Specialist Diploma in Design for Medical Technologies


(Postgraduate NFQ Level 9) (On-line / Distance Learning)


Course Overview:

This course was developed specifically to enable Researchers and Design Engineers/Technicians in the Medical Technology industry, lead and deliver platform, incremental and radical product and process design projects in their own organisation. The impetus for the development of this specialist programme emerged from industry needs and content has been developed in conjunction with UL, UCD, NCAD and a taskforce comprising design experts from the Irish Medical Devices Association's (IMDA) Innovation, Research, Development and Commercialisation Working Group.


Duration & Structure:

The programme is a 1-year, part-time, blended learning programme.  The programme is delivered using a blended approach, that is, a combination of self-instructional materials, online learning activities, face-to-face tutorials and seminars.

The programme will be delivered in a block format based over 2 semesters.
Semester 1 (Feb-June):

Design Thinking I
Design for Six Sigma I
Human Factors
Semester 2 (July-Dec):

Design Thinking II
Design for Six Sigma II
Innovation and Technology Transfer


Each block will consist of 3 days duration with 5 blocks per semester. For more information the module content, and delivery schedule please download the programme brochure here.


Entry Requirements:

An honours level degree at a 2.2 standard and 3 to 5 years experience in the medical
technology sector. 

The recognition of prior learning and prior experiential learning as per university policy will be applied to this course. Candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be interviewed by the Programme Board to ascertain their suitability for the programme. Entry will be decided on a case by case basis.


Programme Structure:

For information the module content, and delivery schedule please download the programme brochure here.


On completion of the course participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to:

  • Apply fundamental theoretical and practical skills, abilities and knowledge for successful medical technology design in accordance with regulatory requirements and quality management systems.
  • Understand the stages of Prototype Development, Pilot Scale Systems Development, Testing and Demonstrating Results and Product Launch.
  • Apply the appropriate tools and techniques of the latter stages of the product development process.
  • Make a meaningful contribution to the Key Performance Indicators of their company/ organisation.



Delivery is a hybrid of traditional distance education and online learning together with a number of face-to-face / on-line tutorials.  In addition, there are online discussions moderated by a subject matter expert on elements of each module to reinforce the learning and maximise the benefit of the programme for participants.



NFQ Level 9 – 36 credits
Upon completion of this programme participants would be able to build their own Masters by completing one additional specialist diploma, for example, in Innovation Management or Technology Commercialisation or others with a company based research project.

Programme Fees:

Fees for the programme are €3,950. Students will receive a list of course materials for purchase.



Applications are to be made through www.imdaskillnet.ie
Michelle Reinecke-Quain, IMDA Skillnet Administrator
Gardner House, Bank Place, Charlotte Quay, Limerick.
T: 061-431802
E: Michelle.Reinecke-Quain@ibec.ie

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