About Us

The Defence School of Healthcare Education, Department of Healthcare Education (formerly the Defence School of Health Care Studies and the Defence School of Postgraduate Medical Studies) is the Armed Forces' provider of healthcare education to Defence Medical Services personnel.

In addition to supporting the provision by Birmingham City University of pre-registration nurse education, Operating Department Practice (ODP) training and undergraduate radiography programmes, the school also support training for biomedical scientists, environmental health technicians and clinical physiologists at other academic institutions throughout the UK.

Students at the School benefit from the University's state-of-the-art learning facilities and academic staff who are able to offer real insight into healthcare in a military setting.

The Defence Degree

The school's principal academic activity is, however, to support the continuing professional development of qualified healthcare professionals in all disciplines.

The school offers a BSc (Hons) Defence Health Care Studies award, which is a 120-credit, level 6 top-up degree programme for those whose professional qualifications were attained at certificate or diploma level (subject to meeting university entry and eligibility criteria). Students with an existing Bachelors degree can opt to study a reduced curriculum and gain a Graduate Certificate in Defence Health Care Studies, although they are not precluded from studying other modules as stand alone credits for CPD. It is also possible for some students to graduate with a BSc without Honours.

Defence careers

If you are thinking about becoming a Nurse, ODP or Radiographer within the military, further details may be found on these websites:

In addition, your local Armed Forces Careers Office will be able to assist with any queries you may have.

Look at our course options or contact us for more information.