• Curriculum focused on the strong and growing medical devices sector
  • Delivery via blended learning teaching methodologies
  • Medium-term up-skilling for career advancement and/or re-skilling for career change or specialisation
  • Entry requirement of Science or Engineering Diploma or higher

Starting:

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Closing Date:

Round 1    Sunday, May 28, 2017

Round 2    Sunday, June 25, 2017

Round 3    Monday, August 7, 2017

Review dates for applications

What Type of Course is it?
This one-year, part-time Diploma course aims to develop specialist knowledge of the medical devices sector and to develop relevant technical and soft skills.

Delivered via blended learning the course will equip participants with state-of-the-art reference materials to support module topics. Participants will gain knowledge of the form and function of the human body and of various human diseases, the science of materials and the body’s response to them and the technology behind the design and manufacture of various medical devices. A focused project module and the practical and applied nature of programme delivery will require participants to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and engage in discussions with fellow students and module tutors which explore the key concepts in the design, development and use of medical devices.

How Will I Benefit?
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. If 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. In this case they will be exempt from one elective stream in the Degree cycle.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the course students should have:

  • An holistic appreciation of the science and engineering behind various medical devices
  • Specialised knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry and disease states which can be improved by the use of medical devices
  • Technical 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

The course is offered over one academic year (September to May) on a part-time basis. Two taught modules are complete each semester (September to December and January to May) while the project is completed over the academic year.

Blended Learning
The course is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The course requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, or one Saturday every month between September and May. Between campus visits you will interact with tutors and peers via an online learning system.

This Specialist Diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project, each worth 6 ECTS, giving a total of 30 ECTS. The course allows students to develop specialist knowledge of the medical devices sector and to hone relevant technical and soft skills.

The four taught modules are:

  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biocompatibility & Device Design
  • Medical Device Science

The project topic is chosen by you in consultation with your supervisor.

Assessment
Assessment of the taught modules is through continuous assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. The project is assessed through staged delivery of a project report. The award mark is based on an average result of all five modules.

This course is intended for medical device operatives and technicians who wish to advance and hone their skills with a view to moving into management roles. It will also be beneficial to those from a science or engineering background who wish to transfer existing skills and develop specialist knowledge in order to move into the medical devices sector.

The fees for the course are 1,900 euro for EU students and 2,400 euro for non-EU students. This fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Tuition fees
  • Course materials
  • Examinations and assessments

Subventions for Employed Students
This course has been approved by ULearning Skillnet for a fees subsidy of up to 20% for students whose company is a member of the ULearning Skillnet Network. See www.ulearning.ie for further details.

Subventions for Unemployed Students
The following fee subventions may be available for this course:

  • Springboard: A number of free training places are also available for unemployed students who meet the Springboard eligibility criteria. Check out www.bluebrick.ie/springboard for further details.
  • ULearning Unemployed Subvention (100%). Please see www.ulearning.ie for further details

Prospective students on the following allowances may be eligible for a 30% reduction in fees:

  • Jobseekers benefit
  • Jobseekers allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Social insurance contribution credits

A separate scholarship application form applies and is available in the Apply Online section.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must be in receipt of the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related Diploma or higher qualification.

Alternative Entry
Applicants may use experience in addition to academic qualifications to demonstrate that they satisfy the course prerequisites.

Next Steps
Applications should be made online at www.nuigalway.ie/apply.

  • Supporting documents include form of ID (birth cert/passport/drivers licence) and transcript of exam results obtained