Medical Device Entrepreneurship (PG)

Module aims

In this module you will be introduced to various aspects of medical device entrepreneurship. Lectures will be centred around case studies and often given by guest speakers from start-ups, industry and investment films to give you a sense of the process and challenges in developing your own business idea. You will have the opportunity to discuss case studies based on other peoples experience of bringing medical devices to market and the specific challenges associated with the development of new products in the medical sector. 

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes - Knowledge and Understanding

Record, explain and report on lecture materials.

Learning Outcomes - Intellectual Skills

Analyse, compare and contrast material from different lectures and assigned reading sources.

Learning Outcomes - Practical Skills

Ability to understand and apply business aspects of a medical device startup.

Written expression of lecture topics as they apply to medical device development.

Learning Outcomes - Transferable Skills







Information Technology


Module syllabus

Lecture topics will include: intellectual property, funding, regulatory issues, incubators, reimbursement, technology transfer, and case studies.

Teaching methods

Students will be taught over one term using a combination of lectures, case studies and study groups. A significant number of lectures will be given by guest speakers with practical experience of bringing medical devices to market. Lecture sessions will be made available on Panopto for review and supplemented with technologies as appropriate to promote active engagement during the lecture such as 'learning catalytics'. Study groups will be based on taught content and case studies introduced in lectures to reinforce these topics and allow students to test their understanding. 

Lectures: 15 incl problem sheets hours
Labs: 15 (design realisation and hours)



iBSc,  MEng, and MRes Neurotechnology/Bioengineering students will be assessed by a written exam
Written exam: MCQs

MRes MDDE students will not take the exam, rest of students will. Multiple choice question exam based on details of all lectures. 50 questions.
●  Item 1:Written report Title:Lecture 1 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 4 %
●  Item 2:Written report Title:Lecture 2 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 3:Written report Title:Lecture 3 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 4:Written report Title:Lecture 4 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 5:Written report Title:Lecture 5 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 6:Written report Title:Lecture 6 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 7:Written report Title:Lecture 7 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 8:Written report Title:Lecture 8 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %
●  Item 9:Written report Title:Lecture 9 Description:Written report based on lecture Weighting: 12 %

No type of previous exam answers or solutions will be available

Feedback : MRes students will complete coursework, rest of students will not. Written and oral feedback on written reports. Reports are due within one week from lecture time, and will be returned with feedback within two weeks (if possible within one week).

Reading list