Clinical & Diagnostic Biochemistry

MSc Clinical & Diagnostic Biochemistry
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Programme Outcomes
This pre-entry career MSc is designed to take the student with excellent basic scientific skills and facilitate them to develop a broad knowledge of clinical biochemistry and how it is integral to the patient's diagnosis, management and outcome.

This one-year, full-time MSc Programme equips graduates with
Clinical biochemistry knowledge including technical and scientific skills aimed at developing clinical judgement. Providing them with a comprehensive overview of biochemical pathways and their relevance in health and disease states;

Quality and accreditation of the clinical biochemistry diagnostic service; including experience of clinical translational research and development.

Applied knowledge and understanding of diagnosis and management of patients from a clinical and scientific perspective;

Techniques utilised in the practice of diagnostic clinical biochemistry, endocrinology and toxicology;

Understanding of clinical areas and interpretation of results profiles in common and complex disease categories;

Critical results reporting.

Entry requirements

A small number of applicants with a first class honours or 2.1 result from the degrees listed below will be shortlisted for interview.

Preference will be given to those with particular relevance to the speciality of clinical biochemistry. For example a clinical project performed in final year of degree. Applicants who possess a science related Masters of a relevant PhD are eligible to apply.

The Masters will be the first year of a 3 year training programme in clinical biochemistry (year 1 academic teaching and training) and 2 years working in a hospital laboratory. Following this training the aim is that these graduates will be in a position to proceed into a substantive clinical biochemist post and take the specialist FRCPath examinations and /or PhD or professional doctorate.

Consideration will be given to a small number of other students wishing to take the Masters, for example those who wish to work in the diagnostic industry in R& D .

The accepted degrees are as follows but others may be considered:

Bachelor of Science Degrees:
University College Dublin
Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
BSc (Hons) Cell & Molecular Biology
BSc (Hons) Genetics
BSc (Hons) Pharmacology
BSc (Hons) Physiology
Chemistry and Chemical Sciences
BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry & Chemical Biology
BSc (Hons) Life and Health Sciences

Trinity College:
Science (B.A., Hons Bachelor Degree)
Biochemistry (3rd and 4 year of these speciality subjects)Chemistry (idem)
Genetics (idem)
Immunology (idem)
Molecular Medicine (idem)
Physiology (idem)
Human Genetics (B.A., Hons Bachelor Degree)
Health Science -Human Health and Disease (BSc Hons Bachelor Degree )

Dublin Institute of Technology
BSc (Hons) Science general entry -NFQ Level 8
Biological Sciences
BSc (Hons ) Biomedical Science Level 8
BSc Hons Biomedical & Molecular Diagnostics Level 8
BSc Biomolecular Sciences Level 8

Dublin City University
Science (Level 8)
BSc in Genetics and Cell Biology (Hons)

University of Limerick
Bachelor of Science (Hons)

University College Cork
BSc Honours in Biochemistry
BSc Honours in Biomedical Science
BSc Honours in Genetics

National University of Ireland Galway
Biomedical Science




1 year full-time


MSc Clinical & Diagnostic Biochemistry (X874) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 11250
nonEU fee per year - € 25600

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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