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Medical Device Innovation / Núail i bhFeistí Leights


What is... Medical Device Innovation?

Medical Devices encompasses all products, except medicines, used in healthcare for the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring or treatment of illness or disability. Examples include contact lenses, orthopaedic joint replacement, programmable pacemakers, stents, ventilators and laser surgical devices. The medical technology industry in Ireland is changing from being predominantly manufacturing based to becoming increasingly complex, value added and driven by R&D. It now involves the extensive collaboration of a broad range of partners, including research institutions, clinicians, manufacturing companies and government agencies.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Based on growth patterns in the sector, career opportunities are very positive. In Ireland, 140 medical technology companies employ 25,000 people, exporting €6.2b worth of products annually. Medical device products represent almost 10% of Ireland’s exports and prospects for growth of the industry are good. Graduates may also pursue career in the pharmaceutical sector.

What other options do I have after completion?

Students who have reached the appropriate level in final examinations may progress to Masters programmes in DIT or elsewhere in Higher Education.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The Programme is designed to provide students with a range of knowledge and skills for employment in a medical device environment. The medical device industry provides graduate opportunities in design, manufacturing, technical services, customer support and a range of other services that add value to the sector. The programme was formulated with industry input in response to a number of recommendations highlighted in the March 2008 Forfás Report on the Future Skills Needs of the Irish Medical Devices Sector. The programme specifically addresses the need to upskill scientists, engineers and technologists and the provision of professional development within this sector.

Module Listing

Year One

Semester 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Basic Principles of Medical Device Technology
  • Computer-Aided Design Analysis
  • Applied Biomaterials
  • Lean/ Six Sigma
  • Innovation/ Project Management

Semester 2

  • Medical Device Design & Analysis
  • Medical Device Manufacturing
  • Validation & Regulatory Affairs
  • Team Design Project

Is there an Advanced Entry Option?

Yes. An application to any year after Year 1 is called Advanced Entry.

  • All applications are made through CAO and not directly to us here in TU Dublin. Click here to apply.
  • Closing dates for application vary. Most programmes will be open until 30th June but many programmes accept late applications.
  • Contact the School directly using details below to ask if a late application will be considered.

Further Information

T: (01) 402 3823 (Robert Simpson - Programme Chair)


What our Students say!

Ciarán Carney:

“Graduating from the Medical Device Innovation course has provided me with the knowledge and skills required for the medical device industry. With lectures from a range of disciplines including 3D CAD, anatomy, biomechanics and medical device regulations, this programme has opened the doors to a multitude of career opportunities in this every expanding industry.”

Tim Jones:

“I started the degree in medical device innovation not knowing what to expect. I found myself quickly getting drawn into the world of medical devices and wanting to find out more and more. With a focus on teamwork and personal development, the modules were extremely interesting and complemented each other. I’m now looking forward to my new career in the medical device sector!”