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Study medical sciences abroad

An in-depth guide to studying medical sciences as an international student.

Medical sciences degrees abroad

Medical science is the study of human health. It’s a subject that examines the biological evidence behind contemporary medicine and treatment, as well as researching future cures.

As a medical sciences student, you’ll develop a detailed understanding of how a healthy human body should work. You’ll look at how disease and trauma can threaten the body, and at how medical issues can be resolved.

Disease prevalence, medical treatment, and healthcare systems vary widely throughout the world. By studying medical sciences abroad, you’ll see the field through a global lens, providing you with a broader and more comprehensive understanding. Alongside improving your knowledge, you’ll travel the world, meet international experts, and forge fantastic friendships.

Medical sciences program structure

Medical sciences can be studied at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A bachelor’s in medical sciences will take between three and four years to complete, depending on the university. You can also choose to study medical sciences as a master’s or PhD, and these take one to two years and four to seven years respectively.

It’s important to remember that none of the above programs will qualify you to practice medicine. However, they can open doors to plenty of careers, as well as postgraduate degrees in medicine, dentistry, veterinary practice, and physiotherapy.

Medical sciences programs are usually taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, and practical lab sessions. Some programs will also require you to complete work-based learning in local hospitals. The assessment of most programs includes written exams, coursework, reports, presentations, and, sometimes, clinical examinations.

The modules that you’ll study as part of your program will depend on the university you choose to attend. Although they’ll vary between institutions, here are some of the topics you can expect to encounter:

  • Fundamental skills of medical scientists
  • Human cells
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of medical science research
  • Introduction to clinical practice
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Biochemistry

Types of medical sciences degrees

How to study medical sciences abroad

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Medical sciences study abroad programs

Medical sciences undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in medical sciences

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    Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) - Dual BMedSc/MD University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's/Master's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    67,540 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Applied Medical Sciences - BSc (Hons) Ulster University, UK | Online

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,480 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Medical Science - BMedSc Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    29,616 AUD
    Start date
    March, July, November
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    Chemistry (Medical Sciences) - BSc (Hons) Lakehead University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,604 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Medical Sciences (Accelerated degree) - BSc (Hons) London Metropolitan University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,770 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Associate in medical sciences

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    Emergency Medical Science - AASc St. Charles Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    5,520 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Medical sciences graduate programs

Master's in medical sciences

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    Medical Science (Anatomy) - MMS MAHSA University, Malaysia

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,300 USD
    Start date
    January, April
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    Medical Science / Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) - Dual BMedSc/MD University of Newcastle, Australia

    Program type
    Bachelor's/Master's
    Duration
    5 years
    Tuition fees per year
    67,540 AUD
    Start date
    February, July, September
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    Colonoscopy - MSc University of Hull, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    16,600 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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    Medical Science (Anatomical Sciences) - MMedSci Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    16,800 GBP
    Start date
    September
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Doctorate in medical sciences

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    Medical Science - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    4,500 EUR
    Start date
    September
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Pathway in medical sciences

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    Health and Medical Sciences, Pre-Masters - PGP University of Surrey, UK

    Program type
    Postgraduate pathway
    Duration
    6 months
    Tuition fees per year
    12,500 GBP
    Start date
    February, September
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Future medical sciences careers

A degree in medical sciences is an excellent stepping stone to employment and further study. You’ll graduate with the research, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills desired by employers across a range of health-related fields. Medical science graduates typically go on to work as a:

  • Biomedical scientist
  • Veterinarian
  • Doctor
  • Medical research scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Dentist
  • Medical sales representative
  • Medical journalist

Bear in mind that many of the listed roles will require a postgraduate qualification in medical practice. If you’re unsure about how to pursue a particular path, your university’s careers service should be able to support you with advice and guidance.