Course Overview

The Diploma in Science & Technology Studies is a part-time course which focuses on the knowledge and skill requirements of high-tech industries. The modular structure is designed with flexibility in mind, enabling students to balance study with work and other commitments and to accumulate credits over a time frame that suits their lifestyle. Learning is delivered via a blend of distance and online resources, on-campus tutorials and labs, and company-based projects.  

This course aims to:

  • provide students with a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical foundations of Science and Engineering
  • introduce students to areas of applied and specialist knowledge found in today’s high-tech environments
  • develop important managerial skills such as problem solving, decision making and advanced communication skills

Applications and Selections

Applications closed for 2019

 

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through assignments, written exams 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.

Awards:
Diploma in Science & Technology Studies - on successful completion of 20 modules or 120 ECTS.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants under 21 years of age on January 1 in year of entry must meet the following minimum entry requirements: A minimum of HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) including; English, Irish, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.

Applicants aged 21 years and older by January 1 in year of entry may enter as mature students.  In this case a pass standard in Leaving Certificate Mathematics or equivalent is required. Apart from the requirement in Mathematics assessment of applicants will be on an individual basis to determine suitability to successfully undertake the course.

Applicants without a leaving certificate are encouraged to first complete the Foundation Course in Science, Engineering and Technology. Graduates of the Foundation Course are automatically eligible for entry to the Diploma.


Additional Requirements

Duration

2-4 years

Next start date

August

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25-30

Closing Date

 

NFQ level

Level 7

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

120

Award

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

The Diploma consists of 20 modules to be completed over a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 years. The modules on offer include:

  • Core modules which cover the foundations of Science, Engineering, Management and IT
  • Electives which allow students to specialise in an area of particular interest to them
  • Company-based projects to help students apply their learning in the workplace

Students who have successfully completed the Diploma can automatically progress to the Degree or the Specialist Diplomas.

Download Science and Technology Studiesbrochure. 

Specialist Diplomas

Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project to allow individuals to upskill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest.

Exemptions: Applicants who have completed accredited study in a relevant area may apply for exemptions. Credit may also be granted for demonstrable experiential learning. Exemptions may be granted up to a maximum of 5 modules in the Diploma cycle. Exemptions are considered by the programme board on a case-by-case basis.

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.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (120 Credits)

Optional DS129.II: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS150.II: Statistics - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS150.I: Statistics - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS128.II: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS128.I: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS127.II: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS127.I: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS126.II: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS126.I: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS125.II: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS125.I: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS151.I: Physics II - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS151.II: Physics II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS152.I: Maths II - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS129.I: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS158.1: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS158.II: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS154.1: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS157.II: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS157.I: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS155.II: Project - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS155.I: Project - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS154.II: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS152.II: Maths II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS124.II: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS124.I: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS123.II: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS105.II: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS105.I: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS104.II: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS104.I: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS103.II: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS103.I: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS102.II: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS102.I: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS101.II: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS101.I: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS106.I: Biology and Biotechnology I - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS106.II: Biology and Biotechnology I - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS107.I: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS123.I: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS120.II: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS120.I: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS110.II: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS110.I: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS109.II: Maths I - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS109.I: Maths 1 - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS108.II: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS108.I: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS107.II: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS159: Project 2 - Credits - Semester 2

Year 2 (120 Credits)

Optional DS158.II: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS120.II: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS110.II: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS109.II: Maths I - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS108.II: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS107.II: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS105.II: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS104.II: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS103.II: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS102.II: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS101.II: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS123.II: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS124.II: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS125.II: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS157.II: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS155.II: Project - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS154.II: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS152.II: Maths II - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS151.II: Physics II - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS150.II: Statistics - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS129.II: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS128.II: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS127.II: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS126.II: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS158.1: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS157.I: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS110.I: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS109.I: Maths 1 - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS108.I: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS107.I: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS106.I: Biology and Biotechnology I - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS105.I: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS104.I: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS103.I: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS102.I: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS101.I: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS120.I: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS123.I: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS124.I: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS155.I: Project - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS154.1: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS152.I: Maths II - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS151.I: Physics II - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS150.I: Statistics - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS129.I: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS128.I: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS127.I: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS126.I: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS125.I: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS159: Project 2 - Credits - Semester 4

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Management roles in the following sectors: medical devices, biotechnology, scientific services , high-end and specialist manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food science, etc.

 

Who’s Suited to This Course

The course is primarily intended to support those seeking career advancement in a variety of high tech industries such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and manufacturing. It will also appeal to those with a personal interest in Science and Technology.

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,800 p.a. (€380 per module)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€4,300 p.a. (€380 per module + €500 p.a.)

 
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

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
Tel: 091 494060
Email: sciencetech@nuigalway.ie
http://www.modularbsc.ie/

Downloads

  • Postgraduate Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Prospectus 2020 PDF (20.6 MB)

  • Adult Learning Prospectus

    Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (3.4 MB)

  • A Level Quick Guide 2020

    A Level Quick Guide 2020 pdf (2 MB)

  • Quick Guide to Courses 2020

    Quick Guide to Courses 2020 PDF (2.4 MB)

  • QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide

    QQI / FETAC Pathways Guide PDF (45MB)