The healthcare sector today faces many challenges.

Well-designed products and services are the perfect facilitators for sustainable change. The healthcare sector is one of the fastest growing and changing industries across the world. It is heavily affected by societal challenges like ageing and global developments, such as patient empowerment and heavy use of technology.

The Medisign MSc specialisation educates dedicated and skilled design engineers in topics, such as user experience in healthcare, integrated care, basic surgical skills and biomechanics. A basic educational principle of the specialisation is that students apply their knowledge and skills in direct contact with stakeholders: healthcare professionals, patients and informal caregivers. Application areas range from design for the operating room to mental health to elderly care. The topics of care, cure and prevention are addressed in both research and education.

How to Qualify for Medisign Specialization

To specialise in Medisign you are required to complete at least one project worth 9 EC and a thesis project focusing on Medisign. Additionally, you need to select at least 9 EC from the Medisign electives list. Other projects and modules with a healthcare focus are optional. During the classes and the graduation project, the emphasis is on human-centre design and communication with the interested. In addition, it is necessary to contact Ron de Vos (R.P.deVos (@) and notify your intention to specialize in Medisign.


Get to know the Labs!



CardioLab is a collaboration between Philips Design and the TU Delft. Collaboratively they explore how smart technologies can reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases. Designers in the lab will develop product-service systems that generate data, to be used for early detection of cardiac diseases and more effective treatments, aiming to provide cardiac patients with longer and healthier life. At the same time, CardioLab is interested in how designers create these smart product-service systems. Reflections on their approaches will lead to new design methodologies for (industrial) designers.


Critical Alarm Labs

The Critical Alarms Lab (CAL) aims to shape the future of alarms and soundscapes in socio-technological environments. With a current focus on sound issues in healthcare, CAL unites students, researchers, academic hospitals, industry, and regulatory agencies to tackle critical alarm systems. Our international team believes design thinking can help us to find the alarm’s right point of intervention.


End of Life

The Design for End Of Life Lab explores how design can contribute to the quality of life in its last stage. The lab’s research and design focus not only on the person facing the end of life but will take into account the social context such as friends, family, formal and informal care-givers. Design for End of life is about design for palliative care, with the credo “it is not about adding days to your life but about adding life to your days”.


eHealth Lab

eHealth, the use of ICT in healthcare, is increasingly becoming a societal and research-driven topic. eHealth projects typically have a multistakeholder consortium involving at least patients, care providers, medical specialists, ICT developers and industrial design researchers.

Industrial Design research contributes knowledge and creative skills on human-centred design to ehealth. We aim to understand and design how eHealth can be made useful and relevant to all stakeholders. To reach this aim we conduct research on human-centred design, interaction design, product service design, shared decision making, patient profiling, persuasive game design and robotics.


YOUNG Medical Delta

Medisign, along with nine other studies in health, life sciences and technology on Bachelor, Master, and PhD level is a proud partner of YOUNG Medical Delta (YMD). YMD is part of the Medical Delta network, which is focussed on students and young professionals in this field. The goal of YOUNG Medical Delta is to create a platform for students, young researchers and young professionals who are at the starting point of their career in life sciences, health and technology.


Tailored Healthcare

‘We are looking for a sweet spot between reality and what’s workable in healthcare’

Unfortunately, it can be a regular occurrence in the medical world: a perfectly successful operation, but a patient who is still not completely satisfied with the treatment process. Healthcare professionals are eager to improve the situation, but often have no clear image of what exactly is wrong. IDE designer Bob Groeneveld and psychologist Tessa Dekkers are working together to investigate how patient satisfaction can be improved by tailoring the care as far as possible to suit the individual patient.


First Aid Toolkit

As PhD students doing design research in health care, we run into various hurdles and challenges as we go. We were wondering how other PhD students and design researchers in health care manage their process, to define good practice together.

We organized a workshop at the Design Research Society 2016 conference in Brighton. We were lucky to have an international audience of 6 wonderful and enthusiastic participants, all PhD students in health care. They shared memorable events about their process and found key issues underlying their experiences. They even came up with some very inspiring strategies and solutions!


Electives (Industrial Design Engineering Faculty)

Medisign electives have between 3 and 6 ECTS and a duration of one or two quarters. Capita Selecta is highly recommended and it is available in the first and third quarters, while other electives depend on each semester. Other electives may require to have previous knowledge or be given with other courses, each one needs to be checked on an elective basis.

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Health Business Development Lab
Health Psychology: Tools and Methods
Context Mapping Skills*
Rules & Regulations for Designing Medical Devices
Inclusive Design*
Experience and Persuasion*
Capita Selecta Medisign Capita Selecta Medisign
Anatomy and Surgical Techniques for Engineers