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Course starts: 14 September 2020Apply now
Studying Physiological Sciences will broaden your knowledge of the important organ systems of the human body, including how they function in health and disease. You will develop specialist knowledge from a range of optional modules to suit your interests, which include pathophysiology and therapeutics, cardiac physiology, blood science and the physiology of sport and exercise.
Depending on the availability of suitable placements, and subject to interview, you may be able to switch from a degree in Physiological Sciences to Healthcare Science, specialising in one of the following areas:
Cardiac Physiology: Healthcare Science Practitioners in this field are responsible for performing and interpreting a wide range of diagnostic tests including Electrocardiographs (ECG), ambulatory blood pressure and heart rate monitors, and exercise stress tests. Qualified staff also monitor patients during invasive tests such as coronary angiograms and percutaneous coronary intervention. They also ensure the optimal function of implantable devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardiovertor defibrillators (ICDs).
Audiology: Audiology is a challenging and expanding field involving the study of hearing and balance. As a healthcare profession, audiology involves assessment, management and therapeutic rehabilitation of people with hearing and balance problems, and associated disorders. If you have a particular interest in biological sciences, psychology, physics and electronics as well as speech and language development, you may find that audiology has a lot to offer.
The course includes a series of integrated clinical placements each year in an approved clinical training laboratory. If you would like to follow this route, then you would apply for BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences, then apply for one of the areas above when you start the course. For further information about Healthcare Sciences (Life Sciences) see our Help and Advice article.
We’ve been working hard since the end of the academic year and in September we will deliver a Physiological Sciences course that continues to offer a high quality student experience and prepare you for a career within the life sciences sector.
We will continue to provide a rich and stimulating learning environment that will consist of a blended approach combining online learning with on-campus teaching focussed towards gaining key laboratory and computer skills. We will be identifying sessions that can be completed by attendance on campus for a full day approximately every other week, enabling you to develop your practical skills alongside your peers whilst also ensuring that your time on campus is as safe as possible. Minimising the number of students and staff on campus will enable us to continue to provide essential skills-based sessions, whilst still adhering to Government guidance on social distancing. Your online learning will consist of weekly live online lectures or seminars/workshops supported by an interactive learning experience, all delivered on our online learning platforms, Canvas and Microsoft Teams.
The course offers the opportunity for you to undertake clinical training within the NHS by moving to one of our professional Healthcare Science courses in Cardiac Physiology or Audiology. Healthcare Science practitioners with a specialism in physiology are skilled professionals who help medical staff to assess patients’ health and manage disease and disability. Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of professional healthcare courses but here at the University of Sunderland, we have worked with our professional bodies to maintain our ability to deliver these courses successfully.
In the coming weeks before commencing your studies please feel free to contact the programme leaders if you require any further guidance or information before joining us:
Teaching methods include lectures, practical work, seminars and group work. Assessment is via coursework and exams, in a ratio of roughly 40:60.
Your first year will focus on the normal function of the body, and as you move into year 2, you will be introduced to the concept of disease and how disease can affect the normal healthy function of the body. Year 3 will broaden your knowledge of how you can apply skills in laboratory or physiological testing to measure physiological functions. There is also a broad range of optional modules that allow you to build up your knowledge and skills to suit your area of expertise.
If you choose to apply for Healthcare Sciences and are successful at interview, as well as the teaching methods above, you will follow a series of integrated clinical placements each year in an approved clinical training laboratory.
Choose one optional module
Choose three optional modules
Choose four optional modules
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is
which must include Biology or Chemistry.
We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are unsure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
NHS salaries for staff working in healthcare science range from around £21,000 to around £80,000 per year. At entry level, the work involves obtaining diagnostic data from patients and working as part of a multidisciplinary team that also includes doctors, nurses and radiographers.
Healthcare Science practitioners with a specialism in physiology are skilled professionals who help medical staff to assess patients’ health and manage disease and disability. Potential employers include the NHS, academic research institutions, clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, molecular biology companies and other organisations where a strong science background is an advantage. The broad range of scientific, analytical and personal skills you will develop will prepare you well for a wide variety of science related careers. Many of our graduates have progressed on to further postgraduate study in several areas including teaching, medicine and Physiotherapy.
If you choose this degree you'll be well-prepared to apply for roles as a healthcare science practitioner in the NHS, with a specialism in audiology. Audiology professionals can work in a variety of settings including hospitals and carry out a wide range of duties including assessment and rehabilitation of people with hearing loss or balance disorders.
As a healthcare profession, audiology also involves assessment, management and therapeutic rehabilitation of people with hearing and balance problems, and associated disorders. This work involves patients of all ages, from children to adults and elderly people.
New and exciting opportunities exist in this expanding field. Audiology is a fast-evolving and varied discipline. A desire to work with and help people is essential and forms an important component of both training and the job. There are excellent employment opportunities within NHS clinical practice.
This degree will prepare you for a role as a healthcare science practitioner in the NHS, specialising in cardiac physiology.
Healthcare is changing and similarly the role of Healthcare Science Practitioners within cardiac physiology is changing to offer patients the best possible experience. Technology is constantly developing with equipment becoming increasingly portable, meaning many tests that at one time could only be performed in hospitals, can now be performed in GP surgeries or community clinics. The development of wireless technology now allows monitoring of patients with heart rate monitors and implantable cardiac devices without the patient having to visit hospital departments.
The main role of a Healthcare Science Practitioner is to help perform, analyse and interpret tests to provide a clinical report that assists with diagnosis of disease. Newly qualified staff will develop the core skills gained at university and learn to work independently without supervision and eventually look to specialise in one of two areas, Echocardiography or Cardiac Rhythm Management. Beyond this, staff are regularly encouraged to develop their skills to take on additional responsibilities such as patient education, training staff from other disciplines, mentorship, or service development.
Qualities of an Audiologist/Cardiac Physiologist are:
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