Course Overview

The specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by choosing from a range of electives. These elective modules are also available as independent awards which students may take for the purposes of upskilling or retraining in the area of Automation & Control, Medical Device Science or Lean & Quality Systems.

Applications and Selections

Applications closed for 2019

Please upload as part of your online application:

  • Evidence of qualifications (academic transcripts):
    Applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies, or a related NFQ Level 7 qualification, or otherwise prove that they satisfy the prerequisites of each of the modules as listed in the course outline section.
  • Proof of Identification: Copy of Passport or Drivers Licence.

 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. All modules from the programme will be individually assessed.

The course is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The course requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related NFQ Level 7 qualification, or otherwise prove that they satisfy the prerequisites of each of the modules as listed in the course outline section.

Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.). 


Additional Requirements

Duration

1-year, part-time

Next start date

September

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25-30

Closing Date

NFQ level

8

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

30

Award

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project (chosen in consultation with their project supervisor), to allow individuals to up-skill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest.

Medical Device Science: Anatomy, Biocompatibility & Device Design, Mechanics of Solids, Medical Device Design, Project.

Download Medical Device Science brochure. 

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (30 Credits)

Required BST117: Human Anatomy & Physiology


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module BST117: "Human Anatomy & Physiology" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required BST118: Biocompatibility & Device Design


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module BST118: "Biocompatibility & Device Design" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required BST119: Mechanics of Solids


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module BST119: "Mechanics of Solids" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required BST120: Medical Device Science


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module BST120: "Medical Device Science" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required BST005: Project


Trimester 3 | Credits:

Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module BST005: "Project" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course is intended for medical device operatives and technicians who wish to advance and hone their skills with a view to moving into management roles. It will also be beneficial to those from a science or engineering background who wish to transfer existing skills and develop specialist knowledge in order to move into the medical devices sector.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The specialist diplomas are primarily intended for students who already have a Science or Engineering related diploma or degree and who wish to up-skill or become expert in one of the specialist areas as offered through these one-year diploma courses.

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,900 p.a.

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€2,400 p.a.

 

This course is also available through Springboard.

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Please download the 2019_20 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Administrator

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
Galway
Tel: 091 494060
Email: sciencetech@nuigalway.ie

Downloads

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