Computing in Medical Device Software Engineering

Course Description
Graduates of the programme will have detailed knowledge and understanding of both the creative, developmental, and programming strands needed for immersive production and will be skilled in the use of applications used to produce immersive experiences for multiple industry domains. With a focus on the healthcare software industry, gain the skills required to become a Medical Device Software Engineer, Regulatory Quality Assurance Lead, Product Owner/ Product Manager on a Medical Device Software Product, Medical Device Software Researcher or a Medical Device software cybersecurity engineer.

With 9 of the world’s top 10 medical technology companies based in Ireland, demand for graduates is at an all-time high. The medical technology sector in Ireland is recognised as one of the five global emerging hubs which currently employs over 40,000 people.

This course will produce graduates with in-depth knowledge of:

Developing regulatory compliant medical device software;

Developing a quality management system for medical device software development;

Developing medical device software using best practice lifecycle models, software design patterns and making use of refactoring techniques;

Medical device security and privacy;

Embedded medical device software development;

Usability and Human-Factors for medical device software development.

Subjects taught

Course Content

Semester 1
Human Computer Interaction
Healthcare Software
Software Design and Validation for Healthcare Software
Research Methods and Innovation

Semester 2
Research Project Part 1 (Problem definition, Literature Review, State of the Art, Methodology)

Semester 3
Research Project Part 2 (Design, Development, Implementation, Validation, Research Findings and Publication)

Entry requirements

Applicants must have demonstrable experience in the field of software engineering and/or software development, and

A minimum Second-Class Honours (2.2) in Computing from a recognised third level institution, or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline, or

A minimum Second-Class Honours (2.2) Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (or equivalent) NFQ Level 8 award.

Application dates

You should apply using the DkIT Postgraduate Application. Please include an up-to-date CV with your application form and send your completed application to Admissions Office, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.


1-2 Years (Full time or Part-time)

Course Delivery
Part-time Online
Total duration of 24 Months (5 Semesters): Semesters 1 and 2 will be delivered online 2 evenings per week between 6 pm and 9 pm. In Semesters 3, 4 and 5 students will complete their research project.

Full-time Online
Total duration of 12 Months (3 Semesters): Semester 1 will be delivered online 4 days per week between 12 pm and 3pm. In Semesters 2 and 3 students will complete their research projects.

Please note: this is an indicative timetable only

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Career Opportunities
Examples of some of the career opportunities for graduates in this field:

Medical Device Software Engineer
Regulatory Quality Assurance Lead
Product Owner/ Product Manager on a Medical Device Software Product

Medical Device Software Researcher
Medical Device software cybersecurity engineer

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Daytime,Evening,Full time,Part time

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