Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine) Swansea University


The BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Nuclear Medicine) degree is ideal if you enjoy basic physics, which underpins the technology used. Medical Physics Technologists work alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals. They use advanced techniques to diagnose and treat disease using isotopes and radiation in its various forms.You learn how to use radioisotopes to image organs and compartments in the human body, for example lung perfusion and ventilation studies or thyroid function tests.

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. In addition, students also have multiple opportunities to use the College of Human and Health Sciences’ state-of-the-art facilities. Our clinical practice suite allows students of nuclear medicine 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 -

  • 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.

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Singleton Park Campus

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    3 years

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
Clinical Indication, Pathology and Patient Care
Physics and Instrumentation
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

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2018.

If you already have a 2018 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code B990
Institution code S93
Campus name Singleton Park Campus
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level B B B Including one A level in Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD
Access to HE Diploma Access to Science: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination. Please note: we do not accept Access to Healthcare or Access to Healthcare and Nursing.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 - 32 points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 345 points.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Pass and either BB at A2 level (including Maths or Physics) or DD at BTEC

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

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records check (DBS)



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

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 -