This innovative course is designed to provide you with current knowledge and skills in clinical areas like 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.
On your Medical Physiology and Diagnostics degree, you will follow one of two pathways, either Cardiovascular Physiology or Respiratory Physiology and Sleep Science. 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.
Following successful completion of your first year of your Medical Physiology and Diagnostics degree, you may be able to apply to transfer onto our BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Science) award. Transfer to the Healthcare Science award is not guaranteed and is subject to having satisfied Disclosure and Barring Service, Occupational Health check, a selection interview, and the availability of clinical placements.