2nd February 2023

There’s no escaping the cost-of-living crisis; from food and everyday essentials to energy and fuel prices, everything is getting more expensive. Now may be the perfect time to consider a fully-funded healthcare course with outstanding career prospects.

And as you prepare to apply to university, the looming cost of funding your degree may be weighing heavy. If you are worried about financing a Medicine degree for 5 or 6 years and leaving university in thousands of pounds worth of debt, now may be the time to broaden your thinking and consider other careers that will still allow you to pursue your passion for healthcare without breaking the bank.

At Swansea University, there’s a whole range of fully funded degrees that could fit the bill, including:


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Operating Department Practice

Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) are a key member of the operating department team responsible for the smooth and safe running of an operation – from making the patient comfortable and ensuring their safety pre-op, to assisting the surgeon with instruments during the operation, and providing appropriate treatment for the patient to recover.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists work with patients to address any difficulties they may have completing everyday tasks, brought on by changes to their physical or mental health. They support their patients to overcome barriers and restore independence at home, work or in their social life to improve their quality of life.

Healthcare Science

Healthcare Scientists play a vital role in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. They work as part of the multidisciplinary team, either through direct patient contact, or through the development and maintenance of specialist devices, to improve patient outcomes and save lives.

Paramedic Science

Paramedics provide urgent care in a variety of settings, assessing, identifying and treating medical and traumatic conditions in patients of all ages. You will be trained to drive an ambulance and to use specialist equipment, techniques and drugs to resuscitate and/or stabilise patients, working closely with healthcare teams in the community.


Nurses play a vital role in the multidisciplinary healthcare team, working with Doctors, Physician Associates and other healthcare professionals to assess, plan and deliver care to a range of individuals with acute and chronic conditions. Nurses can choose to specialise in adult, child, mental health or learning disability nursing.


Midwives provide clinical and personal care to ensure a woman’s physical and emotional wellbeing during pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. This highly skilled profession builds expertise in the physiology of pregnancy, and midwives are the lead practitioners for women with uncomplicated pregnancies and births.

Fully funded studies

Swansea University’s healthcare degrees are fully funded through the NHS Wales Bursary, so as long as you can commit to working for NHS Wales for a period after you graduate, your tuition fees will be covered for the duration of your course. And with a current starting salary of £27,055 (correct as of January 2023) and opportunities for career progression to consultant level, you will be starting your healthcare career with a positive financial outlook.

With Swansea University’s ranking as a UK Top 10 for Anatomy and Physiology (Guardian University Guide 2023), you will benefit from world-class teaching as well as excellent facilities providing realistic workplace simulation and work placements within the NHS to build your clinical experience.

Explore your future career

Ready to learn more about our fully-funded healthcare courses? Head to Swansea University’s NHS Careers page to explore your study options, find your ideal career in healthcare, or join an upcoming Open Day to meet academics and current students, ask your questions and tour the beachfront campus.


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