The MSc in Medical Device Design is a one-year taught masters delivered at NCAD in conjunction with University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD ).
What to Expect
The MSc in Medical Device Design is based in a dedicated Medical Device Design Studio on the NCAD campus. The programme consists of a combination of taught modules and studio-based project work. Basic Medical Science is taught one afternoon a week at TCD while Biomechanics; Biomaterials, Bioinstrumentation; Human Factors and History of Medicine are taught modules delivered at NCAD.
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 is a great opportunity for 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.
Opportunities to Engage
Our industry partners include medical device companies such as Cook Medical, Hollister, Medtronic, Boston Scientific and Stryker along with leading research hospitals and institutes such as St. Jamess hospital (TCD), St. Vincents hospital (UCD) and Tyndall National Institute (UCC). There is an opportunity for students to work with these companies, hospitals and other institutions during the course of the year.
Much of the work generated is proprietary to the companies we work with and cannot be placed in the public domain. However having learned the process of medical device design in conjunction with industry partners the students have an opportunity to put this knowledge to work on their own final projects. These can often be designed and developed in conjunction with clinicians and it gives the students an opportunity to develop their own products within the NCAD innovation and commercialisation framework. Over the 5 years of the course we have generated many patents and much of the student work has gone on to be further developed within the companies. Some of the work produced in the early years of the course is now coming to market.
Enda ODowd BSc., MSc.
Enda holds a degree in Polymer Technology and a masters in Engineering Product Design. He specialises in applying science and technology to design questions, helping designers use technology to develop new and innovative human centred products, and applying his knowledge of materials and technology to bigger questions such as systems thinking and human behavior.