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(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) London, United Kingdom
The (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) course from St George's, University of London combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology.
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(Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) graduates from St George's, University of London are eligible for professional registration, and to apply for NHS Band 5 Clinical Physiology positions. Clinical Physiologists play a vital part in the diagnosis, management and treatment of patients within their specialist field.

The programme

This is the largest course of this type and St George's is the only university in London accredited to train students in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Students have the chance to gain academic and workplace experience in both before making an informed decision about their preferred field at the end of the first year.

There is also the opportunity to broaden your horizons by completing a part of your clinical training at the Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra, in Portugal. This partnership is offered as part of the ERASMUS programme, and would allow you to take advantage of the first class facilities at this world renowned institution. As well as the potential professional opportunities studying abroad offers, it is also an invaluable social and cultural experience for any applicants to the program


Successful students are eligible to apply for NHS positions up to Band 5 in their chosen field, and for professional registration with both the Academy of Healthcare Sciences and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists

Clinical Physiologists are important members of the multidisciplinary teams that provide patient care under the NHS. They play a vital role in accurate and timely diagnosis, effective management and treatment of patients.

Cardiac Physiology

If you train as a practitioner specialising in cardiac physiology then you will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Cardiac Physiology Practitioners perform a wide range of diagnostic techniques, including on-going patient monitoring, exercise stress tests, cardio-pulmonary exercise tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (ECGs). They also play a vital role in the treatment of patients, for example catheterisation, pacemaker implantation and follow-up.

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

If you train as a practitioner specialising in respiratory and sleep physiology, then you will undertake a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including spirometry, gas exchange, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, blood gas analysis, allergy testing and sleep studies. Patients may be referred to you for many reasons, including low oxygen levels, abnormal chest X-rays, breathing difficulties, sleep disorders, or suspected respiratory diseases such as emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis and asthma.


This is an accredited NHS Clinical Physiology Practitioner Training Programme, developed under the Department of Health “Modernising Scientific Careers” initiative to train scientists for a patientcentred role within the NHS.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Modules included:

  • Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 
  • Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science
  • Professional Practice 
  • Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 
  • Clinical Training
  • Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
  • Instrumentation, Signal Processing and Imaging
  • Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Physiology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • GCSEs or equivalent


  • Grades A to C or
  • Grade 5 or above in a minimum of five subjects 


5 subjects which must include: English Language, Maths and Sciences.

  • A Levels or equivalent

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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