BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics)

  1. UCAS code:
    B1F4
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB

Course Overview

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 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: Accredited by the NSHCS (National School of Healthcare and Science), on behalf of Health Education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary register, IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) and RCT (the Register of Clinical Technologists).

Key Features

  • Swansea University is the only Welsh University to offer a BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics) degree, with very few universities UK-wide offering the course.
  • Students spend approximately 50% of their time at University, and 50% in practice placements
  • 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)
  • We are ranked 22nd  in the UK for health professions in the Guardian Good University Guide 2017 
  • 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 are excellent opportunities for postgraduate career progression in Healthcare Science, up to consultant Healthcare Scientist level
  • Our academics have many research interests. Here is more information about College of Human and Health Sciences research.

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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
SHC160Academic Year40Scientific Basis of Medical Physics
SHC161Academic Year10Informatics and Statistics

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC230Academic Year10Professional Practice 2
SHC231Academic Year10Research Methods and Statistics
SHC232Academic Year20Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
SHC233Academic Year10Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1
SHC243Academic Year30Medical Imaging
SHC244Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)20Practice of Radiation Protection
SHC245Academic Year10Medical Equipment Lifecycle
SHC246Academic Year10Non-ionising Radiation and Physiological Measurements

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHC330Academic Year10Professional Practice 3
SHC331Academic Year30Healthcare Science Research Project
SHC332Academic Year20Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2
SHC346Academic Year30Framework of Radiation Governance and Risk Management
SHC347Academic Year30Practice of Radiation Physics

Description

Radiation Physicists work alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals.

The aim of this Radiation Physics degree is to provide the student with a high level of knowledge and the practical skills that will enable them to function as a professional practitioner in the field of Radiation Physics.

The course will provide an understanding of the main sources of ionising and non-ionising radiation encountered in the clinical environment, the legislative and organisational framework surrounding their use and the principles of risk assessment, risk management and radiation protection.  The student will gain understanding of the performance testing of a wide range of equipment, measurement of patient doses, dose optimisation and audit of radiation departments.

The Radiation Physics 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

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The degree is accredited by the NSHCS (National School of Healthcare and Science), on behalf of Health Education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Healthcare Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary register, IPEM (Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine) and RCT (the Register of Clinical Technologists).

Entry Requirements

Candidates will need to demonstrate a strong educational profile and a clear commitment to Healthcare Science in the Physical Science field.

 

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

BTEC: DDD

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

A previous degree

Other equivalent qualifications.

 

Those wishing to access the programme via the part-time route will be employees of hospitals, referred to as ‘grow-your-own’. The University will work with the employers to ensure that applicants have the necessary academic level to complete the programme.

 

Any offer of a place will also require:

Applicants must have a placement secured before applying. Please contact Dr Chris Wigham on c.g.wigham@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

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

An Occupational Health check - please also read our Vaccination Policy for Applicants on this page.

Provide academic and character references as well as an employer reference, if appropriate.

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

How To Apply

If you are being funded by your employer, you will need to apply directly to the College of Human and Health Sciences.  Please contact Admissions Tutor, Dr Chris Wigham on c.g.wigham@swansea.ac.uk

All other applicants for the Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics) 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.

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 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 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

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course but you may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus and to placements
  • Accommodation
  • Photocopying, buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • All texts are available in the library but students may want to own recommended books or those on reading lists

Please contact us on chhsadmissions@swansea.ac.uk to discuss this further. Costs can only be calculated on an individual basis.

Fees and Funding

Applicants should be sponsored by a healthcare employer. However, in exceptional circumstances, self-funded places may be available for applicants who are able to secure their own placements. Please contact Chris Wigham for further information.

These places will be subject to the standard annual undergraduate tuition fee, which currently stands at £9000.

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.

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.

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 (Radiation Physics) 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, 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.

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 Radiation Physics

Employment prospects in Medical Physics Technology 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 in the disciplines of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Physics – 100% – 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 expected 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 Medical Physics Technology 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.

 

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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, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.