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Medical Device Innovation / Núail i bhFeistí Leights

DT710

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

Further Information

School of Mechanical & Design Engineering

T: 01 402 3952 (Dr. Graham Gavin - Programme Chair)

T: 01 402 3832 (Mr. Mark McGrath - Dept Head)

E: graham.gavin@dit.ie

E: mark.mcgrath@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/medicaldeviceinnovation

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!”