• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Science & Engineering
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Apply engineering principles and design methods to create new techniques and instruments in medicine and surgery.

The MSc Design for Medical Technologies is aimed at providing the key knowledge and experience to allow you to pursue a career in bioengineering, healthcare or biotechnology. The course will expose you to the leading edge of modern medical and surgical technologies, as well as exploring the role of entrepreneurship, business development and intellectual property exploitation.

The unique environments of medicine and biotechnology offer exacting challenges in the design of high technology products for use in these fields. Engineers and product designers involved in the development of new biomedical instrumentation, surgical tools or biotechnology products must understand the constrictions placed on them by this environment. As a result, bioengineering has been established as the fusion of engineering and ergonomics with a deep understanding of medical science.

Benefits of the programme include:

  • Knowledge and understanding of medical and surgical engineering and technology
  • Skills in research methods, communications, teamwork and management
  • Appreciation of entrepreneurship and the global 'Medtech' industry
  • Participation in research activities of world renowned research groups
  • Preparation for careers in industry, academia and commerce

The University of Dundee is one of the top UK universities, with a powerful research reputation, particularly in the medical and biomedical sciences. It has previously been named Scottish University of the Year and short-listed for the Sunday Times UK University of the year.

The Mechanical Engineering group has a high international research standing with expertise in medical instrumentation, signal processing, biomaterials, tissue engineering, advanced design in minimally invasive surgery and rehabilitation engineering.

Links and research partnerships

We have extensive links and research partnerships with clinicians at Ninewells Hospital (largest teaching hospital in Europe) and with world renowned scientists from the University.

The new Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) at the University has been established as a multidisciplinary research 'hothouse' which seeks to commercialise and exploit advanced medical technologies leading to business opportunities.

Who should study this course?

For students with first degrees in an Engineering, Science, Technology or Design, the Design for Medical Technologies MSc offers an advanced qualification in this exciting and expanding sector, applying science and technology to the design of new surgical instruments, analytical equipment, implants and medical materials.

How you will be taught

The structure of the MSc course is divided into two parts. The taught modules expose students to the leading edge of modern medical and surgical technologies. The course gives concepts and understanding of the role of entrepreneurship, business development and intellectual property exploitation in the biomedical industry, with case examples.

The research project allows students to work in a research area of their own particular interest, learning skills in presentation, critical thinking and problem-solving. Project topics are offered to students during the first semester of the course.

How you will be assessed

The course is assessed by coursework and examination, plus research project.

What you will study

The three taught modules are:

  • Imaging and Instrumentation for Medicine and Surgery (30 Credits)
  • Biomechanics and Biomedical (30 Credits)
  • Advanced Medical and Surgical Instrumentation (30 Credits)

These modules are followed by the biomedical research project (90 credits).

The MSc Design for Medical Technologies is aimed at providing the key knowledge and experience to allow you to pursue a career in bioengineering, healthcare or biotechnology. This opens up a vast range of opportunities for employment in these industries as a design, development or product engineer, research scientist, sales and marketing manager or Director of a start-up company. The programme also provides the ideal academic grounding to undertake a PhD degree leading to a career in academic research.

Year of Entry: 2016

The normal entry requirement is an honours degree or equivalent qualification in a discipline that provides a suitable basis for the course (e.g. mechanical, biomedical, electrical or electronic engineering, physics or mathematics) or design graduates whose first degree contained an acceptable science or engineering element. Students with other academic backgrounds should contact the programme director to make further enquiries and to discuss their individual cases.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2016/17
Scottish and EU students £4,500 per year of study
Scottish and EU applicants for this course may be eligible for a PSAS tuition fee loan
Rest of UK students £4,500 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £5,950 per year of study
Applicants for this course may be eligible for a PSAS tuition fee loan
Rest of UK students £5,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants

Postgraduate Students Allowances Scheme (PSAS)

Scottish and EU applicants for this course may be eligible for a PSAS tuition fee loan

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowDesign for Medical Technologies MScP037305

Course Contact

Dr Zhihong Huang
Science and Engineering
z.y.huang@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 385477