Colorectal surgeons Linda Farkas and Ben Hopkins perform robotic surgeries at Duke Raleigh Hospital.

Graduate Certificate in Medical Robotics

Design robots That make LIVES better

Skilled surgeons today leverage the capabilities of robotics to extend their already-amazing abilities beyond the limits of what the human hand and eye can do.

Duke TAST logoThis certificate program is a curricular partner of the Duke-led NSF Traineeship for the Advancement of Surgical Technologies. More about TAST »

Tomorrow, surgeons will rely even more on precision medical robots to provide even better surgical results with fewer complications and less pain—all leading to greater well-being for patients.

You can shape this future by enhancing your Duke master's or PhD with the Graduate Certificate in Medical Robotics.

In addition to completing four high-impact courses, you'll join a special community — the uncommonly collaborative engineering and medical research neighborhood clustered just meters apart along Duke's Research Drive.

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“Duke’s Graduate Certificate in Medical Robotics represents a new model at the interface of medicine and engineering — one that gets roboticists into the operating rooms of a world-class academic medical center.”

Brian P. Mann, PhD | Program Director

Make a positive impact

This four-course certificate program for master's and PhD students at Duke is ideal for those looking to acquire deep knowledge of the latest developments in precision medical robotics.

Mentorship from expert faculty

You'll study with knowledgeable instructors with uncanny mastery of advanced computing, including AI, machine learning, automation and controls.

During your hands-on team project experience, you'll learn from experts in mechanical design and autonomous systems. You will also interact with highly-skilled Duke surgeons.

Courses that stretch your abilities

To earn the Duke Graduate Certificate in Medical Robotics, complete four courses: two core robotics courses, a course in machine learning and an elective course. The best part? Working toward the certificate does not increase your course count.

Required Courses
  • ME 555 Introduction to Medical Robotics and Surgical Technologies, fall term only
  • ME 555 Medical Robotics and Surgical Technologies Team Project, spring term only
1 Course in Machine Learning

Choose from among:

  • COMPSCI 590-07 Applied Natural Language Processing
  • COMPSCI 571D/ECE 682D/STA561 D Probabilistic Machine Learning
  • ECE 590-03 Machine Learning in Adversarial Settings
  • ECE 590-06 Case Studies in Machine Learning Applications
  • COMPSCI 671 D/ECE 590D Machine Learning
  • COMPSCI 570/ECE 590D Artificial Intelligence
  • ECE 590-002 Introduction to Deep Learning
  • BME 590 -006 Machine Learning in Imaging
  • EGRMGMT 599 Machine Learning Principles and Applications
  • ME555 Data Drive Dynamics and Control
1 Elective Course

Choose from among:

  • ECE 590-26/ ME 555-28 Robotic Systems Design
  • ECE 590-25/ME 555-27 Autonomous Systems Engineering
  • ME555-28 Robotic Systems Design
  • ME 555-06 Introduction to Robotics
  • ME-555-04: Engineering Technology in Urology Applications
  • CS 527 Computer Vision
  • BME 590-001 Design Medical/Assistive Devices
  • BME 590-05 Biotech Design
  • BME 547 Medical Software Design
  • ECE 590-07 Human Centered Computing
  • I&E 721-01 Design in Healthcare
  • Surg Star Duke Surgical Technique and Review (STAR)
  • ME555-0? Lasers in Medicine
  • BIOETHIC 602S Law, Research & Bioethics
  • BIOETHIC 605S Contemporary Issues in Bioethics & Science Policy
  • BIOETHIC 704/LAW 333 Science, Law, & Policy
  • BIOETHIC603S Clinical Bioethics & Health Policy
  • BIOETHIC 605S Contemporary Issues in Bioethics & Science Policy
  • BIOETHICS680S Ethical Foundations of Innovative Technology Policy
  • BIOETHIC 704 Frontier Robotics
  • I&E Intellectual Property Law: Law, Policy and Practice
  • BME 590 Biomedical Device Innovation
  • I&E 590 01 Special Topics I&E Global Health Practicum
  • EGRMGMT 520 Intellectual Property Business Law and Entrepreneurship
  • EGRMGMT 590 Intellectual Asset Management

A Degree Enhancement for Duke Graduate StudentS

Eligible students are candidates at Duke for the Master of Science, Master of Engineering or PhD in:

  • Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Science
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Science & Society

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We'd love to hear from you. Start the conversation with an email to Program Coordinator Stacey Traister at