Health Studies BSc (Hons)

UCAS CodeB708
QualificationBSc (Hons)
Duration1 or 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. This page is for international student applicants, if you are from the UK please go to Health studies (Home)

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?

  • 1st in the UK for Radiography and Nursing 'Graduate Prospects' (THE TIMES Good University Guide 2018).
  • 1st in the UK for Radiography and Top 10 for Nursing (THE TIMES Good University Guide 2018).
  • Bangor University is rated Gold for "outstanding teaching" (2017 Teaching Excellence Framework).
  • We have positive links with the local University Health Board (BCUHB) and other care providers in North Wales, and North West England.
  • There will be opportunities to experience bilingual education in your learning.
  • We have Experienced Researchers and Lecturers in Health/Social Care and Well Being.
  • We offer conferences, seminars and workshops on key health and social care issues.
  • We have commissioned places for some modules and courses particularly for BCUHB and WAST employees.

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. 

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 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

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:

  1. Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
  2. Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
  3. Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.

Mandatory Costs:

Cost of Visa.

Necessarily Incurred Costs:

Students will need to purchase printing credits for their personal use.

Cost of Accommodation. 

Optional Costs:

Graduation gown. 


Sociable and culturally-educational activities relating to the history and culture of North Wales will be offered to students; it will be their own decision whether to participate in these or not.

All assignments are submitted electronically. The printing and binding of dissertations and thesis applies only to Post Graduate students.

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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