Entry requirements, skills and interests (medical engineering)

There are three entry points into a career in medical engineering.

Entry requirements

There are three entry points into this area of work:

With A-levels or level-3 equivalent qualifications

With two or three A-levels including science subjects, and a good spread of GCSEs at A-C grade, you can enter the NHS Practitioner Training Programme (PTP) by taking an accredited BSc degree in healthcare science (medical engineering). Alternative or equivalent qualifications may be accepted by some universities, but you are advised to check with each university (or visit their website) before making an application. Use our course finder to search for accredited BSc (Hons) healthcare science degrees.

With a relevant degree

You can apply for a place on the graduate-entry NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) with a 1st or 2.1 either in an undergraduate honours degree or an integrated master’s degree in a pure or applied science subject relevant to the specialism for which you are applying. If you have a relevant 2.2 honours degree, you will also be considered if you have a higher degree* in a subject relevant to the specialism for which you are applying. (*Higher degree as defined on page 17 of The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies Please note this does not include postgraduate diplomas or postgraduate certificates.)

Because of the extensive variation in degrees available it isn’t possible to provide a definitive list of relevant degrees for entry to the STP. You need to be sure that you’ve reviewed the job description and person specification for the training (on the National School of Healthcare Science’s website), and the information on this page. You then need to be sure to match the skills and knowledge required to the content of your degree and the specialism you wish to apply for.

For STP positions in the physical sciences and biomedical engineering (which include medical engineering), the most commonly accepted degrees will be in pure or applied physics, engineering or applied mathematics.

For all candidates, evidence of research experience (e.g. in the form of a higher degree or equivalent evidence of scientific and academic capability) is considered desirable.

With experience as a clinical scientist

With experience as a registered clinical scientist, you can apply for Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST).

Find out more about the training you’ll receive and registration for a career in medical engineering.

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