MSc (Biomedical Science)—continuous/flexible

College of Science

Course overview

Provision of flexible learning opportunities is a key aim of thisprogramme, 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 in any 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.


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).

Duration: Up to 6 years

Next start date: Please see the programme brochure, page 4.

ECTS weighting: MSc: 90 | PDip: 60 | PgCert: 30

Average intake: 30

Closing date: Varies. Please see the programme brochure, page 4.

NFQ level: 9

Applications and selections

Applications are made online.  Apply here.

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.

Find out more

Dr. Una Fitzgerald 
T: +353 91 494 445 or +353 91 495 045 

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €1,000 per module / €2,000 for Research Project

Past students

Martin Coyne – Process Quality Engineer, who completed the MSc in Biomedical Science (via distance learning), a course with the same content as proposed new MSc in Biomedical Science (continuous)

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the NUIG Biomedical Science MSc programme. I found the diversity of the material a real challenge and found that it covered a broad spectrum relating not to just the biological sciences but also the business side of things, where we looked at marketing and innovation as well as project management. Above all this however, it was the biological sciences and the material sciences that really grabbed my interest and were the primary reason for selecting the course. All the lecturers and associated PhD students were a great help throughout my time there and made sure that we all pushed ourselves to excel. And I think that I did excel in the course and in my project. I was able to develop a project that related to my day to day employment and this of course was a big advantage. Having complete the course, I feel I have a broad knowledge of the business we are in and higher level of understanding of the practical application of the devices we make due to my improved knowledge of anatomy, histology and pharmacology. The time I spent juggling home life, with work and the course made me realise that there are a lot of hours in the day and there is time enough to dedicate to self-improvement. Since then, I’ve added another qualification to my CV and I feel that it was successful completion of the MSc course that has given me the confidence to pursue other worthwhile goals – thanks to all those in NUIG for all that they did to ensure that it was a thoroughly enjoyable and challenging experience.”

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