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 2014

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 91 495 045

PAC code


Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815
 - Student levy: €224
Non-EU (Total): €13,750

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Graduate profile

Siobhan Ní Choilean

Graduate, now working as Research Technician with the Scottish Multiple Sclerosis Centre at Edinburgh University.

"As an IT graduate, I found this course a challenging but highly enjoyable stepping-stone into biological science. It is an exciting time in biomedical science with excellent therapeutic potential in gene therapy, stem cells and tissue engineering. These topics were central to lectures, projects and lab work. The highlight of the year for me was my research project. It gave me the opportunity to implement and expand my knowledge in the area of my choice. I have extremely fond memories of my classmates, lecturers and supervisors who provided me with support throughout the year. Importantly for me, I had the privilege of meeting a diverse range of passionate and dedicated scientists who inspired me to continue my career in research. I highly recommend the course to biological and engineering students who would like to broaden their career options in an exciting and cutting edge field. A great year!"

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