Clinical Technology (with placement year)
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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.
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.
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
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.
Ranked 8th in the country for Medical Technology in the Complete University Guide 2018.
Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points
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.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
The programme is intended to help students develop a firm foundation in the engineering, science, design and technology of healthcare.
- Technology Mathematics (20 credits) - core
This module develops a comprehensive/robust set of numeracy & algebraic skills fundamental to the majority of quantitative work in Engineering BSc courses.
- Computer Aided Engineering (20 credits) - core
To provide an appreciation of computer aided design, analysis and simulation methods over a range of engineering disciplines (Chemical, Civil, Mechanical and Medical) and to provide experience of the use of industry standard CAE tools through design, modelling, simulation, analysis of structures, processes, systems or components.
- Materials Technology & Structural Mechanics (20 credits) - core
Provides an introduction to engineering materials and their properties, with particular reference to their manufacturing technology, selection and different industrial applications.
- Skills for Engineering (20 credits) - core
The module is designed to provide a project based hands on team based module with integrates the learning from other modules during the first year.
- Practical Electronics (20 credits) – core
To develop practical electronics knowledge & skills, including; reading & creating circuit diagrams, understanding the function of components, designing PCBs using CAD & developing lab documentation & soldering skills.
- Anatomy & Physiology (20 credits) – core
To assist the students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the gross anatomy of the human body; cardiovascular and respiratory physiology; muscular-skeletal systems; cells and tissues; normal versus cancer cells; human fluid mechanics.
At the end of Year 1, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Certificate of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
- Mechanisms for Design (10 credits) – core
The aim of this module is to introduce the basic theoretical principles which underpin the kinematics of mechanisms and to show how analytical and CAE simulation techniques are used in the design of mechanisms.
- Digital & Analogue Electronics (20 credits) – core
To introduce analogue electronic devices and circuits, the principles of digital logic,and digital system design.
- Biomechanics & Human Biodynamics (20 credits) – core
This module aims to provide an overview of how the human body experiences forces in static and dynamic situations, and how gait and posture is analysed and evaluated. It also aims to carry out the most important physiological measurements for the clinical assessment of the human body.
- Healthcare Technology Project (20 credits) – core
To demonstrate the multiple elements required for a successful product design process from initial ideas to functional prototypes.
- Equipment & Maintenance Management (20 credits) – core
Evaluate the fundamental principles of maintenance management, the various maintenance strategies and the associated requirements and benefits.
- Cell & Tissue Biology (20 credits) – core
This module aims to provide a good understanding of human physiology and the ways in which cells and tissue interact with invasive medical devices and implants.
- Engineering Statistics (10 credits) – core
To develop critical skills in statistical engineering data collection, analysis and presentation, empirical model building and validation in engineering.
At the end of Year 2, students will be eligible to exit with the award of Diploma of Higher Education if they have successfully completed at least 240 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
- Project (30 credits) - core
- Six Sigma for Business Excellence (10 credits) - optional
The students will be able to acquire a deep understanding of the theories and practices of six sigma and associated quality assurance and management principles, and directly apply them to a variety of product and service industries.
- Medical Ethics & Regulations (10 credits) – core
Critical review of medical ethics and regulations within medical engineering.
- Materials Failure Analysis (20 credits) – optional
This module builds on core knowledge of materials science & structural mechanics and aims to provide the integrated knowledge & skills to; - recognise the important failure mechanisms which lead to catastrophic structural failure under static & cyclic loading -select appropriate analytical methods.
- Biomaterials with Implant Design & Technology (20 credits) – optional
- This module aims to develop the critical knowledge of base biomaterials and also aims to integrate and apply existing knowledge to implant design and technology and to apply general design procedures/methodology to medical devices such as joint replacements, including hip, knee and other joints.
- Renal Technology (20 credits) – optional
To bring together multidisciplinary aspects of prior learning to evaluate renal technology in terms of biology, mechanics, technology and healthcare.
- Rehabilitation Engineering (10 credits) – optional
To critically evaluate corrective or assistive devices and prosthetics in patient rehabilitation with good understanding of the main bone, muscular and skeletal disorders, diagnosis and possible treatments.
- Clinical Signals (20 credits) – core
To engender specialist knowledge and understanding of clinical signals measurement and analysis both in theory and practice.
- Medical Instrumentation & Imaging (10 credits) – optional
To acquire a systematic and advanced knowledge of the methods of modern medical instrumentation, including image processing techniques.
Students will be eligible for the award of Honours Degree of Bachelor if they have successfully completed at least 360 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.
Learning activities and assessment
You’ll learn through a combination of:
- formal and informal lectures
- laboratory practicals
- workshop skills sessions
- guest lectures and seminars
- group and individually assessed projects
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
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.
All of our programmes offer the opportunity to study abroad with two semesters at an international partner institution.
Career support and prospects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £9,250*
- Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
- International: £17,800
- International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,780
* Fees going forward have been capped by the Government at £9,250 in October 2017..
See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
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