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 programme contains covers the following areas:

Research Project: A 3-month laboratory project with an academic research team on a subject related to biomedical science.

Introduction to Business: This module focuses on the fundamental concepts of marketing, management and accountancy and their application in Irish and international business situations. Teams of students develop a business plan for a start-up biomedical science enterprise.

Material, Science & Biomaterials: This module addresses the fundamental properties and applications of biomaterials (synthetic and natural) that are used in contact with biological systems.

Tissue Engineering: This module integrates the principles and methods of engineering and life sciences towards the fundamental understanding of structure-function relationships in normal and pathological mammalian tissues.

Validation Enterprise & Regulatory Affairs: This module focuses on the validatory requirements within the bio-, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.

Molecular Medicine: This module outlines the molecular mechanisms underlying diseases including cancer, diabetes, immuno-deficient and neurodegenerative disorders.

Scientific Writing: This module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the process of scientific publication (writing and reviewing articles).

Principles of Cell & Molecular biology: This module outlines the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology.

Radiation & Medical Physics: The module reviews the basic nuclear physics alluding to radiation applications in industry and its biological interactions.

Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology: This module introduces students to fundamental pharmacological concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug interactions in the body.

Human Body Structure: This module develops knowledge of human anatomy in the context of biomedical science.

Introduction to Bioinformatics: This module provides biology students with good foundation knowledge of bioinformatics and enables them to perform basic bioinformatic tasks. Ultimately students will develop an appreciation how bioinformatic tools are fundamental to modern medicine.

Protein Technology: Topics include industrial scale-up of protein production, proteomics and glycobiology.

*Please note that the curriculum information is subject to change from year to year.

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. Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh 
T +353 91 495 323

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