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Medical Device Design

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. James’s hospital (TCD), St. Vincent’s 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.

Programme Leader
Enda O’Dowd 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.

Entry requirements

Honours degree award of 2.2 or higher, or an equivalent academic or professional qualification in a related discipline. The College also takes into consideration prior learning and experience.

English language: Students who have not been educated through English must show proof of achieving IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 in the writing section on the Academic Version) or an equivalent score in another accepted test.


1 year

Number of credits

90 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

After Your Degree
Graduates of the MSc in Medical Device Design are sought after in the medical device industry and design practices. While some graduates go on to register for a PhD the majority go on to work in industry or design practice. Recent graduates have a 99% employment rate and can be found working across many of the global design companies such as Design Partners, Movement, Cook Medical, Dyson, Hollister and Trulife.

Further enquiries

Programme Contact
Enda O’Dowd

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