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
E mary.nifhlathartaigh@nuigalway.ie
http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/biomedical-science.html

PAC code

GYS03

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

Graduate profile



Nala Shologu

MSc Biomedical Science graduate currently pursuing a PhD at NUI Galway

"I found the Biomedical Science course particularly interesting and exciting because it demonstrated how research and scientific technological developments can impact on biological systems, disease diagnostics and novel therapeutics. Integrated modules such as tissue engineering and biomaterial science provided immense insight into the use of gene therapy, stem cells and materials engineering approaches to critical problems in modern medicine. These modules were useful in offering an opportunity to learn more about specific disease mechanisms, pathophysiology and treatment regimes as well as to implement this knowledge in projects and lab-based work.  I really liked the flexibility of the modular structure as it allowed me to specialise in the areas of investigative biomedical science that interested me.‚Äč In addition to building fond memories with my classmate, I was privileged in having the opportunity to build contacts with other passionate scientist from various backgrounds."

Current students

Mark Gleeson

MSc in Biomedical Science student with a BSc Mathematics & Physics

Having completed a degree in Mathematics & Physics, followed by a two year break from academia, I decided to pursue a career in biomedical science. I was looking for a Masters that incorporated concepts from my background but also explored avenues across a diverse range of topics that are breaking new ground in the biological field. Advanced tissue engineering and medical & radiation physics were two modules that attracted me at first, but after completing the first half of this semester I have been introduced to many more fascinating topics. I find the course to be very well balanced in terms of content and practical work in labs. The labs are very engaging and interactive with a great hands-on approach.

The department of biomedical science is very friendly and encouraging; the lecturers are passionate about their fields and strive to help us reach our full potential in the course while making us feel like valued participants of the discipline itself.

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