• University of Leeds

MedTech: Trends and Product Design

Explore the product design process of MedTech devices and examine future trends in healthcare technology and the MedTech industry.

3,513 enrolled on this course

Medtech Trends and Product Design

MedTech: Trends and Product Design

3,513 enrolled on this course

  • 2 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Learn how innovative medical devices are designed, produced and regulated

Major advances in technology are driving innovation in healthcare. On this course, you will explore the global landscape of medical device trends by looking at the past, present, and future of medical technology development.

You will be introduced to the key factors driving the development of innovative medical equipment, and learn how medical devices are classified. You will also explore medical device regulation as you follow the product development process of a new medical device, from identifying the clinical need to launching the final product.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds How do medtech devices go from a research idea to clinical use? When bringing a new medical device to the marketplace, developers must consider a wide range of variables. These include patients and clinical needs, compatibility with existing technology, economic considerations and regulatory approval. You will understand some of the challenges and commercial opportunities involved in the development of medical devices. Researchers and developers need financial backing to commercialise their innovations whilst meeting the demand for high quality healthcare. Explore some of the latest innovation in the field and investigate some of the possible opportunities of future medtech applications. Discover the forces driving innovation through the revolutionary work taking place at the University of Leeds. Join us on MedTech, Trends and Product Design today.


  • Week 1

    An introduction to MedTech

    • Welcome

      In the first week of the course, you will explore what drives innovation in healthcare. You will also be introduced to the different classifications of medical devices, and to the regulations which they must adhere to.

    • Understanding the past, the current context and future of healthcare challenges

      In this activity, you will learn about the different types of medical device, and you will think about the past, present and future of MedTech.

    • Challenges for MedTech to overcome

      In this activity, you will examine some of the challenges which any new MedTech device needs to overcome in order to be successful.

    • How do we know MedTech is safe to use?

      In this activity, you will learn how regulators and the MedTech industry work together to guarantee patient safety.

    • Revision

      This revision activity provides further opportunity to explore the topics covered this week.

    • Summary

      To close this week of the course, you have the opportunity to reflect on the week and explore the Glossary

  • Week 2

    How do MedTech products get developed and launched?

    • About Week 2

      This week you will explore the process of designing and developing a new MedTech device, from identifying a clinical need to launching a finished product.

    • Establishing a need

      In this activity you will learn how to identify a clinical need for a new MedTech product, and about the key stakeholders involved in this process.

    • Designing with regard to regulations

      In this activity you will look at the design stage of developing a new MedTech product, including the influence of standards and regulations, and the importance of trials and testing.

    • Understanding the MedTech market

      In this activity you will think about the MedTech market, and the differences between large and small companies in this sector.

    • Revision

      This revision activity provides further opportunity to explore the topics covered this week.

    • Summary

      This section provides a summary of key points from the course to enable you to review the topics covered in the course as well as the opportunity for you to test your understanding with a quiz.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
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This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss the impact of medical technologies (MedTech) on anticipated future demands for improved healthcare.
  • Explain the opportunities and challenges encountered during the medical device product development process.
  • Describe the medical device development process, from clinical need through to regulatory approval and product introduction.
  • Apply a medical device development process to an exemplar MedTech product.

Who is the course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech and product design.

The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.

Who will you learn with?

Visiting Professor in Medical Technology Innovation & Translation and Operations Director of Regener8, University of Leeds; CEO Neotherix, York.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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