Master of Engineering in Healthcare Technologies

The Programme
This exciting new programme will produce engineers capable of designing and developing electronic devices and systems for the medical and healthcare communities. These individuals will become flexible technologists who can work within the health services, hospitals and indigenous and international companies, providing products and services to frontline medical and healthcare providers.

Through this programme, graduates with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering (or cognate disciplines) will extend their engineering skills and technical knowledge to work in partnership with healthcare clinicians and other medical experts − thereby acquiring a grounding in the culture, philosophy and language of the healthcare profession. The graduates would be expected to develop strong skills in negotiating the clinical/technology interface.

This is a new programme, with a novel cross-institutional Capstone Project, though many of the taught modules are existing modules in one of the 3U partner institutions. It is designed for engineering professionals with a strong background in electronics and computer technologies, and will provide them with advanced education in medically relevant engineering technologies. They will be immersed in the cultural and professional ethos of medical and clinical practice. The programme will provide them with the relevant concepts, methodological tools and knowledge of medical legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks.

Career options
The convergence between Healthcare/Medical Technologies, ICT, and electronic devices and systems will accelerate over the coming decades, leading to products and technologies to support medical diagnoses, in-hospital care, rehabilitation and in-the-community supports. This represents new opportunities for Irish health professionals, engineers and technologists. A recent Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) conference focused on the integral role which healthcare and ICT play in what they estimate to be an approximately US$6 trillion global market.

The graduates of this Masters Engineering in Healthcare Technologies programme will be building and creating new tools and solutions to solve relevant problems facing the healthcare sector today. This programme will empower graduates to be the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs in the growing healthcare technologies sector. Graduates can expect to work both inside and outside the health services. Within healthcare services, the focus would be primarily on software and engineering of healthcare-directed services and systems.  Beyond the core health services environment, graduates could work with companies that provide technology-based products for use in a medical or clinical environment.

Entry requirements
Entry to the Masters Engineering in Healthcare Technologies (MEng HcT) will normally require a minimum H2.1 in Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, or a cognate discipline.  Exceptions may be made for those with significant relevant work experience.

September 2013

The following documents should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded with your online application form:

For students not from DCU, certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. These students are also asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.

DCU, NUI Maynooth and RCSI are each offering a bursary, to the sum of €3,000 towards the fees for this programme. Please enquire for further details.

Programme Structure
This is a full-time course of 3 semesters over 2 academic years. Year 1 comprises a range of modules with accompanying examinations. In Year 2, students will carry out a Capstone Project, which includes workshops and seminars.  Assessment of the Capstone Project will be primarily via a dissertation which includes a short conference-style paper.  There is currently no part-time option to complete this programme.

The modules on the programme are designed to provide expertise in two technical areas: firstly, the technology for designing new medical devices; and secondly, image and signal analysis to assist diagnosis and visualisation.  These modules are complemented with in-depth modules on the medical sciences, ethics and regulations. 

Medical Modules
• Medical Sciences (RCSI)
• Healthcare Ethics, Law, Risk Management and Regulatory Framework (RCSI)

Medical Technology Modules
• Medical Imaging & Visualisation (DCU)
• Medical Instrumentation (NUIM)

Underlying Engineering Modules
• DSP – Signal Modelling & Compression (DCU)
• Computer Vision (DCU)
• Wireless Communications (NUIM)
• Advanced Control Systems (NUIM)

Capstone Project (RCSI & NUIM)

Duration: 1.5 years full-time, over 3 semesters.

Further Information
For further information, please contact
Irene McEvoy
Phone: +353 (0)1 700 6857


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