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BSc(Hons)

Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering)

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About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
L5C9
Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Applied Sciences
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Blended learning
Programme leader:
Dr Antony Hill
Key fact:
Advance your career in clinical engineering on this unique course designed specifically for working professionals. Learning from leading industry practitioners, you will apply learning in your workplace while developing all the required skills and knowledge to become a qualified clinical engineer.

Page last updated 30 June 2017

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering)?

Clinical engineers play a vital role helping prevent, diagnose and treat medical conditions as well as working in rehabilitation. Making sure that medical equipment is effectively designed and maintained requires up-to-the-minute medical knowledge and technical skills. As a result, all practitioners must follow a formal qualification framework to work in this challenging but highly rewarding field.

Why study our course?

Designed alongside the NHS, National School of Healthcare Science and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, this one year top-up Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) follows a two year FdSc in Healthcare Science and enables clinical engineers to gain professional qualification while at work. Learning from leading healthcare science professionals, you'll develop specialist knowledge, analytical and communications skills whether you work in radiation, medical equipment, renal or rehabilitation engineering. You will learn in our well-equipped laboratories and facilities during short block sessions at UWE Bristol. And you will access our interactive learning environments and comprehensive resources for further online study.

Real world experience

You will apply learning in your workplace so you can see how concepts work in practice. Alongside, you will develop your professional PTP portfolio. An essential element in order to become a qualified practitioner; this is designed so you graduate with a targeted portfolio of practical and professional capabilities.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you can advance your career as a qualified clinical engineer and will be eligible to join the Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT). As well as being ideal for a career in the NHS or research, this combination of knowledge, analytical and communication skills is sought after in fields such as clinical trials, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics and medical sales. You may also choose to specialise in a particular area on a postgraduate course.

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

Year one

You study the following compulsory modules:

  • Scientific Basis of Engineering
  • Principles in Healthcare Science
  • Pathophysiology of Disease
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Scientific Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Engineering
  • Applied Clinical Engineering
  • Professional Aspects of Healthcare Science.

Final year

You will study following compulsory modules:

  • Healthcare Science Project
  • Professional Practice for Healthcare Science.

In addition, you will study one of the following four pathways:


Radiation Engineering

  • Advanced Radiation Engineering
  • Applied Radiation and Rehabilitation Engineering.


Rehabilitation Engineering

  • Advanced Rehabilitation and Renal Engineering
  • Applied Radiation and Rehabilitation Engineering

Medical Engineering

  • Advanced Medical Engineering
  • Applied Renal and Medical Engineering.

Renal Technology

  • Advanced Rehabilitation and Renal Engineering
  • Applied Renal and Medical Engineering.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will be taught, supported and mentored by leading healthcare science professionals in your workplace, online and during sessions at UWE Bristol.

In your workplace, you will learn and ask questions during weekly webcam tutorials, which are recorded and available online for review.

Further learning is through interactive lectures and quizzes on Blackboard - our interactive learning environment.

During the year, you will do three 5-day block sessions at UWE Bristol so you can develop skills, get experience and undergo assessment in our laboratories.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

A significant proportion of learning is online so this course requires a large amount of independent study. Your employer will provide study time for this and this will be detailed in a Learning Contract between your employer, you and UWE Bristol.

Assessment

You will be assessed using a variety of methods. These include portfolios of evidence, case study based activities, reports, presentations, and evidence of work-based learning such as learning diaries with reflective commentaries. There are also opportunities to track your progress throughout the course using tools such as online tests.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This course has been developed in consultation with NHS trusts across the UK, the National School of Healthcare Science and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.

Placements

Work based learning is integral to this course and you will apply what you've learnt to your job throughout. Developing work-based skills specific to your discipline, you will be supported to complete a professional PTP portfolio. This is one of the requirements in order to become a qualified practitioner.

Study facilities

We recently invested £3.2 million in our science laboratories so while you're here, you can develop skills using the latest industry equipment.

We provide extensive online resources and interactive learning environments with all you need to succeed in your studies. You will:

  • watch online lectures and tutorials, track your success, and do individual or group work using Blackboard - our interactive learning environment
  • develop and test your professional skills in dedicated engineering and biomedical laboratories
  • access industry journals, abstracts and resources in our comprehensive online library.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can advance your career as a qualified clinical engineer and will be eligible to join the Register of Clinical Technologists.

As well as being ideal for a career in the NHS or research, this combination of knowledge, analytical and communication skills is sought after in fields such as clinical trials, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics and medical sales.

You can also choose to specialise further through postgraduate studies such as a Masters or PhD.

Award-winning careers service                                                                      

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450
OH/Medical assessment - ONLY charged for missed appointments.30

Course Fees

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

Entry requirements

All students will enter onto Level three of the BSc Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering) course, after completing the FdSc Healthcare Science course.

All applicants must be in employment in a relevant NHS department which can support the completion of the Practitioner Training Programme Training Manual in the relevant Clinical Engineering pathway.

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