Health and Medical Sciences

About this route

The Health and Medical Sciences Pre-Masters programme provides the subject knowledge, language proficiency and study skills you need to progress to post-graduate degree study at the University of Surrey in a related field.

During the Pre-Masters programme you will study a core unit of general subject skills and subject-specific units, which are carefully designed for your academic development.

If you need to improve your English language to reach the required level, you can take our English for Pre-Masters programme over one or two semesters prior to starting your Pre-Masters Programme.

Modules

Core units

Academic English Skills


Research Methods for Life Sciences


Career Ahead for 1-semester programme

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop skills for success, both in their studies and future career. The focus on employability skills reflects the fact that Pre-Masters students are closer to the job market than any of our other students.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Statistics for Health and Medical Sciences

Understanding statistics is embedded across all research in Health and Medical Sciences so it is integral that the students can use their knowledge and apply it to design and carry out research.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Critically apply a range of mathematical and statistical methods and tools
  2. Analyse a range of statistical approaches and select the most appropriate within the context of research
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Formulate solutions to health and medical sciences problems using mathematical and statistical techniques
  5.  

    Key Skills

  6. Translate real-world problems into mathematical and statistical models and effectively communicate solutions

Research Skills for Masters (Health and Medical Sciences)

This module is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to frame appropriate questions and apply learnt techniques of enquiry in their chosen specialism.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Use HMS knowledge and skills to carry out an investigative project in Health and Medical Sciences
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Justify a choice of Research Design and Research Methodology
  4. Produce an evaluative Literature Review
  5. Analyse scientific data as part of an investigative project
  6. Critically evaluate key concepts
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Summarise the findings of an investigative project, using appropriate graphs and display charts
  9. Produce a scientific dissertation following standard referencing
  10. Present the results of the investigation to peers and other stakeholders

    Indicative Content:

  • Health and Medical Sciences research for Masters level
  • Opposing research positions and types of methodologies

Journal Club

This module provides an opportunity for experience of extended reading and writing to demonstrate an appropriate level of synthesis, through a literature review, speaking skills, presentation of journal articles or texts.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Deploy acquired knowledge of principles of critical reading
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Apply relevant subject-specific academic conventions to academic writing, including use of data and diagrams
  4. Key Skills

     
  5. Demonstrate competence in the process of self-critical drafting for postgraduate study, reflecting on and incorporating feedback
  6. Apply independent learning techniques
  7. Critically evaluate sources and reflect on the process of leading a seminar and discussion
  8. Develop critical literature review skills, utilising a variety of research sources

Core units

Statistics for Health and Medical Sciences

Understanding statistics is embedded across all research in Health and Medical Sciences so it is integral that the students can use their knowledge and apply it to design and carry out research.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Critically apply a range of mathematical and statistical methods and tools
  2. Analyse a range of statistical approaches and select the most appropriate within the context of research
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Formulate solutions to health and medical sciences problems using mathematical and statistical techniques
  5.  

    Key Skills

  6. Translate real-world problems into mathematical and statistical models and effectively communicate solutions

Biosciences

This module provides a broad introduction to key elements of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Ecology and the Environment.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Describe key concepts and terms in relation to the study of:

    a) Cell biology

    b) Molecular Biology

    c) Embryo development and Developmental Biology

  2. Evaluate how research methods and approaches could be used to investigate a range of biological problems
  3.  

    Subject-specific

  4. Be able to carry out laboratory experiments following standard experimental protocols
  5. Be able to produce practical reports, following standard scientific methodology
  6. Interpret and analyse relevant research data
  7. Interpret graphical and mathematical models of biology
  8.  

