MSc (Biomedical Science)

College of Science

Course overview

The objective of this 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. The MSc is intended to introduce students to science and engineering disciplines they would not have covered in their undergraduate studies.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 Primary degree in a related subject area or hold a Primary degree in a related area (which is acceptable to the College) without honours and have three years relevant practical experience in the subject area.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2015

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: 16

Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The first two semesters consist of taught courses that will acquaint students with the basics of biology, chemistry and physics depending upon their backgrounds. Also during the first two semesters there will be a series of practical sessions that will familiarise students with different forms of instrumentation and techniques. During the final part of the programme, a research project will be undertaken.

The course covers the following areas:

  • Material Science and Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Product Development and Validation & Regulation
  • Optics and Lasers in Biomedicine
  • Introduction to Business.

Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Selection is based on the candidate's academic record at an undergraduate level and their aptitude for the course.

Requirements and assessment

Semester One exams: December
Semester Two exams: April/May

A range of assessment methods are integrated and assessed throughout the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies. A dissertation must also be submitted.

Find out more

Dr. Una Fitzgerald 
T +353 91 494440 or +353 91 495 045

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815 p.a. 2014/15 (inclusive of Levy)
 - Tuition: €6,591 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

Current students

Anna Rengstorf profile
Anna Rengstorf
PhD, Earth and Ocean Sciences

“I am developing predictive models to understand and map deep-sea coral reef distribution as a tool for conservation and ecosystem-based management in Irish waters. I am a biologist by training, have a MSc degree in tropical marine ecology and am a passionate marine conservationist. I hope that the results of my PhD project will contribute to the establishment of effective conservation measures to protect the highly vulnerable deep-sea coral reefs from destructive human activities such as bottom trawling.

The conservation-based PhD project at NUI Galway was my first choice, mainly because of its interdisciplinary nature, its involvement in a large European project, and the fact that I could collect my own data during several research expeditions. We know more about the moon than we know about the deep sea, so exploring the unknown species and habitats of our deep oceans is a truly exciting research area.

For me, collecting deep-sea data using state-of-the-art technology national and international research vessels is
the most engaging and fun aspect. Besides spending a considerable amount of time conducting ship-based fieldwork in the north-east Atlantic, I also travelled several times a year to participate in training courses, meetings and workshops, and to present my work at international conferences.”

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