BSc (Hons)

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

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On completion, you will gain the professional qualification required for registration as a healthcare science practitioner (clinical physiologist). The programme builds on the core values of the NHS Constitution and fully prepares students for the challenges of healthcare science practice. We offer specialist routes in cardiac physiology, neurophysiology and respiratory and sleep physiology. You will study an academic core of biological sciences and specialist learning specific to the route you choose.

You will specialise in physiological sciences (clinical physiology) and team up with other health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Knowledge, clinical training and skills required for professional practice are attained across all three years of the programme. You will complete a total of 50 weeks on assessed, work-based clinical placements during your degree.

All applicants are required to pass a medical examination and receive vaccination required for working in medical fields. A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service certificate is required for all students, completed through the University early in the course. As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person. This degree is not available to overseas applicants.

This course is accredited by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.

Features and Benefits

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Career Prospects

Biomedical and healthcare science graduates may go on to a range of subject specific careers in the biological, pharmaceutical, clinical, medical, public health and other associated sectors. Graduates from this programme may also go on to specific careers in biomedical science or clinical physiology. Recent graduates have gone on to secure employment in laboratory/research work, the pharmaceutical industries, education and medical communications.

For those who wish to continue their studies, we offer a range of postgraduate programmes across the breadth of biological and healthcare sciences.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

We will interview you as part of your application.

UCAS tariff points/grades required


120 UCAS Tariff Points at A2 (Grades BBB) including a minimum grade C at A2 in Biology (must include a Pass in the Biology practical assessment), Human Biology or Grade C at A2 in Applied Science. Other Sciences may be considered. General Studies is not accepted.   

BTEC Extended Diploma at Level 3 (Grades DDM) in relevant subject to include 60 credits at Merit from relevant Science units.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English Language, Science and Mathematics.  Level 2 Functional Skills English also accepted.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (Science/ Medicine/ Dentistry/ Pharmacy) with a minimum 122 UCAS tariff points.

International Baccalaureate points

26 Diploma points with HL Biology at grade 5.

IELTS score required for international students

7.0 overall with not less than 5.5 in any element.

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Further information

All applicants are required to pass a medical examination and receive vaccinations required for working in medical fields.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate is required for all students. This will be completed through the university early in the course.

This degree programme is not available to overseas applicants.

As part of the selection process, shortlisted candidates must attend an interview in person.

Course details

In Year 1, you will develop core scientific knowledge. In year 2 your clinicial training is specialised in your chosen discipline and in your final year, you will cover the remaining specialist material for your discipline.

In Year 1 you will develop core scientific knowledge relevant to healthcare science. You will also begin to gain specialist knowledge of your chosen discipline. Clinical placements will introduce you to the workplace and begin your clinical skills training. In the first year, this takes the form of observational work experience.

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Core Units

Scientific Basis of Physiological Sciences

The application of science across the neurosciences or cardiac, vascular, respiratory and sleep science and safe working within the clinical healthcare setting.

Professional Practice, Research Skills and Physiological Measurements

This unit covers the generic skills essential for healthcare science students, particularly in relation to the capture, analysis and interpretation of biological information, principles of physics and professional practice for healthcare science.

Physiological Systems

The Physiological Systems unit introduces students to principles of human physiology at the organ system level with appropriate links to anatomy, cell biology, biochemistry and metabolism, disease pathology, pharmacology and therapeutics.

Cell and Molecular Biology

The unit provides a knowledge and understanding of biochemistry including basic organic chemistry. Biological molecules and their importance in cell structure and function are also studied. Students are introduced to microorganisms, with focus on the importance of identification and classification of microbes, and the techniques and skills required for their isolation, enumeration and microscopic examination.

In Year 2 your clinical training is specialised in your chosen discipline. You will extend your scientific knowledge base to include the processes of disease and some applications of physics and instrumentation used in healthcare science techniques. All students will also develop research skills in preparation for your final year project whilst continuing to build upon knowledge in your chosen specialism.

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Core Units

Specialist Studies 1

The overall aim of this module is to ensure that students have the knowledge and understanding of the breadth of the application of science within Neuro, Cardiac, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences. You will be expected to develop your skills with respect to patient-centred care, ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions and build your professional practice and practise safely in the workplace.

Specialist Studies 2

The aim of this module is to ensure that students understand the further aspects of the science within Neuro, Cardiac, Respiratory and Sleep Sciences, and its application. You will be expected to further build your professional practice and practice safely in the workplace, using critical reflection to review and improve your performance.

Disease Processes and Statistics

This unit concerns the concepts of health and disease and looks at various causes and mechanisms of a range of disease processes in humans. The unit allows students to understand a range of statistical methods applying them to real world situations.

Professional Practice, Signal Processing and Instrumentation

This unit is designed to help students continue to develop as safe, competent practitioners by introducing the themes of quality, leadership and safety. The physics element provides the knowledge to understand basic instrumentation and its use.

Year 3 covers the remaining specialist material for your chosen discipline and continues your clinical training in that specialism. In addition, you will complete your project.

Your study includes work-based learning (22 weeks) in your chosen specialist area: Cardiac Physiology, Respiratory and Sleep Physiology, or Neurophysiology.

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Core Units

Applying Specialist Studies to Practice 1

Students will gain further and in-depth knowledge of the range of physiological investigations in their chosen subject discipline and learn to apply this knowledge to enhance and develop their clinical skills with respect to patient centred care.


This unit allows all final year students to plan and undertake either a laboratory based research project or a library based dissertation in an area of their own interest.  Students have the opportunity to develop a research question, plan an appropriate investigation and undertake that investigation under the guidance of an allocated supervisor.

Applying Specialist Studies to Practice 2

The unit further extends the learning in Applying Specialist Studies to Practice in the student's chosen subject discipline.

Professional and Evidence-based Practice

This unit will give students the knowledge required to progress in their professional development, understand the role of key bodies and policy, evaluate research and practice in a safe, patient focused way.

Assessment weightings and contact hours


Additional information about this course

The programme is accredited by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. Upon successful completion of the programme you will be eligible to apply to the voluntary registers held by the Academy for Health Care Science.

Placements options

The clinical placement consists of 10 weeks of observational work experience in selected disciplines in the first year, followed by discipline specific placements for 18 weeks in Year 2 and 22 weeks in Year 3.

School of Healthcare Science

Our School of Healthcare Science boasts an international reputation, outstanding record in teaching and research, and state-of-the-art facilities.

The department has a reputation for excellent academic programmes, high student satisfaction, internationally recognised research and strong links to partners like the NHS, and individual hospitals and clinicians.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs


Students often choose to buy a laptop in their first year however there are PCs in campus. Printing of coursework can be required each year, including the dissertation in the final year. You will be provided with a laboratory coat and safety glasses on commencement of your programme. If you lose or damage these, replacement is your responsibility. Similarly, you will be provided with three sets of uniforms for your placements over the three years the cost of replacing these/additional uniform will be your responsibility.

Placement Costs


You will go on placement during each year of the programme. The placement could be anywhere in the North West (occasionally Yorkshire) and will be sourced by the University. You will need to budget for travel costs to placement (an estimated cost is £200 to £500 in the first year, then £500 to £1000 in the second and third years) but these and other reasonable expenses (as defined by the NHS) are currently reimbursed.

Professional Costs

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service certificate is required for all students, completed through the University early in the course.


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

Bursaries and scholarships

Money Matters

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)


Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
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