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 6.0+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).
2 years, part-time (MSc)
1 year, part-time (PgCert)
Next start date: September 2014
ECTS weighting: 90 (MSc) | 30 (PgCert)
Average intake: Available places
This is a cylical programme, that runs every two years. It will be on offer again in September 2014.
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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PgCert: modules on offer cross the boundaries of discipline, such that engineers/technologists/mathemeticians learn of molecular and cellular biology. MSc students with a background in pharmacology and toxicology, anatomy, etc. On the other hand, students with a background in the life sciences are exposed for the first time to modules such as biomechanics, lasers and applications etc. This nurturing of inter-disciplinary education may allow candidates to cross over into new areas at their current place of work or may open up new avenues for future career development.
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