Course Overview

Why choose this programme?

Located in the heart of Ireland’s biomedical device industry cluster, NUI Galway offers excellent career opportunities for biomedical science graduates. A wide variety of career opportunities exists for graduates of this programme. These include research and development in medical devices or pharmaceuticals in an industrial or academic setting, medical device sales, work in hospital laboratories and further postgraduate studies.

Furthermore, this programme is a springboard to PhD research opportunities. Our recent graduates have found employment with Boston Scientific, Regeneron, Abbott, Allergan, and Pfizer.

Below you will find programme structure and module content, entry criteria and a downloadable prospectus. If you have any queries please feel free to contact us.

Programme objectives

The primary objective of the 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.

 The programme’s key objectives are to:

  • Provide a solid foundation in scientific knowledge and technical skills for those who intend to go on to study for a PhD and pursue an academic career.
  • Produce trained postgraduate scientists and engineers equipped to pursue their specialist registrar training in academic, clinical and industry environments
  • Produce postgraduate scientists who wish to follow a career in the medical technologies and/or biotechnology industry sectors.

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.

In order to apply for this programme please complete all of the steps below:

Step One:  Ensure you are eligible—entry Criteria

  • Graduates who have a first class or second class honours level 8 BSc degree in a relevant biological or biomedical sciences, physical sciences or engineering field 
  • Graduates with a Level 7 degree and who can demonstrate that they have at least 2-3 years relevant experience in research or the Medical Technology, Healthcare or Biotechnology industry 
  • English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element of the test) or equivalent

Step Two:  Have all of the supporting documentation in place

Visit our Supporting Documents website for document requirements for this course.

Step Three: Ensure that you meet the English Language requirements

All applicants, whose first language is not English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language and have no less than 6.5 in ANY component. NOTE: Language tests must be undertaken no more than two years prior to commencement of your programme at the University

IELTS

TOEFL

Pearson PTE

6.5

88

61

6.5

88

61

6.5

88

61

 The NUI Galway TOEFL institution code is 8861.

Any PAC application queries should be emailed to postgradadmissions@nuigalway.ie 

Who Teaches this Course

For information on the Biomedical Science programme team, click here.

Requirements and Assessment

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

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

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

  • Graduates who have a first class or second class honours level 8 BSc degree in a relevant biological or biomedical sciences, physical sciences or engineering field 
  • Graduates with a Level 7 degree and who can demonstrate that they have at least 2–3 years relevant experience in research or the Medical Technology, Healthcare or Biotechnology industry 
  • English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in each element of the test) or equivalent

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

16

Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYS03

Course Outline

Programme modules

Full list of modules, and their detail is online here.

Programme structure 

The programme will be offered as a full-time, one year course consisting of three academic semesters.  It is a blend of taught and research elements, with 20 ECTS taught and 70 ECTS research credits

  • Semester 1 runs from the beginning of September through the end of the first week of December.  Modules totalling 20 ECTS, including 3 taught modules and one research module will be completed in Semester 1
  • Semester 2 starts on the second week of January and ends at the end of April. One 5 ECTS taught module (Scientific Writing) will be completed, while students undertaking the programme will focus most of their time and efforts on their research project
  • Semester 3 begins on the first week of May and ends at the end of August. A Research Symposium, where the students present their research project and outcomes and where their performance in presenting their research project is assessed, will take place in the last two weeks of the semester. After completing Semester 3, the students will submit their MSc. thesis by the 30th of September  

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Located in the heart of Ireland’s biomedical device industry cluster, NUI Galway offers excellent career opportunities for biomedical science graduates. A wide variety of career opportunities exists for graduates of this programme. These include research and development in medical devices or phar‌maceuticals in an industrial or academic setting, medical device sales, work in hospital laboratories and further postgraduate studies.

Furthermore, this programme is a springboard to PhD research opportunities. Graduates of the MSc in Biomedical Science have gone on to work within the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and academia. Galway is a global hub for the medical device industry so NUI Galway graduates are well-placed to avail of employment opportunities with a wide range of multi-national and indigenous medical technologies organisations. Recent graduates have found employment with a range of companies, including Boston Scientific, Regeneron, Abbott, Allergan, and Pfizer.

Pictured right: Mark Gleeson receiving his MSc Research Symposium trophy from Prof Vincent O’Flaherty Head of School of Natural Sciences. Mr conducted his MSc Biomedical Science research project in Boston Scientific in 2015. Following completion of the MSc Biomedical Science programme has gained employment in Boston Scientific.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,815 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€6,591 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
For further information on postgraduate funding opportunities and scholarships see here.

Find out More

Academic Course Director

Prof Terry Smith
T: +353 91 492 022 | E: terry.smith@nuigalway.ie

Academic Course Co-ordinator

Dr Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh
T: +353 91 495 323 | E: mary.nifhlathartaigh@nuigalway.ie


What Our Students Say

Katie

Katie Gillian |   BSc in Sport Science, University of Limerick

I wanted to pursue a career in research, having come from a background in Sport Science I decided to do a MSc in Biomedical Science. I originally thought the transition would be difficult and although the course was challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The broad range of modules that were taught on the course meant the masters could be applied to many aspects of the biomedical science field from industry to research. The course exceeded my expectations, in that everything was taught clearly and there was a good balance between lectures and labs. I did not have much lab experience prior to the masters however when completed I had learn a variety of techniques from cell culture to PCR. I completed my thesis for the masters in the Department of Surgery in the Translational Research Facility researching Breast Cancer Lymphangiogenesis. After completing my thesis I was offered the opportunity to stay on with the group to do a PhD and I will be starting it in January 2016. Overall I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in biomedical science industry or research.
Richard

Richard Bennett |   BSc in Chemistry, NUI Galway

The MSc. in Biomedical Science at NUI, Galway is a truly interdisciplinary course. Courses such as tissue engineering and molecular medicine gave me an insight into research that I had previously not seen. After finishing a BSc. in chemistry this course was perfect for me to gain further skills and act as a stepping stone in my career. The flexibility offered through the optional modules allows each student to cover the essential core modules while allowing for tailoring to each individual. Modules such as validation and scientific writing offered transferable skills that will be beneficial regardless of career path. The experience gained during these modules are very helpful whether continuing in industry or academia. In addition to the fantastic course structure, the contacts and friends made over the course of the year were invaluable. I consider myself privileged to have been part of the MSc. Biomedical Science group and I would recommend the course highly to prospective students.
Ivor

Ivor Geoghegan |   BSc in Anatomy, NUI Galway

The MSc Biomedical Science course exceeded my expectations. It gave me a diverse grounding in many different subjects and allowed me to specialise in the area of Tissue Engineering with the modules “Tissue Engineering”, “Advanced Tissue Engineering”, and “Biomaterials”. The course was very well organised and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone with an interest in biology, physics, or engineering.
Shane

Shane Spellman |   Current Student (BSc in Sport Science)

The reason I chose the Biomedical Science course in the first place was due to my interest in the biological systems, disease and ultimately how cutting edge technology could significantly improve the outcome for countless patients globally. Initially my interest was sparked by the module titles and when I began the course I wasn’t disappointed as each module has given me a deep understanding of the basics, the more complex underpinnings of the subject and ultimately the research that is currently being carried out in the field to date

What Employers Say

John

John Kilmartin |   Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs in Medtronic, Galway

Mr John Kilmartin Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs in Medtronic (based in Galway) “We have had a number of visits from the MSc Biomedical Science programme here in Medtronic, all of the participants have been really engaged and we are delighted to give the students this opportunity. We are really pleased with the course content and calibre of the students.”