Taught course

Design for Medical Technologies

University of Dundee · School of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 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.

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).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Zhihong Huang
+44 (0)1382 385477