The MSc Medical Device Design is a one-year taught, studio-based course, which places an emphasis on human-centered innovation. Graduates from creative and technical disciplines work side by side in a design studio environment in collaboration with clinical and industry partners.
The programme consists of a combination of taught modules and studio-based project work. Basic Medical Science is taught at TCD, while taught modules covering Research Methods, Human Factors, Bioinstrumentation and Fundamentals of Medical Device Design are delivered at NCAD. Fundamentals of Medical Device Design modules cover diverse topics from the History of Medicine to Biomechanics and Biomaterials.
In parallel with the taught modules, a series of studio-based projects are run at NCAD in conjunction with industrial and clinical partners. Industry partners include US multinationals with a base in Ireland, along with Irish start-up companies. In all cases, the design briefs are on live industry projects on which the companies are working. Students present their work to engineers and scientists from the companies at research, concept and final design stage. This enables our students to produce significant work in a real world product design and development environment. Feedback from industry tutors and practitioners is an invaluable part of the learning process.