Oct 31, 2011— read in full
Alternative technology degrees
Technology influences almost every aspect of life - and from music to surfing, there are technology degrees to match.
Music technology doesn’t just mean the creation of electronic music. It also includes things like recording techniques and the design of algorithms to compress digital music, like MP3.
A musical technology degree could include electronics, programming and mathematics, as well as more specific musical skills like using recording studio equipment. It is likely to require A-levels in one or more of music, music technology, physics, maths, electronics and IT.
Medical technology/Medical Engineering/Bioengineering
Technology saves lives around the world every day. The world of medical technology includes both huge machines like MRI scanners and small, simple objects like stents.
Because it covers such a wide range of different areas, you will normally specialise in something more specific, such as implants, biofluids or tissue engineering.
Medical technology will generally require good A-levels in subjects like maths, physics, chemistry and biology. You could also study a postgraduate degree in medical engineering after an engineering, medicine or science degree.
From canning food to the creation of decaff coffee, technology makes a huge difference to the way we eat and drink.
Food technology requires an understanding of chemistry, digestion and nutrition, and degrees can also include modules on business and marketing. Depending on the course, you’ll need at least one or two science A-levels to get on the course.
The Surf Science and Technology degree is exclusive to Plymouth University, and blends technological learning - including the construction of surfboards - with physiology, tourism and marketing. You’re unlikely to be working with electronics or computers, though - high-tech gadgets don’t tend to last long on the waves.
Surf Science and Technology requires 200 UCAS points, including a grade C in a science-based subject.