City University London MSc addresses global need for clinical engineers

26 March 2010

City University London is introducing a new Masters course in September 2010 to address the growing, global need for trained professionals, who can both develop and manage the advanced technologies that healthcare provision is increasingly reliant on.

The MSc in Clinical Engineering with Healthcare Technology Management has been developed to provide a specialist Masters qualification for those with responsibility for the complex engineering systems found in hospitals today —a requirement recently recognised in the UK by the Department of Health’s Modernising Scientific Careers consultation.

It will provide formal training to both recent graduates and current healthcare professionals who wish to reach management-level positions in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as well as the equivalent international healthcare organisations and industry.

The course will be led by Dr Justin Phillips from City’s Biomedical Engineering Research Group, with significant contributions from other specialists in academia, industry and many of London’s major teaching hospitals, with which the University has strong research ties. /p>

“Clinical engineering is one of the fastest-growing engineering disciplines worldwide, with an array of career opportunities available in both patient care and the development of medical devices,” says Dr Phillips. “Increasingly, however, employers are not just looking for scientific skills, but a strong grounding in management, to ensure that the integration of new technologies into healthcare practice is as seamless and efficient as possible.”

“The MSc will be an exciting addition to the training options that are on offer to biomedical engineers, covering the most important healthcare technologies today, as well as new and emerging areas,” adds Ben Middleton, a Clinical Scientist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. “The fact that it is taught largely by professionals working in the UK’s world-renowned teaching hospitals will also be a key strength for international students.”

Aimed at those with a background in engineering or informatics, as well as other physical and biological sciences, the course will primarily focus on the understanding, design, development and application of the advanced technologies used in the prognosis, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease, and the rehabilitation of patients.

SStudents will be equipped to manage the deployment, performance and safety of these technologies, with modules covering:

  • anatomy and physiology;
  • biomedical instrumentation;
  • physiological measurement;
  • cardiovascular diagnostics and therapy;
  • imaging;
  • healthcare technology management;
  • telemedicine;
  • research skills.

The course is offered both full-time and part-time, to meet the needs of students already in employment.

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