Rapid growth in the global medical devices industry demands an innovative fusion of biomedical, materials sciences, manufacturing, and engineering knowledge - and the University of Auckland is responding to the challenge.
This programme is aimed primarily at engineers and health professionals to provide them with the necessary broad range of knowledge in the various technologies underpinning medical devices.
The programme is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission of New Zealand, and is a collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and the Medical Technology Association of New Zealand.
The programme is normally two semesters and will accommodate part-time enrolments. To best meet the needs of participants with different backgrounds, including those coming from industry, the programme is provided as both a research masters and a taught masters.
All students complete two core courses that give an overview of technology and practices related to medical devices.
Students have a choice of completing a 90-point research portfolio or a smaller 60-point research project. In both cases the research is a significant component of the study programme and will involve working with a research group or being seconded to industry for a supervised research project that provides specialisation in a particular aspect of medical device technology. For participants without a medical background, a clinical secondment will be used to strengthen the experiential component of their learning.
Participants enrolled in the 90-point research portfolio will prepare a written thesis, while participants enrolled in the 60-point project will prepare a written project report. Both are examined following the standard the University of Auckland processes.
The taught masters option provides a wide variety of courses that participants can draw upon to best address their own areas of interest. Courses are lecture-based and delivered as modules, each taught by the University’s research specialists ensuring participants meet the multidisciplinary requirements of medical devices technology.
Graduates of the programme will be equipped with the technical, medical, ethical, regulatory and business knowledge required for innovation in medical devices and technologies, filling the large demand for these skills in the global and domestic medical devices industry.
The programme works closely with New Zealand medical devices companies such as Fisher & Paykel Healthcare and members of Medical Technology Association of New Zealand.
There are over 130 medical devices companies in New Zealand and many of our graduates are employed by these companies.