Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Part-time
Duration: 4 years part-time,
UCAS code: B901 (Blood Sciences), B902 (Cellular Sciences), B903 (Genetic Sciences), B904 (Infection Sciences)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


Choose one of four pathways to specialise your Healthcare Science degree with us, and study the cause, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases.

Our Healthcare Science degree offers four specialist routes – Blood Sciences, Cellular Sciences, Infection Sciences, Genetic Sciences.

The overarching theme of the course is the cause, diagnosis and treatment of disease with an applied focus integrating theoretical knowledge and the development of practical skills.

Delivered by expert teaching staff, this degree is based in our £30 million state-of-the-art Science Centre.

Also available under the healthcare scientist practitioner apprenticeship framework, this is perfect for those who want to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to apply for registration as a biomedical scientist working within a clinical pathology laboratory setting.

On successful completion of study, we will issue one of the following awards dependent on your chosen pathway: BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Blood Sciences), BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cellular Sciences), BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Genetic Sciences), BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Infection Sciences)

Course content

The first year provides a broad knowledge base relevant to all aspects of the biosciences. In your second year you will be introduced to the concepts of biology of disease and the role of a healthcare professional. Your third year will develop your understanding of biomedical science and you will begin to specialise in your chosen discipline.

Your final year will focus on a research project and the scientific and clinical application of your chosen specialism in the workplace.

Clinical practice is an integral part of the Healthcare Science degree and your day to day workplace experiences and learning are embedded throughout your course. The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Upon successful completion of this degree and its integral work-based element, you will be eligible to apply for HCPC Registration as a Biomedical Scientist. To apply for this course you will need to be working in an approved Healthcare Science environment.


The table below provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own areas of specialist interest.

The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level. You will have more choice as the course progresses. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists Compulsory
Molecular Genetics Compulsory
Biochemistry and Blood Science Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Biology of Disease Compulsory
Cell Biology and Immunology Compulsory
Physiological Function Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Infection Science Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Biological Science Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Public Health Compulsory
Applied Healthcare Sciences (BS, IS, CS, GS) Compulsory
Clinical Case Studies Compulsory

Year 4

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Diagnostic Healthcare Sciences (BS, IS, CS, GS) Compulsory
Good Scientific and Clinical Practice Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 80% of our full-time staff in Life Sciences and Education are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.