The Healthcare Science course combines academic study with NHS placements to provide professional training in the medical and biological sciences. This is now one of the most exciting, challenging and rewarding areas of the health system. Healthcare Scientists contribute to 80% of decisions about patient treatment. There are four areas of healthcare science - Clinical Bioinformatics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and finally, Physiological Sciences. The St George's, University of London course specialises in Physiological Sciences. It leads to a career in clinical physiology, specialising in cardiac physiology or respiratory and sleep physiology. After completing the course, you will be able to register with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences and the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. **Cardiac Physiology** If you train as a practitioner specialising in cardiac physiology then you will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Cardiac Physiology Practitioners perform a wide range of diagnostic techniques, including on-going patient monitoring, exercise stress tests, cardio-pulmonary exercise tests, echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (ECGs). They also play a vital role in the treatment of patients, for example catheterisation, pacemaker implantation and follow-up. **Respiratory and Sleep Physiology** If you train as a practitioner specialising in respiratory and sleep physiology, then you will undertake a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including spirometry, gas exchange, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing, blood gas analysis, allergy testing and sleep studies. Patients may be referred to you for many reasons, including low oxygen levels, abnormal chest X-rays, breathing difficulties, sleep disorders, or suspected respiratory diseases such as emphysema, COPD, cystic fibrosis and asthma. Clinical Physiologists also participate in clinical audit and / or research, helping to drive the advances in knowledge, techniques and technologies that make Clinical Physiology a continually challenging, motivating and rewarding career. Opportunities for postgraduate study and further specialisation exist throughout the UK in conjunction with a variety of NHS Trusts. **Unique aspects of this course** This is the largest course of this type and St George's is the only university in London accredited to train students in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Students have the chance to gain academic and workplace experience in both before making an informed decision about their preferred field at the end of the first year. There is also the opportunity to broaden your horizons by completing a part of your clinical training at the Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra, in Portugal. This partnership is offered as part of the ERASMUS programme, and would allow you to take advantage of the first class facilities at this world renowned institution. As well as the potential professional opportunities studying abroad offers, it is also an invaluable social and cultural experience for any applicants to the program.