University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Healthcare Science

The course has a common 1st year and then students specialise in either radiotherapy physics or nuclear medicine in year 2. The course offers a unique method of studying a healthcare science programme. This involves intensive study weeks at university spaced with periods of work placement with an employer.�There is approximately 50 weeks clinical placement in medical physicsdepartments and radiotherapy departments. We have exceptional facilities boasting computerised radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR) equipment and specialist radiation protection labs with a linear accelerator simulator.

Entry requirements

1st or 2nd Class Honours degree. Applicants will be recruited by the NHS Modernising Scientific Careers Healthcare Science Graduate Diploma Scheme. Once a place is secured they will apply as a direct applicant to the university. Applicants will normally have a 1st degree in physics.

Course modules

Year 1: Professional practice 1; scientific basis of healthcare science 1; scientific basis of healthcare science 2; qualificatory practice unit 1. Year 2: Qualificatory practice unit 2. Year 2 pathway-specific modules for radiotherapy physics: Practice of Radiotherapy physics; cancer, radiobiology and clinical radiotherapy physics. Year 2 pathway-specific modules for nuclear medicine: Clinical nuclear medicine; physics and instrumentation (nuclear medicine).

Assessment methods

There is a work based training/practice module each year. This results in the production of a clinical portfolio and students are required to pass all aspects of the portfolio (including attendance requirements) in order to progress to the next year.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Full-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lancaster Campus Lancaster LA1 3JD North West

Key information

Course Enquiry Centre
Telephone number: 
0845 606 1144