Part I of the course is arranged in eight separate study modules comprising :
- Clinical Engineering: This module will combine the teaching of engineering with core specialist subject areas in clinical engineering which will include anaesthetics, respiratory, rehabilitation, dialysis and general medical equipment.
- Medical Aspects: This module will provide students with a knowledge of the medical aspects associated with clinical engineering including anatomy and physiology.
- Mechanical Engineering: Students will gain a good understanding of mechanical engineering, basic mechanics, materials, manufacturing techniques and quality systems.
- Electronics, Computing and Instrumentation: Students will obtain an understanding of electronic components and electronic instrumentation used in clinical engineering.
- Maths and Statistics: To provide students with a mathematical and statistical background associated with medical data collection and research.
On successful completion of Part I, the candidate will be required to submit a Dissertation of not more than 20,000 words embodying the methods and results of a research project. This project must relate to the utilisation of engineering skills gained within the course to the clinical engineering field. During the dissertation stage the student will be provided with supervision both at the place of work and university.
Teaching staff will be seconded from a number of areas: these include the Cardiff School of Engineering, and the Clinical Engineering Department of the University of Wales Hospital. In addition, clinicians will be seconded from relevant departments to supplement the clinical input into the course.