This MSc programme is designed to equip students with a mixture of skills which integrate the basic and applied life sciences, general research methodology and transferrable skills. This particular skill-mix is essential for the unique responsibilities of the senior medical and/or research scientist and provides a foundation for lifelong learning in this area. These skills will enhance employability in a variety of laboratory settings, including hospital pathology laboratories, advanced research facilities and other diagnostic environments. Throughout the programme particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of the pathology laboratory in the diagnostic process.
This programme is currently under review by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science (AMLS) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). It part-fulfils the criteria for employment as a senior medical scientist (see http://www.amls.ie/membership/qualifications for further information).
For information contact the Programme Office, Tel: 353-1-4024709 or Email: [email protected] Course Content
This is a fully modularized programme which consists of eight taught modules and an experimental research project. Five of these modules are founded on core topics designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in the molecular basis and laboratory detection of human disease and to equip them with essential transferable skills for scientific and professional development:
Research Methods and Biostatistics Cell Biology and Immunology Advanced Diagnostic Methods and Bioinformatics Laboratory Management Biological Basis of Disease
The remaining taught modules are selected from a panel of modules which address multidisciplinary contemporary themes in Biomedical Science:
Pathogenesis of Myeloproliferative and Lymphoproliferative disorders Metabolic & Endocrine Disorders Trends in Microbial Diagnostics, Epidemiological Typing and Healthcare-associated Infections Transfusion Science Pathogenesis and Diagnosis of Cancer in Cellular Pathology and Clinical Cytology Automation and Point-of-Care Analysis Red Cell Structure and Metabolism, Immunohaematology Virology, Mycology and Infections in the Compromised Host Haemostasis: Recent Developments, Diagnosis and Management Diagnostic Immunology and Transplantation Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunity and Antimicrobial Resistance
These specialist modules are selected from a panel of modular option groups which allows customisation of the programme. Finally, students are required to undertake of an experimental research project in a particular specialist discipline.