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Operating department practice

Our programme is ranked 1st in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2020.

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A warm welcome

Studying Operating Department Practice with us means you'll become part of our friendly School of Healthcare Sciences. Head of School, Professor David Whitaker, welcomes you to our Virtual Open Day.

Why you should study with us


1st in UK

Our Operating Department Practice programme is ranked 1st in the UK in the Guardian University League Tables 2020


Interdisciplinary working

92% our our students believe the course provides the right opportunities to work with other students (NSS 2019)


We are international

We are committed to enabling our students to have an international learning experience


Our location

Our main School building is situated in the heart of Wales’ biggest hospital – so you will be immersed in an actual healthcare environment from day one


Our programme is funded

A full NHS bursary, including tuition fees and a non-repayable bursary for living costs is available for our programmes providing you meet eligibility requirements


Our facilities

Our high-tech simulation suites and equipment mirror the healthcare environments in which you will undertake placements and eventually work in as qualified professionals

Our talk

Operating Department Practice (BSc) Admissions Tutor, Craig Griffiths, provides an overview of the course - from how it is structured, to tips on how to apply.

The facilities are absolutely fantastic - they are as real as you can get to the theatres you find in hospitals.
Susie Operating Department Practice (BSc) student

Hear from one of our students

Third year Operating Department Practice (BSc) student, Emma, talks about her experience of studying with us.

With their outstanding reputation for nurturing and supporting their students, state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable lecturers - I knew that Cardiff Uni was the place where I could grow.
Tiffanie Operating Department Practice (BSc) student

Caerleon Simulation Suite

Our simulation suite mirrors clinical settings allowing students to develop key skills and experience.

Lecture theatre

Our refurbished lecture theatre hosts large teaching sessions.

Skills suite

Our facility where students develop skills such as Basic Life Support.

Operating theatre

Our theatre is complete with all the equipment found in a hospital theatre.

Student area

A designated space for students to use during breaks and before and after lectures.

IV Lounge

Our recreational and cafeteria space is also home to the Heath Campus Student's Union.

Heath Campus Library

Educational resources for our healthcare programmes can be found at our on-site library.

Practical room

We have many practical rooms where students can practice and develop their clinical skills.

Global healthcare opportunities

We are committed to enabling our students to have an international learning experience. In 2019, over 100 healthcare undergraduate students travelled and gained healthcare experience overseas.

Where in the world would you go?

Be part of something special

Want to make a difference, not just a choice? With accessible courses, inspiring lecturers, and friends you make for life, release your potential with us and start a career you'll feel proud of.

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A safe campus experience for 2020/21

We're putting protective measures in place to ensure your time with us is safe and enjoyable during these unprecedented times.

Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

Student support

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Student life

Learn more about our sport and recreation, free language programmes, living costs, learning support and the Students' Union.

Start your healthcare journey with us


Our Operating Department Practice (BSc) programme

Visit our programme page to find out about entry requirements, tuition fees and more.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions - big or small - don't hesitate to get in touch. We would love to hear from you.


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