Certificate in Biomedical Engineering
Department of Engineering Technology
Lorraine Quirke / Dr. Austin CoffeyEmail Phone
Room A03, SOLLE
Waterford Institute of Technology
Course Coordinator / Course Leader
The Certificate in Biomedical Engineering aims to produce graduates with strong technical skills and applied problem solving for the Biomedical Engineering sector in the South East region and nationally. The programme addresses the changing skills needs of manufacture and R&D in the high value biomedical sectors of Ireland including medical devices pharmaceutical and life sciences, while offering the student the skillset for new product development and strategic technological awareness. Students will attain an academic mastery in the field of biomedical engineering while still having a broad knowledge of other relative fields and how these converge.
A Level 8 honours degree 2.2 in Engineering or Science. Some applicants who do not meet these requirements may wish to use WIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning mechanism in order to make application entry for the programme.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. http://www.wit.ie/about_wit/documents_and_policies/english_language_requirements
This one year (9 hours per week) Post-Graduate Certificate (PG CERT) programme aims to produce graduates with strong technical skills and applied problem solving for the Biomedical Engineering sector in the South East region and nationally. The programme addresses the changing skills needs of manufacture and R&D in the high value biomedical sectors of Ireland including medical devices, pharmaceutical and life sciences, while offering the student the skillset for new product development and strategic technological awareness. The student will attain an academic mastery in the field of biomedical engineering, while still having a broad knowledge of other relative fields and how these converge.
The Post Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Engineering meets the needs of industrial sectors that are of strategic importance for Ireland including Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Food Production & Technology.
The programme has been designed under guidance from some of the leading industrial professionals in Ireland and abroad. The modules for this course come from the award winning M.Sc. in Innovative Technology Engineering, which has been described by the Applied Innovation Centre of Enterprise Ireland as being one of the most relevant and innovative moves in recent years in the Irish university sector. As a testament to this, over 98% of all graduates (from the broad masters programme) are already in full-time employment, with the majority being in the medical devices sector. The programme is further designed to fulfil current and future skills needs of the resurgent manufacturing sector in Ireland, and matches key growth sectors identified by the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation as detailed in the â€˜South East Economic Development Strategy (2013-2023)â€™, specifically in relation to â€˜Health, Life Sciences and Medical Devicesâ€™, â€˜Bio-Technology and the Green Economyâ€™, and â€˜Agri-Business, Food Production and Technologyâ€™.
This PG CERT aims to further specialise, upskill and offer opportunities for candidates to cross-train for high value career potential within the Biomedical Engineering sector.
Semester 1 Modules (15 credits): Biomedical Science; Nanotechnology; Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs.
Semester 2 Modules (15 credits): Convergent Technologies (Biomedical and Electromechanical Applications); Biomedical Engineering; Technology Management
The modules for this programme are technically specialised for the Biomedical Sector but also includes critically relevant content in the areas of Quality Management, Regulatory Affairs and also Technology Management for Senior Engineers and Managers of the Future. 50% of the modules require a final exam (worth 50%), and all other assessments include industrially relevant mini-projects, presentations and technological reviews. Projects are both group and individual based.
In addition to delivery of the modules by experts at WIT with significant industrial experience in this sector, a series of Guest Lectures will take place, relevant to the modules on offer. Past speakers included Dr Finbar Dolan (Past President of the IMDA), Dr James Kennedy (CTO Kastus Ltd), Dr Eddie Commins (Head of Innovation, Enterprise Ireland), Dr Barry Heavey (former Head of Life Sciences, IDA), Mr. Morgan Tierney (Director of Advanced Engineering, Teleflex Europe) and Dr John Kilmartin (Global Head of Regulatory Affairs, Medtronic).
Room A03, SOLLE
Waterford Institute of Technology