Biomedical Science

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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, biopharmaceuticals and other healthcare industries). Students will use state-of-the-art technologies and learn 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.

Industry placement: Students have the opportunity to apply for 6–12-month industry placements, which will replace the research dissertation module. Students undertaking an industry placement will be registered on the MSc into a second year for the duration of the placement.


1. NUI Galway is located in Galway city, which is one of the top five global hubs for biomedical science and technology.

2. Eight of the world's top 10 medtech companies are based in Galway, creating excellent employment opportunities for our graduates in medical device and pharmaceutical industries, laboratory services, and academic research settings. Many students secure employment in medtech and pharma companies.

3. Students gain a clear, understanding of the underpinning principles and practical skills of biomedical science. They will learn a range of skills from scientific, engineering and clinical disciplines investigating questions originating in biology and medicine. Students will have access to some of Ireland's leading researchers and technologies in this area.

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Minimum 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 6.0 in any one component).


1 year full-time.

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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.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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