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Course overview

This course starts in September and is flexibly designed to suit the needs of those in employment. Lectures are a blend of online, distance and 2 Saturdays per month in Dublin. 

This part-time Postgraduate Diploma is a unique blend of Medical Device Technology and Business content. It will focus on core topics of Medical Device Design & Manufacture, Quality Systems & Regulations, Operational Excellence, Emerging Trends, Medical Measurement, Strategic Thinking and Professional Skills. Supported by industry, delivered by industry, for career development in the industry, this is the only one-year, part-time course available online.

Specifically developed for those who wish to enhance their careers in the medical device (MedTech) industry, this course is ideally suited to those who cannot commit to a full-time study course. All classes are broadcast live using an online training platform, offering the learners the opportunity to either physically attend or join the class online. All classes are recorded also allowing learners the opportunity to view later and support revision.

Online learning and support will be provided through the use of Moodle. Extensive coaching and mentoring workshops will be provided with a specific focus on professional development including individual assessment and improvement.

A substantial focus of the course will also develop the professional skills of the graduate to enhance their career opportunities through the development of their CVs, interview skills, and their networking, presentation and communication skills.


Medtech Students

Course Outline

This course is delivered 2 evenings per week (online or in class, whichever you prefer) and 2 Saturdays per month.

A three-semester taught course in Medical Device Technology & Business (60 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, combination products. 

Module 2: Medical Device Quality Systems & Regulation 

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

Module 3: Emerging trends in Medical Device

Challenges facing the MedTech sector, 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, software-based medical devices. 

Module 4: 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 5: Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation

Origins fo 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 6: Medical Measurement and Analysis 

Medical data analysis, distributed databases, data collection systems & data architectures, data analysis software, data storage and data integrity, data management in product and process design, characteristics of data, data types and information, functions of visualisations, tables & graphs, visualisation techniques and applications, software applications for data visualisation.



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

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Career Options

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

Our Professional Development team, through individual coaching and mentorship, develop each individual 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.



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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. They should have obtained a Level 8 Honours degree in Science, Engineering or a related discipline.

First of all, you will need to complete and submit an enquiry form, located at the top of this page. This is to register interest with us in the chosen course. Once submitted a member of the team will be in contact with you via phone call or email to discuss the course in more detail, assess your eligibility and assist you with anything you need to progress further.

Subject to eligibility, the next step is too to fill out and submit the application form which will require you to submit the following documentation

  • A copy of your CV
  • Copy of a Government issued ID (passport or driver’s licence)
  • Transcript of your previous highest qualification.

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

Following the submission of your application form, a member of our team will be in contact with you.

Please note through the application process if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us by email on admissions@innopharmalabs.com or call us (01) 485 3346

Why up-skill for the Medtech industry in Ireland?

  • 9 out of the worlds 10 medical device companies are located in Ireland 
  • €12.6 billion in exports
  • Over 38,000 employed
  • Second largest employer of medtech professionals 
  • Over 60% are engaged in R&D
  • Over 8,000 new jobs predicted by 2020
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Only because I did the Masters with Innopharma I would say that I landed myself at Mylan

Indrajeet Ravi, Manufacturing at Mylan, MSc Pharmaceutical Business & Technology Graduate

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 either online or in Griffith College Dublin. 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 enrol in 2019 and when does the course start?

The deadline for applications is the 5th of October. The course will begin on the 16th of September however the lectures are recorded for those who join late.  

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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