Swansea University’s BSc in Radiation Physics will give you the expert training you need to begin a rewarding and highly skilled career in the healthcare profession as a radiation physics technologist. You will learn about the clinical uses of x-rays, radioactive materials, lasers, and ultraviolet radiation in imaging patients, diagnosing and treating disease, and monitoring patients’ response to treatment. You will also gain a clear understanding of the laws and regulations around the clinical use of radiation and the principles of risk assessment and management. Radiation Physics is a vital field of medicine requiring a high level of responsibility and technical skill. As a radiation physics technologist, you will use sophisticated equipment to measure and calculate the doses of radiation received by patients during treatment and by the staff delivering it. As your career progresses, you will have excellent opportunities for advanced practice and further study to Master's and doctoral level. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow you to learn and practice your clinical and technical skills in our simulated clinical practice rooms. Equipped with the latest technology and equipment, each room offers a unique environment that replicates a wide range of realistic clinical settings. The rooms provide an excellent opportunity for you to put theory into practice and gain confidence and experience in clinical environments. You will spend around half of your course on clinical placements giving you greater insight into the skills you have learnt with our expert clinical teaching team. Clinical Placements will teach you how to present to patients and will embed your learning into your practise. The course is accredited by all the major regulatory bodies, and you will benefit from our strong links with the NHS and local health boards, with our nearest hospital being next to our Singleton Park campus. Many of our academic staff in Health Sciences are also practising clinicians, providing invaluable professional insight and expertise. On graduation, you 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. You will also join a university that is: • TEF Gold - A Gold Rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework • 12th in the UK for Student Satisfaction – NSS 2021 • UK Top 25 University - Guardian University Guide 2022
Year 1 • Professional Practice 1 • Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science • Pathophysiology for Healthcare Science • Basics of Mathematics and Physics for Healthcare Science • Scientific Basis of Medical Physics • Informatics and Statistics Year 2 • Professional Practice 2 • Research Methods and Statistics • Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging • Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1 (Radiation Physics) • Medical Imaging • Practice of Radiation Protection • Medical Equipment Lifecycle • Non-ionising Radiation and Physiological Measurements Year 3 • Professional Practice 3 • Healthcare Science Research Project • Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2 (Radiation Physics) • Framework of Radiation Governance and Risk Management • Practice of Radiotherapy Physics
You will be assessed via a variety of methods throughout the three years of study. You will complete written examinations, written assignments, presentations, case-based discussions and assessments of clinical competency. In year three, you will have the chance to complete a research project in your chosen healthcare science programme. The results of this will be presented as part of your dissertation and you will be involved in a peer-assessment scientific poster presentation.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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This course is open to UK applicants only.
GCSE requirements: A minimum of five grade A*-C GCSE passes, including Welsh/English language, Maths and Science. If you are offered a place you will need a satisfactory character reference, an Occupational Health Check and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or approved equivalent.
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This course is funded by the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme meaning students have their tuition fees covered providing they commit to work in NHS Wales for 2 years following graduation. Places are also available if you receive sponsorship from a healthcare employer and in some circumstances; we may accept self-funded places with standard tuition fees if you are able to secure your own work placement.
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