Course Overview

NOTE (May, 2020): this course is not accepting further applications for entry 2020.

Provision of flexible learning opportunities is a key aim of this programme, along with providing students with up-to-date information on and insights into research, addressing fundamental questions in the biomedical, clinical, tissue regenerative, engineering, technology and pharmaceutical fields. Aimed at individuals employed in the biomedical device and pharmaceutical sectors, this course has been developed to meet the needs of working graduates who wish to upskill or change careers. Credit may be accumulated over a period of up to six years.

Students can join the programme at any time during the academic year, registering and paying €1,000 for individual modules in a ‘select and pay-as-you-go’ fashion. Lectures are normally held on a Friday afternoon and/or a Saturday morning , every five weeks, which facilitates full- or part-time working and course-participation. Module directors and trained e-tutors support student engagement, online learning and self-directed study, via Blackboard and video messaging. The Echo360 lecture capture system enhances the student learning experience, enabling lectures to be viewed again and again.

Timetable is available here.

Brochure is available here.

Scholarships available
Find out about our Postgraduate Scholarships here.

Applications and Selections

NOTE (May, 2020): this course is not accepting further applications for entry 2020.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

A mixture of assignments must be completed during the year; exams are in January (Semester 1 modules) and June (Semester 2 modules). Completion of a research project and thesis is also required.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 primary degree in a related subject area (science, engineering, technology, maths) or hold a primary four-year degree in a related area (which is acceptable to the college) without honours and have three years’ relevant practical experience in the subject area. In some instances, recognition of prior learning may be applied to those with Level 7 qualifications and extensive relevant experience. IELTS score of 6.5+ (with not less than 5.5 in any one component).

Additional Requirements


Up to 6 years

Next start date

Students may join the programme at multiple points during the year.

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

NOTE (May, 2020): this course is not accepting further applications for entry 2020.

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting

MSc: 90 | PDip: 60 | PgCert: 30



Course code

Not applicable; apply online:

Course Outline


 Even years (2018, 2020, etc.)

 Semester 1


  Molecular & Cellular Biology
  Innovation & Technology Transfer

Semester 2

  Materials Science & Biomaterials

 Odd years (2017, 2019, etc.)                                    

Semester 1

  Molecular and Regenerative Medicine
  Pharmacology & Toxicology
  Project Management, Experimental Design & Data Analysis
  Product Development, Validation & Regulation

Semester 2

  Tissue Engineering
  Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work    
  Lasers & Applications

 Research Project


Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Candidates who work in the medical device, technological, pharmaceutical or health sectors may use this programme to upskill, or to gain knowledge about a new field. For example, engineers may learn about cell and molecular biology, while those with a background in biology can learn about tissue engineering, biomaterials and biomechanics. This knowledge may facilitate a move, for example, from a production environment to research and development. On the other hand, knowledge of innovation and technology transfer, project management, data analysis, or product development, validation and regulation may enable a transfer from production or research to higher levels of management.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,000 per taught module / €2,000 for Research Project

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

Information on postgraduate funding opportunities & scholarships here. Policy re eligibility for EU fees: under How is my fee status assessed for EU or International fee rates? In order to be eligible for EU (as opposed to the higher Non EU) fee rates, applicants must qualify through Nationality or Residency N.B. Eligibility for EU fee rates does NOT confer entitlement to ’free fees’. Note in particular the provisions regarding eligibility under: (1) Nationality and (2) Residence.

Find out More

Dr Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh
T: +353 91 495 323


  • Biomedical Science Brochure

    Biomedical Science Brochure PDF (765 KB)

  • Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020

    Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2020 PDF (21 MB)

  • Biomedical Science (continuous) timetable

    Biomedical Science (continuous) timetable PDF (413)