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MSc in Computing in Medical Device Software Engineering

January 2025
Online, On Campus
1 - 2 years

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1 - 2 years

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Full-Time, Part-Time

Course Overview

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with an advanced level of theoretical knowledge and practice, with highly developed research capability, innovation and management skills to enable their professional development in both the IT industry but in particular within the healthcare software industry.

With 9 of the world’s top 10 medical technology companies based in Ireland, demand for graduates is at an all-time high. The medical technology sector in Ireland is recognised as one of the five global emerging hubs which currently employs over 40,000 people.

This course will produce graduates with in-depth knowledge of:
  • Developing regulatory compliant medical device software;
  • Developing a quality management system for medical device software development;
  • Developing medical device software using best practice lifecycle models, software design patterns and making use of refactoring techniques;
  • Medical device security and privacy;
  • Embedded medical device software development;
  • Usability and Human-Factors for medical device software development.


Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have detailed knowledge and understanding of both the creative, developmental, and programming strands needed for immersive production and will be skilled in the use of applications used to produce immersive experiences for multiple industry domains.

Graduates choosing to upskill and move in the direction of immersive technologies will have a comprehensive understanding of all the aspects of a multi-disciplinary team and will be equipped to follow career paths in the following broad categories across a multitude of application domains including: 

  • Medical Device Software Engineer 
  • Regulatory Quality Assurance Lead 
  • Product Owner/ Product Manager on a Medical Device Software Product 
  • Medical Device Software Researcher 
  • Medical Device software cybersecurity engineer

Course Delivery and Modules

  • Part-time Delivery: Total duration of 24 Months (5 Semesters): Semesters 1 and 2 will be delivered online 2 evenings per week between 6 pm and 9 pm. In Semesters 3, 4 and 5 students will complete their research project.
  • Full-time Delivery: Total duration of 12 Months (3 Semesters): Semester 1 will be delivered online 4 days per week between 12 pm and 3pm. In Semesters 2 and 3 students will complete their research projects.
  • Semester 1

    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Healthcare Software
    • Software Design and Validation for Healthcare Software
    • Research Methods, and Innovation
  • Semester 2

    • Research Project Part 1 (Problem definition, Literature Review, State of the Art,  Methodology)
  • Semester 3

    • Research Project Part 2 (Design, Development, Implementation, Validation, Research Findings and Publication) 

Fees and Funding

EU Fees:

  • Full-time (EU): €5,950
  • Part-time (EU): tbc

Non-EU Fees:

  • Full-time (non-EU): €9,995
  • Part-time (non-EU): n/a

You may be eligible for financial support for this course through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) system. Find out more


EU Fees


Entry Requirements

Applicants must have demonstrable experience in the field of software engineering and/or software development, and
  • A minimum Second-Class Honours (2.2) in Computing from a recognised third level institution, or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline, or
  • A minimum Second-Class Honours (2.2) Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (or equivalent) NFQ Level 8 award.

International Applicants

International applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements for the programme in addition to providing evidence of proficiency in English. The English requirements are as follows: 

  • Grade B2 equivalent on CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) OR have achieved IELTS 6.5 (or internationally recognised equivalent). Where an applicant demonstrates evidence of having attained his/her bachelor’s degree through instruction in the English language, a grade of 6.0 may be accepted for admission to a STEM programme.


How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

International Application (non-EU)

International Applicants (not from or living in the EU) can apply through an agent or directly to DkIT to study this course.

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the MSc in Computing in Medical Device Software Engineering please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Dr. Martin McHugh

Head of Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).