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Course Overview

This MSc is a unique blend of medical device technology and business content. It will focus on core topics such as medical device technology, medical device quality systems and regulation, medical device measurement and analysis, operational excellence and strategic leadership. The modules are supported and delivered by industry experts, for career development in the Medtech industry.

With extensive input from key stakeholders in the Medtech sector, students gain experience in medical device design, quality management systems, medtech regulation, lean operations and strategic leadership in the MedTech industry.

Modules Include:

  • Medical device technology 
  • Medical device quality systems & regulation 
  • Emerging trends in medical device 
  • Strategy, leadership & the culture of innovation 
  • Research methods 
  • Operational excellence & the science of innovation 
  • Medical measurement and analysis 

Developed and taught by experienced academics and industry lecturers, this course is delivered through blended learning, 2 evenings per week online (Tuesday & Thursday) and 1 Saturday per month in person. 

Accreditation: QQI MSc in Science in Medical Device Technology & Business.

Collaborating College: Griffith College Dublin 

Next Intake: September 2024

Continue to the Course Outline section for module information.


MSc in in Medical Device Technology & Business - Course Outline

This course is delivered 2 evenings per week online and 1 Saturday per month in person.

A three-semester taught a course in Medical Device Technology & Business (65 ETCS Credits) leading cumulatively to a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Medical Device Technology & Business.

Module 1: Medical Device Technology 

Medical device types and classification, connected health and mobile devices, human anatomy & Physiology, medical device design cycle, value engineering of medical devices, manufacturing, assembly, packaging & testing, and combination products.

Module 2: Medical Device Quality Systems & Regulation 

Medical device regulations - ISO 13485, FDA requirements - Class I, II and III devices, statutory frameworks, medical device design, manufacturing, quality management system elements, validation and change control, facility plant design, and product process validation.

Module 3: Medical Measurement and Analysis 

Medical data measurements and analysis, distributed databases, data collection systems & data architectures, data analysis software, data storage and data integrity, data management in product and process design of medical devices.

Module 4: Emerging trends in Medical Device

Challenges facing the MedTech sector, the move towards value-based healthcare, growing regulatory pressures, resource constraints, product & process differentiating capabilities, growth initiatives, transforming cost structures and reorganising for sustainability, connected and combined smart medical devices, and software-based medical devices.

Module 5: Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation

Current challenges of MedTech industry, strategic thinking in the industry, leading change, the culture of innovation, corporate governance and business ethics.

Module 6: Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation

Origins of operational excellence, operational excellence implementation models, lean sigma implementation, design for six sigma, science of innovation, TRIZ concepts, key performance indicators (KPI), quality function deployment.

Module 7: Research Methods 

Topic selection, literature review, research design, methods of data collection and analysis, ethics.

Module 8: Dissertation 

A substantial focus of the programme will also develop the professional skills of the graduate to enhance their future career opportunities through the development of their network, presentation and communication skills.



Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for those with a minimum qualification of higher degree at NFQ Level 8 with a 2.2 award or higher in Science, Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Medicine or related discipline.

Recognition of prior learning will also be taken into account.

NFQ Levels Explained

Career Options

This highly desired medical device degree will help you open the door to an exciting and successful career in the MedTech industry.

Potential Roles in the MedTech industry include:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Process / Product Design
  • Manufacturing / Operations
  • Regulatory Affairs / Compliance
  • Validation / Automation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance 
  • Computer Systems
  • Data Analytics
  • Business Strategy

Our Professional Development team, through individual coaching and mentorship, develop each student to their greatest potential - developing their networking and communication and presentation skills, which ensures that graduates develop a suitable career path. This Career Development strategy has proven to be very successful, with over 70% of Innopharma graduates gaining employment or advancing further their careers in the industry within six months of qualification.

As a result of our proven track record, many organisations and recruitment agencies now contact us directly, requesting students to fill open roles they have.

Apply Now

Our admissions team are on hand to assist you with your application and answer any questions you may have on the course.

Students who wish to apply to this course should follow the following application process.


Step 1: Enquire through the form at the top right of this page

Step 2: A member of our team will be in contact through phone or email

Step 3: If you are deemed to be eligible for the course, you will be sent an application form by email. You MUST fill in this application form and attach all necessary *documents (CV, ID, Transcripts, etc.)

Step 4: On submission of the completed application form and all documentation, your application will be sent to the associated department for final approval. You will receive an e-mail confirming your place on the programme. (Note: This process can take up to one week particularly during busy admission periods.)

*We accept scanned documents in a pdf format. Pictures of documents are not accepted.

**For those who are applying for Springboard or HCI funding, you will be directed to fill out an additional application form on the Springboard website, this is to confirm your eligibility to receive  funding

Please note at any time if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 334


Why up-skill for the Medtech industry in Ireland?

  • 14 out of the worlds 15 medical device companies are located in Ireland 
  • €13+ billion in exports
  • Over 40,000 employed
  • Second largest employer of medtech professionals globally
  • Over 60% are engaged in R&D
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted 



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When it came to looking for employment, I truly felt the content covered throughout the course would allow me to apply for one of the many vacant positions within the medical device industry - be it in regulatory affairs, quality control, quality assurance, failure analysis, process technician and more. I look forward to seeing what that future holds - but first, I must complete my dissertation and convert this Post Graduate Diploma to an MSc!

Jill Creedon, PGDip in Medical Device Technology and Business

Have a Question? 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the postgraduate duration?

The postgraduate diploma is delivered over three semesters. Students attend classes two evenings a week online. Students are also required to attend classes and group sessions in Griffith College Dublin two Saturdays per month. All classes are recorded and are available for future viewing.  

What is the deadline to enroll in 2024 and when does the course start?

The deadline for applications is late August. The course will begin in September however lectures are recorded for those who join late. We also have a second intake in February. 

What are some of my career options and initial salary?

Career opportunities include roles in the following areas; Medical device manufacturing, process/product design, manufacturing/ operations, regulatory affairs/compliance, technology transfer, validation, automation, operational excellence, quality control/ quality assurance, computer systems and data analytics. Initial salary will vary considerably dependent on entry role and experience. Typically anyone doing a postgraduate diploma is already working and has experience within the sector. The salary expectation would be €30-€50k but could easily be up to €100k.  

How much can a medical device consultant earn?

A medical device consultant would typically earn €80 -€100k for a consultancy role.  

What are the top MedTech companies I could work for?

Abbot, BD, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Lake Region Medical, Medtronic, Merit Medical, Nypro, Nelipak, Smith & Nephew, Stryker, West Pharma.

Why up-skill for the MedTech industry in Ireland?

The MedTech industry is a great area to up-skill for as it is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the country. The MedTech sector in Ireland is the second largest exporter in Europe and 8 out of the world's top 10 MedTech companies are based here. Over 8,000 new jobs are predicted by 2020 within the sector and Ireland export over €12.6 billion of medical device products annually. As Ireland is also ranked number one globally for the most highly employable graduates there is no better reason to up-skill for Ireland's MedTech industry here. 



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