BSc Science & Technology Studies
Diploma in Science & Technology Studies


Course overview

The Modular Programme in Science & Technology Studies is a part-time programme 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 jointly by NUI Galway and UL (University of Limerick) via a blend of distance and online resources, on-campus tutorials and labs, and company-based projects.  

 

The programme 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

 

Who is the course intended for?


The programme 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.

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.

Duration: Diploma 2 min 4 max Degree additional 2-4 years

Next start date: Please contact the Programme Administrator

ECTS weighting: Diploma in Science & Technology Studies - 120 credits. Bachelor of Science - 240 credits. Specialist Diplomas – 30 credits

Average intake: Unlimited

Closing date: Please contact the Programme Administrator

NFQ level: Diploma cycle – Level 7; Degree cycle – Level 8

Mode of study: Blended-learning

Course outline

Diploma in Science & Technology Studies

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.

 

Degree in Science & Technology Studies

 

The Degree consists of an additional 20 modules to be taken over 2 to 4 years. The core modules are largely in the areas of production science and operations and systems management. The elective streams will enable students to specialise and deepen their knowledge in the following areas:

• Lean & Quality Systems

• Medical Device Science

• Environmental Sustainability

• Mechanical Design

• Form & Function of the Human Body

• Automation & Control

 

Specialist Diplomas

 

  • Lean & Quality Systems
  • Medical Device Science
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Form and Function of the Human Body

 

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 and 5 modules in the Degree cycle. Exemptions are considered by the programme board on a case-by-case basis

Applications and selections

- Science and Technology (Degree): Apply here

- Science and Technology (Diploma): Apply here

 

(Supporting documents include form of ID (birth cert/passport/drivers licence) and transcript of exam results obtained.)

 

 

Further information is available from: http://www.modularbsc.ie/

 

For enquiries please contact:

Niamh McHugh
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
T: 091 495845
E: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie

 

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 programme 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 programme 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.

 

Bachelor of Science in Science & Technology Studies - on successful completion of 40 modules or 240 ECTS

Find out more

Niamh McHugh
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
T: 091 495845
E: niamh.mchugh@nuigalway.ie
http://www.modularbsc.ie/

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €3,800
Non-EU (Total): €4,300

Fees for all Adult Learning and Professional Development courses

Current students

Derrick O'Hanlon

“Having last been in 3rd level in the late 80s/early 90s, I was nervous about returning to education, particularly in a different discipline. I am a business graduate originally so this is a big departure for me even though it is an area of interest. The support level provided by tutors and administrative staff is excellent, with queries of any type usually answered very promptly. The course material is presented in an easy to digest format and the collaborative tools provided through the Moodle software are simple and easy to use while being perfectly functional, not to mention practical laboratory sessions where appropriate.”

Dara Kirwan

"I have now completed a diploma and am continuing on to a degree through Adult Education in NUIG. I found the distance learning course a wonderful way to combine study with full time working. My tutors and course coordinators were all very helpful, always available for advice and guidance and I have also made many great friends. I would highly recommend it."

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