Health and wellbeing


A human eye processes approximately 36,000 pieces of information per hour.

You'll find opportunities for a fascinating career by becoming an optometrist. UHI’s first rate clinical facilities are a highlight for our Optometry students, who are studying at one of only two Scottish universities offering this specialism. This course is practical from the start, with students enjoying placements across a variety of settings in their first year.
Alternatively, choose to study online on Scotland’s only integrative healthcare degree, which has been developed in consultation with industry to closely reflect the changing requirements of the healthcare sector in the UK and abroad.

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Pathways to study

Pathways to study

If you don't initially meet the entry requirements for degree study there is always another route and you may want to consider an HNC or access course. 

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Health and wellbeing sector

  • Workforce size 2024: 276,600 people
    The workforce is expected to grow between 2024 and 2031: up by 5.0% or 13,900 people
  • Health Care is forecast to account for 9.3% of Scotland’s total number of job openings in the long-term (2024-2031)
    • Compared to all sectors, a higher proportion of the workforce in the Health Care sector was qualified to SCQF level 7-12
    • Top employing occupations (people), 2031:
      Caring Personal Service Occupations Total Employment: 92,000
      Health Professionals Total Employment: 78,400

Graduates progress into a variety of roles:

  • Allied care services and management
  • Community development and health needs assessment
  • Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • Education and teaching
  • Nursing
  • Optometrist 
  • Private and multidisciplinary practice
  • Psychologist
  • Research and development

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Why our students love UHI

Darryl, nursing graduate

The huge variety of placements in different clinical environments, have provided some unique learning opportunities and I’ve been able to work alongside specialist nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and consultants, which has helped me learn much more about their respective areas of expertise.

Darryl studied BSc Nursing at UHI House, Inverness.

Darryl Geegan


Roma Gibb

Roma, nursing graduate

Studying at UHI has been genuinely life changing. Not only have I been supported to become a registered nurse, but they also encouraged me along my entrepreneurial journey to developing my own healthcare product. Not only have they helped me test my idea in a research project, but the innovation department have supported and connected me to get my product to where it is now!
Roma studied BSc Nursing at UHI House, Inverness.