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Technological advances in healthcare have led to new techniques that can enhance patients' health and quality of life. BSc Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering) prepares you to work as a medical engineer in hospitals, learning the skills to take a hands-on role with important medical equipment.
Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering)?
This course will provide you with the knowledge skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist in medical engineering. The role of a medical engineer can involve: checking equipment functions correctly and is safe for use with patients; maintenance; acceptance testing of new equipment; introduction of the equipment to service; advising on correct use; addressing patient safety issues; and safely disposing of old devices.
Medical engineers in healthcare science constantly push the boundaries of new developments, researching and innovating to ensure patients receive the best possible healthcare. This could include developing, re-designing, or manipulating existing equipment to make it more effective, or looking at ways that brand new equipment can enhance or replace outdated or less desirable techniques.
Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering) at Middlesex University?
Our degree is designed to inspire the next generation of healthcare science experts by ensuring you develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience to flourish. Developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme (aimed at training expert NHS Healthcare Scientists), this course will enable you to provide the highest standard of patient-centred care.
You will benefit from 50 weeks on placement in NHS medical engineering departments. Our relationships with local NHS Trusts ensure you have access to placements in some of London's most prestigious healthcare institutions
Our lecturers are experts in their field: active researchers and practitioners, they teach leading research from the frontline of clinical practice
You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in our specialist science building and gain expert understanding of the latest scientific equipment
Our course is based on the latest Department of Health curriculum, accredited by Health Education England
What will you study on the BSc Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering) degree at Middlesex University?
In Year 1 you will study the fundamentals of healthcare science and learn to apply scientific principles to patient care. In Years 2 and 3 you will be taught to develop, re-design, augment or manipulate existing medical equipment to make it more effective and learn to identify where new equipment can enhance the care of patients.
What will you gain?
You will graduate with:
The ability to critically evaluate research evidence in the context of current theory and practice
The confidence to solve clinical problems under pressure
The communication skills to provide an excellent standard of patient care.
The module introduces students to the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide them with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
Healthcare Science 2
The module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
This module complements the theory and application of basic diagnostic tests used in clinical audiology learned in BMS2935. The practical sessions and clinical placements are designed to consolidate skills acquired with theoretical understanding, and for progression to Year 3 practical and theoretical aural rehabilitation modules. Students will be expected to be able to safely and accurately perform all diagnostic procedures according to BSA recommended standards.
Research Methods and Professional Practice
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare students for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
The module provides the student with consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, module provides students with an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
DBS (formerly CRB) and health clearances are also required, which must be achieved before the start of the placement. Students do not pay for the DBS and health checks. Students, who do not get either a DBS or health clearance, will be allowed to transfer to another degree, e.g. biomedical science.
Our entry requirements are displayed as grades. Please use the UCAS calculator to find out the equivalent tariff points.
This course is open to UK and EU students only. International students are not eligible to apply for this course.
English language requirements for non UK students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 7.0 (with minimum 6.5 in written English). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
All applicants need to be interviewed, complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and Occupational Health check.
What sort of careers can you have with a degree in Healthcare Science (Medical Engineering)?
The National Health Service (NHS) is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in medical engineering. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.
What about placements?
Placements are a key element of the course. Over the three years, you will spend a total of 50 weeks in NHS clinical physiology departments at hospitals in London or the South East. This time is divided as follows:
Year 1: 10 weeks
Year 2: 15 weeks
Year 3: 25 weeks
More about placements
All placement providers are officially approved by the University
Support will be available to help you complete your Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) training manual
Enhanced CRB and Occupational Health clearance are a compulsory requirement
Travel and accommodation expenses cannot be reimbursed but we will try to place you with an NHS trust that is near to your home or term address
All placements are unpaid unless you secure sponsorship by an NHS Trust
You will always be notified in advance of your placement allocation
Placements run from Monday to Thursday during normal working hours, which may also include Bank Holidays. Friday is set aside for protected study time
In the final year you also have an opportunity to undertake a research project, which could include a clinical audit - research projects carried out on placement will normally require local ethical approval.
Need some more information?
You can also find useful information about medical engineering careers on NHS Careers.