University of Bradford
School of Engineering, Design and Technology
Awarding and teaching University of Bradford
Final award: BSc (Honours) [National Qualifications Framework Level H]
Programme title: Clinical Technology
Programme accredited by:
Duration: 3 years full time; 4 years sandwich
Subject benchmark statement:
Date produced: Original: 23 January 2003; updated: 29 April 2009
The National Health Service, together with the associated medical services industry, needs skilled and qualified
graduates to provide vital technical support in hospitals. These graduates require a multidisciplinary skills profile,
including elements of engineering, life sciences and health studies. The BSc in Clinical Technology course aims to
provide this skill base, equipping you for careers in a range of health-related technology disciplines. The course is run
in close collaboration with Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) and other local hospitals within the Yorkshire region, offering
training placements and adding a clinical perspective to the teaching. The curriculum has been designed following
national accreditation guidelines for courses offering routes to the proposed new title of State Registered Clinical
The School of Engineering, Design and Technology places emphasis on both teaching and research, believing them
to be mutually dependent. The School has a long history of medical engineering teaching and research and was the
first in the country to offer a Medical Engineering BEng course. The School aims to produce graduates who can be
creative and supportive in the clinical environment.
Aims of the course
To help students to develop a firm foundation in the engineering, science, design and technology of healthcare.
To provide the educational requirements to permit progression to careers in Clinical Technology within the National
Knowledge and Understanding
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the science and technology underpinning Clinical Technology:
appropriate physical, physiological and life science; design and mathematical methods; characteristics of relevant
materials, components, equipment and manufacturing operations.
Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic principles of IT, communications and management in a clinical setting;
professional and ethical responsibilities of healthcare professionals.; biological and medical systems as they relate
to healthcare technology.
Critically apply technology in a clinical setting to create innovative solutions.
Exercise significant judgement in the use of scientific principles and mathematical methods for modelling and
analysing clinical technology problems.
Apply standard laboratory methods to obtain accurate data.
Use software packages in the analysis, modelling, simulation, and design of engineering systems.
General Transferable Skills
Work in groups to meet shared objectives.
Communicate with a variety of audiences using a range of techniques.
Use problem solving strategies to develop innovative solutions.
Reflect on the need for further personal and professional development to improve your own performance.
The map of the curriculum which you will study is detailed in the following pages, showing core (C) and optional (O)
modules. Each year, or stage, of an Honours course comprises 2 semesters with 60 credits being studied in each
semester. For 10 credit modules all of the teaching and assessment is undertaken in the same semester. Some of
the 20 credit modules have teaching and assessment that occurs in both semesters.
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We strongly encourage you to undertake a year of placement training between stages 2 and 3. This placement will
be with an employer that can offer relevant experience in clinical technology, giving you a practical perspective on
In stage 3 you are required to take 50 core credits in each semester, as well as 10 credits from the optional units.
Assessment regulations: a summary (the text of the progression regulations is maintained on the web at;
The class and division of the Honours degree that you are awarded is based on the overall weighted marks that you
receive for each stage; stage 2 contributes 30% and stage 3, 70%. The classes and divisions of the Honours degree
are awarded on the basis of the following final overall weighted average marks (the Board of Examiners has a
discretion of ± 2%):
70.0% or above: First Class Honours
60.0% or above: Second Class Honours – First Division
50.0% or above: Second Class Honours – Second Division
otherwise: Third Class Honours
If you complete Stage 1 successfully, you are eligible for a Certificate of Higher Education; if you complete Stage 2
successfully, you are eligible for a Diploma of Higher Education. The learning outcomes for these awards and the
final award are consistent with those of the national qualifications framework for England
Although the University does not recruit directly to the Ordinary degrees, this route is available to students for whom a
less intense course of study is appropriate. These courses comprise 100 credits at stage 1 and 80 credits at stages 2
and 3. The progression and award regulations are similar to those for the Honours courses except 40% must be
achieved in 80 credits at stage 1 and 60 credits at subsequent stages. In stage 2 you are required to take 30 core
credits in each semester, as well as 10 credits from the optional units. In stage 3 you are required to take 30 core
credits in each semester (including a 30 credit project running across both semesters), as well as 10 credits from the
Teaching, learning and assessment strategies
The teaching and learning strategy takes into consideration the learning outcomes, progression through the levels of
study, the nature of the subject and the student intake, and the need for you to take greater responsibility for your own
learning as you progress through the course. The strategies and methods implemented are:
The teaching and learning methods implemented to engage you in developing your knowledge and understanding
of the course include formal lectures (including those from Visiting Lecturers), case studies, tutorial exercises,
practical demonstrations, directed learning and individual work. The method of assessment is by written
examination and both analytical and experimental coursework.
The methods implemented in developing your intellectual skills include engaging with you during tutorial
exercises, case studies, practical demonstration and supervised research or project work. The methods of
assessment of intellectual skills are implicit in the written examinations, analytical and experimental coursework
and more particularly in your Final Year Project work.
The methods implemented in developing your practical skills include demonstrations and practicals linked with the
taught modules. You will also design and operate equipment and/or procedures and use control and measuring
instruments under supervision during your project work. The methods of assessment of practical skills include
feedback on laboratory work linked with the taught modules. Also a large part of the mark of the Project report
will be attributed to the Experimental Method and Equipment and the Presentation & Discussion of Results.
