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Biomedical Science (MSc)
MSc (Biomedical Science)
College of Science
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).
1 year, full-time
Next start date: September 2016
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: 16
Closing date: Please refer to the review/closing date webpage.
- 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).
- Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology*—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.)
Applications and selections
Selection is based on the candidate's academic record at an undergraduate level and their aptitude for the 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.
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MSc Biomedical Science graduate currently pursuing a PhD at NUI Galway
"I found the Biomedical Science course particularly interesting and exciting because it demonstrated how research and scientific technological developments can impact on biological systems, disease diagnostics and novel therapeutics. Integrated modules such as tissue engineering and biomaterial science provided immense insight into the use of gene therapy, stem cells and materials engineering approaches to critical problems in modern medicine. These modules were useful in offering an opportunity to learn more about specific disease mechanisms, pathophysiology and treatment regimes as well as to implement this knowledge in projects and lab-based work. I really liked the flexibility of the modular structure as it allowed me to specialise in the areas of investigative biomedical science that interested me. In addition to building fond memories with my classmate, I was privileged in having the opportunity to build contacts with other passionate scientist from various backgrounds."
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MSc in Biomedical Science student with a BSc Mathematics & Physics
"Having completed a degree in Mathematics & Physics, followed by a two year break from academia, I decided to pursue a career in biomedical science. I was looking for a Masters that incorporated concepts from my background but also explored avenues across a diverse range of topics that are breaking new ground in the biological field. Advanced tissue engineering and medical & radiation physics were two modules that attracted me at first, but after completing the first half of this semester I have been introduced to many more fascinating topics. I find the course to be very well balanced in terms of content and practical work in labs. The labs are very engaging and interactive with a great hands-on approach.
The department of biomedical science is very friendly and encouraging; the lecturers are passionate about their fields and strive to help us reach our full potential in the course while making us feel like valued participants of the discipline itself."