BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine)

Course Overview

NO TUITION FEES to pay for UK and EU students who meet residency criteria

EMPLOYABILITY: 99% of Healthcare Science students who graduated from Swansea University in 2014 were employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: The average NHS starting salary for graduate Medical Physics Technologists is around £21,176. Typical career wage brackets go from £21,176 to £40,157.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level including maths or physics. GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 A-C passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

ACCREDITATION: All Healthcare Sciences degrees are accredited by Health Education England through the National School of Healthcare Science accreditation process. Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the regulatory body, the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine, and enter the workplace as an independent practitioner.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • 50% of time at University, 50% in practice placements
  • 92% of students agree that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats 2014)
  • Our state- of-the- art facilities and clinical practice suite allow students to gain confidence and experience before moving on to their work placements.
  • Small student cohorts allow for a personal learning experience
  • Many academic staff are also professional healthcare scientists and still work in practice
  • Strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus
  • There is varied access to further study in health or social care at postgraduate level upon completion 
  • Our academics have many research interests. Here is more information about College of Human and Health Sciences research.

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Medical Physics Technologists work alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals. They use advanced techniques to diagnose and treat disease using isotopes and radiation in its various forms. This degree is ideal for people who enjoy basic physics, which underpins the technology used.

The University is the Welsh Government’s preferred provider for Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine) professional pre-registration education in south west Wales.

Students on this course spend half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. All placements are organised by the College on behalf of students.  

Students learn how to use radioisotopes to image organs and compartments in the human body, for example lung perfusion and ventilation studies or thyroid function tests.

The degree will:
• Equip students with the skills to work in the NHS or private sector
• Provide transferable skills in team working, communication, problem-solving and analysis

In addition, Medical Physics students also have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical practice suite allows students of nuclear medicine to learn practical skills before using them in a real life situation.

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Entry Requirements

Minimum BBB at A2 level including maths or physics. GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 A-C passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science. 

Alternative requirements

  • Access to Science: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination. Please note: we do not accept Access to Healthcare or Access to Healthcare and Nursing
  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass and either BC at A2 level (including maths or physics) or DD at BTEC
  • Irish leaving certificate: 345
  • Students  whose first language is not English require IELTS English language requirement: 7.0 with no components below 5.5

Any offer of a place will also require:

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


International Students 

Unfortunately this course is currently unavailable to international students. Please click here to find out about other opportunities for International Students at Swansea

For more information call +44 (0) 1792 518531 or email

How To Apply

UK AND EU students wishing to apply for the Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine) 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. 

An early application is advised because there is strong competition. Candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile.

Prospective applicants are expected to fully investigate the profession. Evidence of this will be sought during the selection process.

Students are advised to visit a hospital medical physics department to familiarise themselves with the role and daily activities of medical physics technologists before applying.


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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.

Fees and Funding

Welsh Government pays tuition fees for successful UK and EU applicants who may also be eligible for a non means-tested grant of £1,000 and a means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 each year. 

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

There is a practical placement fee of £2,750 per academic year for international students only. 

Find out more about tuition fees at Swansea. 

Funding: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Maintenance loans and allowances for travel, children and dependents may also be available. Students not eligible to receive the means-tested bursary will be required to cover the cost of accommodation and travel to placements themselves. Find out more at this NHS Funding page.

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.

Course Structure

Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine) is a full–time three-year course. Students attend 45 weeks per year. The course starts in September, before the usual University term times

Also, students have different leave entitlements.

The degree is modular and comprises academic study mainly at our Singleton Park campus and hands-on clinical placements at hospitals across Wales, organised by the College.

Over the three years, total direct contact time at University will be about 850 hours. This will include lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work, laboratory and clinical simulation work.  

Students will attend 61 weeks of placement before graduating. While on placement the student is expected to work 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday, with a half-day to study each week. This totals about 2,200 hours over the three years.

The College has the support of many healthcare providers and is able to offer a wide range of clinical experiences to students across a wide geographical area.

Students will be expected to travel to different clinical environments and live in nearby accommodation. Consideration is given to the residential and travel requirements of students when allocating placements.  

When not on work placements, students will be taught at Swansea University’s main campus.

Assessment:  If you study to become a Medical Physics Technologist, you will be assessed in a number of ways, including by exam, assignments and on practical work.


Careers in Nuclear Medicine

Employment prospects in nuclear medicine are excellent. Opportunities exist in the NHS, in the private sector and in research and development. Postgraduate study opportunities are also available.

Almost all previous graduates of Healthcare Sciences – 99% – have gone on to work in their chosen profession in the NHS, mainly in Wales but also in England, within six months of graduating.

The NHS starting salary for Medical Physics Technologists is £21,176 (Band 5). Typical career earnings range from £21,176 to £40,157. A significant proportion of Healthcare Science graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles. The maximum earning potential in the NHS for a consultant in nuclear medicine is £97,478.

Individuals with a scientific outlook, an interest in practical applications of knowledge and a desire to help others would find this a rewarding career choice.

Visit our career pages to read our graduate success stories and download our career guide 


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