Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: B901 (Blood Sciences), B902 (Cellular Sciences), B903 (Genetic Sciences), B904 (Infection Sciences)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019

Introduction

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

* This course is subject to validation.

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.

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, as well as introducing the concepts of disease and the role of a healthcare professional.

In your second year, you’ll develop your understanding of biomedical science through specialist material in cell biology and immunology, medical microbiology, genetics, biochemistry and blood sciences and public health.

Your final year will see you specialise in your chosen discipline, and will focus on clinical, diagnostic and research applications supported by a strong emphasis on your development of good scientific practice.

Embedded clinical practice is an integral part of the Healthcare Science course. Throughout the duration of your course, you will spend a total of fifty weeks in a local or regional hospital laboratory. Three modules, Applied Healthcare Sciences, Diagnostic Healthcare Sciences and Good Scientific and Clinical Practice, will be delivered in the workplace during your clinical placements. Additionally, where possible, you will carry out the practical work for your Research Project during your final clinical placement.

Modules

This module map 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 interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. 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
Professional Practice for Biomedical Scientists Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Bioscience Concepts and Practice Compulsory
Structure and Function Compulsory
Building Blocks of Life Compulsory
Biology of Disease Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Professional Practice and Placement Compulsory
Molecular Genetics Compulsory
Biochemistry and Blood Science Compulsory
Infection Science Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Public Health Compulsory
Cell Biology and Immunology Compulsory
Physiological Function Compulsory
Applied Healthcare Sciences (in your chosen pathway) Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Diagnostic Healthcare Sciences, in work place (in your chosen pathway) Compulsory
Good Scientific and Clinical Practice Compulsory
Clinical Case Study Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Research Project Compulsory
Diagnostic Healthcare Sciences, in work place (in your chosen pathway) Compulsory
Good Scientific and Clinical Practice Compulsory
Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Science Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert 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 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.