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Studying the (Hons) Healthcare Science (Respiratory and Sleep Physiology) programme at Swansea University, you will combine in-depth academic work with practical clinical and technological skills in a range of specialised healthcare settings.

Respiratory and Sleep Physiology is an exciting field that requires a high level of responsibility, accuracy, and problem-solving ability. As a respiratory and sleep physiologist, you will work with patients of all ages and disabilities, performing a wide range of diagnostic tests and developing treatment plans.


On graduation, you will be eligible to join the voluntary register with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists and enter the workplace as an independent practitioner.

Within the NHS, the starting salary for Respiratory and Sleep Physiologists is £24,214, rising to £43,772. There are also excellent prospects to work in research, education, management, Her Majesty’s Forces, governmental departments and the private sector.

Job prospects are excellent, with nearly 100% of Healthcare Sciences students going on to work in their chosen profession within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey, 2018)


Accredited by The National School of Healthcare and Science, The Registration Council for Clinical Physiology, and The Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Instrumentation Signal Processing and Imaging
  • Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
  • Professional Practice 
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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.

General Requirements

  • Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate - applicants will be able to meet our requirements from three A-levels or two A-levels and the Skills Challenge Certificate.
  • Extended Project Qualification - applicants predicted grade B or above in EPQ will receive an offer with a one-grade reduction.  e.g., an offer of AAB would become ABB plus EPQ B.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • If you are funded by the NHS (WEDS) your fees will be covered in full. 

Living costs for Swansea

  • 727 - 1380 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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