Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics) at Swansea University - UCAS

Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics)

Course summary

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 be joining a Top 25 UK University (Guardian University Guide 2024).


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

Assessment method

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.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is open to UK applicants only.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

If you are offered a place you will also need: - A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or approved equivalent - NHS Wales Values and Standards of Behaviour. All applicants will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check and occupational health check. Any concerns arising from these may be considered at the School of Health and Social Care’s Professional Suitability and Fitness to Practice Panel and may result in admission to the programme being withdrawn.

Additional entry requirements


All applicants will be required to complete an interview.

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Sponsorship information

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.

Healthcare Science (Radiation Physics) at Swansea University - UCAS