • NHS and Care management
  • Clinical practice
  • Health informatics
  • Patient advocacy (eg The Kings Fund, World Health Organisation)
  • Policy development in health and governmental settings (Local, national and international)

Swansea University’s BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences also prepares eligible students for further professional training such as Physician Associate Studies and Graduate Entry Medicine.

  • Health informatics
  • Patient advocacy
  • Policy development in health and governmental settings

Swansea University’s BSc Population Health and Medical Sciences also prepares eligible students for further professional training such as Physician Associate Studies and Graduate Entry Medicine.


Entry Requirements

  • A-levels/Welsh Baccalaureate: AAB-BBB. Biology essential
  • IB: 32-34. Higher Level Biology essential at Grade 6 or above
  • BTEC: Typically Double Distinction with a strong Biology profile


Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) will support you at each stage of your career journey helping you build a bright future.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Advice and guidance on postgraduate study and funding
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.

Last updated Mar 2020

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