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Medical and Healthcare Technology

What is Medical Engineering?

Bradford was the first University in the UK to offer accredited undergraduate courses in medical engineering. Our courses have a very strong biological, clinical and medical component, while providing core engineering and technology skills.

At Bradford, you’ll be taught only by lecturers who are involved in cutting edge research and you'll work in their research laboratories, using top-class facilities. With around 200 students across all undergraduate courses, following some common modules in your first year, you'll be part of a vibrant and friendly group.

You'll be taught through a mix of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work, field trips, small group projects, invited lectures and seminars and self-study. We offer a wide choice of modules, so you can study all aspects of your chosen subject and keep your career options open. Medical engineering and clinical technology/engineering are growth areas – as we use more sophisticated technology to diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, so we need more people with the skills to design, manufacture, market and manage these technologies.

We have strong links with medical engineering companies both locally and nationally to help you gain industry knowledge and experience. Professional engineers from these companies deliver workshops and seminars to our students. They also provide a year's paid industrial placement between the second and third year of study, for students who choose this option.

We have close links to a number of hospitals in the region and throughout the UK, and these also offer placement opportunities for our students, giving you the chance to gain experience of working directly with clinicians and patients.

Our MEng/BEng Medical Engineering courses are accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), putting all our engineering graduates on route to Chartered Engineer status. Our BSc Clinical Technology course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

At a Glance

  • BEng (3 or 4-years) and MEng (4 or 5-years) in Medical Engineering.
  • BSc (3 or 4-years) in Clinical Technology.
  • Professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Study additional modules in advanced materials engineering.
  • Courses are designed for those wishing to become Chartered Engineers.
  • Some examples of the topics studied are listed below:
    • Biomechanics - the study of skeletal movement, the flow of body fluids, muscle action forces;
    • Biomaterials - natural tissues and the development of biocompatible materials for tissue replacement;
    • Physiological systems - human physiology, physiological measurement and simulation;
    • Rehabilitation Engineering - the design and development of therapeutic and rehabilitation devices;
    • Prosthetics and Orthotics - joint replacement, limb replacement and functional assistance;
    • Implant design - the design of implantable devices, including manufacturing and surgical considerations;
    • Medical Imaging - including X-ray radiography, diagnostic ultrasound and magnetic resonance;
  • Multidisciplinary (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) team of staff with an excellent research portfolio in their respective disciplines.
  • Optional year of industrial training following second year of studies.