Health Sciences

Health Sciences

Wales is home to some of the UK’s most popular schools of Healthcare Sciences, offering a wide choice of degrees and higher education certificates of the highest standard. In addition, the research and clinical opportunities offered are amongst the best in the world.

As a health professional, a significant part of your work will be communicating with the public and colleagues. By studying part of your course through the medium of Welsh you will have the opportunity to develop your communication skills to enable you to work bilingually, increasing your workplace opportunities and giving patients the chance to receive treatment through the medium of Welsh if they wish.

A wide range of subjects are available to study at university:

  • Physiotherapy 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Speech therapy 
  • Operating department practice 
  • Dietetics
  • Diagnostic radiography 
  • Radiotherapy and oncology. 

During your studies, you will have the chance to experience interesting educational approaches, e.g. clinical problem based learning. You will also have the opportunity to learn in virtual laboratories that recreate the hospital ward and clinic as well as the intensive care and surgical departments. Lectures and tutorials are held for all the health subjects as part of a multi-professional course and you will have the opportunity to work alongside NHS staff, in addition to working in community based settings.

The NHS is Wales’ largest employer, employing over 70,000 members of staff. If you want to work for this organisation after graduating you will be part of a large team of professionals who work together to provide healthcare in hospitals and in the community for over three million people in Wales. The NHS works with social services and third sector organisations, and a wide range of opportunities exist for health professionals in the private sector, the third sector and in social services, together with schools, prisons, politics, research and sport. A career as a health professional will offer daily challenges as well as satisfaction and the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge.

If you want a satisfying, challenging, interesting and varied career, take a look at the health courses available in Wales and join a wide-ranging team of multi-talented professionals.

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“Having worked as a therapist in hospitals and the community, the ability to communicate with my patients and their carers through the medium of Welsh is essential to the quality and success of my work. As a result, the patient greatly appreciates being able to receive treatment in their first language.”

Dr Gwilym Wyn Roberts, occupational therapist.