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Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Device Technology & Business

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Device Technology & Business


Develop your knowledge of medical device technology, business and regulation for a career in the MedTech sector.

 This unique Post Graduate Diploma course is delivered by the Griffith Innopharma Faculty of Science and is a blend of medical device technology and business.

Why Study Medical Device Technology & Business with Innopharma at Griffith College?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Device Technology & Business is a blended learning programme, delivered through evening class room learning supported by live online broadcasts and weekend group work.

The course will focus on core competencies such as medical device classification, device design cycle, manufacturing, quality systems & regulations, biocompatibility, operational excellence, lean sigma, emerging trends in medical devices, medical device measurement and analysis, strategic thinking and professional development.

  • Gain exceptional knowledge within an ever-expanding industry.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the medical device industry.
  • Achieve your potential using a blended learning approach of classroom training and online learning.
  • Attend classes supported by online delivery two evenings per week and two Saturdays per month.
  • Develop your skills in career progression to help you pursue a successful career in the MedTech sector.

Intake Dates

We have two intakes for this course throughout the year, commencing in January and September. 

  • January 2020
  • September 2020

What our students say

This course offered me a variety of skills from the business operations perspective, management and operational behaviour. It was a great to complete the degree in only 10 months. As pharma industry is rapidly growing in Ireland, I would advise anyone to take the opportunity to develop new skills for this dynamic industry.


I have been offered a paid contract role in the Projects department of Glaxo Smith Kline Beecham in Dungarvan. This is proof in the pudding that the course has been a huge success for me; once I get into this field, I shouldn't have any problem applying for other roles within the Pharmaceutical/Medical Device sector.

Liam Burke
Level 8 Pharma Graduate
Course details

Course Outline

This course is delivered 2 evenings per week (online or in class, whichever you prefer) and 2 Saturdays per month.

A three-semester taught course in Medical Device Technology & Business (60 ETCS Credits) leading cumulatively to a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Medical Device Technology & Business.

Module 1: Medical Device Technology
  • Medical device types and classification
  • Connected health and mobile devices
  • Human anatomy & physiology
  • Medical device design cycle
  • Value engineering of medical devices
  • Manufacturing
  • Assembly
  • Packaging & testing
  • Combination products
Module 2: Medical Device Quality Systems & Regulation 
  • Medical device regulations - ISO 13485​
  • DFA requirements - Class I, II and III devices
  • Statutory frameworks medical device design
  • Manufacturing
  • Quality system elements
  • Validation and change control
  • Facility plant design
  • Product process validation
Module 3: Emerging trends in Medical Devices
  • Challenges facing the MedTech sector
  • Move towards value-based healthcare
  • Growing regulatory pressures
  • Resource constraints
  • Product & process differentiating capabilities
  • Growth initiatives
  • Transforming cost structures and reorganising for sustainability
  • Connected and combined smart medical devices
  • Software-based medical devices
Module 4: Strategy, Leadership & the Culture of Innovation
  • Current challenges of MedTech industry
  • Strategic thinking in the industry
  • Leading change
  • The culture of innovation
  • Corporate governance and business ethics
Module 5: Operational Excellence & the Science of Innovation
  • Origins of operational excellence
  • Operational excellence implementation models
  • Lean sigma implementation
  • Design for six sigma
  • Science of innovation
  • TRIZ concepts
  • Key performance indicators (KPI)
  • Quality function deployment
Module 6: Medical Measurement and Analysis 
  • Medical data analysis
  • Distributed databases
  • Data collection systems & data architectures
  • Data analysis software
  • Data storage and data integrity
  • Data management in product and process design
  • Characteristics of data
  • Data types and information
  • Functions of visualisations, tables & graphs
  • Visualisation techniques and applications
  • Software applications for data visualisation

This programme is delivered 2 evenings per week (in class or online) and 2 Saturdays per month on campus.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

The primary target audience are those with a minimum qualification of higher degree (minimum 2.2 or higher) at NFQ Level 8 or higher in Science, Quality, Manufacturing, Engineering, Medicine or related discipline.

How to Apply

Applicants should contact Orla McKiernan or a member of the Innopharma Education team at +353 1 485 3346 or via email.

Students can also apply directly through Griffith.ie


For purposes of fee calculation, residence is counted from time of application.

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU, living in Ireland

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 6,100.00

Irish/EU, living abroad

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


EUR 5,950.00


General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time


Non-EU living in Ireland: EUR 10,950.00

Non-EU living abroad: EUR 10,950.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.


Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.


Academic Progression

Options will depend on the academic requirements and the career choice of the learner.

Career Progression

Potential Roles in the MedTech industry include;

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Process / Product Design
  • Manufacturing / Operations
  • Regulatory Affairs / Compliance
  • Validation / Automation
  • Operational Excellence
  • Quality Control / Quality Assurance

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