Specialisation Medisign

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries across the world. In the West the accent is more on cure and care, in contrast to developing countries, where the accent is on prevention. But whether the emphasis is on cure or prevention, health care professionals rely on increasingly complex equipment in their work. The design of that equipment requires highly trained specialists with expertise in engineering, industrial design and medical sciences. The aim of the specialisation in Medisign is to train these specialists.

Designing for medical applications demands inventiveness as well as the ability to integrate thinking across functional interfaces and to translate complex capabilities into designs that serve the health care practitioner and the patient. Advances in the field result when designers combine creativity, engineering excellence, and vision. The Medisign specialisation trains dedicated and skilled engineers in human anatomy, physiology, medical technology, healthcare systems and some basic surgical techniques. It also offers a pathway for health specialists to move into the Medisign field.Participants in the programme are challenged to develop products that meet the needs of surgeons, doctors, therapists and patients and to solve problems in human-product interaction.

To specialise in Medisign you are required to complete at least one master specific project worth 9 EC and a thesis project focusing on Medisign. Additionally, you need to follow 3 electives (in total 9 EC) with a healthcare focus 2 from the Medisign electives list. Other projects and modules with a healthcare focus are optional and projects more than 3 EC will be count as one elective. Students can enrol for this specialisation by sending an email to Armaĝan Albayrak.

For the Medisign specialization, students must be enrolled in the Master programmes Integrated Product Design (IPD), Strategic Product Design (SPD) or Design for Interaction (DfI).

To specialise in Medisign you are required to:

  • Spend at least 9 ECTS for electives (out of 18) in Medisign electives,
  • Have at least one project, worth 9 ECTS, with an explicit focus on Medisign,
  • Graduate in a project with an explicit focus on Medisign,
  • Recommended; further electives, dependent on master program.

Detailed course objectives for Medisign students include:

  • Knowledge of the structure and processes of the human body,
  • Insight into healthcare and its many products,
  • Ability to do research in the medical field specifically on product development.

 This special education program was initiated in cooperation with the Medical faculty at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam (15 km from Delft). The program consists of four semesters, each offering 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System); students can begin specializing in this program twice a year: Autumn and Spring. 

A short description of the Medisign Electives can be found here. For more information, please refer to the Study Guide.

Compulsory: minimum of three courses from the following electives, at least two IDE electives. Other combinations of electives are in consult with the Medisign coordinator.

Medisign electives

Recommended courses from other faculties

BM1107 Anatomy and Physiology (4 ects)

BM1109 Medical Technology I (Diagnostic Devices) & Health Care Systems (5 ects)

BM1220-13 Medical Instruments B: Quality Assurance in Design (3 ects)

BM1240 Human Movement Control A: Musculoskeletal Mechanics (3 ects)

WB2308  Biomedical Engineering Design  -  4 ects
The course introduces the field of prostheses and orthoses.

ME41096 Bio-Inspired Design  -  5 ects 
The course looks at ‘non-conventional mechanical approaches in nature’ and examples of bio-inspired instruments and machines.


PhD Students

Anet Aselmaa

Tessa Dekkers

Do you, as a company or organisation, have a student-, internship- or graduation assignment which fits the healthcare domain, and which involves product development or product innovation (management)? If so, please have a look at the following links: group projects, individual graduation projects or internships. The assignments can either be practical, theoretical, or a combination of both.

Sample Projects

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