Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Medical Physiology and Diagnostics

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

This innovative course is designed to provide you with education and training in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences, and is particularly designed for those of you who are interested in disease processes, diagnosis and improving the quality of life of patients.

This innovative course is designed to provide you with education and training in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences, and is particularly designed for those of you who are interested in disease processes, diagnosis and improving the quality of life of patients.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code B122
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

This innovative course is designed to provide you with education and training in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences, and is particularly designed for those of you who are interested in disease processes, diagnosis and improving the quality of life of patients.  If you would like to work hands-on with people, rather than in a laboratory, this might be the course for you.   Following successful completion of your first year, you will be able to apply to transfer onto our accredited BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) practitioner training programme (having satisfied Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health checks).   Transfer to the accredited Healthcare Science award is subject to selection interview and the availability of clinical placements.  Please look at the Universities information about the Healthcare Science award if you think that this is a route that you may wish to follow.  If you do not transfer at this stage you will continue with your study towards a degree in Medical Physiology & Diagnostics. You will follow one of two pathways, either Cardiovascular Physiology or Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Science. This will give you the essential skills for you to be able to work as a Healthcare Associate Practitioner, and gain experience in the workplace via this route. This may then allow you to become a practitioner via the newly developing recognition scheme, or it will allow you to apply for entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

 Opportunities for progression:

This innovative course is designed to provide you with education and training in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences, and is particularly beneficial if you’re interested in disease processes, diagnosis and improving the quality of life of patients. If you’ve already decided that your ambitions lie within clinical practice then we do offer BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) which is an accredited degree programme as an alternative to the BSc (Hons) Medical Physiology and Diagnostics.  BSc Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) is accredited by Health Education England and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiology and opens opportunities for you to undertake clinical placements throughout your time at university, providing excellent employment opportunities on graduation.

If you are not certain that a clinical career path is for you, or do not feel able to commit to work-based placement as well as your studies, then Medical Physiology and Diagnostics may be a more suitable course for you. Medical Physiology and Diagnostics provides similar academic content to that within the Healthcare Science programme but without the need to commit to clinical placement and can offer you the opportunity to enter clinical practice on graduation.

Medical Physiology and Diagnostics covers the theoretical knowledge required for you to pursue a career as a scientist within a healthcare environment or other areas that require detailed knowledge of human physiology and understanding of disease processes. Knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body will be developed so that you can appreciate the range of clinical abnormalities that occur as a result of disease. Although the main focus will be either Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Science, depending on your choice of specialist area, the academic provision will not be limited to these areas but will also cover the physiology and pathophysiology of the wider systems to provide an extensive knowledge base. You will consider the diagnostic tests used within your specialist professional area and be able to understand how test results are used to plan subsequent treatment. It will provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of a number of specialisms in physiological sciences through broad experiential components in cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep sciences in order to develop a more holistic view of the areas contributing to high-quality care.

During your studies on the Medical Physiology and Diagnostics award you will follow one of two pathways, either Cardiovascular Physiology or Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Science. This will give you the essential skills for you to be able to work as a Healthcare Associate Practitioner in your specialist field, as an associate practitioner you will gain experience in the workplace via this route. This may then allow you to become a practitioner via the newly developing recognition scheme, or it will allow you to apply for entry to the Scientist Training Programme.

For more information email sci.eng@wlv.ac.uk 

 

What happens on the course?

Year One the programme of study includes an introduction to the scientific basis of healthcare science including subjects such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology and microbiology. You will then build upon this foundation to focus initially on the theoretical aspects of both cardiac physiology and respiratory and sleep science.

Year Two You will learn about the various diseases which affect the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, consider the tests which are available to confirm their diagnosis, and develop an understanding of the treatments available to help such conditions.  Your studies in diagnostics will be supported with the inclusion of physics classes so that you develop an understanding of the physical processes which underpin both clinical investigations and diagnosis of disease.

Year Three During your final year you will consolidate your knowledge in your chosen discipline with the introduction of the theory required for more advanced clinical procedures. You will focus on recent developments within your specialist area and this will be complemented by your honours project as you undertake your own research.  You will also study advanced human physiology and current perspectives in physiology, to give you a broader view of recent advances in physiological research.

All students are required to have an appreciation of good professional practice in the workplace so classes are held which focus on health and safety, patient communication and welfare, clinical governance and ethical practice. Professional practice and patient-centred care are themes that run throughout the three years of the course.

If you wish to transfer to Healthcare Science and are successful you will have integrated placements throughout the three years of your studies.  Detailed information about the requirements of the placements is available in the Healthcare Science course page.

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

You will be prepared to enter a career as an associate healthcare practitioner in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology in a hospital department dependent on your choice of specialist discipline. During your employment you will be able to build up a portfolio of recognition, which may allow you to become a practitioner.  The award provides an ideal background for graduate entry into the NHS Scientist Training Programme. Opportunities will then also exist, to progress to higher levels within the healthcare science career framework, taking on responsibility for higher level diagnostic tests, training, and management roles.  You will also be equipped at the end of your studies to apply for a role in any career which requires a physiological science degree for example teaching, medical and pharmaceutical sales representatives, research etc.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Specialised course, with lecturer/practitioners delivering much of the material
  • Innovative degree course, with long-standing collaborative support from many local hospital departments
  • Opportunity to transfer onto the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science award which is accredited by the National School for Healthcare Science (NSHS) the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP) (dependent on the availability of placements)
  • Patient and public involvement in delivery of the course

During this programme of study you will develop knowledge of anatomy and human development.

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of the integrated function and control of the component parts of the major systems of the human body.

You will develop knowledge of cell structure and function at the molecular level, and an appreciation of the interplay of complex molecular events that help to maintain cell homeostasis.

You will appreciate disease processes and the use of pharmacological and interventional treatments against them.

All students need to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of physics and signal processing associated with their practice and how information can be recorded, stored and analysed in the concept of clinical physiology.

You will also be made aware of professional and research issues in clinical physiology including safe and ethical working practices, the importance of communication in a therapeutic relationship and research methodology.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Disclosure and Barring Service Check - £50

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

GCSE English and Maths at grade C+/4. No equivalences will be accepted. 

PLUS EITHER

  • A Level minimum of AA or BCD to include Biology passed with at least grade B
  • Access to HE Diploma Full Award (60 credits), with 45 Level 3 credits of which 36 must be in Science with at least 27 at Distinction and the rest Merit. No pass grades are accepted
  • BTEC QCF Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade DMM
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those successful in application will subsequently be required to meet a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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