1. Postgraduate applicants to City, University of London
  2. About the School of Health Sciences

About the School of Health Sciences

Having applied to study in the School of Health Sciences at City, we hope you find our applicant information helpful as you prepare to study with us.

The School of Health Sciences is a leading provider of postgraduate education in healthcare and health and social care policy and practice. In addition to teaching excellence, our academic staff are clinical practitioners who are engaged in interdisciplinary research across the fields of nursing, midwifery, health policy, psychology, management and research, optometry, public health, food policy, radiography and language and communication science.

Postgraduate students within the School work with academic staff who are clinical practitioners and engaged in interdisciplinary research across the fields of nursing, midwifery, health policy, food policy, management, optometry, public health, radiography and language and communication science. Our work is transforming the provision of healthcare services in the UK and internationally.

Preparing for the future

The School is committed to ensuring you graduate with the skills, confidence and experience to succeed and progress in your chosen career, whether in clinical practice, leadership, research or education. Our courses are taught by expert staff and clinicians from world-leading health institutions, and our post-registration courses are professionally relevant and work-focused which enables our students to develop as competent practitioners and leaders in their profession.

Financial support

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. Scholarships for both home and international students are available for our master’s courses, including the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the School’s International Excellence Scholarship. More details can be found on our Postgraduate funding webpage.

If you are planning to study MSc (pre-registration) courses in Nursing or Speech and Language Therapy, you can apply for non-repayable grants of at least £5,000 per year from the NHS Learning Support Fund. This is in addition to existing mainstream student support accessed through the Student Loans Company. You can find out more on our dedicated webpage.

You may also be eligible for other financial support offered by the University, which can be explored on our Scholarships and bursaries webpage.

Development support

Alongside City’s student services, the School of Health Sciences provides further guidance both for your professional development and your wellbeing; we want to ensure your time at City is enjoyable and enriching. Our student services range from personal tutors, buddy schemes, mental health and wellbeing support, to advice on your career.

Research excellence at the School of Health Sciences

The School delivers world-leading research that addresses issues of global concern and shapes policy and practice in the wider world, drawing on our long-standing and new partnerships with leading universities, practice partners and other organisations.

The last Research Excellence Framework rated 82 per cent of the School’s submitted research activity, 100 per cent of its research environment and 100 per cent of its research impact case studies as either world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*).

Research is often multidisciplinary and involves partnerships with service users, NHS Trusts, local authorities, government bodies, non-governmental and third-sector organisations. Examples of the School’s research include:

  • Nursing and midwifery investigations into reform in maternity and women’s health and service user involvement in mental healthcare.
  • In health services research, academic staff are engaged in implementation research, studies looking at complex interventions, clinical communication, technology-enabled healthcare, care of the elderly and long-term conditions such as dementia.
  • Research within the area of optometry and visual science includes the early detection of glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, occupational vision assessment and ophthalmic public health and more fundamental studies in visual psychophysics, neurobiology and visual optics.
  • Within language and communication sciences staff have conducted ground breaking research into new forms of therapy for people with aphasia, innovative collaborative work in education with adolescents with language and communication difficulties and have developed language and communication skills among deaf and hearing-impaired children.
  • Research within the food policy area brings together exploration of how the food system really works in practice and what policies are needed to make it work effectively.

Teaching excellence at the School of Health Sciences

We are proud of the quality of our teaching and the dedication of our staff within the School of Health Sciences, and this has been recognised with our high student satisfaction rankings from the Complete University Guide and positive feedback through the National Student Survey, including:


  • 1st in London for student satisfaction in Nursing, for two consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2020 and 2021)


  • 93% overall student satisfaction for Midwifery (NSS 2020)

Medical Technology

  • 1st in London for Medical Technology, including Radiography, for three consecutive years (Complete University Guide 2019, 2020 and 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for overall student satisfaction in Medical Technology, including Radiography (NSS 2020)

Aural and Oral Sciences

  • 2nd in UK for student satisfaction in Aural and Oral Sciences, including Speech and Language Therapy (Complete University Guide 2021)


  • 2nd in UK for student satisfaction in Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 94% overall student satisfaction in Optometry (NSS 2020)

To find out more about your specific subject area, please visit the relevant applicant pages.


We are delighted that you have applied to study at City and hope that our Applicant pages will provide you with useful insight into our University, services and student experience. Please visit one of the following pages to find out more about the next steps:

Meeting or visiting us

We regularly host a range of on-campus events and online sessions throughout the year to give you the opportunity to talk to our academics, staff and students and learn more about studying at City.

  • Contact us - if you have any specific questions, please email us at one of the email addresses provided in this page and we will be happy to assist and/or put you in contact with the relevant member of staff. Alternatively, all City academic staff can be found by searching the Staff Directory on the City website.
  • Virtual Postgraduate Open Evening - attend our online Open Evening to speak to academics from your course, current students and staff about studying with us.
  • Join an online event - please visit our webpage and register to any available event that is relevant to you - new sessions may be added so we recommend checking this page regularly.
  • Ask a student - you can chat directly with our students and learn from them about their experience and life at City.
  • Take a virtual tour - you can explore remotely our campus, including our University's general areas, Schools and sports facilities.