Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Medical Devices and Technologies

MEngSt (Medical Devices & Technologies)

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.

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Quick facts - MEngSt (Medical Devices & Technologies)

Points per degree

120

Full-time study

One year

Structure

Research or Taught

Part-time study (research masters)

Up to two years

Part-time study (taught masters)

Up to four years

Applications close

Semester One: 8 December

Semester Two: 4 July

2016 start dates

Semester One: 29 February

Semester Two: 18 July

Who should apply?


The Master of Engineering Studies in Medical Devices and Technologies 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.

It will also provide essential skills in medical practices, regulatory processes, product development and innovation.


The current MEngSt enrolment regulations allow entry into this programme from a four-year Bachelor of Engineering (BE), or BE (Hons) with grades at a level deemed satisfactory to the Dean of Engineering.

Participants who have completed appropriate health professional qualifications which qualify them to apply for registration as clinicians may enter this specialisation if they have:

  1. An approved bachelors degree.
  2. Completed at least three years of appropriate professional experience.
  3. Performed at a level deemed satisfactory by the Dean of Engineering.

This pathway is also open to participants with an appropriate background and professional experience, such as those with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Technology (BTech).

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FOE-PG01 Masters Research Portfolio Admission Form
If you intend to do the research masters, you will need to complete this form as part of your enrolment. (256.5 kB, MSWORD)

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Employment opportunities


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.

 

Programme overview


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.
 

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Programme structure


120 points

  • Complete the University of Auckland online Academic Integrity course.
  • Research masters
    • 90 points: ENGGEN 793
    • 30 points from ENGGEN 770, 771 or other approved 600 or 700 level courses.

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  • Taught masters
    • 60 points: ENGGEN 791
    • 30 points: ENGGEN 770, 771
    • 30 points from CIVIL 703, CHEMMAT 740, 741, ENGGEN 705, MECHENG 728, 730, 752, MEDSCI 703, PHYSICS 780, or other approved 600 or 700 level courses.

 

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Enrolment options


Research masters

Semester One   Semester Two
Research portfolio 30 points Research portfolio 60 points
Two core courses 30 points    

Taught masters

Semester One   Semester Two
Research project 30 points Research project 30 points
One core course 15 points One core course 15 points
One elective course 15 points One elective course 15 points

Course list


Required courses
ENGGEN 770 - Medical Devices Technology (15 points)
The technology of medical devices and instrumentation including software, hardware, measurement and processing of bio signals, interfacing, signal conditioning, signal processing and identification, bio-mechatronic system design, modelling, control and integration. Medical imaging systems.
ENGGEN 771 - Medical Devices Practice (15 points)
Surgical assistance and medical intervention systems, training systems, prosthetics, orthotics, exoskeleton devices, and other bio-mechatronic devices. Healthcare robotics. Clinical evaluation of systems and safety issues. Medical and regulatory requirements for medical devices; quality assurance and controlled design.

Research masters only

ENGGEN 793 A & B - Medical Devices Research Portfolio (90 points)
A structured supervised research portfolio addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of medical devices and technologies.

