Course Overview

The Degree in Science & Technology Studies is a part-time course which focuses on the knowledge and skill requirements of high-tech industries. The modular structure is designed with flexibility in mind, enabling students to balance study with work and other commitments and to accumulate credits over a time frame that suits their lifestyle. Learning is delivered via a blend of distance and online resources, on-campus tutorials and labs, and company-based projects.  

This course aims to:

  • provide students with a comprehensive grounding in the theoretical foundations of Science and Engineering
  • introduce students to areas of applied and specialist knowledge found in today’s high-tech environments
  • develop important managerial skills such as problem solving, decision making and advanced communication skills

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment is through assignments, written exams and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. All modules from the programme will be individually assessed.

The course is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The course requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.

Awards:
Bachelor of Science in Science & Technology Studies - on successful completion of 40 modules or 240 ECTS.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related NFQ Level 7 qualification, or otherwise prove that they satisfy the prerequisites of each of the modules as listed in the course description section.

 


Additional Requirements

Duration

2-4 years

Next start date

August

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

25-30

Closing Date

 

NFQ level

Level 8

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

120 ECTs

Award

CAO

Course code

Course Outline

The Degree consists of 20 modules to be completed over a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 years. The core modules are largely in the areas of production science and operations and systems management. The elective streams will enable students to specialise and deepen their knowledge in the following areas:

  • Lean & Quality Systems
  • Medical Device Science
  • Mechanical Design
  • Automation & Control

Download Science and Technology Studies brochure. 

Specialist Diplomas

Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project to allow individuals to upskill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest.

Exemptions: Applicants who have completed accredited study in a relevant area may apply for exemptions. Credit may also be granted for demonstrable experiential learning. Exemptions may be granted up to a maximum of 5 modules in the Degree cycle. Exemptions are considered by the programme board on a case-by-case basis.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 1 (120 Credits)

Optional DS129.II: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS150.II: Statistics - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS150.I: Statistics - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS128.II: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS128.I: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS127.II: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS127.I: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS126.II: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS126.I: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS125.II: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS125.I: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS151.I: Physics II - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS151.II: Physics II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS152.I: Maths II - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS129.I: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS158.1: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS158.II: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS154.1: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS157.II: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS157.I: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS155.II: Project - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS155.I: Project - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS154.II: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS152.II: Maths II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS124.II: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS124.I: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS123.II: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS105.II: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS105.I: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS104.II: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS104.I: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS103.II: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS103.I: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS102.II: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS102.I: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS101.II: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS101.I: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS106.I: Biology and Biotechnology I - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS106.II: Biology and Biotechnology I - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS107.I: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS123.I: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS120.II: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS120.I: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS110.II: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS110.I: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS109.II: Maths I - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS109.I: Maths 1 - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS108.II: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS108.I: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 1
Optional DS107.II: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 2
Optional DS159: Project 2 - Credits - Semester 2

Year 2 (120 Credits)

Optional DS158.II: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS120.II: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS110.II: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS109.II: Maths I - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS108.II: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS107.II: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS105.II: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS104.II: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS103.II: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS102.II: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS101.II: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS123.II: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS124.II: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS125.II: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS157.II: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS155.II: Project - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS154.II: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS152.II: Maths II - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS151.II: Physics II - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS150.II: Statistics - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS129.II: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS128.II: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS127.II: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS126.II: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 4
Optional DS158.1: Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS157.I: Organisational Behaviour - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS110.I: Introduction to Management Science - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS109.I: Maths 1 - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS108.I: Introduction to Management - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS107.I: Information Technology - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS106.I: Biology and Biotechnology I - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS105.I: Chemistry - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS104.I: Introduction to Operations Engineering - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS103.I: Physics 1 - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS102.I: Introduction to Learning - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS101.I: Introduction to Quality Management - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS120.I: Molecular Medicine I - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS123.I: Analytical Chemistry - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS124.I: Biology and Biotechnology II - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS155.I: Project - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS154.1: Introduction to Environmental Science - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS152.I: Maths II - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS151.I: Physics II - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS150.I: Statistics - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS129.I: Science, Technology and Innovation - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS128.I: Environmental Chemistry - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS127.I: Design of Engineering Systems - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS126.I: Database Applications - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS125.I: CAD Modelling - Credits - Semester 3
Optional DS159: Project 2 - Credits - Semester 4

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Management roles in the following sectors: medical devices, biotechnology, scientific services , high-end and specialist manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, food science, etc.

Who’s Suited to This Course

The course is primarily intended to support those seeking career advancement in a variety of high tech industries such as medical devices, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and manufacturing. It will also appeal to those with a personal interest in Science and Technology.

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,800 p.a. (€380 per module)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€4,300 p.a. (€380 per module + €500 p.a.)

 
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2019_20 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.

Find out More

Course Administrator

Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Tel: 091 494060
Email: sciencetech@nuigalway.ie
http://www.modularbsc.ie/


What Our Student Say

Derrick

Derrick O'Hanlon |   Science & Technology Studies

Having last been in 3rd level in the late 80s/early 90s, I was nervous about returning to education, particularly in a different discipline. I am a business graduate originally so this is a big departure for me even though it is an area of interest. The support level provided by tutors and administrative staff is excellent, with queries of any type usually answered very promptly. The course material is presented in an easy to digest format and the collaborative tools provided through the Moodle software are simple and easy to use while being perfectly functional, not to mention practical laboratory sessions where appropriate.
Dara

Dara Kirwan |   Diploma Graduate

I have now completed a diploma and am continuing on to a degree through Adult Education in NUIG. I found the distance learning course a wonderful way to combine study with full time working. My tutors and course coordinators were all very helpful, always available for advice and guidance and I have also made many great friends. I would highly recommend it.

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