8th July 2021

Healthcare Science Practitioners play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Medical conditions, working alongside Doctors, Nurses and other health professionals. By training in one of these allied clinical roles, you will be at the forefront of your chosen discipline and prepare you to make a real difference as part of a clinical team.

With a wide range of areas to specialise in, excellent progression opportunities and funding from the NHS, a Healthcare Sciences degree will give you the first step onto an exciting and fulfilling career ladder. The NHS starting salary for Healthcare Scientists is £24,214, with typical career earnings rising to £43,772. There are also excellent career prospects in research, education, management, Her Majesty’s Forces, governmental departments and the private sector.


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Available Healthcare Sciences Specialities


Study the science of hearing, balance and the associated pathological conditions that affect them as well as how to assess hearing capacity and balance function using the latest diagnostic equipment and software applications. The audiology profession has undergone rapid expansion in recent years so you can look forward to a variety of professional opportunities.

Cardiac Physiology

Gain a holistic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the heart as well as the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques needed to provide specialised care to people living with or suspected of having cardiac disease. As a cardiac physiologist, you will undertake work that used to be in the remit of doctors and there are many opportunities for specialist role extension as your career progresses.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is an exciting, continually developing field that requires a high level of technical skill. As well as learning to operate, maintain and monitor complex, specialised equipment, you will learn about using isotopes and radiation to diagnose and treat many diseases, including cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological disorders.


Learn about the function of the nervous system and the conditions that affect it, such as stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and nerve and muscle dysfunction. As a neurophysiologist, you will carry out investigations in dedicated environments or departments, such as intensive care settings and operating theatres.

Radiotherapy Physics

Radiotherapy Physics is a vital field of medicine requiring a high level of responsibility and technical skill. You will work as part of a team to develop individual treatment plans for people with cancer and be responsible for the precise calibration and use of sophisticated radiotherapy equipment.

Radiation Physics

Learn about the clinical uses of x-rays, radioactive materials, lasers and ultraviolet radiation in imaging patients, diagnosing and treating disease, and monitoring patients’ response to treatment. You will also study the laws and regulations around the clinical use of radiation and the principles of risk assessment and management in order to use sophisticated equipment to measure and calculate the doses of radiation received by patients during treatment and by the staff delivering it.

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

Study the structure and functions of the respiratory system, together with the latest diagnostic and therapeutic techniques needed to perform a wide range of tests to diagnose and treat people with respiratory disease and sleep-related breathing disorders.

Rehabilitation Engineering

Rehabilitation engineering is an exciting, challenging and continually evolving field. You will learn about the design, construction and testing of a range of assistive technologies, including wheelchairs, artificial limbs, robotic aids and specialist seating. Using pressure mapping systems, goniometers, inclinometer, joystick controllers and programmers, you will learn to build standard and custom-made devices, as well as learning about their importance towards revolutionising patient care and independence.

Studying At Swansea

Swansea University offers Healthcare Sciences degrees across a growing range of specialties, all fully accredited by professional industry bodies and fully funded by the NHS.

Swansea University is ranked 1st in the UK for Medicine (Complete University Guide 2022) and 8th in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021) and boasts excellent facilities at its Health and Wellbeing Academy, combining realistic workplace simulations and real-life clinics.

Many of the academic staff are also practising clinicians, providing invaluable professional insight and expertise.

Find out more on Swansea’s website.


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