MSc (Biomedical Science)—continuous/flexible

College of Science

Course overview

The MSc in Biomedical Science (continuous) is a flexible programme in which taught modules can be completed over a period of a maximum of 6 years.

Catering for those working in the medical device, pharmaceutical and diagnostic sectors, this course aims to provide students with up-to-date knowledge on a wide range of topics relevant to research on biomedical science and to the application and management of this research in related industries.

Aimed at individuals employed in the biomedical device and pharmeaceutical sectors, or at those simply interested in expanding their knowledge of biomedical science, the programme has been developed to meet the needs of working graduates who wish to upskill or change careers. Provision of flexible learning opportunities is a key feature of this programme.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours, Level 8 (or equivalent international qualification) primary degree in Science, Engineering, Technology, Maths, or a related subject area which is judged as acceptable to the College of Science. Candidates with a suitable primary degree without honours but who have three years relevant and appropriate practical experience may also be considered. For applicants whose native language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 6.0 is required, with not less than 5.5 in any one component.

Duration: Up to 6 years

Next start date: 2014/2015 - Start date dependent on chosen module/s.

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 30

Closing date: Click here for further information.

NFQ level: 9

Course outline

Module Title





Semester 1




Molecular and Regenerative Medicine




Applied Pharmacology and Toxicology



Assignment and written paper
January 17 2014

Product Development, Validation and Regulation


Project Managment, Data Analysis









Written paper
Written paper
January 18 2014

Semester 2






issue Engineering











Written paper
May 23rd


Written paper
May 24th (afternoon)

Lasers and applications









Written paper

Further information on modules can be found here.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online at

Find out more

Dr. Una Fitzgerald 
T: +353 91 494 445 or +353 91 495 045 

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Fees for this course

Past students

Martin Coyne – Process Quality Engineer, who completed the MSc in Biomedical Science (via distance learning), a course with the same content as proposed new MSc in Biomedical Science (continuous)

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the NUIG Biomedical Science MSc programme. I found the diversity of the material a real challenge and found that it covered a broad spectrum relating not to just the biological sciences but also the business side of things, where we looked at marketing and innovation as well as project management. Above all this however, it was the biological sciences and the material sciences that really grabbed my interest and were the primary reason for selecting the course. All the lecturers and associated PhD students were a great help throughout my time there and made sure that we all pushed ourselves to excel. And I think that I did excel in the course and in my project. I was able to develop a project that related to my day to day employment and this of course was a big advantage. Having complete the course, I feel I have a broad knowledge of the business we are in and higher level of understanding of the practical application of the devices we make due to my improved knowledge of anatomy, histology and pharmacology. The time I spent juggling home life, with work and the course made me realise that there are a lot of hours in the day and there is time enough to dedicate to self-improvement. Since then, I’ve added another qualification to my CV and I feel that it was successful completion of the MSc course that has given me the confidence to pursue other worthwhile goals – thanks to all those in NUIG for all that they did to ensure that it was a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging experience.”