BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology)

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES - UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements.

ACCREDITATION - Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.

EMPLOYABILITY - 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016)

AVERAGE EARNINGS - Graduate starting salary of £24k on average (Unistats 2016)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - Minimum BBB at A2 level with at least one being maths, biology, physics or chemistry. Plus a minimum of five GCSEs at A-C grade including; Welsh/English Language, Mathematics, and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience
  • 50% of time at University, 50% in practice placements
  • Clinical practice suite allows students to gain confidence and experience before moving onto their work placements.
  • Many subject-specific academic staff are also clinically active and still work in practice.
  • Strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus.
  • 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2016).
  • Graduate starting salary of £24k on average (Unistats 2016).
  • There are excellent opportunities for career progression in Healthcare Science to Clinical Scientist and Higher Specialist  Scientist by masters and doctoral training respectively. Ultimately it is possible to progress to the role of Consultant Healthcare Scientist.
  • Students have the opportunity to work towards the Swansea Employability Award to gain work experience and develop skills that employers are looking for.

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Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Professional Practice 1
SHC151Academic Year30Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science
SHC152Academic Year20Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science
SHC153Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Basics of Mathematics and Physics for Healthcare Science
SHC154Academic Year20Neurosensory Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology
SHC155Academic Year20Neurosensory Science
SHC156Academic Year10Neurosensory Clinical Measurement and Treatment

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC200Academic Year20Applied Neurophysiology and Instrumentation
SHC226Academic Year10Neuroanatomy and Physiology
SHC227Academic Year10Evoked Potentials
SHC228Academic Year30Clinical Neurophysiology 1
SHC230Academic Year10Professional Practice 2
SHC231Academic Year10Research Methods and Statistics
SHC232Academic Year20Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
SHC233Academic Year10Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC300Academic Year10Specialist Neurophysiology
SHC323Academic Year30Abnormal EEG and Interpretation
SHC325Academic Year20Neuropathology
SHC330Academic Year10Professional Practice 3
SHC331Academic Year30Healthcare Science Research Project
SHC332Academic Year20Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2

Description

Swansea University is the sole provider of Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) in Wales.

Neurophysiology is a branch of healthcare science that investigates nervous system function with the aim of diagnosis and monitoring neurological disorders including epilepsy, strokes, dementia, nerve and muscle dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.

Our healthcare science neurophysiology degree has been developed to give you the knowledge, skills and practical experience to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner in Neurophysiology.

You will develop the understanding and confidence to undertake specialist procedures in neurophysiology, including: EEG (electroencephalography) - recording the electrical activity of the brain; evoked potentials – measuring brain responses to specific stimuli; and EMG (Electromyography) and NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) - assessing nerve and muscle function.

Practitioners work side by side with other members of the healthcare team to deliver effective and cost efficient healthcare.  

Our lecturers are registered healthcare science practitioners and academic staff who are at the forefront of their discipline and continually keep up to date with the key research, knowledge and practice in their field.  

You will have access to the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities which offer realistic workplace experiences, including a clinical and technical skills centre and simulated clinical practice facilities. 

Take a virtual tour of the campus using the Swansea University Interactive map. 

The BSc (Hons) Neurophysiology degree is currently undergoing accreditation, further information will be available shortly. 

Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level with at least one being maths, biology, physics or chemistry. Plus a minimum of five GCSEs at A-C grade including; Welsh/English Language, Mathematics, and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

Any offer of a place will also require:

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or approved equivalent.

An Occupational Health check.

Compliance with vaccination policy.

Applicants should also familiarise themselves with the NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour.

How To Apply

UK AND EU students wishing to apply for the Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) course must apply through UCAS.

There is no deadline, but an early application is advised because there is strong competition. We do not usually offer deferred places.

Candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile.

Please view our Vaccination Policy for Applicants ‌

Tuition Fees

This will be a Welsh Government commissioned programme - fees will be paid by WEDS. There is no opportunity for international students to enrol on the programme.

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time N/A N/A

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Course Structure

The Healthcare Science Neurophysiology degree is a full-time, three year degree. The academic year is 45 weeks in duration. 

You will undertake approximately 58 weeks of work placement spread over three years at Welsh hospitals, allowing you to experience different working environments, patient types and equipment

 

Year 1 – 12 weeks, 3 blocks

Year 2 – 21 weeks, 3 blocks

Year 3 – 25 weeks, 1 block

 

Blocks are spread over the year so you would attend university followed by a work placement which will help you to apply your knowledge to practice.

In year 3 you will attend university in term one and a work placement for the remainder of the year.

 

Assessment: There are a number of tools used for assessment; these could include written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work.

A number of modules are shared with students on other healthcare science degrees, giving you a unique interprofessional experience. 

Careers in Neurophysiology

Currently the UK is experiencing a wide shortage of neurophysiologists and as a result there are excellent job opportunities available.

The NHS starting salary for Neurophysiologists is £21,176 (Band 5). Typical career earnings go up to £40,157 . A significant proportion of our graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles. A Consultant can earn £97,478.

If you work in this area of healthcare science, you will frequently carry out investigations in dedicated environments or departments, such as in intensive care settings and in operating theatres working directly with inpatients and outpatients of all ages (babies, children and adults).

Fees and Funding

Welsh Government pays tuition fees for successful UK and EU applicants.

A non-means tested bursary of £1,000 per year is provided.

A means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year is also available.

Students attending placements a hospitals distant form the University will also receive travel expenses and accommodation costs as required.  

There is a condition for those students who wish to access the funding provided by Welsh Government that they will be required to work within Wales for 2 years following graduation.

Students who do not wish to be held to the 2 year commitment to work in Wales may choose to pay their own fees. In this case they will not be required to work in Wales on graduation and will not receive a bursary.   

 

Find out more about tuition fees at Swansea.

 

Allowances for children and dependents may also be available.

Find out more about general scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities.

 

Current students: can find out more about the fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees here.

Accommodation

Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year Human and Health Science students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.