Clinical Technology (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: BBC / 112 UCAS points
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: H901
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Technological innovation in the field of medicine and healthcare is accelerating at an enormous pace. The modern hospital is now the centre of a technologically sophisticated healthcare system, and this requires equally technologically sophisticated staff.

Clinical technologists are intimately involved in many aspects of healthcare, and are instrumental in bridging the gap between clinicians and engineers. They don’t work directly with patients, but with the technology used to support patient care.

This BSc degree aims to provide you with the educational background required to act as a clinical technologist in the health service, capable of applying your knowledge to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients.

As undergraduates, you will specialise in three areas including Renal, Rehabilitation and Medical Engineering allowing you to work for such departments within the NHS and clinical practices as a clinical technologist. 

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Why Bradford?

  • The course is cross-disciplinary and allows you to gain experience in elements of healthcare science, engineering, and management.
  • The Faculty of Health Studies and the Faculty of Life Sciences contribute to the teaching of the course, as well as clinical hospital staff such as the BRI in Bradford and St James Hospital in Leeds.
  • Clinical Technology students gain industry insights with professional speakers from Smith & Nephew, NHS Wales, BRI Nuclear Medicine Department and from consultant Prosthetists/Orthotists from Blatchford-Endolite attending to deliver guest lectures which are assessed as part of various core modules such as biomaterials and rehabilitation engineering.
  • An optional placement year available on the four year version of this course allows students to work in industry for a year part way through their studies, an opportunity we strongly encourage. Whilst we don’t guarantee the placement, we do promise to do everything we can to support you in securing a year of work in industry.
  • A limited number of guaranteed placements with partner hospitals and clinical practices across the UK may be available to Clinical Technology students, of which you can apply for through a selection process. These placements may take place over summer periods or during your week, in addition to timetabled teaching. This is an opportunity we’ve worked hard to maintain over a number of years whilst working with industry; however the number of placements available is constrained to availability within the health sector.
  • The School of Engineering continues to lead in this area, offering the first full-time Clinical Technology BSc course in the country (first intake in 2004).
  • Cutting-edge research feeds directly into teaching, ensuring your studies are innovative, current and focused.


Medical Technology - Complete University Guide 2017
Ranked 10th in the country for Medical Technology in the Complete University Guide 2017.

Entry requirements

Typical offer: BBC / 112 UCAS points

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

A levels:

To include Maths or a Science subject.

Please note that where a science A-level is taken, the University will require applicants to pass the practical element (for A levels awarded from August 2017 onwards).

BTEC Extended Diploma:

DMM. Science subject required.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

112 UCAS tariff points from an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Science subject required.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or 4 (equivalents accepted).

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.



Module name Type
Year 1
Anatomy & Physiologycore
Computer-Aided Engineeringcore
Fluid Mechanics 1core
Materials Technology & Structural Mechanicscore
Practical Electronicscore
Skills for Engineeringcore
Technology Mathematicscore
Year 2
Biomechanics & Human Biodynamicscore
Cell & Tissue Biologycore
Digital & Analogue Electronicscore
Engineering Statisticscore
Equipment & Maintenance Managementcore
Healthcare Technology Projectcore
Mechanisms for Designcore
Year 4
Clinical Signalscore
Medical Ethics & Regulationscore
Biomaterials with Implant Design & Technologyoption
Financial & Project Managementoption
Materials Failure Analysisoption
Medical Instrumentation & Imagingoption
Rehabilitation Engineeringoption
Renal Technologyoption
Six Sigma for Business Excellenceoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

71.5% of our 2015 graduates in Clinical Technology found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

This BSc degree aims to provide students with the educational background required to work as clinical technologists in the health service, capable of applying their knowledge to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients. There is strong demand in the National Health Service (NHS) for graduates with the right mix of technical and clinical abilities and this demand is expected to increase with the ongoing reforms of NHS structures.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Clinical Technology graduates was £17,750.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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