Taught masters only

ENGGEN 791 A & B - Medical Devices Research Project (60 points)
A structured supervised research project addressing a topic relevant to the development and commercialisation of medical devices and technologies.
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Elective courses
CIVIL 703 - Project Management (15 points)
Planning, organisation and control of engineering projects. Application and integration of project management processes to the typical project lifecycle (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and closing). Studies in the nine knowledge areas defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI): Project Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk and Procurement Management. Development of a range of skills, tools and techniques to become an effective project manager.
CHEMMAT 740 - Advanced Polymer Materials (15 points)
Microstructure and morphology of semi-crystalline and amorphous polymers, including alloys and thermoplastic elastomers. The study of structure/property/processing inter-relationships for plastics materials. Coverage includes characterisation of plastics materials, especially spectroscopic, thermal and rheological analysis. Mechanical testing.
CHEMMAT 741 - Processing of Plastics (15 points)
In-depth coverage of advanced processing techniques including associated rheology considerations. The course includes the study of additives, degradation processes and the prevention of degradation, formulation of products and the mixing of materials.
COMPSYS 705 - Formal Methods for Engineers (15 points)
This is a inter-disciplinary course inspired by software engineering and formal methods. However, this course has been adapted for applicability for computer systems engineering, mechatronics, bio- engineering and medical devices domains. Executable biology refers to executable computational models that mimic biological processes. In this course we will present a range of executable models inspired by formal methods especially for medical device validation. The range of formal methods considered here include a synchronous Statechart called SCChart for pacemaker modelling, a tool called Uppaal for pacemaker verification and a tool called Piha for the design of the cardiac conduction system, which will be validated using the SPIN model checker.
Contact Assoc Prof Partha Roop for information on prerequisites.
ENGGEN 705 - Advanced Innovation and New Product Development (15 points)
An advanced course dealing with the theoretical foundations of innovation, design and new product development. Theory is linked to practice in multidisciplinary teams engaged in innovation and design simulations and case studies.
Prerequisite: ENGGEN 303 with a grade of B or better
Restriction: ENGGEN 401, 405, 410, 701, MGMT 305
MEDSCI 703 - Advanced Biomedical Imaging (15 points)
Theory and practice of biomedical imaging from the sub-cellular to whole body level with specific emphasis on recent developments. Principles of digital image-processing and image analysis (including quantitative morphology), computed tomography and volume rendering and analysis. Imaging modalities including atomic force microscopy, light and confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, X-ray, CT, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
PHYSICS 780 - Advanced Imaging Technologies (15 points)
The physical basis and use of new imaging technologies in medicine, biomedicine and biotechnology, including electron microscopy, ultrasonic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scanning and PET imaging. Biological applications of fluorescence and other areas of biophotonics, microarray analysis.
Recommended preparation: No formal prerequisite, but an understanding of material to at least a C+ standard in PHYSICS 340 and 211 or ENGSCI 211 will be assumed.
MEHCHENG 728 - Advanced MEMS and Microsystems (15 points)
Introduction to working principles and fabrication of MEMS/microsystems such as microsensors, microactuators, microfluidics, etc. Exposure to engineering design principles including engineering mechanics, fluidics, materials, etc., at microscale. Includes an individual project related to the design and fabrication of a device for an advanced application.
Prerequisite: MECHENG 211, 242
Restriction: MECHENG 735
MECHENG 730 - Advanced Biomechatronic Systems (15 points)
Advanced mechatronic principles and techniques for measuring and manipulating biological systems. Human biomechanics and motion control, advanced serial and parallel robots, compliant soft robots, software and functional safety, human robot interaction and force control, novel sensors and actuators, and biomechatronic design principles. Includes an individual project related to the analysis, selection and successful implementation of one of these advanced technologies.
Prerequisite: MECHENG 312
Restriction: MECHENG 736
MECHENG 735 - Microelectromechanical Systems (15 points)
Introduction to the design principles of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) with medical applications case studies. Learning objectives are: basic MEMS design fundamentals with emphasis on mechanical and electrical properties, representative MEMS sensors and actuators, MEMS applications, with an emphasis on medical technologies, MEMS fabrication methods, construction and testing of simple MEMS as part of a laboratory component.
Prerequisite: MECHENG 312
MECHENG 736 - Biomechatronic Systems (15 points)
Introduction to mechatronic principles and techniques for measuring and manipulating biological systems. Learning objectives are: human biomechanics and motion control, advanced serial and parallel robots, compliant soft robots, software and functional safety, human robot interaction and force control, novel sensors and actuators, and biomechatronics design principles.
Prerequisite: MECHENG 312
MECHENG 752 - Technology Management (15 points)
An appreciation of the strategic systems and technology management aspects of manufacturing systems. Industry based projects that explore the design and optimisation of manufacturing operations form a major part of the course.
Prerequisite: ENGGEN 303 with a grade of B or better
Restriction: MECHENG 451

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