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University of Cumbria

Healthcare Science (Medical Physics Technology)

UCAS Code: F390

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

Maximum of 3 A'levels, to include 40 points in Physics

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Must pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM-DDM

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B-A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

112-120

Must have studied Physics at Level 3

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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Healthcare science

Want to see yourself involved in the cutting edge research and development of new medicines, treatments and equipment?

Our course – run under the Department of Health’s framework of the Modernising Scientific Careers programme and accredited by the National School for Healthcare Science – will prepare you for an exciting career in fields such as cancer care, radiotherapy or nuclear medicine.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

We’ve designed this relevant and modern course to give you a broad understanding of physical, biological, psychological and social sciences principles, but importantly, the flexibility to specialise in either radiotherapy physics, radiation physics or nuclear medicine.

- Our learn-by-doing focus means you'll often put your academic knowledge to the test with practical sessions in our brand new laboratories - crucial skills for your future as a scientist.

- Accredited by the National School for Healthcare Science

- On completion of the course you are eligible to register with the Academy for Healthcare Science as a Healthcare Science Practitioner

- Study an innovative programme alongside students from medical imaging courses providing a good social and professional environment in which to learn

- We have close links with leading employers from the NHS and the Private Sector, enhancing your employment prospects

- The programme is taught with input from professionals based in leading clinical centres such as the Christie Hospital or the Rosemere Cancer Care Centre

- Extensive placements in hospital medical physics departments

- Our graduates have a reputation for clinical excellence

- Taught by academic staff involved in research, which will strengthen your learning continually expanding field of healthcare science

- Tutors have experience working as clinical practitioners and so bring their first-hand knowledge to the classroom

Healthcare scientists make a real difference every day in the management of patients with a variety of conditions. Their role is to use cutting edge technology arising from the most amazing clinical and technological advancements.

Our course will ensure that you develop the essential knowledge, skills and experience required of a newly qualified radiotherapy practitioner, radiation physics practitioner or nuclear medicine practitioner, to stand out from the crowd and kick-start your career in healthcare science.

Modules

Proposed; Level 4 Physics in Medicine Radiobiology &Clinical Radiation Protection Radiological Technologies I Working as a Professional Applied Clinical Studies I 1 x Module title to be confirmed Level 5 Human Science Anatomy for Imaging Broader Factors Impacting on Effective Practice Radiological Technologies I Applied Clinical Studies II 1 x Module title to be confirmed Level 6 Dissertation Professional Practice in Context Radiotherapy Physics pathway Practice of radiotherapy physics Cancer, radiobiology and clinical radiotherapy physics Radiation Physics pathway Practice of radiation physics Radiation governance and risk management (Radiation Physics) Nuclear Medicine pathway Clinical nuclear medicine Physics and instrumentation (Nuclear Medicine)

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Lancaster

Department:

Health, Psychology and Social Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Subjects allied to medicine not otherwise specified

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,126
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

52%
Health professionals
46%
Therapy professionals
1%
Managers and directors in retail and wholesale
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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