BSc (Hons)

Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences)

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • On completion of this degree course you will gain the professional qualification required for registration as a healthcare science practitioner (clinical physiologist) working in the NHS or private sector.
  • You will benefit from guidance from approachable and supportive academic staff and professional expertise from experienced clinical staff.
  • This degree has been developed according to the latest guidance from the Department of Health and is accredited by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists.
  • You will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities including specialist equipment for research in genetics, cell biology, nutrition, orthopaedics, gerontology, exercise science and the advanced, practical study of physiology. We also have a new clinical skills laboratory and a ground-breaking point of care testing suite.
  • Our £3m building for Biomedicine houses one of the few magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to be found outside a hospital setting.
  • Our research in allied health professions was placed 12th in the UK for power according to the Times Higher 2014.
  • £565,000 was awarded from the Medical Research Council to investigate muscle weakness in older age.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

Placement 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.

About the course

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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.

Core Units
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.

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.

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.

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.

Year 2

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.

Core Units
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.

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.

Year 3

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.

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.

Applying Specialist Studies to Practice 2

Students will gain further and in-depth knowledge of a 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.

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.


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.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is by coursework including reports, essays, case studies, posters, presentations and problem-based activities; and by examinations including multiple choice questions, short answers and essays.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

  • Year 1 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 2 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
  • Year 1 45% coursework; 25% practical; 30% examination
  • Year 2 65% coursework; 5% practical; 30% examination
  • Year 3 60% coursework; 5% practical; 35% examination

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 Scien

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at:

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 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.

Your career prospects after the course

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.


In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

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

Unistats Information

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Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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 and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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