Course Overview

This MSc programme’s objective is to provide students with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to pursue a successful career in biomedical science.  The course is designed for those who wish to follow careers as Biomedical Scientists in research, the Health Service or in the wider context of biomedical science (including Medical Technologies, Bio-pharmaceutical and other Healthcare industries).

Using state of the art technologies and a range of skills from scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines to understand and investigate questions originating in biology and medicine. You will be introduced to science and engineering disciplines you will not have covered in your undergraduate studies. You will have access to some of Ireland’s leading researchers in this area.

A major objective of the course is to introduce students to an interdisciplinary approach to ‌Biomedical Science, which utilises technologies and skills from a wide spectrum of scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines.

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

Semester 1 Modules

Core Modules

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applied Biomedical Science: This practical module will teach methodologies fundamental to biomedical science research and applications. Skill will be further developed during the research project.

*Core for biologists, Optional for non-biologists
#Core for non-biologists, Optional for biologists

Optional Semester 1 modules (choose one):
  • Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology: This module introduces students to the fundamental concepts of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of drug interactions in the body.
  • Human Body Structure: This module develops knowledge of human anatomy in the context of biomedical science.
Semester 2 Modules

Core Modules

  • Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare Manufacturing: 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).
  • Molecular Medicine: This module outlines the molecular mechanisms underlying diseases including cancer, diabetes, immune-deficient and neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Applied Biomedical Science – this laboratory practical module runs over the course of semester 1 and 2. Experts will teach methodologies central to biomedical science. Skills will be further developed during the research project.

Semester 2 Optional Modules (choose one):

  • Advanced Tissue Engineering: This module is an extension of the Tissue Engineering module offered in semester 1.
  • Protein Technology: Topics include industrial scale-up of protein production, proteomics and glycobiology.
Semester 3

MSc Biomedical Science Research Project: A 4-month research project with an academic research team on a subject related to biomedical science.

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.

Furthermore, this programme is a springboard to PhD research opportunities. Our recent graduates have found employment with Boston Scientific, Regeneron, Abbott, Allergan, and Pfizer.

Pictured right: Mark Gleeson receiving his MSc Research Symposium trophy from Prof Vincent O’Flaherty Head of School of Natural Sciences. Mr conducted his MSc Biomedical Science research project in Boston Scientific in 2015. Following completion of the MSc Biomedical Science programme has gained employment in Boston Scientific.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,815 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

€6,591 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Non EU

€13,750 p.a. 2016/17

Find out More

Academic Course Director

Prof Terry Smith
T: +353 91 492 022 | E:

Academic Course Co-ordinator

Dr Mary Ní Fhlathartaigh
T: +353 91 495 323 | E:

What Our Students Say


Katie Gillian |   BSc in Sport Science, University of Limerick

I wanted to pursue a career in research, having come from a background in Sport Science I decided to do a MSc in Biomedical Science. I originally thought the transition would be difficult and although the course was challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. The broad range of modules that were taught on the course meant the masters could be applied to many aspects of the biomedical science field from industry to research. The course exceeded my expectations, in that everything was taught clearly and there was a good balance between lectures and labs. I did not have much lab experience prior to the masters however when completed I had learn a variety of techniques from cell culture to PCR. I completed my thesis for the masters in the Department of Surgery in the Translational Research Facility researching Breast Cancer Lymphangiogenesis. After completing my thesis I was offered the opportunity to stay on with the group to do a PhD and I will be starting it in January 2016. Overall I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in pursuing a career in biomedical science industry or research.

Richard Bennett |   BSc in Chemistry, NUI Galway

The MSc. in Biomedical Science at NUI, Galway is a truly interdisciplinary course. Courses such as tissue engineering and molecular medicine gave me an insight into research that I had previously not seen. After finishing a BSc. in chemistry this course was perfect for me to gain further skills and act as a stepping stone in my career. The flexibility offered through the optional modules allows each student to cover the essential core modules while allowing for tailoring to each individual. Modules such as validation and scientific writing offered transferable skills that will be beneficial regardless of career path. The experience gained during these modules are very helpful whether continuing in industry or academia. In addition to the fantastic course structure, the contacts and friends made over the course of the year were invaluable. I consider myself privileged to have been part of the MSc. Biomedical Science group and I would recommend the course highly to prospective students.

Ivor Geoghegan |   BSc in Anatomy, NUI Galway

The MSc Biomedical Science course exceeded my expectations. It gave me a diverse grounding in many different subjects and allowed me to specialise in the area of Tissue Engineering with the modules “Tissue Engineering”, “Advanced Tissue Engineering”, and “Biomaterials”. The course was very well organised and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone with an interest in biology, physics, or engineering.