Those studying medical physics are commonly known as medical physics technologists. Medical physics technologists play a central role in today’s technologically sophisticated health care system. Specialising in nuclear medicine, students will work within a multi-disciplinary team, alongside doctors and other healthcare professionals, to deliver the most advanced techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of disease utilising isotopes and radiation in its various forms.
Candidates need to demonstrate a strong educational profile.
GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes including Welsh/English Language, Mathematics and a Physical Science or Double Award Science at Grade A-C.
Candidates also require a minimum of: BBB at A2 level. One of which must be in Physics or Mathematics.
Alternative entry requirements
Access: Distinction and Merit profile against the rules of combination.
Welsh baccalaureate: Pass and either BC at A2 level (at least one A2 in maths or physics) or DD at BTEC
Irish Leaving Certificate: 345
Any offer of a place will require:
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check).
Year 1 (Level 4)
HE Level 4 Degree / HECert
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 (Level 5)
HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip
Professional Practice 2
Research Methods and Statistics
Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1
Practice of Radiation Protection
Medical Equipment Lifecycle
Non-ionising Radiation and Physiological Measurements
Manual Handling 2
Violence & Aggression Passport 2
Year 3 (Level 6)
HE Level 6 Degree / Honours
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
Employment prospects in nuclear medicine are excellent. Employment opportunities exist in the NHS, in the private sector and in research and development.
Postgraduate study opportunities are also available.
99% of healthcare science students from Swansea University are employed in graduate level jobs within six months of graduating.
Almost all of the previous graduates of the healthcare sciences have gone on to work in their chosen profession in the NHS, mainly in Wales but also in England. These students typically commence work in Band 5 Practitioner roles. Significant proportions of our graduates now work in Band 6 and Band 7 (specialist) roles.
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