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Guide to Studying Medical Technology

What is Medical Technology?

  • Medical technology, one of the offshoots of medicine as university study, encompasses a wide range of disciplines and learning. It is used to diagnose, monitor and treat diseases affecting humans.
  • Research is generally focused on improving quality of healthcare provided, through better diagnosis, reducing the invasiveness or time taken for treatment, and lowering time needed to be spent in hospital.

Why study Medical Technology?

  • Medical technology is suitable for those who enjoyed, and were good at, a range of topics at A Level. It calls on those who enjoy chemistry, biology, and other scientific disciplines.
  • It opens up a range of options, unlike medicine, which trains you to be a doctor and little else. Medical Tech degrees can line you up laboratory work, research posts, public health, teaching, and pharmaceuticals.
  • Being a medical technology student means you aren't just learning how to make people better, you're learning how to make the process of making people better, erm, better.
  • Becoming a medical technologist requires intimate knowledge of complex technical processes and how to use delicate instruments. This makes you very desirable in the job market.
  • As with all good medical courses, medical technology puts hefty focus on working experience and getting into the community, so transition from uni to working life is quick and easy.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Courses are assessed via coursework and exams. A last year research project or dissertation is common.

What degree can I get? 

  • MEng Medical Engineering
  • MSc Advanced Medical and Healthcare Materials
  • MSc Clinical Reporting
  • MSc Design for Medical Technologies

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the university; make sure to check the entry requirements for the particular university and course you are interested in.

Use the CUG Course Chooser to search through Medical Technology courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include a straight MEng in Medical Technology, as well as masters in Advanced Medical Imaging, Advanced Practice, Health Informatics, Image Interpretation, and Ultrasound.

Graduate job prospects

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*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Medical Technology degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as healthcare information, allied to in depth knowledge of engineering.
  • Particular job areas include medical engineer, laboratory technologist, hospital equipment, doctoral assistant, ultrasound technician, radiology, blood bank, forensics, government and research.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as the NHS.