The methods implemented in developing the students' transferable skills are implicit in the programme. The
University of Bradford is well known for attracting students from a wide variety of background, experiences and
countries. This and the learning facilities available to all students provide the conditions for students to develop
and manage their learning. The University of Bradford modus operandi, Making Knowledge Work, is imbedded in
the philosophy of this course, particularly in the area of Engineering, Design and Technology, which is well
equipped with practical and computational facilities. The methods of assessment of transferable skills are built in
the structure of the examinations, case studies, laboratory demonstrations and research or project work.
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unit code credits stage sem level unit title Hon Ord
ENG1053M 10 1 1 1 Cell and Microbiology for Engineers C
ENG1075L 10+10 1 1,2 1 Information Technology C
ENG1033M 10 1 1 1 Introductory Mechatronics C
ENG1004M 10 1 1 1 Manufacturing Systems C
ENG1064M 10 1 1 1 Materials Technology & Processing C
ENG1021M 10 1 1 1 Technology Mathematics 1 C
ENG1030M 10 1 2 1 Electronic Applications Project C
ENG1057M 10 1 2 1 Functional Anatomy and Physiology C
ENG1070M 10 1 2 1 Anatomy and Medical Terminology C
HR-0155D 20 1 2 1 Radiological Science and Protection I C
ENG1056M 10 2 1 1 Engineering Computation C O
ENG2015M 10 2 1 2 Design for Manufacture and Assembly C O
ENG2003M 10 2 1 2 Analysis of Mechanisms for Design (was: C O
ENG2024M 10 2 1 2 Biomechanics C C
CY-0205M 10 2 1 2 Sensors and Actuators C C
ENG2085M 10 2 1 2 Healthcare Technology Project C C
ENG1010M 10 2 2 1 Circuits & Systems C C
ENG2013M 10 2 2 2 Financial Management C O
ENG2037D 20 2 2 2 Group Design Project C O
ENG2035M 10 2 2 2 Human Biodynamics C C
ENG2030M 10 2 2 2 Engineering Statistics C O
ENG3042J 10+20 3 1,2 3 Project C C
ENG3077M 10 3 1 3 Medical Ethics and Regulation C O
HR-0311D 20 3 1 3 Radiological Science and Protection 2 C C
ENG3057M 10 3 1 3 Renal Technology 1 O O
ENG3027M 10 3 1 3 Biomaterials O O
ENG4068M 10 3 1 M Tissue Engineering and Wound Repair O O
ENG3092M 10 3 2 3 Renal Technology 2 O O
ENG3020M 10 3 2 3 Medical Instrumentation and Imaging C O
ENG3052M 10 3 2 3 Implant Design and Technology O O
ENG3078M 10 3 2 M Clinical Signals C C
ENG3081M 10 3 2 M Rehabilitation Engineering O O
Credit rating of options Stage 3, Semester 1 20 10
to be selected Stage 3, Semester 2 20 10
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The normal entry requirement is 200 UCAS tariff points. If you are studying for a BTEC qualification then we seek five
merits at level NIII or above. You will be required to have studied at least one science or mathematics at an
advanced level. Nevertheless, offers are only made after detailed consideration of each individual application and the
precise requirements we ask of candidates will vary. Most important in this decision is our assessment of a
candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular course. We also pay
considerable attention to an applicant’s academic background and achievements, to other non-standard qualifications
and any significant relevant experience.
Upon completion of a UCAS form you will be invited to the School for an Open Day and interview when you will have
the opportunity to meet staff, view the facilities and discuss “the Bradford experience” with current students.
English Language Requirements
All students must satisfy the English language requirements for admission as described at
http://www.brad.ac.uk/international/english-prepare.php. If your native language is not English, you will have to pass
a test in English approved by the University before you can be admitted. The following qualifications are acceptable
as satisfying this requirement. Both are available internationally.
The International English Language Testing Service Test (IELTS) administered by the British Council is the test
which is preferred by the University. You will need to achieve an Overall Band of at least 6, with at least 5 in each
of the four sub-tests. Testing facilities are available at most British Council overseas offices. When you take your
test, you should ask for a copy of your Test Report Form to be sent to the University.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton,
New Jersey, 08540, USA. You will need to score at least 550 (220 on the computer-based test). If you take this
test, you should enter the University’s code 0828 on your answer sheet.
Should you not be able to offer these grades then you should contact the Admissions Tutor for further advice.
Student support and guidance
This is provided both by the University and the Course Team. You will be allocated a personal tutor who is someone
with whom you will be able to talk about any academic or personal concerns. However, all members of staff are
equally approachable so you will always be able to find a “friendly face” with whom you feel comfortable. The School
has a system of handbooks, year tutors and formal staff-student liaison committees so that issues are rapidly dealt
with. The University provides important facilities such as extended access to Library and Computing facilities,
counselling and welfare services, careers advice and a Disabilities Office. The latter routinely arranges dyslexia
assessments and appropriate additional time allocation for sitting examinations.
The School has a women’s engineering society named FAIRER (Females Actively Involved in Rewarding Engineering
Roles). It provides a social support network to students in Engineering, Design and Technology from Foundation
Year to Postgraduate.
For further information, please check the University prospectus or contact the Admissions tutor.
The Admissions Office
School of Engineering, Design & Technology
University of Bradford
+44 (0)1274 234567
The contents of this Programme Specification may change, subject to the University's course and regulatory approval,
monitoring and review procedures.
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