University of Leeds
Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc (Hons)
University of Leeds

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Cardiac physiologists work in a challenging and stimulating environment. They combine caring and analytical problem solving in order to provide excellent patient care and support.

Our BSc Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) course focuses primarily on diagnosis and assessment of heart disease. The course integrates both 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. Our students often describe their placements as the highlight of the course and the degree has an excellent employability record. In fact, 100% of our students went on to work and/or study within 6 months of graduation (Discover Uni, 2019).

We have over 12 years’ experience of providing clinical physiology training and you'll be taught by experienced practising professionals. Being part of the School of Medicine links our academic expertise with world-leading research.

On successful completion of the course, students are eligible to apply for registration with the Academy of Healthcare Science as a Practitioner.

Why choose Leeds?

  • The only cardiac physiology course in the UK that sits within a School of Medicine.

  • Use our 4D computer technology for enhanced learning.

  • Work with patients from the Patient Carer Community group to help prepare you for placement.

  • Clinical placements are undertaken within departments across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

  • Develop your clinical skills through practical sessions in our dedicated laboratories.

  • Study specialist areas of interest undertaking a research project in your final year.

  • Based within the globally renowned Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine means that our students have access to leading researchers and can attend and participate in academic research seminars alongside practising cardiologists and senior medical researchers.

  • There are opportunites to present your research at conferences and in professional journals.

  • Careful timetabling means you can enjoy an extended summer break.


The course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS).

Visit our Cardiac Physiology webpages for additional course information.

Accredited by the NSHCS (National School of Health Care Science), on behalf of Health education England, for the purpose of eligibility for registration as a Health-care Science Practitioner on the AHCS (Academy for Healthcare and Science) voluntary accredited register.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 20 graduates of Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc (Hons) at University of Leeds for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
72 /100
20 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in anatomy, physiology and pathology

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £29500 £33500
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £33000 £22000 - £37500 £26500 - £43000

Salary of all UK Graduates of anatomy, physiology and pathology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24000 £26830 £32977
25-75 percentile range £20000 - £27000 £21022 - £35666 £25332 - £42896

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) BSc (Hons) at University of Leeds

85% Health associate professionals
5% Other Health Professionals

We use a range of assessment methods to assess your clinical and professional skills. These include presentations, group assessments, unseen examinations, practical skills examinations, seen examinations, along with essays and clinical practice profiles of evidence. You’ll need to demonstrate the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline, as well as your emerging abilities, skills and competencies. You need to be able to draw on a wide variety of material and be able to evaluate and criticise received opinion.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

ABB including a science subject (biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics). Other science based subjects will be considered.

BB at Advanced Higher level and AABBB at Higher level. Or B at Advanced Higher level and AAABB at Higher level. For applicants without Advanced Highers, we require AABBBB at Higher level.

45 credits at level 3, which must be at distinction and include 15 credits from science subjects. We strongly advise you to contact the School to discuss the suitability of your chosen Access course. We consider Access Courses to be suitable for mature applicants (21 plus) who have been out of full-time education and have had no previous access to higher education.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF): distinction/distinction/distinction and must contain at least one-third science content at distinction. Health and Social Care qualifications have insufficient science content and will only be considered with an additional science A level – biology, human biology, chemistry, maths and physics.

34 points overall, including 3 higher level subjects at minimum of grade 5, one of which must be a science subject.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees taught
    • no components less than 6.0
    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees research
    • no components less than 5.5
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • No components less than 5.5
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of University of Leeds in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Leeds in related subject specific rankings.

Medicine & Health

    • #6 
    • #9 
    Health Professions
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]

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About University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is a government funded research university based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The main campus is situated approximately one mile north of Leeds city centre, and is also close to the popular student neighbourhoods of Hyde Park, Woodhouse, and Headingley.

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Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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