Course Overview

This MSc programme’s objective is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to research, using technologies and skills from a range of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines to address fundamental questions originating in biology and medicine. You will be introduced to science and engineering disciplines you would not have covered in your undergraduate studies. You will have access to some of Ireland’s leading researchers in this area.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Selection is based on the candidate's academic record at an undergraduate level and their aptitude for the course.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Semester One exams: December
Semester Two exams: April/May

A range of assessment methods are applied during the programme. These include essays, projects, reports, presentations and case studies. A dissertation must also be submitted.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold at least a Second Class Honours Level 8 primary degree in a related subject area or hold a primary degree in a related area (which is acceptable to the college) without honours 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


1 year, full-time

Next start date

September 2016

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.

Next start date

September 2016

NFQ level

Mode of study


ECTS weighting




PAC code


Course Outline

Core modules:

  • MSc Biomedical Science research—three-month research project.
  • Introduction to Business—focuses on the fundamental concepts of marketing, management and accountancy and their application in Irish and international business situations. Teams of students develop a business plan for a start-up biomedical science enterprise.
  • Materials, Science & Biomaterials—addresses the fundamental properties and applications of biomaterials (synthetic and natural) that are used in contact with biological systems.
  • Tissue Engineering—integrates the principles and methods of engineering and life sciences towards the fundamental understanding of structure-function relationships in normal and pathological mammalian tissues.
  • Validation Enterprise Regulatory Affairs—focuses on the validatory requirements within the biopharmaceutical and chemical industries.
  • Scientific Writing—this module aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the process of scientific publication (writing, reviewing articles and responding to journal editors).
  • Cell & Molecular Biology: Advanced Technologies*—outlines the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology.
  • Radiation & Medical Physics*—reviews the basic nuclear physics alluding to radiation applications in industry and its biological interactions.

Optional modules (choose two):

  • Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology
  • Human Body Structure
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Protein Technology

*(Core for biologists, Optional for non-biologists.)

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Located in the heart of Ireland’s biomedical device industry cluster, NUI Galway offers excellent career opportunities for biomedical science graduates. A wide variety of career opportunities exists for graduates of this programme. These include research and development in medical devices or pharmaceuticals in an industrial or academic setting, medical device sales, work in hospital laboratories and further postgraduate studies.

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

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