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Where theory meets practice

  • top-quality research

    A remarkable 86 per cent of our research was rated either 'world-leading' or  ‘internationally excellent’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, making us the top modern university in London for our area of research.

    You’ll gain tremendous satisfaction from helping patients of all ages to alleviate and manage their conditions, to improve their mobility and enhance both their independence and quality of life.
  • Government bursary

    All nursing and many allied health students on courses from September 2020 will receive a payment of at least £5,000 a year from the government.

About us

Guided by our expert and supportive teaching teams, you’ll receive a first-class preparation for a rewarding career in these increasingly important healthcare disciplines, helping people suffering from injury, illness or disease.

Whether you study adult nursing, physiotherapy or podiatry, you’ll gain tremendous satisfaction from helping patients of all ages to alleviate and manage their conditions, to improve their mobility and enhance both their independence and quality of life. You’ll undertake work placements in prestigious local hospitals and NHS clinics through our great partnerships and you’ll benefit from low student-to-staff ratios due to our small annual intake across all three courses.

We boast the only university degree course in London that concentrates on podiatry, the healthcare specialism that deals with care, disorders and treatment of the foot. We were also the first UK university to run a physiotherapy degree course, so we take particular delight in both these programmes and in the excellent practitioners they help develop.

On our BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) course, launched in 2018, you’ll learn how to observe patients and assess their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs. You’ll develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them (underpinned by current research findings) and evaluate the results, in both hospital and out of hospital settings. 

You’ll learn how to help people stay independent and maximise their wellbeing, improving their health outcomes and also care for people as they reach the end of their lives. A significant part of your learning will focus on communicating with compassion and building relationships with patients, their carers and families, to provide a positive care experience. Your aim will be to improve patients’ quality of life and deliver high quality care. 

With a growing need for health professionals in all areas, our committed, supportive and expert staff will prepare you for a career in this wide-ranging field. It could be in the NHS, private health services, community health organisations or the related commercial sector.

Wherever it is, our experience is that employers like, need and want UEL graduates. That’s because by the time you leave us, you’ll have received work placements, real-life experiences and applied training which will make you exceptional guardians of nations’ health.

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Podiatry has such a diverse range of practice. UEL, and the amazing teaching team, helped me to realise my potential and guide me in my development whilst making some great friends for life!

Ruby Yates , Podiatry BSc (Hons) graduate
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Our facilities

Our Centre for Clinical Education provides clinical training facilities in podiatry and physiotherapy as well as adult nursing. The Centre is London’s only provider of clinical and training facilities in podiatry and builds on our excellent reputation as a provider of education in physiotherapy, podiatry, sports science, professional health studies and subjects allied to medicine.

The Clinical Education Building based at Stratford campus houses the London Centre for Podiatry Education and four large dedicated practical teaching rooms all with integrated Audio Visual displays. A working podiatry clinic, biomechanics laboratory, orthotics manufacturing room and nail surgery suite are included in the centre. Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports therapy students learn the majority of their core skills in this building which is well stocked with rehabilitation equipment and models. Students constantly report their satisfaction with the practical facilities and how much they enjoy learning in this environment.

The new £250,000 Simulation Centre boasts cutting-edge tools including ’Stan’, a high-tech patient simulator mannequin. UEL hopes the new nursing course will help address the acute shortage of nurses in east London and the aim is to train local people for local jobs.
To find out more and experience our facilities first-hand, visit us at an Open Day.

Our staff

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Our research in the area of Allied Health Professions (Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy) was a big winner in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework – the six-yearly national review of research quality in higher education. An expert panel rated 67 per cent of our research as ‘internationally excellent’ and 19 per cent of it as ‘world-leading’ – the highest possible accolade.

Our research into public health links in with UEL’s internationally-renowned Institute for Health and Human Development (IHHD), which regularly carries out research across the UK and also overseas. The IHHD has been heavily involved in more than 50 significant projects since its foundation in 2006. UEL staff and students have researched into and developed programmes to improve health and wellbeing, particularly in some of London’s poorest communities.

We’re making a major contribution to evidence-based rehabilitation through our work with the Human Motor Performance Research Group (HMPG). This brings together a multi-disciplinary team of clinical scientists with backgrounds in physiotherapy, podiatry, neuroscience, biomechanical research, sports science and sociology. Examples of our work include a major, eight-year research project into the impact of haemophilia on young children, led by Professor Wendy Drechsler in collaboration with the Canterbury and Kent Haemophilia Centre. The research has shown that young haemophiliac children with a history of ankle joint bleeding have smaller, weaker muscles and walk differently to healthy children. The work has had a direct impact on clinical evaluation and the delivery of services across the country.


Nurses, physiotherapists, podiatrists are in high demand across the UK and abroad. With all of these pathways you could go on to work within the NHS or in private practice. The ultimate aim of our courses is to prepare you for a rewarding and inspiring career. The clinical placement hours help prepare you for the world of work upon graduation and help you develop your interpersonal skills . At UEL, some of our graduates have gone on to work at leading sports institutions such as Essex County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board, which oversees the men’s and women’s national teams. Physiotherapy staff and students also work at the London Marathon each year and were involved in the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

At UEL, you’ll also have access to:

  • Employability skills training such as interview techniques and CV writing.
  • Gradscore, a groundbreaking electronic tool that allows you to complete a mock application and find out if you’d be shortlisted for interview. It has been created exclusively for UEL with help from leading employers and employability experts.
  • UEL Skills Academy, where external professionals deliver sessions on the competencies most prized by graduate employers.
  • Internships, placements and volunteering opportunities from our work placements team.
  • Professional mentoring scheme, matching students with staff from major companies.
  • Networking opportunities and annual careers fair.
  • Support with setting up your own business.

Our location in one of Europe’s largest regeneration areas and our extensive links to local employers will also give you access to fantastic internships and placements. From heavy industry to high-tech, health and social care to the arts, there are so many opportunities right on our doorstep.

Our online Career Coach shows you the different career paths that your chosen subject area can lead you to. It gives you information on specific careers, job roles, potential wages and available jobs in the sector. You can also take a quick quiz to find a career to match your personality type!


Foundation Pathways

All of our Bioscience and Health degrees have a related foundation pathway that will enable you to excel in higher education, and a head start on the subject specific knowledge and skills in your degree programme.

During your Foundation Year, you will gain the essential skills that will enable you to excel in higher education, and a head start on the subject specific knowledge and skills in your degree programme.

Your student experience, learning and employability will be enriched through tailored activities such as small tutorial groups, field trips and events with current students and alumni in your chosen field of study.

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