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Rehabilitation engineers research, design and develop assistive technology to make life-changing advancements for patients with physical impairments. Our degree provides the essential training for a successful career in rehabilitation engineering within the National Health Service.
Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Rehabilitation Engineering)?
This course will provide you with the knowledge skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist in rehabilitation engineering. Healthcare scientists specialising as rehabilitation engineers work as part of a team, assessing and responding to the needs of individuals to ensure they receive the most effective equipment to improve their quality of life.
Rehabilitation engineers provide assistive technology to help with communication and daily living. They push the boundaries of new developments, researching and innovating to ensure clients receive the best possible healthcare. The range of equipment is broad and includes everything fromspecial seating to wheelchairs, artificial limbs, electronic communicators (such as speech synthesisers), and robotic aids.
Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Rehabilitation Engineering) at Middlesex University?
Our specialist degree explores the fundamentals of healthcare science while introducing the engineering and mechanical principles used to develop cutting-edge assistive technology. 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 (Rehabilitation Engineering) degree at Middlesex University?
In Year 1 you will build a solid grounding in the fundamentals of healthcare science through carefully structured modules, and also develop essential communication skills so that you can deal sensitively with patients who have critical needs.
These specialist communication skills will help you to effectively work alongside key partners, including prosthetists, orthotists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, specialist nurses, doctors and equipment manufacturers. In Year 2 and 3 you will focus on the theory and practice of rehabilitation engineering and combine mathematical theory with engineering and mechanics.
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 are your career options with a degree in Healthcare Science (Rehabilitation Engineering)?
The National Health Service is one of the largest employers in the world. This degree prepares you for a career as a Healthcare Scientist within the NHS, specialising in the engineering of assistive technology. The NHS has recoginised a skills shortage in this area and therefore this 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
Learning opportunities and support will be available to help you complete your Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) training manual
Enhanced DBS 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, and 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.