Cardiac physiologists work in a challenging and stimulating environment. They combine caring and analytical problem solving to provide excellent patient care and support.
The BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) course focuses primarily on diagnosis and assessment of heart disease and has recived 96% for course satisfaction - NSS 2016. The course integrates academic and workplace learning. You'll benefit from our well-established network of high-quality placements, where you'll receive clinical training from experienced cardiac professionals. Students often describe their placements as the highlight of the course and the degree has an excellent employability record.
96% overall satisfaction in the NSS, 2016
Visit our Cardiac Physiology @ Leeds webpage for further information.
The student placement experience at Castle Hill Hospital, Hull
In year 1 you'll gain a broad understanding of the principles of Healthcare Science. Alongside this, you'll be introduced to the theory and practice of cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep studies. You'll also learn about professional working and will start to develop your independent and critical thinking skills. You will complete 10 weeks of clinical placements.
In year 2 you'll learn about a range of non-invasive cardiac diagnostic assessments, which will prepare you for your specialist clinical placement. In particular, you'll focus on ECG interpretation, ambulatory monitoring and exercise tolerance testing. These are the procedures you'll train in during 15 weeks of clinical placement. In addition, you'll study the pathophysiology of cardiac and respiratory diseases.
Throughout the course you'll develop the skills necessary to become a cardiac physiologist, but you'll also gain more general skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, scientific enquiry, professional working and reflective practice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics). Other science based subjects will be considered.
We consider all A-level subjects for the remaining grades, except general studies or critical thinking.
GCSE: 5 A*-C, including maths, English and science - or new grading 4 - 9.
Cardiac disease is a major problem of the Western world. In the UK the demand for cardiac physiologists is greater than the number practising, ensuring a continued future for registered cardiac physiologist professionals.
The NHS employs the majority of cardiac physiologists. Some cardiac physiologists work in the private sector and in GP surgeries. Opportunities arise for cardiac physiologists to work in industry as application specialists, supporting clients in using and troubleshooting equipment.
In recent years 100% of our students pursuing a career in cardiac physiology were employed after six months.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll undertake placements in Cardiology departments throughout the course, benefiting from our excellent and well-established network.