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Clinical Technology (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: Call us now - 0800 073 1225
Entry 2018: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
UCAS code: H901
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Overview

Develop the skills you need for a career as a clinical technologist, capable of applying your knowledge to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients. You will learn:

  • to design and manufacture medical equipment
  • tissue engineering and wound repair for making artificial organs
  • application, repair and maintenance of medical devices
  • to carry out physiological measurements, such as ECG, EMG, BMI, spirometry and skin analysis

You will specialise in three areas - renal technology (dialysis), rehabilitation engineering (prosthetics / orthotics), and medical technology/engineering.

Technological innovation in the field of medicine and healthcare is accelerating at an enormous pace. The modern hospital is now the centre of a technologically sophisticated healthcare system, and this requires equally technologically sophisticated staff. This mean you’ll be highly employable as a graduate.

A placement year in industry, taken in year three of the programme, enables you to build contacts whilst developing your skills and professional confidence.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Why Bradford?

We were the first University in the UK to offer a full-time BSc (Hons) in Clinical Technology.

The programme benefits from the University of Bradford’s research focus on Advanced Healthcare and Innovative Engineering. Our cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching, ensuring you are learning the latest theory and best practice, and using the latest technology. This means you will graduate equipped not just for the current job market, but for the future developments in the clinical technology profession.

Our students gain industry insights from guest lectures by professional speakers from organisations such as:

  • DePuySynthes (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Biomet Healthcare
  • Blatchford-Endolite

Clinical hospital staff from Bradford Royal Infirmary and St James Hospital in Leeds contribute to the teaching of the programme. Teaching is also delivered by academics and practitioners from our Faculty of Health Studies and Faculty of Life Sciences. This cross-disciplinary approach allows you to gain broad experience in healthcare science, engineering, and management.

Rankings

Ranked 8th in the country for Medical Technology in the Complete University Guide 2018.

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Entry requirements

These entry requirements are shown as a guide only. To check whether you meet the full entry requirements please call 0800 073 1225

A levels:

To include Maths or a Science subject.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A-levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Science subject required.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

A levels:

To include Maths or a Science subject.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Science subject required.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.

 

Modules

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

You’ll learn through a combination of:

  • formal and informal lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory practicals
  • workshop skills sessions
  • guest lectures and seminars
  • group and individually assessed projects

Placement

This 4-year BSc (Hons) Clinical Technology programme offers you the opportunity to take up a placement year working in industry in your third year.

The placement year is an excellent way to develop your professional experience, build industry contacts, and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional clinical technologist. Placements are predominantly salaried positions and may lead to offers of employment upon graduation if you excel during your placement.

Support for placement applications is plentiful, with a dedicated Faculty Career Development Advisor and academic staff members overseeing placement students. All students on placement are assigned an academic supervisor who will visit them during their placement year and can provide advice and guidance.

Recent placement destinations include:

  • DePuySynthes (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Smith & Nephew
  • Biomet Healthcare UK Ltd
  • GE Healthcare
  • Stanmore Orthopaedics
  • Smiths Medicals
  • IMI Precision Manufacturing
  • Siemens
  • Zimmer
  • Blatchford

After completing your placement you’ll return to complete the final year of the programme, and apply all you’ve learnt to your final project.

Study Abroad

All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad with one or two semesters at an international partner institution.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

88% of our 2016 graduates in Medical Engineering and Healthcare Technology found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.*

*These DLHE statistics are derived from annually published data by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), based on those UK domiciled graduates who are available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known.

Career prospects

There is strong demand in the NHS for graduates with the right mix of technical and clinical abilities. This demand is expected to increase as technological innovation in the field of medicine and healthcare is accelerating at an enormous pace. and because of ongoing reforms of NHS structures.

Clinical technologists are intimately involved in many aspects of healthcare, and are instrumental in bridging the gap between clinicians and engineers. They don’t work directly with patients, but with the technology used to support patient care.

Study Support

We have a commitment to strong pastoral care for all of our students, which includes a Personal Tutor for all students, regular contact hours for tutor groups and our supportive student service teams who are always ready to help with any questions and provide the advice that you need.

In addition to standard study support through taught sessions, our Virtual Learning Environment allows students to access resources, participate in group work and submit work from anywhere in the world 24/7.

University central services are rich with support teams to assist students with every aspect of their journey through our degree programmes. From our Career and Employability Service, through our strong Students' Union, to our professional and efficient Student Finance team, there are always friendly faces ready to support you and provide you with the answers that you need.

Facilities

You'll benefit from:

  • state-of-the-art human movement laboratory, which enables the movement and gait of patients to be analysed in great detail. The laboratory incorporates a new VICON motion capture facility.
  • prosthetic/orthotic laboratory containing several state-of-the-art test machines such as friction hip/knee simulator for evaluating the performance of artificial hip and knee joints.
  • human physiology laboratory for evaluating human physiological performance including EMG, ECG, Blood Pressure, Urine, Skin analysis and Spirometry (lung function) tests, etc.
  • tissue characterisation laboratory, incorporating three atomic force microscopes (AFM), which enables the nano- and microstructure of various tissues and other biomaterials to be characterised in great detail. This facility enables the mechanical, physical and biological performance characteristics of tissue/biomaterials to be better understood.
  • modern cell/tissue engineering laboratory for in-vitro culturing of various cells/tissues such as skin, bone, cartilage, muscle, etc, and wound repair.
  • world-class bioaerosol test facility for performing microbiological experiments. This facility comprises a class two negatively pressurised chamber, into which microorganisms can be safely nebulised, thus enabling infection control interventions to be evaluated.
  • electrostatics laboratory for evaluating the impact of electrical charge on biological and medical systems.
  • Medical Electronics Laboratory equipped for the design and manufacturing of Medical diagnostic devices such as Electrocardiography (ECG), Pacemaker, Oximeter and Heart Rate Monitoring, etc.

You will also study in a number of specialist engineering laboratories for related subjects such as materials testing and characterisation.

Explore some of our facilities using this interactive 360° tour:

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

2017/18:

  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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