BSc (Med Sci) & BSc (Dent Sci) Clinical Medicine Specialist Course 4: Women and Children's Health MED4049

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers active areas of research at Glasgow University including fertility and assisted conception, genetic and embryological development, child health and disease, pregnancy and parturition, menopause and vascular disease in women. These topics will provide an understanding of the genetic, metabolic and physiological processes impacting on health in infancy and childhood, pregnancy and women.


On average approximately 6 x 1.5 hour sessions per week in Semester One, and 2 x 1.5 hour session per week in Semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Actively enrolled in an MBChB or BDS and normally have successfully completed at least the first 3 years. Exceptionally, some external students from specific partner institutions may join the course after completion of two years of MBChB or BDS (or equivalent); however award of the intercalated degree will be withheld until they have subsequently completed the required number of additional credits (or equivalent) at their home institution.

Recommended Entry Requirements

Will normally be placed within the top 50% of the year and have demonstrated good academic progress.

Excluded Courses



BSc (Med Sci), BSc (Dent Sci) Clinical Medicine Core Course

BSc (Med Sci), BSc (Dent Sci) Clinical Medicine Research Project

BSc (Med Sci), BSc (Dent Sci) Clinical Medicine Statistics



65% written examination in April/May

35% review essay completed during 2nd semester

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aim of this specialist course is to provide an introduction to clinical research into women's and children's health, from fertility and conception through to the menopause, vascular disease and ageing. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of how knowledge gained from scientific research in these areas is applied to prevent, detect and treat disease in women and children.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Evaluate the current limitations of and the future challenges facing medicine in the specialties of medical genetics, obstetrics & gynaecology and paediatrics (as related to current research into women's and children's health being carried out at the University of Glasgow).

Describe how different clinical research methodologies (such as molecular and physiological laboratory techniques, clinical research in patients, epidemiology and clinical research trials) are applied to research into women's and children's health.

Critically appraise current evidence in the research literature relating to women's and children's health.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Attendance of at least 80% of lectures and tutorials is mandatory along with active participation in the seminar and other teaching opportunities.