Learn to design assistive, therapeutic, diagnostic or surgical medical devices with in-depth knowledge of the whole design process, from ideation to fabrication to (clinical) testing and verification.
What does it take to develop a better, more precise tool for minimally invasive cardiac surgery or a glucose monitor that can alert emergency personnel? Or what about building an ankle prosthetic device, or an artificial kidney? These types of devices may differ, but in many cases, you will follow the same design process. If you’re interested in deepening your insights into biomedical science while advancing your design skills, the specialisation in Medical Device Design is the right choice for you. From engineering devices for diagnostic, assistive, therapeutic to surgical purposes, you will improve the lives of patients by developing new technologies for (bio)medical applications.
The key within this specialisation is the word design. While other specialisations may focus on a specific area within the field of biomedical engineering, this specialisation will familiarise you with the whole design process of different types of medical devices, from implants and tools to medical robots. You will gain knowledge in product development, test methods, clinical research methods, design methodology, human factors, manufacturing methods, biomaterials, robotics and control, and mechatronics. From ideation to fabrication to (clinical) testing and verification; you will be able to design and develop a medical device, taking into account aspects such as functional and technical requirements, ethics, human factors, and clinical certification and approval.
Within this specialisation, you have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the professional field and work on case studies that stem directly from clinical practice. You might contribute to the development of magnetic capsules that can replace (uncomfortable) catheters in the detection of cancer within the large intestine, or design a prototype for a mini-hovercraft to transport injured athletes from the track or field, to name a few examples. Within UT's innovative TechMed Centre, you will be able to contribute to cutting-edge research and come up with solutions to many relevant and real-life medical challenges.
As a graduate of this Master's and this specialisation, you have acquired specific, scientific knowledge, skills and values, which you can put to good use in your future job.
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