I can’t speak from a personal perspective for Biochemistry or Medical Sciences as I haven’t experienced either of them at degree level, however, I do imagine the first few years of medical school as being very similar to a Medical Sciences course.

At my medical school pre-clinical medicine is in years 1-2 (in 3rd year we begin clinical medicine). In those years you cover basic sciences so that’d include anatomy, physiology, histology, touch a on little pharmacology, a little pathology too. The purpose of those first 2 years is to develop a good scientific foundation and for me it felt a bit like A-level Biology but with a much greater and in-depth emphasis on Human Biology. You learn a lot of mechanisms, a lot of molecular science about cells and transporters as well as the pathophysiology of disease. From what I’ve heard, Biomedical Science is another course which is quite similar to the early years of medical school in terms of content covered.

There isn’t a lot of Chemistry involved in the medical degree from what I’ve experienced so far. We touch on it a little with drug mechanisms, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, but haven’t yet gone beyond that.

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