BSc (Hons)

Healthcare Science

3 years
September 2024

To follow this route you must initially apply for our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science course, successfully complete the first year and pass a selection interview. Once transferred to the second year of Healthcare Sciences, you will start your first clinical placement.

Why study with us

  • Top
    in the UK for teaching on the course
    National Student Survey (Biomedical Sciences) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • Top
    in the UK for overall positivity
    National Student Survey (Biomedical Sciences) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Healthcare Science is ranked 2nd in the UK with 97% of students satisfied with the learning resources (National Student Survey 2020)
  • All learning is tailored to prepare you for a career in the NHS: guaranteed work placements in NHS pathology laboratories, allowing you to complete a portfolio to achieve HCPC registration as part of the course.
  • Bachelor of Science with Honours in Healthcare Science is ranked 3rd in England with 88% of students satisfied with the quality of feedback and assessment (National Student Survey 2020)
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Students working in our laboratory facilities
Students working in our laboratory facilities

What you'll do

  • You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in blood science, cellular science, infection science or genetic science.
  • You’ll learn from staff on this course who have a long association with the NHS pathology service and have a deep understanding and extensive experience of pathology laboratory procedures.
  • You’ll be based in our impressive JB Firth Building, which houses the latest practical and research laboratories.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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View the healthcare science facilities


  • This course is accredited by the IBMS, which is essential if you're looking for employment in hospital pathology laboratories. The IBMS is the professional body for biomedical scientists and support staff - advancing knowledge and setting professional standards.
  • This course is approved and endorsed by the HCPC regulatory body. The HCPC is a regulator of health and care professionals in the UK, approving programmes and setting the standards that individuals must meet in order to become a registered professional.

Careers in healthcare science

Our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science degree provides a government prescribed route into NHS pathology. Healthcare scientists are employed in a range of areas including, hospitals, industry and the Civil Service.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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