About the Programme
The MSc in Biomedical Science (via Distance Learning) is ideal for those interested in earning a Master’s degree while continuing to work. Developed for working graduates of engineering, technology or science who wish to upskill or change career direction, the 14 module course will introduce students to interdisciplinary research using technologies and skills from scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines. Modules include: Molecular & Cellular Biology, Anatomy (gross and histology), Innovation & Technology Transfer, Biomaterials, Molecular & Regenerative Medicine, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Tissue Engineering, Stereology, Biomechanics, Project Management, Experimental Design and Data Analysis, Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work, Lasers & Applications, Product Development, Validation and Regulation. Course contributors include senior academics, industry experts and scientists who are actively engaged in research in all areas of biomedical science.
The NUI Galway programme is based within the National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES), an interdisciplinary centre of research excellence with a primary focus on five research themes that include; Biomedical Engineering, Cancer, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (see http://www.ncbes.ie
for more details).
Current participants work in medical device and pharmaceutical companies including Boston Scientific, Abbott, Medtronic, Elan, Stryker, Allergan, Advanced Surgical Concepts, Pfizer, and Tyco Healthcare. Whether industry- or healthcare-based, precise job descriptions vary from sales, to R&D engineers. Completion of this new distance-learning biomedical science programme will broaden career prospects of new graduates and those who have already joined the work force.
As a current participant has said, “I feel the course has enhanced my position in my company, as well as opening up other career opportunities. It is a course well-worth pursuing,” Dermot, Senior Process Development Engineer.
A Prime Location
The NUI Galway campus offers students the vibrancy and activity of a bustling community with over 40,000 students. Offering an extensive range of academically-challenging undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and diplomas of international quality, NUIG’s programmes provide students with opportunities for personal and academic development, as well as equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to embark on successful careers. The University's long-standing policy of innovative programme development ensures that the teaching programmes respond to the ever-changing needs of employers and of the economy.
Being a University City, Galway is a lively energetic place throughout the year. The University, situated close to the heart of Galway, enjoys an intimate relationship with the city and during the academic year, 15% of the population of the city are students. A compact, thriving city, Galway caters to youth like few other places can. The University's graduates have played a pivotal role in all areas of the development of Galway, including the arts, industry and commerce.
The course is delivered over two years, based on a blended learning format; a mixture of face-to-face contact (approximately 9 hours per module) in addition to 12-18 hours per week of self-directed study combined with e-tutorial on-line support. Students attend on-campus lectures/tutorials on a Friday afternoon and/or Saturday, approximately once every 5 weeks. The final module of year one consists of practical experimentation, when students obtain hands-on experience of a range of biomedical and engineering techniques. Students are required to attend 3-4 practical sessions during this module. Completion of a research project (preferably at place of work) is also required. Semester 1 exams are held in January and Semester 2 exams are held in June. Students will also be required to produce a thesis based on a research project preferably carried out at their place of work.
Minimum entry requirements
Second Class Honours in any science, engineering, medical or technology discipline. Candidates with a general (ie non-honours), or third class honours, B.Sc./B.E. can still apply provided they have at least three years relevant work experience.
Apply online at http://www.pac.ie
(look for college of science postgraduate course code GYS19). Selection is based on the candidate’s academic record at an undergraduate level and their relevant work experience.
“The masters in distance learning is ideal for anyone who wants to continue with their education without having the full time commitment of other courses that are 9-5, 5 days a week. The modules undertaken during the courses are varied and regardless of a physics or biology background the work is challenging without being too involved. The lab work is excellent-getting to work with new and exciting technologies the module notes are excellent and the tutors and lectures are brilliant.” Sinead, Physicist, self-employed
"A great course. Hard work, but fun. Well designed to meet the needs of the biomedical/medical device industry. It has added hugely to my understanding of the body, its function and the requirements of medical devices and the materials which go into them. I feel that it has expanded my horizons hugely." Martin, Senior Quality Engineer, Boston Scientific