Medical Technology MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


September 2018

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

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This course is no longer running. For alternative options, please visit our Postgraduate page.

Course duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Teaching times

Trimester 1: Monday, times will vary by week (part-time).
Trimester 2: Friday 9:00 - 16:00 (part-time).
Trimester 3: Thursday 9:00 -17:00 (part-time).


Are you an entrepreneur interested in designing, developing, applying, marketing or procuring the latest medical technology? Can you meet the challenge of exploring how technology can keep people independent and active for longer? Learn how medical technology can diagnose and manage disease in people, while developing in-demand skills for your future career.

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Full description


The medical technology sector is growing rapidly around the world with a need to monitor and diagnose increasing numbers of people living with multiple chronic conditions. Developing health economies are seeing particular demand for skills in telehealth and telecare. There’s also a demand for the digitisation of patient records, referrals and prescriptions.

All of this means there’s a growing need for people with specialist skills in medical technology.

This course is for you if you’re considering:

  • specialising in the development and/or marketing of medical technology
  • deepening your technological understanding within your own area of clinical practice
  • developing a greater understanding of medical technology in support of a role in administration or procurement.

The course ultimately provides a springboard into a career in the healthcare industry, health service and academia with a working knowledge of medical technology.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Biomedical Basis of Disease
    At the heart of this MSc is a desire to assist individuals in developing technologies to cope with the unmet needs in the management of disease. In order to achieve this desire it is essential that individuals have a thorough understanding of different types of disease, their causes, diagnosis, treatment and long term management. This module will therefore deal with the pathobiological and biomedical basis of some important human disease processes. Areas examined will include immune mediated disease (autoimmunity) inflammatory diseases, (eg inflammatory joint diseases); metabolic disease and syndromes (Diabetes, obesity) cardiovascular biology, (coronary artery disease), infectious bacterial disease (eg tuberculosis) viral disease (influenza) and diseases associated with respiratory function (COPD). For each you’ll consider the aetiology of the disease, the signs and symptoms associated with the disease state and their associated mechanisms, how symptoms relate to pathology, diagnosis and treatment, the identification of biomarkers and their use as surrogate endpoints. In addition you’ll analyse the management of disease in the chronic state. To provide context and breadth other aspects of disease will be covered with varying emphasis, including epidemiological features of disease current prevention programs, treatments and future treatment prospects. Wider issues such as disease prevention, limitation and socioeconomic impact will also be discussed.
  • Diagnostic Technology
    Gain a critical understanding and knowledge of diagnostic techniques currently in use; the biological indicators that may be used to monitor disease states and your ability to evaluate a novel diagnostic product. Expand your understanding of common physiological values and build on this to discuss biomarkers and how measurement of both of these can be used to diagnose disease and monitor disease progression. The difference between diagnostic tests used to establish the presence (or absence) of disease as a basis for treatment decisions in symptomatic or screen positive individuals (confirmatory test) and screening used to detect early disease or risk factors for disease in large numbers of apparently healthy individuals will be covered. It’ll also deal with the core principles of the common diagnostic tests used in hospital laboratories including the instrumentation used and as a corollary to this the module will cover how tests are validated using a quality control and then branch out to cover point of care testing. Finally the module will look at new technologies and how they are being used for diagnosis, screening and monitoring.
  • Innovative Product Design and Manufacture
    Gain an in-depth knowledge of innovative design methods together with time compression technologies that will reduce the time of delivering new products to market. You’ll use a range of design tools to apply innovative design methods and to improve the design of an existing product, such that it can be manufactured and assembled at a minimum cost and yet maintain the level of quality and reliability demanded by customers. Tools such as 3D solid modelling and engineering software tools will be extensively used throughout the module. It’ll also enable you to plan the method of manufacture of a product using suitable modern manufacturing and prototyping methods. You’ll be introduced to modern equipment, such as CNC machines, rapid prototyping machines and automated inspection. Fifty per cent of the module will be project based with students working in small groups on a product development exercise. In these groups, each student will take on the role of a specific member of the design team, in this way individual contributions to a final group project will be more easily assessed through an individual report. You’ll be encouraged to work on an actual industrial product. The remaining fifty per cent of the assessment will be based on individual work on an innovative product design and lab report.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
  • Major Project
    The major project is at the centre of the Masters award and allows you to demonstrate your creativity and apply the skills and concepts you have learned in the previous modules. It is the opportunity for you to carry out an in depth study in a specific area and to expand or redefine existing knowledge. In practical terms, you’ll be provided with a list of available research projects prior to the major project but will also have the opportunity to suggest your own projects. It is hoped that many of these projects will be carried out with either an industrial partner or a clinician. In the course of the project you may generate intellectual property, defined as an idea, invention or creation which can be protected by law from being copied by someone else.


We use a range of assessment methods to enable both you and the university to check your progress during your studies and then to ensure that you meet the required standards when you complete the course.

Although they vary, our assessment strategies are all carefully designed to challenge you so that you expand your critical and creative thinking as well as your problem-solving skills. The assessments will enable you to demonstrate that you can synthesise existing knowledge and accumulate new knowledge, and will evidence the development of your professional practice.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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