Health Careers at Leeds

Students in lab.

The Faculty delivers various undergraduate programmes. Most of them are vocational. This means that the student not only undertakes academic study but also clinical placements where theory is put into practice in the workplace. Vocational health-related degrees such as Medicine or Midwifery open the door to a specific career. There is competition for entry to virtually all such degrees. Applicants that meet the academic entry criteria are also judged on the basis of their motivation, experience and various non-academic qualities.These relate closely to the skills and attributes needed by today's and tomorrow's health professionals.

Occupation Details


Provides specialist diagnosis and rehabilitation to infants, children and adults with hearing and balance disorders.

Audiologists work in both NHS and private healthcare settings.

Cardiac Physiologist Part of the Cardiology team providing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to all ages of the population with heart disease.

There are 2 types of radiography: diagnostic and therapeutic:
Diagnostic Radiographer
Therapeutic Radiographer
(not offered at the University of Leeds)

There are many more NHS jobs for diagnostic radiographers than therapeutic radiographers.

Operates x-ray and other imaging equipment to help find out what’s wrong with a patient.

Delivers doses of X-rays and other ionising radiation to patients e.g. those with cancer.

Would-be nurses need to choose from adult, child, mental health and learning disabilities nursing:

Adult Nurse

Child Nurse

Mental Health Nurse

Learning Disabilities Nurse
(Not offered at the University of Leeds)

Nurses care for physically or mentally ill children and adults and provide support for their families, in hospitals and the community.

Provides specialist healthcare to adults

Provides specialist healthcare to babies, infants and children.

Provides specialist healthcare to people with mental health problems such as depression or schizophrenia.

Provides specialist healthcare to those with a range of learning disabilities such as Down’s syndrome. They also offer support to their families.

Social Worker Forms relationships with people who are experiencing personal difficulties and provides appropriate advice, support and resources to help them find solutions to their problems.
Midwife Delivers babies and provides advice, care and support for women and their partners and families before, during and after childbirth.
Dentist Leads the dental team. Diagnoses problems, advises patients, identifies and carries out treatments.
Dental Technician Makes dental appliances such as dentures and crowns as per a dentist’s or doctor’s prescription.
Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist Dental hygienists advise and educate patients on oral health and oral hygiene. They carry out simple treatments including scaling and polishing of teeth. In addition to the duties of a dental hygienist, a dental therapist also carries out simple fillings and extractions.
Doctor Graduates from the MBChB Medicine and Surgery are entitled to obtain provisional registration from the GMC and enter postgraduate medical training. At the end of this they can work in any of the branches of clinical medicine, from paediatrics to elderly medicine, intensive care to general practice, orthopaedic surgery to psychiatry. Doctors typically examine patients, diagnose their illness and prescribe treatment. Many also work partly or fully outside the clinical sphere in areas such as journalism, the media, law, health care management and the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries.

Psychologists look at the way people think, act, react and interact. There are a number of professional applied Psychologist careers, though clinical, health, educational, forensic and neuropsychological would be those most aligned with health.

The first degree in psychology is the first stage of training, and must be followed by a professionally accredited and regulated postgraduate programme. Clinical Psychologists fill many roles in the NHS; working with Psychiatrists, but also working with cancer specialists, with the elderly, and in rehabilitation. Health Psychologists focus more on health-related behaviour, such as smoking cessation or eating disorders. Forensic Psychologists work with prisoners and the probation service. Neuropsychologists work with those suffering brain injuries or neurological conditions, such as epilepsy. Educational Psychologists work typically with schools to support students with learning difficulties or challenging behaviour. 

To find information on a complete list of health careers availbale please visit the NHS Careers site.