Medical Device Design

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The specialisation medical device design is part of the Master's in Biomedical Engineering

In this specialisation we engineer devices for diagnostic, assistive, therapeutic and surgical purposes to improve the lives of patients by developing new technology for human-related applications. 

The primary research focus is on development of devices that support or augment the human body for specific biomedical applications. This includes rehabilitative devices for aiding recovery, surgical devices for minimally invasive procedures, diagnostic devices for early detection and monitoring, and assistive devices for ailing patients. All these cases require understanding the case scenario and functional requirements, designing the device using technical knowledge and expertise, and in-vitro verification and clinically-relevant in-vivo testing, both necessary for device approval.

By collaborating closely with clinicians, patients and industry, we work towards the development of practical devices and functional technology. With this mission, we aim to have a real impact on patient care and also improve the health of our society.

structure of the track

The first year of the specialisation medical device design of Biomedical Engineering consists of compulsory courses and electives that are pre-structured fit to this track, supplemented by a free choice of electives. In the second year you will do an internship and complete your master thesis. Below you can read more about the curriculum and what you will learn. 

Career perspective

A training in medical device design focuses on knowledge and skills that are related to medical devices, ranging from implants and tools to medical robotics. This means that you will be well-prepared for positions in applied research, and also in product development from ideation phase to clinical certification. You will be suited to work in multidisciplinary teams, where you will be essential to translate the clinical needs and wishes into technical requirements and concepts, liaising between engineers of various backgrounds.

You will be able apply your skills in various early career trajectories, for example in academic research as a Ph.D. candidate, in medical device companies as a product developer or manager, or in university hospitals as a researcher. You can also work as a consultant, linking academic research to the market.

What will you learn?

In this track you will learn key skills and gain knowledge in product development, test methods, clinical research methods, design methodology, human factors, manufacturing methods, biomaterials, and robotics and control, and mechatronics. Moreover, there is a strong focus on conceptual design and ideation, project management and execution, academic writing, oral presentation of project results, and working in teams. Finally, you will learn to think about your work in a societal context, taking into account the needs of patients, clinicians and other end-users.

This specialisation is integrated in the inspiring and innovative Technical Medical Centre of the University of Twente, which aims to improve healthcare by personalised technology. It is connected to the research domain BioEngineering Technologies (BET). This domain performs both fundamental and applied research with one central mission: the development of innovative diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients.

How to apply for this specialisation?

If you are interested to apply for our track Medical Device Design, you will have to sign up for the Master's in Biomedical Engineering first. Students that obtained or that are about to obtain their diploma outside of the Netherlands can take part in our eligibility check, giving an indication of their chances of being admitted. Find out more about admission here.

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