Specialist Diploma in Medical Device Science

National University of Ireland, Galway (DMD2019)
Key Programme Details

Specialist Diploma (minor award degree level 8)

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method



Part Time

ECTS Credits


General Information

Course Administrator




091 49 4060


Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development,
EDU 1018
NUI Galway,
Nuns' Island,

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About this Course

This one-year, part-time specialist diploma aims to develop specialist knowledge of the medical devices sector and to develop relevant technical and soft skills. The qualification is considered a minor award at Degree level 8.

This course will be of particular benefit to people who require medium-term up-skilling for career advancement within the medical devices sector, or for those looking for focused re-skilling with a view to a career change. It will be of benefit to those with a biology background to gain an appreciation of the technology and engineering aspects of the sector, and equally engineers will benefit from exposure to the science behind the devices.
On completion of the course participants will have highly marketable, up-to-date and confidence-building knowledge and skills relevant to the medical devices sector. They will have practiced and been assessed on a range of technical and transferable skills which will be beneficial at both the personal and enterprise levels.

If graduates so wish they can progress to the B.Sc. in Science & Technology Studies (NQF level 8) with credit for their studies, though not funded by Springboard+. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.


On completion of the course participants should have:
> An holistic understanding of the science and engineering behind various medical devices
> Specialised knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and disease states which can be monitored or improved by the use of medical devices
> Good knowledge of the chemistry and physics of materials and an appreciation of which materials can be used to best effect in medical devices
> Technical knowledge and skills in the design, development and manufacture of medical devices
> An appreciation of best practice, industry standards, policies and regulations within the medical devices sector

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have reached the age of 21 years on the 1st of January of the calendar year of entry. Applicants should hold our own Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a relevant level 7 award. Recognition of Prior Learning may be considered for entry purposes.

Long Description

This Specialist Diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project, each worth 6 ECTS, giving a total of 30 ECTS.

The four taught modules are:
> Human Anatomy & Physiology
> Biocompatibility & Device Design
> Mechanics of Solids
> Medical Device Science

The project topic is chosen by the participant in consultation with their supervisor.

Timetable Info

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Delivery Location

Monthly tutorials will take place in NUI Galway

Delivery Notes

Blended Delivery

Admissions Contact Details
Contact Person

Course Administrator


Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland


+353 (0) 91 49 4060



Application Procedures

Complete application form on www.springboardcourses.ie and upload all necessary documentation including transcripts, Up-to-date copy of your C.V, proof of employment status, passport photo and identification (passport or drivers license).