This is a modular degree that begins with a broad foundation of knowledge about all of the body systems and the disease processes that affect them but becomes highly specialised by the third year.

Healthcare student on placement.

Year one combines an introduction to the biomedical knowledge underpinning healthcare science as a whole, and especially the field of physiological sciences. From the start the course is explicitly designed as a preparation for clinical practice, slanted towards medically relevant information and clinical context. During this year you will undertake 10 weeks of clinical training, divided between different sites to give you a variety of experiences. You will work in both Cardiology and Respiratory/Sleep departments at this stage.

At the end of year one you will select your speciality preference, either Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Thereafter your learning will be divided between modules that are common to both strands and specialist modules that are specific to your choice.

In year two you will learn about the pathophysiology of common diseases affecting both the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, taught by clinicians and researchers who specialise in these subjects and aided by time spent working with the specimens in our extensive pathology museum. You will learn to understand the scientific basis for the complex instruments that Clinical Physiologists use, calibrate and quality assure. You will also receive training in the research skills necessary for successful completion of your third-year audit/research project. Most importantly, the
specialist modules cover the detailed physiology of your chosen system (Cardiac or Respiratory/Sleep), in interactive sessions delivered by our core staff of registered Cardiac and Respiratory/Sleep Physiologists. They will cover the highly skilled diagnostic techniques, methodologies and interpretation required for clinical practice, reinforced by 15 weeks of speciality-specific training in your designated clinical placement site.

Year three focuses on developing your ability to apply everything that you’ve learned so far to the practice of Clinical Physiology. University-based teaching will focus on developing your specialist academic skills, while 25 weeks in the clinical workplace will complete your clinical training, providing the hands-on experience needed to build real expertise. You will complete and write up your clinical audit/research project. The third year will see you transform from a student to someone who has the knowledge, experience, professionalism and clinical competencies required of a Clinical Physiology Practitioner

Year one

Taught Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 1
Taught Scientific Basis of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Sleep Science
Taught Professional Practice 1
Taught Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 2
Clinical Clinical Training 1 (two weeks preclinical preparation at St George's and eight weeks of clinical placement in the NHS)

Year two

Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions
Taught Instrumentation, Signal Processing and Imaging
Taught Cardiac Physiology or Respiratory and Sleep Physiology
Taught Research Methods
Taught Professional Practice 2
Taught Scientific Basis of Healthcare Science 3
Clinical Clinical Training (15 weeks of clinical placement in the NHS)

Year three 

Taught Applying Respiratory and Sleep Physiology to Practice or Applying Cardiac Physiology to Practice
Research Project in Respiratory and Sleep Physiology or Research Project in Cardiac Physiology
Taught Professional Practice
 Clinical Clinical Training (25 weeks of clinical placement in the NHS)

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