Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

College of Science

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Biomedical Science

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Studying Biomedical Science

Course overview

Biomedical Science is the study of life science subjects, whichu nderpin our understanding of how the human body works. You will learn about the body’s structure and function, from the level of organs and tissues to the molecular level, as well as how drugs are used to treat disease. You will major in one of the following subjects: Anatomy, the science dealing with the form and structure of living organisms; Biochemistry, the science of the molecular basis of life; Pharmacology, the study of the effects of drugs on living organisms; or Physiology, the study of the functions of the body, and its component tissues, cells and fluids. The programme promotes small-group learning, allowing students to work in teams and interact with staff informally.

This degree is dedicated to producing top quality graduates with academic excellence in their chosen discipline. The incorporation into the programme of biomedical debates, presentations and research projects enhances the educational experience for each student and contributes to their personal growth as confident academic communicators – an invaluable life-long skill. Also, being at the heart of the medical device industry hub here in Galway, graduates have excellent opportunities for ongoing employment.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2014

Entry points(2013): range 545 - 595

A Level Grades (2013): A*A*A*C (A-Level) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 45

Course outline

Year 1

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biomedical Science (including Introduction to Science Communication, essays and Biomedical Science Debates)

Year 2

  • Two of the following subjects:
    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
  • One other Biomedical module (in one of the above areas)
  • Biomedical Science II (includes Biomedical Science essays/seminars and a Community Knowledge Initiative programme)

Year 3

  • One of the following subjects:
    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • One optional 12 ECTS module selected from modules within the major disciplines or Human Nutrition, Genetics, German, French, Beginners German for Science
  • Research Methods in Biomedical Science (includes a computer-lab based component on data handling and experimental design, and a research lab-based mini project)

Year 4

  • One major subject from:
    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology
  • Biomedical Science modules (including Applications of Biomedical Science, Toxicology, Immunology, Advanced Anatomy, Advanced Technologies for Biologists and Genetics)
  • In fourth year, you will work on a laboratory research project in your chosen subject under the direction of experienced researchers

Further education

A high proportion of graduates pursue higher degrees in areas such as molecular, cell and cancer biology, neuroscience, developmental biology and regenerative medicine.

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €7,492 p.a. 2014/15 (Inclusive of Levy & SCC)
 - Tuition: €4,518 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student contribution: €2,750 p.a. 2014/15
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2014/15
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2014/15

EU Fees:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €2,750 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Aoife Nolan

BSc (Biomedical Science)

"My experience studying Biomedical Science has been very positive. The small class size provided me with the opportunity to get to know everyone straight away. It also enabled me to have more one-on-one contact with my lecturers which I found very encouraging. In first year the subjects were quite general, giving me a strong basis in general science and so I was able to decide which area I was most interested in before committing to it"