    Key Skills

  9. Demonstrating an independent, articulate approach and an ability to express own opinions
  10. Apply practical biology-life skills and good laboratory practices to the development of experimental protocols including appropriate statistical analyses, displaying the ability to be innovative and to conceptualise responsibly and collaboratively

Research Skills

This module is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the ability to frame appropriate questions and apply learnt techniques of enquiry in their chosen specialism.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Use HMS knowledge and skills to carry out an investigative project in Health and Medical Sciences
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Justify a choice of Research Design and Research Methodology
  4. Produce an evaluative Literature Review
  5. Analyse scientific data as part of an investigative project
  6. Critically evaluate key concepts
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Summarise the findings of an investigative project, using appropriate graphs and display charts
  9. Produce a scientific dissertation following standard referencing
  10. Present the results of the investigation to peers and other stakeholders

    Indicative Content:

  • Health and Medical Sciences research for Masters level
  • Opposing research positions and types of methodologies

Psychology

This module gives an overview of theories, methods, and research findings in the area of social and personality development during childhood and adolescence from a socio-cultural perspective. It will also introduce students to some of the key questions which currently guide research and practice in environmental psychology and provide an insight into the research and theory development.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of contemporary social psychological research on historical processes
  2. Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives in social and personality development
  3. Demonstrate coherent knowledge of environmental psychology theories, methods and research evidence
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Critically evaluate relevant psychology research literature
  6. Analyse the quantity and quality of evidence in psychology
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Apply statistical and analytical skills
  9. Evaluate the practical impact of research

The Future Scientist

This module explores modern scientific practice against a backdrop of change, enabling the student to explore a scientist’s role in society and their responsibility to and within the wider community.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Critically evaluate experimental data and primary literature
  2. Analyse the role of the scientist in modern society and their responsibility to the wider community
  3. Demonstrate the importance of sound scholarly conduct, recognising the pitfalls that could lead to scientific fraud
  4.  

    Subject-specific

  5. Critically examine how health and safety issues and project/data management competencies could change the outcome of a life science project
  6. Critique the broader societal outcomes of life science research with reference to scholarly conduct, scientific fraud and research misuse
  7.  

    Key Skills

  8. Communicate conclusions concisely to scientific and non-scientific audiences

Career Ahead

This module provides the opportunity for students to identify and develop employability skills.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Evaluate own level of personal development through the application of Kolb’s learning cycle
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Recognise and analyse the importance of behavioural competencies required for success in own chosen career area
  4.  

    Key Skills

  5. Self-assess relative strengths of career resume and identify areas for self-development
  6. Reflect on the application of a range of effective interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills through both independent and group work

Journal Club

This module provides an opportunity for experience of extended reading and writing to demonstrate an appropriate level of synthesis, through a literature review, speaking skills, presentation of journal articles or texts.

Learning Outcomes:

    Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Deploy acquired knowledge of principles of critical reading
  2.  

    Subject-specific

  3. Apply relevant subject-specific academic conventions to academic writing, including use of data and diagrams
  4. Key Skills

     
  5. Demonstrate competence in the process of self-critical drafting for postgraduate study, reflecting on and incorporating feedback
  6. Apply independent learning techniques
  7. Critically evaluate sources and reflect on the process of leading a seminar and discussion
  8. Develop critical literature review skills, utilising a variety of research sources

Study plans

One-semester

IELTS requirement Length Jan-May Jun-Aug Sept
6.0 1 semester     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

Two-semester

September intake

IELTS requirement Length Sept-Jan Feb-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters     Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme   Vacation

January intake

IELTS requirement Length Jan-May May-Aug Sept
5.5 2 semesters   Progress to your Masters degree

  Pre-Masters Programme

Progression degrees

This programme can lead to one of the postgraduate degrees in the table below. Grades and progression degree titles are guidelines and subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
Developmental Psychology in Research and Practice MSc 60% IELTS 7.0 (6.5 in all skills)
Environmental Psychology MSc 60% IELTS 7.0 (6.5 in all skills)
Human Nutrition MSc 60% IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 W & S, 6.0 R&L
Social Psychology MSc 60% IELTS 7.0 (6.5 in all skills)

Key facts

Course length: one or two semesters

Entry points: September and January

Teaching time: 21 hours per week

Dates for one semester:

January 2019 
07/01/2019 – 10/05/2019

Dates for two semesters:

September 2018
Semester 1: 24/09/2018 - 01/02/2019
Semester 2: 04/02/2019 - 31/05/2019

January 2019
Semester 1: 07/01/2019 – 10/05/2019
Semester 2: 13/05/2019 – 23/08/2019

Age: students are normally 21 years of age or older on the first day of their academic programme at the International Study Centre.

Entry requirements: visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements for all programmes.