Course Overview

MSc: the objective of this two-year course is to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to research, which utilises technologies and skills from a wide spectrum of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines to address fundamental questions originating in biology and medicine. Course contributors include senior academics, industry experts, and scientists who are actively engaged in research in all areas of biomedical science and engineering.

PgCert: the objective of this one-year programme is to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to research, which utilises technologies and skills from a wide spectrum of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines to address fundamental questions originating in biology and medicine. Course contributors include senior academics, industry experts and scientists who are actively engaged in research in all areas of biomedical science and engineering.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via www.nuigalway.ie/apply/ 

Who Teaches this Course

Click here to download document profiling staff contributing to the MSc programme.

Requirements and Assessment

There is continuous assessment via assignments throughout the year and exams in January and June. MSc students will have to submit a mini-thesis.

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 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

Duration

2 years, part-time (MSc)
1 year, part-time (PgCert)

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

MSc: 20 | PgCert: 10

Closing Date

Cyclical programme, commencing September 2016.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study

Taught

ECTS weighting

90 (MSc) | 30 (PgCert)

Award

CAO

PAC code

Not applicable

Course Outline

Research experience: Students complete a research project worth a third of the final grade. The research may be done in-house at the student’s place of work or it may be done in collaboration with NUI Galway based researchers.

Flexibility: Students who are unable to complete a research project have the option to leave with a PDip Biomedical Science (Level 9). The PgCert (Level 8) caters for those not in a position to commit more than one year to postgraduate studies. However, following successful completion of the PgCert, students may request a transfer into the second year of the MSc programme, assuming numbers permit it. Alternatively, students may choose to leave with a PgCert, but may request entry into the MSc programme two or four years later, joining a subsequent student cohort.

MSc: modules offered include molecular and cellular biology, anatomy, biomaterials, laboratory techniques, innovation and technology transfer, biomechanics, tissue engineering, molecular medicine, applied pharmacology and toxicology, monitoring for health hazards at work, lasers, stereology. 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 to change career direction. Students attend lectures once every five weeks, with distance learning supported by the Echo 360 lecture capture and Blackboard technologies. For further details of the course see http://ncbes.nuigalway.ie/education.aspx and course blog at http://www.mscbiomedicalscience.blogspot.com/.

PgCert: Molecular and Cellular Biology, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Biomaterials, and a practicals module.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

MSc: For MSc graduates, completion of a research project may help those working full-time to transfer from a production-oriented environment into a research or development one.
Topics covered during the programme may also facilitate graduates transferring between disciplines, for example, from engineering to life sciences.

PgCert: For PgCert graduates, an inter-disciplinary education may allow candidates to cross over into new areas at their current place of work or open up new avenues for career development.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,815 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Tuition

€6,591 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2015/16

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Find out More

Dr. Una Fitzgerald
T: +353 91 494 445 or +353 91 495 045 
E: una.fitzgerald@nuigalway.ie 

OVERALL WINNER

National Postgraduate Course of the Year (Science) Award 2013