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Course Overview

This 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 and delivered by industry experts, for career development in the industry.

With extensive input and participation from the Medtech sector, throughout this programme students will gain expertise in manufacturing, science, regulation, quality, technical writing, lean operations and team leadership skills.

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 and up to 2 Saturdays per month in person.  

Accreditation: QQI Level 9 Post Graduate Diploma in Science in Medical Device Technology & Business.

Collaborating College: Griffith College Dublin 

Next Intake: September 2023

Continue to the Course Outline section for module information.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2023.

HCI Funded


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Post-Graduate Diploma in Medical Technology - Course Outline

This course is delivered 2 evenings per week online and 2 Saturdays per month in class.

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

Module 3: 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 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

QQI 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

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.

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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.


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?

  • 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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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 and when does the course start?

The deadline for applications is late August. The course will begin in mid-late September. We 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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