School of Health Sciences and Social Work


The School of Health Sciences and Social Work offers a wide range of degrees within the different areas of health science. These degrees will enable you to develop the necessary experience to be successful in your chosen career and learn life long skills that will aid you in specialist areas as well as more general, transferable skills.

Many of our courses will give you the opportunity to take up a placement to give you real, hands on experience. Our local placement partners are keen to offer a range of placement opportunities and employment upon registration, particuarly for our newly qualified Adult Nurses from our Nursing programme. The NHS careers website offers a wealth of information to help you explore your future career options.

You will get to spend a significant amount of time in clinical practice, observing, examining and engaging with patients and service users in the community as well as working alongside and in collaboration with health care professionals.

Upon graduation the majority of students take up employment within the NHS. However opportunities are also available in private healthcare, industry, veterinary practice, and research. 

What opportunities might it lead to?

Students graduating from our Department enter a range of career destinations, including:

  • Employment in the NHS, in either acute hospital settings or the community, the private or voluntary sector
  • Charity and aid work
  • Practioner (Radiographer, Operating Department Practioner, Nurse, Paramedic, Surgical Care, Anaesthetic Care)
  • Specialist or advanced specialism
  • Leadership and management roles 
  • Consultantancy roles
  • Research related roles
  • Therapist
  • Advisory roles
  • Rehabilitation
  • Hospitals and Schools
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Trauma Teams
  • Orthopaedic roles

A number of our undergraduates progress to further study on taught masters programmes, particularly our own MSc programmes, or register on to a PhD or Professional Doctorate to begin their research career.

What our students say

The balance between clinical and academic time allows you to gain a more rounded and in depth knowledge of all aspects of radiography.

My education and training in Operating Department Practice allowed me to experience real life surgery and hands on experience supporting clinical experts helping me to gain successful employment at a large NHS Trust operating department as an ODP.

The School has great facilities to assist in our learning and has recently employed the use of VERT software that recreates the clinical setting.

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