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Bradford's Healthcare Science degree unique in UK for overall quality

Published: Mon 22 Sep 2014

The University of Bradford has cemented its place as a leader in healthcare science and technology with a unique national stamp of approval.

The University runs the Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering) BSc that is tailored to scientific and technical careers in healthcare. The National School of Healthcare Science – part of NHS Health Education England – has accredited the degree programme unconditionally. This means that every element of the programme was fully approved for quality with no areas of weakness, a first for such degrees in the UK.

While other universities offer healthcare science degrees, Bradford is the only one offering the four specialisms of medical, radiation, rehabilitation and renal engineering.

Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Dean of the School of Engineering and Informatics, said: "We are thrilled by this result. It is a great testament to our staff who lead the programmes and our partners who support us. This shows the progress we have made and is a real badge of quality that assures the standards of our graduate clinical scientists who go to work in the NHS."

Note: examples of the topics studied are listed below:

  • Biomechanics - the study of skeletal movement, the flow of body fluids, muscle action forces;
  • Biomaterials - natural tissues and the development of biocompatible materials for tissue replacement;
  • Physiological systems - human physiology, physiological measurement and simulation;
  • Rehabilitation Engineering - the design and development of therapeutic and rehabilitation devices;
  • Prosthetics and Orthotics - joint replacement, limb replacement and functional assistance;
  • Implant design - the design of implantable devices, including manufacturing and surgical considerations;
  • Medical Imaging - including X-ray radiography, diagnostic ultrasound and magnetic resonance.

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