MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Each module contains 3 ECTS. You choose a total of 10 modules/30 ECTS in the following module categories: 

  • 12-15 ECTS in technical scientific modules (TSM)
    TSM modules teach profile-specific specialist skills and supplement the decentralised specialisation modules.
  • 9-12 ECTS in fundamental theoretical principles modules (FTP)
    FTP modules deal with theoretical fundamentals such as higher mathematics, physics, information theory, chemistry, etc. They will teach more detailed, abstract scientific knowledge and help you to bridge the gap between abstraction and application that is so important for innovation.
  • 6-9 ECTS in context modules (CM)
    CM modules will impart additional skills in areas such as technology management, business administration, communication, project management, patent law, contract law, etc.

In the module description (download pdf) you find the entire language information per module divided into the following categories:

  • instruction
  • documentation
  • examination 
Medical Device Market Access (TSM_MedDMA)

The course provides an in-depth overview on necessary aspects for implementing a medical device into the market. You will work on real products and improve the device by reviewing the clinical need and update the concept. For this you will be guided through the first steps of the Stanford biodesign principle. Besides concept improvement you will learn how to go through the mandatory regulatory aspects. In addition, you will get insights into market analysis techniques and fundamentals of the health care system.


This course requires knowledge about

  • technical design methods
  • mathematical statistics/data analysis
  • basic knowledge about standardization

Learning Objectives


The aim of this module is to:

  • Know and apply the first steps of the Stanford Biodesign principle to develop a medical device.
  • Understand the regulatory aspects within EU (MDR) and US (FDA)
  • Know the current standards used for designing and developing medical devices according to MDR
  • Understand the basic aspects of the health care system and know the relevant market aspects.


Contents of Module



  • Stage 1: Defining the clinical need
    • From bench to bed side. Understand the clinical need and make use of knowledge about disease fundamentals and observation/clinical problem identification.
    • Understanding the scientific language of medicine, the research culture as well as the ethical aspects in the context of medical devices.
    • Introduction into the medical device regulation.
  • Stage 2: Screening and concept improvement
    • Knowledge of the classification of medical devices and the corresponding regulatory pathway within EU-MDR and US-FDA
    • Overview of the legal requirements on the design and construction of medical products. This includes the requirement engineering as well as the general safety and performance requirements.
    • Insights into the quality management system EN ISO 13485:2016 including testing, verification, and validation principles.
  • Stage 3: Product concept and business strategy
    • Understanding the basics in usability engineering according EN 62366 and the validation of usability
    • Understanding the risk management according to ISO 14971 and having insights into the risk analysis.
    • Knowledge in market evaluation, current health care systems and developing a reimbursement strategy.
    • Introduction into the clinical testing of medical devices and basic knowledge of "good clinical practice".



Teaching and Learning Methods



During the course you will directly apply the theoretical aspects of the module by working with your colleagues on real medical devices. The provided documents will help you to navigate through the regulatory approval process.





  • Medical device design: Innovation from concept to market, Peter Ogrodik, Academic Press (2020). ISBN 978-0-12-814962-1
  • Biodesign – The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies, Paul Yock, Stefanos Zenios, Josh Makower, Todd Brinton, Uday Kumar, Cambridge Academic (2015). ISBN 978-1-107-08735-4
  • Various standards



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