UCC Postgraduate courses

Anatomy for Medical Device Development

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Course Fact File
Duration9 Months
Teaching ModePart-Time
QualificationsPG Cert
NFQ LevelLevel 9
EU Fees€4,500
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees€6,667
Closing DateRolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.
Non-EU Closing DateOpen until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.
Start Date9th September 2024

Course Outline

The Postgraduate Certificate in Anatomy for Medical Device Development focuses on the anatomical aspects related to the broad discipline of bio-medical device design in relation to the development of human-centric devices, products, services, and experiences.

On completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Anatomy for Medical Device Development, you will have mastered fluency in several technical areas including anatomy of the human musculoskeletal, neurovascular and cardiovascular systems; anatomy for human biomechanics and design of biomedical devices; and design for orthopaedic, cardiovascular and neurovascular disorders.

In addition, this postgraduate course will embed evidence-based and practical aspects related to both device design and related diseases as well as a flexible and modern pedagogical approach to teaching.

On this course you will complete 30 credits of modules over nine months.

  • AN6050 Principles of Human Anatomy (5 credits)
  • AN6051 Human Biomechanics (5 credits)
  • AN6052 Anatomy for Biomedical Devices - Cardiovascular & Neurovascular Systems (10 credits)
  • AN6053 Anatomy for Biomedical Devices - Orthopaedics and the Musculoskeletal Systems (10 credits)

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Employ appropriate anatomical and clinical terminology in clinical interaction and medical device design.
  2. Explain the interrelation between the structural features of organs and their functional roles and outline how they change in association with aging and pathophysiology.
  3. Demonstrate a critical awareness of design considerations, potential challenges, and practical implications related to medical devices in the context of clinical and anatomical needs.
  4. Appraise and justify anatomical design decisions taken in common MedTech R&D problem-solving scenarios and propose solutions.
  5. Summarise learning by reflecting on the capacity to work in a team, take personal responsibility, identify knowledge gaps, and outline opportunities for continued professional development.

Academic Programme Catalogue

See the Academic Programme Catalogue where you can search for the complete and up-to-date content for this course. Note that the modules for all courses are subject to change from year to year. For complete descriptions of individual modules, see the Book of Modules.

Course Practicalities

The Postgraduate Certificate in Anatomy for Medical Device Development comprises 30 credits of taught modules over a 9-month period. Teaching will be delivered in a blended format to allow for high flexibility with a mixture of in-person group/peer learning and asynchronous content delivery.

Continuous assessment will form the majority of module assessments and will be performed through a mix of online quizzes, in-class tests (e.g., anatomy spot exam), written assignments (e.g., written design problem-solving scenario), discussion boards (formative for self-reflection exercises and peer learning), and case study reports.

Why Choose This Course

Anatomy for Medical Device Development is part of the iEd Hub portfolio of courses at UCC – run in collaboration with Munster Technological University (MTU) and multiple Life Science & MedTech industry partners. Ireland plays a key role in the global medtech market with 14 of the top 15 medtech companies having a presence here. Over 40,000 skilled individuals work across more than 450 companies within this sector, making Ireland the largest employer of medtech professionals in Europe. The Postgraduate Certificate in Anatomy for Medical Device Development will specifically prepare new graduates for careers in the Irish medtech industry, as well as upskill existing professionals. 

A deep understanding of the structure and function of the human body, specifically orthopaedic and cardiovascular systems, is crucial in the research and development of new MedTech devices that can be applied clinically. Uniquely, our students will have access to the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience state-of-the-art FLAME laboratory where they will receive hands-on practical experience, as well as innovative teaching labs in the iEd hub including 3D printing facilities, a podcasting suite, and a VR suite.

The careful selection of industry-relevant taught modules will ensure that our Anatomy for Medical Device Development graduates are highly employable in medtech research and development roles at home and abroad. Many transferable skills are also fostered through different learning approaches, including critical thinking, problem-solving, report writing, oral presentations, independent research, and time management.

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Skills and Careers Information

This Postgraduate Certificate course is designed and delivered by the iEd Hub, a UCC/MTU-industry education collaboration to produce a new generation of ‘T-professional’ graduates for the Health Tech industry sector. Multinational Medical Device companies with a local presence have been actively involved in the design of the course to provide skills increasingly in demand.

We aim to develop new and convert existing graduates, in the broad discipline of bio-medical device design, for the development of human-centric devices, products, services, and experiences. Cardiology and Orthopaedics are specifically chosen as disease areas to match local industry product demands.


Applicants must have a Second-Class Honours Grade 2 in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) in any of the following relevant subject areas: chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences or science, material science, physics, healthcare science, engineering, physiotherapy, medicine, allied healthcare degrees or cognitive science.

Eligible applicants may be invited for an interview. Selection from among eligible applicants will be made according to the following criteria:

  • Performance in their primary degree
  • Personal statement
  • Interview (As required)

Consideration under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) may also be given to applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements but who have relevant professional experience in a suitable field. To demonstrate relevant professional experience, applicants will be assessed on the following criteria and an interview will be required.

  • Academic achievement
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Personal statement
  • Reference

For Applicants with Qualifications Completed Outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements. For more information see our Qualification Comparison page.

International/Non-EU Applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.

  • In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
  • Note that not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above. For more information contact the International Office.
English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university-approved English language requirements. Visit our PG English Language Requirements page for more information.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €4,500.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €6,667.

Postgraduate EU and International Fees 2024/2025

See our Postgraduate EU and Non-EU (International) Fee Schedule for the latest information.


If your course requires a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second-semester fee payment in January.

Fee payment 

Fees are payable in two equal instalments. First payment is at registration and the balance usually by the end of January.

How can I pay? 

See different options on our How Do I Pay My Fees? page.

Any questions? See the 'Contact Us' section on the Fees Office page.

How To Apply

1. Check dates

Check the opening and closing dates for the application process in the fact file boxes at the top of the page.

2. Gather documents

Scanned copies of supporting documents have to be uploaded to the UCC online application portal and include:

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC.
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course if required.

3. Apply online

Apply online via the UCC online application portal. Note the majority of our courses have a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Any questions? Use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements 

Please note you will be required to provide additional information as part of the online application process for this programme. This will include the following:

  • Details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
  • In addition to declared qualifications, you will be asked to outline any additional academic courses, self-learning, and professional training relevant to this programme.
  • You will be asked to describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.

The closing date for non-EU applications is Open until all places have been filled or no later than 30 June. Early application is advised.

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