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MSc in International Medical Technologies, Innovation and Development

The MSc in International Medical Technologies, Innovation and Development programme develops the necessary skills required to strategically support the innovation journey of medical technologies for access into target international markets.

Discipline: Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: A H2.2 Bachelor degree at level 8 in any cognate discipline or equivalent in science, technology or engineering, is the minimum entry requirement for this programme.

Places: 16



Why Study?

The programme was designed in partnership with companies developing disruptive medical technologies and GMIT’s Medical & Engineering Technologies centre researchers providing innovative solutions to the Medtech sector.

Learners will not alone develop critical research skills to support the convergence in medical technologies but will also understand regulatory requirements and advanced testing methods to meet the business strategy and plans for market for new technologies.

Through a series of workshops and networking events, the CEO Masterclass will deepen learners understanding of the business theories and strategies associated to support the innovation journey of a medical technology. On completion of the CEO Masterclass module, students will be expected to present a viable business case for the development of a new medical technology.

Co-delivered by both industry and academic experts, the Masters programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach. The programme design team have placed a strong emphasis on work-based learning and the year-long research project will be carried out in a company or within an applied research centre in GMIT.

Learning Approach

  • Blended learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Team-Based Learning
  • Self-Directed and Flexible Learning
  • Industry speakers and Networking events

What to expect:

The programme has been designed for people in full-time employment in the MedTech/Life Sciences sector. The following Galway-based companies have agreed to be placement hosts (subject to suitability and interview) for those not employed in a Medtech company:

  • Boston Scientific
  • Cook Medical
  • NuaSurgical
  • CERENOVUS (part of J&J)

Lectures and tutorials will be delivered live online and will be recorded, available through GMIT’s learning platform Moodle. On-site activities are limited, but learners will be expected to be onsite for:

First semester:

  • Evening on-site practical every four weeks

Second semester:

  • four one-day works shops held every four weeks.
  • two on-site device evaluation practical’s in GMIT’s state of the art Medical Imaging suite.
  • 4 network evening events with key opinion leaders.


Programme Modules

Semester 1 (Jan - June 2022):

  • Global Regulatory Strategies for Medical Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • Medical Technologies (5 ECTS)
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments (5 ECTS)
  • June 2022 - commence Research Project in Medical Technologies (55 credits)

Semester 2 (Sept - Dec 2022):

  • CEO Masterclass (5 ECTS)
  • Pre-clinical Evaluation and Assessment (10 ECTS)
  • Research Project in Medical Technologies (55 ECTS)

Semester 3 (Jan - Jun 2023): 

  • Design Control and Risk Management (5 ECTS)
  • Research Project in Medical Technologies (55 ECTS) (Continued from June 2022)

Career Opportunities

Both European and Government policies have identified skills need in the area of innovation and research in order to support a thriving competitive economy and an inclusive society. Industry stakeholders have also indicated the proposed MSc in International Medical Technologies, Innovation and Development would qualify graduates of the programme for:

  • R&D Scientist/Engineer
  • Quality/Regulatory
  • Design Assurance
  • Manufacturing Scientist/Engineer
  • Process Development Scientist/Engineer
  • Core Technology Operations Representative
  • Leadership roles in R&D
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Design Control
  • Clinical Affairs

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates will be eligible to apply for progression to level 10 awards.

Essential Information: 

Key Dates

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 10th December 2021
  • The programme will commence in January 2022


Minimum Entry Requirements

A H2.2 Bachelor degree at level 8 in any cognate discipline or equivalent in science, technology or engineering, is the minimum entry requirement for this programme.

The research project will be work-based and year-long. Those employed in the Medtech sector can undertake projects with their employer, however the design of the project should be produced by the learner with the advice of the supervisors and must be of relevance to the programme. Students enrolled onto the programme who are not employed in the MedTech/Life Sciences sector will be required to complete a year-long applied research project with a relevant industry or academic partner. This will be arranged by GMIT.


English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements will be as determined by GMIT and as published in the Access, Transfer and Progression code.


How to Apply

Apply directly to GMIT using GMIT's Online Admissions system, selecting Application Type L9.

Please provide the following documentations to support your application:

Applicants should apply online and must provide the following:

1. A CV (max three pages) detailing their qualifications & career to date.

2. A personal motivational statement, which should include an outline of their plans and interests related to Medical Technologies.


Programme duration:

15 months (3 semesters)

Contact Us

Dr Eugene McCarthy

Head of Department of Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Sciences

School of Science and Computing