Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics)

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Course summary

The BSc Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics) degree will teach you about the processes within planning of cancer treatments and the legal frameworks within which the use of radiation must operate, as well as the processes that ensure the safety of patients, clinicians and the public. This is an ideal degree for students who enjoy physics and technology. Students on this course spend half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. This course starts before normal University term time and has different leave entitlements. The degree will:

  • Equip you with the skills to work in the NHS or private sector
  • Provide transferable skills in team working, communication, problem-solving and analysis
The University has strong links with health boards with the nearest hospital next-door to the campus. Students have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical practice suite allows students of Radiotherapy Physics to learn practical skills before using them in a real life situation.
  • UK and EU students are eligible to apply for an enhanced support package through the NHS Wales Bursary arrangements. Conditions for funded places apply, for further information please visit our website - www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/studentloansandgrants/nhsfunding/
  • EMPLOYABILITY: 100% of Healthcare Science graduates are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017).
  • AVERAGE EARNINGS: The average NHS starting salary for graduate Medical Physics Technologists is £24,000 (Band 5) Typical wage brackets go from £22,128-£41,787.
  • 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.
Visit our employability pages to read our graduate success stories :- http://www.swansea.ac.uk/humanandhealthsciences/employability/

Course details


Year 1 Compulsory 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 Manual Handling 1 Violence & Aggression Passport 1 Year 2 Compulsory Professional Practice 2 Research Methods and Statistics Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1 Medical Imaging Practice of Radiation Protection Medical Equipment Lifecycle Non-ionising Radiation and Physiological Measurements Manual Handling 2 Violence & Aggression Passport 2 Year 3 Compulsory Professional Practice 3 Healthcare Science Research Project Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2 Radiobiology and Clinical Radiotherapy Physics Practice of Radiotherapy Physics Manual Handling 3 Modules are subject to change and departments reserve the right to change the details.

Assessment method

There are a number of tools used for assessment; these can range from unseen written exams, lab reports, essays, presentations and practical work. Students on this course spend approximately half their time at university and half on placements, preparing for the world of work. These placements are organised by the College of Human and Health Sciences.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Welsh Government funded places on the Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics) programme are currently only available to UK and EU applicants. International applicants are not able to apply for these places.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Minimum of 5 A-C passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



Unistats information

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Fees and funding

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Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics) at Swansea University - UCAS