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Biomedical Science via distance learning (MSc/PgCe
Biomedical Science via distance learning (MSc)
Biomedical Science via distance learning (PgCert)
College of Science
OVERALL WINNER national Postgraduate Course of the Year (Science) Award 2013
MSc: the objective of this two-year course is to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to research, which utilises technologies and skills from a wide spectrum of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines to address fundamental questions originating in biology and medicine. Course contributors include senior academics, industry experts, and scientists who are actively engaged in research in all areas of biomedical science and engineering.
PgCert: the objective of this one-year programme is to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to research, which utilises technologies and skills from a wide spectrum of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines to address fundamental questions originating in biology and medicine. Course contributors include senior academics, industry experts and scientists who are actively engaged in research in all areas of biomedical science and engineering.
Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 primary degree in a related subject area (Science, Engineering, Technology, Maths) or hold a primary degree in a related area without honours (which is acceptable to college) and have three years’ relevant practical experience in the subject area. IELTS score of 6.5+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).
2 years, part-time (MSc)
1 year, part-time (PgCert)
Next start date: September 2016
ECTS weighting: 90 (MSc) | 30 (PgCert)
Average intake: MSc: 20 | PgCert: 10
Closing date: Cyclical programme, commencing September 2016.
Research experience: Students complete a research project worth a third of the final grade. The research may be done in-house at the student’s place of work or it may be done in collaboration with NUI Galway based researchers.
Flexibility: Students who are unable to complete a research project have the option to leave with a PDip Biomedical Science (Level 9). The PgCert (Level 8) caters for those not in a position to commit more than one year to postgraduate studies. However, following successful completion of the PgCert, students may request a transfer into the second year of the MSc programme, assuming numbers permit it. Alternatively, students may choose to leave with a PgCert, but may request entry into the MSc programme two or four years later, joining a subsequent student cohort.
MSc: modules offered include molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, biomaterials, laboratory techniques, innovation and technology transfer, biomechanics, tissue engineering, molecular medicine, applied pharmacology and toxicology, monitoring for health hazards at work, lasers, stereology. Aimed at individuals employed in the biomedical device and pharmaceutical sectors, this course has been developed to meet the needs of working graduates who wish to upskill or to change career direction. Students attend lectures once every five weeks, with distance learning supported by the Echo 360 lecture capture and Blackboard technologies. For further details of the course see http://ncbes.nuigalway.ie/education.aspx and course blog at http://www.mscbiomedicalscience.blogspot.com/.
PgCert: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Biomaterials, and a practicals module.
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Topics covered during the programme may also facilitate graduates transferring between disciplines, for example, from engineering to life sciences.
PgCert: For PgCert graduates, an inter-disciplinary education may allow candidates to cross over into new areas at their current place of work or open up new avenues for career development.
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R&D Sustaining Manager, Covidien, Galway
MSc Biomedical Science (via distance learning)
“I graduated from the University of Limerick with a BEng in Electronics in 1991. I then worked for 20 years in telecommunications, the automotive industry and most recently the medical device industry. I chose this MScas it ticked all the boxes for what I needed. I was impressed with the reputation of the researchers at the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Science. The course content had great appeal with the strong mix of science, engineering and clinical subjects and the background of the lecturers, who have both academic and industry experience. The course has rightly been awarded Postgraduate Course of the Year in Science 2013 which is a reflection of the commitment of the course director and support team to providing a great learning experience and environment to the students.”