Male and female student using healthcare equipment.


Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering)


About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Applied Sciences
One year
Full time; part time
Programme leader:
Dr Antony Hill
Key fact:
Get ahead in your clinical engineering career on this specially-developed course for professionals. Learn from leading industry practitioners, apply new insights at work and get the advanced training you need to get qualified.

Page last updated 20 July 2018


Why study healthcare science (clinical engineering)?

Clinical engineers play a vital role in helping to prevent, diagnose and treat medical conditions, as well as working in rehabilitation.

Ensuring that medical equipment is well designed and maintained requires up-to-the-minute medical knowledge and technical skills.

For this reason, all practitioners need to follow a formal qualification framework to work in this challenging but rewarding field.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Healthcare Science (Clinical Engineering)is a one year top-up Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) for clinical engineers. It was designed with input from the NHS, the National School of Healthcare Science and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

Once you've completed your two-year FdSc in Healthcare Science, you can go onto this course to get professionally qualified to work in clinical engineering fields such as radiation, medical equipment, renal or rehabilitation engineering.

Get taught by leading healthcare science professionals, and develop the specialist knowledge, analytical and communications skills employers are looking for.

Learn in our well-equipped laboratories and facilities on short block sessions at UWE Bristol and use our interactive learning environments and comprehensive resources for online study.

Apply what you learn in your workplace so you can see how different concepts work in practice.

Develop the professional PTP portfolio you need to become a qualified practitioner clearly showcasing your practical and professional capabilities to future employers.

Where can it take me?

On graduation, you'll be eligible to join the Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT).

You can advance your career as a qualified clinical engineer, working in the NHS or research.

Your knowledge, analytical and communication skills will also be sought after in fields such as clinical trials, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics and medical sales.

You can specialise further by doing a master's or PhD.

Accreditations and partnerships:



Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Final year

You will study:

  • Healthcare Science Project
  • Professional Practice for Healthcare Science.

You'll also study one pathway from:

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

At work, you'll learn and ask questions on weekly webcam tutorials that are recorded and available online for review.

Interactive lectures and quizzes on our interactive learning environment Blackboard will deepen your understanding and skills.

You'll do three five-day block sessions at UWE Bristol so you can get practical experience and be assessed in our laboratories.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

As this course is largely delivered online, you'll need to do a large amount of independent study. Your employer will give you study time for this, and it will be set out in a learning contract between you, your employer and UWE Bristol.


You'll be assessed using portfolios of evidence, case study-based activities, reports, presentations and evidence of work-based learning, such as learning diaries with reflective commentaries. We'll also track your progress using tools such as online tests.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

We've developed this course in consultation with NHS trusts across the UK, the National School of Healthcare Science and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine.

It's accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science as part of Health Education England.


Work-based learning is integral to the course and you'll apply what you've learnt in your job throughout the year.

Developing work-based skills specific to your discipline, you'll be supported to complete a professional PTP portfolio. You need one of these to become a qualified practitioner.

Study facilities

We've recently spent £3.2 million on 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 to help you succeed in your studies.

Watch online lectures and tutorials, track your success, and do individual or group work on 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.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

Advance your career as a qualified clinical engineer by joining the Register of Clinical Technologists.

You could go into a career in the NHS or research. Your knowledge, analytical and communication skills will be equally sought after in fields such as clinical trials, medical communications, scientific journalism, forensics and medical sales.

You could do a master's or PhD to specialise further.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


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 (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

See our funding pages for more information.


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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