A Duke engineering student makes a dial which makes it more comfortable to hold and operate an endoscope.

Master's Certificate in Medical Device Design

Learn advanced biomedical design while earning your Master of Engineering degree

Students in the Master of Engineering (MEng) program in Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering can greatly enhance their degree and gain career advantages with a Certificate in Medical Device Design.

As a master's medical device design certificate student, you will:

  • Gain engineering skills relevant to device design—including electrical, software and mechanical aspects
  • Learn the device development process—including design ethnography, regulatory controls, manufacturing strategies, and verification and validation testing
  • Be well-prepared for a career in the medical equipment industry, which in the U.S. is expected to grow to over $200 billion annually in the coming decade


Hands-on Design

Students design solutions to authentic clinical problems

Certificate students take two advanced biomedical design courses, which include an intensive hands-on opportunity to work alongside clinicians.

The first course provides an in-depth exploration of industry methods and a simulation of how a product development team works in the medical device industry—including identifying customer needs, developing prototypes, and creating implementation strategies.

The second course hones student’s skills in design and manufacturing through advanced CAD techniques, materials and manufacturing process selection, and small design projects.


In addition to departmental requirements, technical electives and the internship requirement of the Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in biomedical engineering, successful candidates for the certificate also complete:




Advanced Design and Prototyping Skills

Fall and Spring

One (1) of the following:
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Medical Software Design
  • Signal Processing and Applied Mathematics
  • Multiple
Fall and Spring
Advanced Biomedical Design 1 Fall

Advanced Biomedical Design 2


How to Apply 

  1. Apply to the Duke BME Master of Science (MS) Program or to the BME Master of Engineering (MEng) Program
  2. Indicate Certificate in Medical Device Design on your master's application


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