Entry Points (2015)
530

Course Overview

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the study of Life Science subjects related to human health and disease. Students will learn about the structure and function of the human body 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 biomedical science subjects: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology.

Why should I study Biomedical Science?

This degree is dedicated to producing top quality graduates who have achieved academic excellence. The programme promotes small-group learning throughout the course. This informal interaction with academic staff allows students to get to know their lecturers and helps promote a range of skills such as Communication, Leadership, Teamwork and Creativity. This course also offers the unique opportunity to undertake a research project in both third and fourth year.

International Links

Students have the opportunity to apply to spend one semester of third year in the United States (e.g. University of California) or in Asia (e.g. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology).

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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.

Additional Requirements

Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2017

A Level Grades (2015)

AAAA or equivalent combination

Average intake

45

Closing Date

Next start date

September 2017

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY303

PAC code

Course Outline

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Year 1

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biomedical Science (including Science Communication, Essays, Debates)

Year 2

  • Three subjects from:
    Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology (two subjects for both semesters and one other for semester 1 only)
  • Biomedical Science (including Seminars and Community Knowledge Initiative projects)

Year 3

  • One major subject from:
    Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology (including Mini Research Project)
  • Genetics
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
  • Research Methods in Biomedical Science

Year 4

  • One major subject from:
    Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Physiology (including Major Research Project)
  • Applications of Biomedical Science
  • One other module from any of the four Biomedical Science Disciplines

Further Education

A high proportion of graduates pursue higher degrees (MSc or PhD) at universities at home and abroad, in many diverse areas including molecular and cell biology, cancer, genetics, regenerative medicine and neuroscience.  A proportion of graduates go on to study for professional degrees in the Health Sciences (e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program will find employment in the pharmaceutical (e.g. Allergan), diagnostics (e.g. Abbott) and medical devices (e.g. Medtronic, Boston Scientific) industries. Other graduates will go on to careers in research, academia and many areas of health sciences and health care.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,492 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17
EU Fees 2016/17:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - 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.

Find out More

Dr Derek Morris
Programme Director
College of Science
T: +353 91 494 439
E: derek.morris@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/courses/undergraduate-courses/biomedical-science.html

What Our Students Say

Caoimhe

Caoimhe Maguire |   BSc in Biomedical Science

This course is great because it’s a small close-knit class – it’s easy to make friends. I learned that Biomedical Science is varied, fascinating and constantly changing with new discoveries, and it is a great degree for me to now pursue a career in the sciences of health and disease.