Health Sciences and Social Work

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Practice-focused and professionally approved courses designed to produce highly skilled healthcare practitioners

Undergraduate courses Undergraduate courses

Biomedical Science

BSc (Hons)

Informed by the latest scientific techniques and technologies, this course aims to give a firm understanding of pathological processes and the origins of disease

Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy

BSc (Hons) Accredited

This is a sought-after course designed to teach a combination of theory and practice in our first-class facilities to become a qualified dental therapist

Dental Nursing

CertHE Accredited

Thorough professional training to gain the knowledge and practical skills to become a qualified dental nurse

Healthcare Science

BSc (Hons) Accredited

An accredited and vocational course specialising in the life sciences and specially designed for the NHS pathology service

Human Communication Science

BSc (Hons)

This one-year ‘top up’ degree is a multi-perspective investigation into human communication and provides an ideal route to a career in a communication-related profession

Human Physiology

BSc (Hons)

A course which incorporates several scientific disciplines to provide an integrative approach to the modern study of physiology

Operating Department Practice

DipHE Approved

Integrating theory and practice in hospital placements, this approved course provides the knowledge and hands-on skills to embark on a career within operating theatres

Paramedic Science

FdSc Approved

A practice-based course incorporating clinical placements and specialist mentoring which ultimately leads to qualification for the paramedic profession


BSc (Hons)

This course entails working at the cutting-edge of modern pharmacology methods incorporating several scientific disciplines


MPharm (Hons) Accredited

Underpinned by simulated practice and work placements, this accredited course combines scientific and practical approaches for entry into the pharmacy profession

Radiography (Diagnostic)

BSc (Hons) Approved

As one of the first universities in the country to offer this subject, this approved course is at the forefront of radiography training and specifically focuses on the examination and diagnosis of patients

Radiography (Therapeutic)

BSc (Hons) Approved

As one of the first universities in the country to offer this subject, this approved course is at the forefront of radiography training and specifically focuses on the treatment and recovery process

Social Work

BSc (Hons) Approved

This approved course provides you with the knowledge, theory, values and skills to work with the most vulnerable individuals and groups in society

Speech, Language and Communication Science


A course for aspiring speech and language therapists to gain an understanding of human communication and its disorders from biological, psychological and social perspectives

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Postgraduate courses Postgraduate courses



With outstanding research strengths in the biomedical field, this course facilitate the development of theoretical and practical skills to pursue a scientific career

Pharmacy Practice

MSc Accredited

A part-time, work-based course designed as the next step after the MPharm and allowing for a fully integrated learning experience meeting your professional development needs

Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care


Allowing health and social care professionals to reflect on and contribute to practice in their area of work through research

Social Work

MSc Approved

An approved qualification, relevant and up-to-date with today’s standards of social work provision and practice both in the UK and overseas

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Flexible and Professional Flexible and Professional

Dental Development Programme in Science and Dental Therapy (No Practice Rights)

Professional progression course

A part-time course covering core dental-related topics and allowing for progression to further study and training for the dental health profession

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Postgraduate Research

The School of Health Sciences and Social Work (SHSSW) is committed to delivering excellent research to the highest ethical standards in order to improve knowledge and services for the health of the community.

The School’s current priority research and knowledge transfer themes include: allergic and respiratory disorders, health and social care environments, health and social care of the older person, global health and social care unit.

We welcome PhD and other research degree applications. To find out more visit the Graduate School website or send in an enquiry form, and one of our postgraduate tutors will get in touch with you.

Our MRes Science provides an excellent opportunity for students to focus their research interests on one or two areas of science.

The Professional Doctorate is recognised internationally as a qualification granted to those who have reached the highest level of professional and academic achievement in their field. The University of Portsmouth offers a Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care, designed for professionals who have an active interest in work-based research and professional practice issues.

Graduate School

The University of Portsmouth Graduate School is a dedicated centre for all postgraduate research students and supervisors. It supports, administers and coordinates training for the MPhil, PhD, and Professional Doctorate programmes. We have a dynamic population of over 600 research students, including many international students, who form an essential and valued part of the of the University’s research culture.

The Graduate School is here to guide you through the necessary steps to becoming a postgraduate research student. A good starting point is to look at the different research degree options we offer and then to consider the research degree areas we can supervise.

If you have any questions about studying for a research degree at the University of Portsmouth, please complete our enquiry form and read more about how to apply.

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