Swansea University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Healthcare Science (Radiotherapy Physics)

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Course summary

Swansea University’s BSc in Radiotherapy Physics will give you the expert training you need to begin a rewarding and highly skilled career in the healthcare profession as a dosimetrist in radiotherapy physics. During your degree, you will learn about using radiotherapy to treat various cancers. You will combine in-depth academic work with practical clinical and technological skills in a range of specialised healthcare settings. Radiotherapy Physics is a vital field of medicine requiring a high level of responsibility and technical skill. As a radiotherapy physicist/radiotherapy physics technologist, you will work as part of a team to develop individual treatment plans for people with cancer and be responsible for the precise calibration and use of sophisticated radiotherapy equipment. As your career progresses, you will have excellent opportunities for advanced practice and further study to Masters 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. You will also join a university that is: • 15th in the UK for Course Satisfaction - Guardian University Guide 2023 • 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 (Radiotherapy 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 (Radiotherapy Physics) · Radiobiology and Clinical Radiotherapy Physics · 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

GCSE requirements: Minimum five grade A*-C/9-4 GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, Maths and a Physical Science or Double Award 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.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



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Fees and funding

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For the latest fee information, please check the individual course page on our website. Our full range of programmes are listed here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/ Further information on tuition fees can be found here: https://www.swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/

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 (Radiotherapy Physics) at Swansea University - UCAS