What is a healthcare scientist?

Healthcare scientists work to diagnose, monitor, prevent, manage and treat illnesses and conditions using their understanding of human sciences, including biology, chemistry and physics. They use their expertise to improve patient care and save lives, or to help people live independent lives through rehabilitation, either with direct patient contact or in a supporting role.

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Student Stories

Harriet Wesson
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"...this course allows me to delve into the world of the brain and nervous system whilst having an active communication with patients.
Work experience helped me blend lectures into real life clinical experience while in a safe and helpful environment. I was able to travel Wales for free by working hard in the week and exploring each new area on the weekends."

Find out more about Harriet Wesson's Student Story

What makes Healthcare Sciences at Swansea stand out from the crowd?

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We are ranked Top 10 in the UK for Anatomy and Physiology and 1st in the UK for Graduate Prospects (Times Good University Guide 2024) and our courses are fully accredited by professional industry bodies. Our excellent facilities provide realistic workplace simulations and many of our academic staff in Health Sciences are practising clinicians, providing invaluable professional insight and expertise.

We train across the breadth of allied clinical roles, which gives you access to a wealth of clinical experience from our teaching staff where our commitment to evidence-informed teaching will put you at the forefront of your chosen healthcare sciences discipline and prepare you to make a difference as part of a clinical team. 

Fully Funded Degree

Choosing to follow your passion for healthcare could pay. This range of degrees is fully funded via the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme. 

What this could mean for you is, if you commit to working for NHS Wales for a period after you graduate your tuition will be fully covered by the NHS Wales Bursary, as well as maintenance funding of up to £4,491 and the full amount of student loan from Student Finance.

Find out about the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme

Our Healthcare Sciences Degrees

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Our Audiology degree will give you a full and holistic understanding of how to assess hearing capacity and balance function using the latest diagnostic equipment and software applications. Throughout your course you will observe clinics in our purpose built Health and Wellbeing Academy gain experience in commercial settings and build your skills and confidence in clinical work placements at hospitals. 

Course Page: Healthcare Science (Audiology), BSc (Hons)

Studying Audiology you will have the choice as to whether they receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, and therefore commit to working in NHS Wales for a number of years, or via Student Loans and Grants.

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