Opportunities for graduates from this programme include progression to Level 10 (PhD) programmes in related fields of study.
Potential employment opportunities
This MSc provides graduates with an advanced theoretical understanding of the processes and practices central to medical device regulatory affairs. Graduates can move into regulation roles and/or be promoted within their organisation.
Ireland is one of the leading global medical devices industry centres. There is a very strong multinational presence in the sector with many of the top medical devices and related global companies basing in Ireland.
The medical devices sector also links in strongly with the ICT and engineering base, for example as key partners in delivering healthcare solutions (Nypro, HP, IBM, Analog and Intel). In its 2013 report, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN, 2013) reported on requirements of the Manufacturing sector to 2020, in which they predict employment to continue to increase by 43,000 by 2020.
The report included the Medical Devices sector as one of the subsectors driving this demand. The Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA) represents over 170 organisations in Ireland and works with government and policy makers nationally and internationally to drive economic growth in the sector. According to the IMDA, there is now a shift in consumer technology companies making inroads into medicine and Ireland is uniquely placed to harness and leverage the opportunity between these industries. According to a medical devices regulatory affairs manager consulted as part of the development of the proposed programme, 'all major medical device multinational companies now have sites in Ireland and there is a major need for graduates to support the sector who have an expertise in regulatory affairs'.