You'll need a degree classification of 2:1 or higher to be a clinical engineer. Relevant subjects include:
- electrical or electronic engineering
- mechanical engineering
- biomedical science/engineering
- pure or applied physics
- applied maths
Your degree should be accredited by the Engineering Council.
After your degree, you can apply for the postgraduate NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). During the 3 year programme, you will be employed and study a master's degree at university.
Check the latest NHS entry requirements for the STP scheme.
Competition for places on the STP is high, so it helps if you have relevant experience. Try and do some voluntary work in a hospital and get experience of patient contact.
You could also find employment in the private sector and work your way up to chartered engineer status.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including 2 sciences
- 2 or 3 A levels, including maths and physics