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MSc in Clinical Laboratory Science


Course Description

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.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this programme is based on competitive selection, and applicants who have excellent primary degrees in the broad area of biomedical science will be considered with the minimum requirement for entry being a second class grade honours degree. Individuals who are eligible for membership of the AMLS or hold Part I/Part II Fellowship of the IBMS are also entitled to apply.

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