Southampton General Hospital / General Hospital - Main entrance

Healthcare Science

Our BSc Healthcare Science offers two pathways to professional registration and a rewarding career. This is a unique opportunity to combine science and technology with patient interaction.

Healthcare science practitioner: cardiac physiology

Cardiac physiologists use specialist diagnostic equipment to give essential information to cardiologists so they can make an accurate diagnosis and organise necessary treatment. This often involves working very closely with patients through a distressing time. Examples include monitoring heart function during invasive procedures and intensive care, performing echocardiology or pacemaker implantation and follow-up, and exercise stress testing. Fifty per cent of your time will be out on placement.

Healthcare science practitioner: respiratory and sleep physiology

Respiratory and sleep physiologists use various diagnostic tests to demonstrate lung function, including cardiopulmonary exercise testing, bronchial challenge testing, measurements of dynamic and static lung volumes, respiratory gas exchange, blood gas analysis, response to treatment, allergy testing and response to exercise.

Medicine and Health Sciences at Southampton

Southampton General Hospital is the Trust’s largest location, and is a major centre for our teaching and research at the University of Southampton.

Medicine at Southampton is a thriving and ambitious multidisciplinary faculty: a national leader in medical education, with an outstanding reputation for combined expertise in research and teaching.

We have trained thousands of doctors and scientists since our foundation in the early 1960s and have led cutting-edge research in areas as diverse as cancer, osteoporosis, asthma and nutrition. We lead innovative learning and discovery across the lifecourse, from before birth to the elderly, by investing in multidisciplinary research teams, creative educational programmes and initiating external partnerships and collaborations.

Teaching in Medicine also takes place on Highfield campus in the Life Sciences Building. 

Health Sciences research
Research in Health Sciences takes place at Southampton General Hospital, where we have earned a reputation for excellence. In addition, the Healthcare Science degree, with its high level of patient interaction, is fittingly delivered on this site.

Medicine courses at Southampton

Although most courses in Medicine are taught in the new Life Sciences Building at Highfield, some teaching takes place at the Southampton General Hospital.

Additionally, 2nd and 3rd year themed attachments arelocated at the University Hospital site.

Health Sciences - research

On all measures of academic excellence the Health Sciences at Southampton has received rankings that place it among the leading centres in Britain in terms of research output and expertise.

It has continued to receive high scores in the research assessment exercises, delivers high quality publications in health sciences and also has a successful record of raising research funding and grants from funding organisations.

Within Health Sciences we generally have well over 100 full and part-time postgraduate research students

Medicine - research

Medicine at Southampton is one of the UK’s leading centres for biomedical research and offers a range of postgraduate opportunities in both basic and clinical science.

Our postgraduate programmes are delivered in the multidisciplinary academic units, ranging from Cancer Sciences, Human Genetics, Infection and Inflammation, to the study of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease and epidemiology.

Our research encompasses the full spectrum from fundamental discovery science to clinical innovation and we have a particularly strong reputation for translating new discoveries into a clinical setting.

Medicine - taught courses

In Medicine, we offer opportunities for postgraduate masters level (HE7) study. We have strong links with the NHS, both in teaching hospitals and the local community. Our postgraduate programmes are based mainly at Southampton General Hospital.

Southampton is ranked in the top 75 universities in the world - one of only 15 UK universities to make the top in the 2011 World University Rankings, published in the Times Higher Education Supplement. Sustained investment in development across the University ensures that all our students continue to enjoy the world class facilities and learning resources which make Southampton one of the best learning environments in the UK.

Our reputation is founded on the outstanding achievements of our academic staff. We offer a high level of support, both at Southampton General Hospital and at the University's main campus.

Postgraduate taught courses