Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

College of Science

What our lecturers say

What our lecturers say
Biomedical Science

What our students say

What our students say
Studying Biomedical Science

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).

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 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).

Find out more

The College of Science
T: +353 91 493637
E:  biomedicalscience@nuigalway.ie or lynn.oconnor@nuigalway.ie   
www.nuigalway.ie/science   

 

Dr Derek Morris
Programme Director, College of Science

T: +353 91 494 439
E: derek.morris@nuigalway.ie

 

  


CAO code

GY303

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

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.”