MD/Master of Engineering Dual Degree

Pratt School of EngineeringThe Doctor of Medicine/Master of Engineering Dual Degree (MD/MEng) is a five-year program designed for MD candidates within the Duke University School of Medicine who have strong interests in health care, engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Students spend four years (Years 1, 2, 4 and 5) in medical school to fulfill the MD curriculum requirements. In the third year, students take seven courses in the Pratt School of Engineering to fulfill the MEng curriculum requirements.

The third year thesis requirement in the MD curriculum is fulfilled in the fourth year.

The thesis is focused on discovery and design, which requires:

  • Identification, prioritization and selection of a health care need with high potential impact and value, and
  • Conceptual design of an innovative solution.

Additionally, students must complete an engineering practice-oriented internship, which can be further development of the design in the Third Year thesis that involves:

  • Detailed engineering design, construction, and test of a proof-of-concept prototype,
  • Protection of the resulting intellectual property, and
  • Presentation of a plan for development that addresses licensing, marketing, regulations, technology, manufacturability, distribution, costs, financing, and risks.

The fifth year consists of the clinical clerkships that are the usual curriculum of the School of Medicine fourth year.

The program is part of Duke MEDx, a joint initiative between Duke's engineering and medical schools.

Highlights of MD/MEng

  • Three MD courses can be credited toward partial fulfillment of the MEng curriculum requirements, shortening the usual MEng time by one semester
  • Designed to help future clinicians make an impact not only in medicine, but also in the health care industry
  • Puts candidates at the forefront of health care innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Provides integrated medical and engineering training in a real-world environment
  • Provides access to both a top engineering research institution and a top medical school
  • Provides a sound foundation for a career in health care delivery, innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Five years to complete

Basic Requirements

  • Open only to Duke medical school students in good academic standing
  • Requires Duke University School of Medicine clearance through the Third Year Study Program director
  • Managed by the Pratt School of Engineering

How to Apply