Medical Technology BSc (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)


September 2018

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Focus on applying engineering and technology knowledge to develop medical devices and systems with clinical needs to monitor health and wellbeing at an individual and a population level. Train in our advanced labs to design and develop medical technologies, devices and systems for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of human diseases.

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The course is designed to prepare students for employment in a wide variety of professional careers, and help them to develop key transferable skills valued by employers. Science graduates are in demand as they offer strong analytical and problem solving skills which are highly valued across all sectors. You’ll gain valuable transferable skill such as efficient communication, leadership and management and key vocational skills, such as advanced laboratory training.

You could seek employment in knowledge industries, such as medical technology companies. Since you’ll gain the knowledge and skill to progress in both academic and clinical research, you could even undertake further training in the NHS, including the Clinical Technologist Training Scheme through an Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) accredited centre.

If you’d like to continue your studies with Anglia Ruskin we offer a Postgraduate Medical Technology programme.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body
    The human body is a complex collection of systems interacting in a way which allows it to meet the demands of the daily routines and ever changing environments. Here, you’ll learn the basics of human anatomy and physiology and gain an insight into the main body systems and how these systems interact with each other and respond to internal and external stimuli. This knowledge will prepare you for exploring aspects related pathophysiology in relation to disease.
  • Principles of Medical Technology
    You’ll be provided with an overview of medical technology and the basic knowledge and skills associated with medical technology. You’ll start with the biomedical principles which form the basis of medical investigation. You’ll understand different types of disease, their causes, diagnosis, treatment and long term management. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to get hands-on, as you use components of body fluids such as blood, sweat and urine to understand how different components change with disease. Next, you’ll concentrate on the overview of methods used to detect and monitor common diseases while you investigate approaches such as spectroscopic measurement. Finally, you’ll build on working on the basic structure, principles and analysis of some currently available medical devices such as those which measure blood oxygenation levels, or blood glucose levels, or are used for pregnancy testing or measure chlorine levels in sweat.
  • Fundamental Skills to Device Development
    Become confident in understanding the basic electronic and mathematical knowledge and skills associated with medical device development as you link theoretical principles with hands-on practical approaches. You’ll review the fundamentals of analogue components including resistors, capacitors and inductors and learn how simple analogue and digital circuits are designed. You’ll explore various forms of diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers and their equivalent circuit models. Finally, you’ll examine physical properties of materials, basic mathematics and information technology as you create case report and develop skills in data integration and communication.
  • Mathematics for Medical Engineering and Technology
    Use your numerical skills and mathematical tools to solve medical engineering problems in real clinical practice. You’ll build on your mathematical knowledge, techniques and methods to become confident in completing your degree while also gaining knowledge aligned to future medical research and engineering and technology development. You’ll use mathematical software to evaluate your solutions as you further your understanding.
  • Analogue and Digital Electronics
    Analyse and design analogue and circuits in medical applications while discovering the measurement and analysis tools used in the medical electronics industry. You’ll examine practical applications of digital electronic circuit design, including the design of fundamental circuits such as decoders, encoders and arithmetic circuits. You’ll follow this by examining how sequential logic techniques allow us to design circuits with memory and analogue/digital interface. Combining these skills, you’ll gain innovative problem solving skills and their potential for use in practice. When you complete this module you’ll feel confident in carrying out design projects in electronics and explaining the relationship between digital and analogue signals.

Year two, core modules

  • Applied Medical Physiology
    Here, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of cardiovascular, central nervous system, musculoskeletal, respiratory and renal system physiology. You’ll explore the causes, physiological changes and clinical diagnostic investigations of a range of common dysfunctions and diseases. You’ll also begin to understand clinical guidelines underpinning therapeutic and management in health care as well as the practical clinical skills used to examine patients and recording of physiological data.
  • Physiological Signals and Signal Processing
    In this hands-on module, you’ll discover the basic principles of bio-signal processing techniques and apply them specifically to physiological signals, including: heart rate, heart rate variability, ECG, EEG, EMG, SPO2, etc. You’ll gain grounding in methods and tools for extracting information in associated with physiological changes and diseases, and in practical implementation of signal processing techniques to digitally acquired physiological signals.
  • Microprocessor Design
    You’ll gain an understanding of microprocessor systems and their relation to the design of modern digital systems for medical application. You’ll learn to use computer hardware and simple assembly language programming to build a practical microprocessor system. Hands-on programming and simulation of the operation of a commercial microprocessor are an important part of this module. Your lab work will cover computer-aided design of simple systems with medical application covering elements you learn in your lectures.
  • Medical Devices
    Gain a basic understanding and knowledge of medical devices and systems currently in use to diagnose disease, monitor disease progression and treat diseases. You’ll start with common physiological values and build on this to discuss the engineering and design principles of the common medical devices used in hospital laboratories and wards. You’ll also cover how medical devices are validated using a quality control and understand the use and safety of medical devices and then look at new technologies and how they are being used for diagnosis, screening and monitoring.

Year three, core modules

  • Physiological Measurement
    Learn the knowledge that underpins the recording of physiological measurements in hospital or at home and gain the practical skills to perform these measurements effectively and safely. You’ll cover different types of physiological parameters and various techniques for measuring these parameters, as well as the normal limits for them, allowing you to recognise abnormal limits. Beyond this, you’ll look at the factors that affect the measurement variability with recommended measurement protocol. Your lectures will be combined with practical skills, including hands-on laboratory work using simulation devices.
  • Research Methods
    Develop the ability to determine appropriate research design, execution and analysis. You’ll gain skills in critical analysis of research articles and appreciate the rationale required in making the correct choices when designing a research study. You’ll explore statistical analyses, including considering assumptions, limitations and pitfalls. Overall, you’ll gain the tools and techniques you’ll need to be critically analytical and prepare for your major project.
  • Contemporary Issues in Med Technology
    Get a broader understanding of contemporary issues in medical technology design and application. You’ll understand the social and economic impact of medical technology and issues that are presently controversial or likely to illuminate future medical technology development. You’ll cover a range of contemporary issues, from demographic and epidemiological questions to forms of diagnosis and treatment, and the ethical issues and challenges in the development of medical technology. You’ll learn how to analyse current issues for future medical technology innovation.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    Your project can be chosen from a range of topics put forward by supervisors or alternatively you’ll be able to suggest your own topic of research. Supervision will be provided by academics from Anglia Ruskin, NHS consultants, and/or industry specialists. As you develop a research study and/or a device development project from conception to completion, you’ll gain the tools to undertake research and development work using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods of inquiry as well as understanding critical analysis of the results. Outputs generated may include the development of new medical technologies that will be used to feed back into clinical practice. Such outputs will enhance your CVs and improve employability.

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.


We'll make sure you're progressing correctly in a number of ways, including multiple choice tests, essays, practical exams, short-answer tests, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing and independent project work. In the early stages of your degree we'll use the best methods to make sure you gain a solid understanding of all the relevant subject matter. Later on, we'll focus on developing your critical appraisal skills, depth of understanding, and ability to work independently.

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)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


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For more information about tuition fees, including the UK Government's commitment to EU students, please see our UK/EU funding pages

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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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International students

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

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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 undergraduate courses.

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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 onto a degree course.

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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