A unique new Bachelor of Arts & Science (B.A.S.) / Medical Sciences dual degree program offered through Trent University and Swansea University in the UK offers students the opportunity to complete two degrees in four years, preparing for careers as medical professionals while gaining international experience.
“Trent’s elite Bachelor of Arts and Science program is renowned for attracting high achieving students who are interested in the intersections between arts and science,” says Dr. Mark Skinner, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Trent. “We are pleased to partner with Swansea University to offer our students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and experience through international learning as they prepare for careers as well-rounded professionals in the healthcare sector.”
Students enrolled in the new integrated four-year dual degree program will spend their first two years crossing interdisciplinary boundaries in the B.A.S. program at Trent before heading to Wales to complete a B.Sc. in one of Swansea University’s dedicated medical pathway programs, including Applied Medical Science, Medical Pharmacology, or Population Health and Medical Science. Students will graduate with two degrees in just four years and graduates who meet academic requirements will be guaranteed an interview into Swansea’s prestigious School of Medicine.
“This latest collaboration is another exciting development and testimony to the world-class teaching, research and innovation we offer here in Swansea,” says Dr. Keith Lloyd, dean of Medicine at Swansea University. “We look forward to the arrival of our Trent students and helping them to become future health professionals, educators, researchers and life scientists.”
High achieving students in the program, interested in taking their education further, will also have the option of completing a graduate degree at Swansea, transferring to a Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry or Medical Genetics.
“Trent’s broad, yet focused, B.A.S. degree aligns very well with Swansea’s medical professional programs,” says Dr. Jessica Marion Barr, B.A.S. program coordinator at Trent. “Through this partnership, students interested in a career in medicine will have a distinct advantage upon graduation. The combination of skills – creativity, interdisciplinary thinking, problem solving – together with hands-on research and analytical experience, will open myriad career opportunities in the medical and life sciences sectors.”
The Trent/Swansea B.A.S./Medical Sciences dual degree, launching in fall 2021, is the latest in a series of collaborations between the two institutions, following the creation of the popular Trent/Swansea Law & Arts/Law & Business dual degree in 2016, and the Trent/Swansea Chemical Engineering dual degree launched in 2018.
Applications for the new dual degree program remain open for September. Learn more about the program.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
About Swansea University
Founded in 1920, Swansea University is a world-class, research-led, dual campus university offering an exceptional student experience to more than 22,000 students. The University celebrated its centenary in 2020 and commemorative events to mark the occasion will continue in 2021. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked Swansea University 26th in the UK for research excellence, and in 2018 the University achieved a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Swansea is a UK top 25 institution, having climbed to 24th the Guardian University Guide 2021, and was ranked 6th for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2020. Swansea currently offers around 450 undergraduate courses and 350 postgraduate courses.