Health Studies (International) BSc (Hons)

* New course, subject to validation

UCAS CodeB708
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration1or2 years
Study modeFull-time

About this Course

This one-year full-time programme has been developed to provide registered healthcare professionals working in a healthcare environment outside of the UK with an opportunity to top up their qualifications to first degree level. It can also be extended and followed as a 2 year full-time course for applicants who do not already hold a diploma level qualification.

The programme will enable Nurses & health professionals (including but not necessarily limited to roles such as Arts Therapist, Biomedical Scientist, Chiropodist / podiatrist, Clinical Scientist, Dietician, Hearing Aid Dispenser, Occupational Therapist, Operating Department Practitioner, Orthoptist, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Practitioner Psychologist, Prosthetist / Orthotist, Radiographer, Speech and Language Therapist etc.) to develop graduate, lifelong learning skills together with the use of evidence based practice to enhance current professional and academic skills. Additional skills such as critical thinking and problem solving will enhance current professional and academic skills. Transferable skills will therefore be developed which will enhance both the employability and career progression of the registered professional overall.

As one of the leading UK providers of education in the Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University is able to offer overseas students an exceptional learning experience which benefits not only from the practical experience of staff but also from the research strength within the school. Bangor is located in the only truly bilingual part of the UK and overseas students will benefit from studying in a multi-lingual environment which may be similar to the environment in their home country.

Please note: This course does not lead to registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) nor the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor University is the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
  • The School of Healthcare sciences is ranked No.1 in the UK for Radiography and 3rd for Nursing – Times Good University Guide 2017.
  • The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 15 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
  • Our staff have a wide range of clinical experience at the forefront of their professional fields, and work in partnership with local health providers, including Betsi Cadwalader University Health Board, to ensure our students’ learning is of the highest quality.
  • We can help you realise your potential and have an enthusiastic team to help you realise your aspirations.
  • We are leading healthcare and medically related research programmes which are transforming the quality and delivery of healthcare in Wales and internationally.
  • 95% of health research at Bangor University was recognised as world leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014.

Course Content

During the programme students will develop and maintain high levels of clinical judgement and understanding of practice; and will graduate as skilled healthcare professionals, capable of delivering high quality, evidence based health care.

The programmes are designed to ensure students develop into reflective practitioners with enhanced problem solving skills and an in-depth understanding of the appropriate theory and reflection on clinical experience. The programme emphasises the importance of evidence-based healthcare building upon existing research, some of which has originated within the School of Healthcare sciences at Bangor.

The course takes a broad view of topics and students will develop knowledge of local, national, international and global aspects and perspectives, with the focus of study extending from the health and well-being of individuals to the health of populations at national and international level. 

The key elements of the course can be summarised as enabling students to:

  • Develop Graduate Skills
  • Understand the research
  • Understand quality and its implications to health
  • Understand ethics and its application to healthcare
  • Understand a variety of perspectives on health
  • Use the evidence to inform healthcare delivery 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The modules under the pathway will use a variety of assessments such as written assignments, student presentations and on line assessments.  A student –centred approach which provides a welcome to North Wales will give an insight into the history and culture of the region.  Bangor University provides a supportive environment in which to study, live and learn; rating highly for a positive student experience. 

For me personally, the best thing about the school are the tutors. Their mission is to provide the best possible experience to their students and are working hard to achieve this.

Andrea Thomas
Healthcare Sciences

What will you study on this course?

Core Modules (1 year course):

  • Perspectives on Health (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (40 credits)
  • Law and Ethics (20 credits)
  • Leadership (20 credits) 
  • Advancing Professional Knowledge (20 credits)

There is also a 2 year option available for this programme for those students who do not currently possess a diploma or equivalent.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Health Studies (International) Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

The programme will enable the individual to develop graduate, lifelong learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and the use of evidence based practice to enhance current professional and academic skills. 

This in turn will develop transferable skills which will enhance the employability of the registered professional overall.  Obtaining a degree-level qualification at Bangor University should enhance individual career prospects within the candidates’ own countries and relevant international organisations.

Research / Links with external healthcare organisations

The academics involved with this BSc have extensive links with the UK National Health Service (NHS), external bodies and other healthcare providers. Academic staff are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern healthcare and research environment graduates will enter.

They are also experienced Healthcare Professionals thereby ensuring that modern clinical practice is embedded within the programme. As the module is founded on a sound evidence base, use of this will be emphasised throughout the programme.

Entry Requirements

1 Year Course

To be accepted onto the 1 year course students must be a registered health professional in their own country and hold an undergraduate diploma level (non-degree) qualification.

  • For international students – IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element)

2 Year Course (suitable for applicants who do not hold a diploma level qualification)

To be accepted onto the 2 year course students must be a registered health professional in their own country and hold a certificate level (non-degree) qualification or equivalent.

  • For international students – IELTS: 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any element).

Please note: this course does not lead to registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) UK

How to Apply

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system

International Students

IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with no less than 5.5 in all areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing).

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Gearoid Dulchaointigh on 01248 382137 or by emailing We look forward to hearing from you.

Further Information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the course, please email:

Phone: 01248 382137


Please visit our course fees page to see fees for overseas students.

Why study with the School of Healthcare Sciences

If you haven't already do have a look at this page for a list of reasons that we think mean that if you are interested in this BSc Health Studies (International) degree you should consider studying with us.

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