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Guide to studying Medical Technology

Medical Technology is one of the many offshoots of Medicine. It contains a number of different disciplines and potential routes of study.

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CONTENTS

  1. What's Medical Technology?

  2. Why study Medical Technology?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Medical Technology graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?

  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Medical Technology?

Medical Technology is where technology is used to diagnose, monitor and treat the diseases that affect humans. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines and learning.

Research is generally focused on improving the quality of healthcare provided through better diagnosis, reducing the invasiveness or time taken for treatment, and lowering the 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.

Medical Technology degrees can line you up laboratory work, research posts, public health, teaching and pharmaceuticals.

Doctors and nurses may be the people on the front line administering treatment to the ill and injured, but without medical technologists, these services would be far more time consuming, and far less effective. Medical Technology graduates work to improve the quality of healthcare administered to patients.

When studying for a Medical Technology degree, there are opportunities to undertake work placements that not only allow you to hone your skills in a practical environment, but also get a flavour of the working world.

Knowledge of technical processes, the ability to use complex instruments, and a high level of scientific aptitude are just a few of the long list of talents you'll be able to boast after studying Medical Technology at university.

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What jobs can you get as a Medical Technology graduate?

Medical Technology degrees teach transferable skills such as presentation, research and communication, as well as healthcare information.

Particular job roles include medical engineer, laboratory technologist, doctoral assistant and ultrasound technician, or in areas such as radiology, forensics, government and research.

Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as the NHS.

Professional job: Usually needs a degree
Non-professional job: Doesn't usually need a degree

What qualifications do you need? 

Medical Technology courses often ask for at least one A Level in Physics, Biology or Chemistry. It's useful to have studied Mathematics also.

Grade requirements depend on the university. Make sure to check the entry requirements for the particular university and course you're interested in.

What degrees can you study?

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

How will you be assessed?

Courses are assessed through coursework and exams. A final year research project or dissertation is common.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include a straight MEng in Medical Technology, as well as master's courses in Advanced Medical Imaging, Advanced Practice, Health Informatics, Image Interpretation and Ultrasound.

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