Course Overview

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.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online.  Apply here.

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 without honours (which is acceptable to college) and have three years’ relevant practical experience in the subject area. 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

Varies. 4–8 weeks before module start date.

Next start date

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

NFQ level


Mode of study

ECTS weighting

MSc: 90 | PDip: 60 | PgCert: 30



PAC code

Not applicable; apply online:

Course Outline


 Even Years (2018, 2020 etc)

 Semester 1





Molecular & Cellular Biology




Innovation & Technology Transfer


Anatomy - Gross


Semester 2




Anatomy - Histology




Materials Science & Biomaterials






 Odd Years (2017, 2019)

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