A new course aimed at encouraging students from a wide range of backgrounds to pursue a career in healthcare has been launched by the University of Wolverhampton.
The new Bachelor of Science (Honours) Medical Science and Clinical Practice degree has been designed by the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Sciences in partnership with the University of Birmingham.
The course, the first of its kind in the region, will widen participation to higher education and, through an innovative programme of medical science and practice placements, enable graduates to pursue a wide variety of healthcare careers. Expected career pathways include undertaking a post-graduate diploma in Physicians Associate studies or undertaking a NHS Healthcare Scientist Training programme. Students with the appropriate professional and academic qualities may also be able to transfer onto the MBChB Medicine course at the University of Birmingham after completing their studies.
The degree has a strong clinical focus with an emphasis on disease processes, pathology, anatomy and physiology. Students will have access to a range of work placement opportunities built into the curriculum, including working in the care sector alongside General Practitioners (GPs) and nurses as well as shadowing consultants and clinical scientists.
Professor Nazira Karodia, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at the University of Wolverhampton, said:
“This is a very exciting programme because it brings together two faculties, Health and Science, as well as the NHS and other healthcare providers who are key partners in this venture. More importantly, it also gives young people the opportunity to pursue a career that might not have otherwise been available to them.”
Professor Dev Singh, Medical Director of the Academic Institute of Medicine (AIM) at the University of Wolverhampton, said:
“This innovative new course aims to increase the range of career options for students from under-represented groups. The healthcare workforce of the future will depend upon such individuals and this provides the ideal opportunity for students to become highly knowledgeable practitioners in their chosen field of healthcare.”
Professor Jamie Coleman, MBChB Deputy Programme Director at the University of Birmingham, said:
“We, together with local NHS healthcare providers and strategic partners, can provide lots of clinical context for students. The new programme fits well with our existing medical model, encompassing not just medical science but also clinical practice. It will appeal to people who perhaps have not thought about studying a medical or healthcare degree but are interested in working in the medical profession.”
Students will have access to state-of-the-art simulation technology, including an Anatomage Table (Virtual Dissection Table) and will study in the laboratories at the University of Wolverhampton’s £25 million Rosalind Franklin Science building. They will also benefit from workplace-learning opportunities with strategic partners.
The first intake of students will start the course in September 2018.
Visit the website for more information about the course.
Picture caption from left to right: Professor Jamie Coleman, Professor Nazira Karodia, Professor Dev Singh and Dr Alex Hopkins, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing.
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