Medical Science

ATU - Galway Campuses

Medical Science

Master of Science in Medical Science - Level 9
The MSc in Medical Science is focused on Medical Scientists aiming to enhance their careers in research and advanced clinical (or professional) practice, supporting careers. Learners will develop an in-depth knowledge of clinical and laboratory medicine and advanced skills to conduct independent research.

The MSc in Medical Science aims to address the future skills and competences requirement of the health workforce in response to an aging population, increases in the number of people living with chronic diseases and the greater demand for higher quality and more personalised care.

The MSc will develop skills pertinent to the Medical Science profession through a suite of modules. The medical science practice is highly regulated with stringent guidelines on the legal, ethical, and quality standards pertaining to the clinical laboratory profession. To address this, students will be trained in Applied Quality Management for the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory and Clinical Operations Management.

Co-delivered by both practitioners and academic experts, the Masters programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach. The programme design team has placed a strong emphasis on work-based learning and the 3 semester long research project will be carried out in a hospital laboratory.

Learning Approach
• Blended learning
• Project-based learning
• Team-Based Learning
• Self-Directed and Flexible Learning
• Industry speakers and Networking events

What to expect:
The programme has been designed for people in full-time employment. Lectures and tutorials will be delivered live on-line and will be recorded, available through GMIT's learning platform Moodle.

The department will be running on-site medical technologies networking events in semester 2 and students enrolled on the MSc in Medical Science are welcome to attend.

Subjects taught

Learners are required to take a number of mandatory modules with a choice of one 10 ECTS elective in semester 2.

Year 1
Design and Analysis of Experiments
5 credits

Research Methods
5 credits

Advances in Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics
5 credits

Molecular Diagnostics and Bioinformatics
5 credits

Advanced Practice in Transfusion and Transplantation Science
10 credits

Advanced Clinical Chemistry
10 credits

Advanced Clinical Laboratory Haematology
10 credits

Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Infection
10 credits

Clinical Immunology, Global Infections, and Therapeutics
10 credits

Advanced Cellular Pathology
10 credits

Research Project in Medical Science
50 credits

Applied Quality Management for the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory
5 credits

Clinical Laboratory and Project Management
5 credits

Entry requirements

English Language Requirements
English Language Requirements will be as determined by GMIT and as published in the Access, Transfer and Progression code.

Knowledge of the English language is considered as a basic requirement, and Non-native English speakers who are applicants for Level 9 taught programmes are required to have a minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTs or equivalent.

Application dates

Key Dates
Applications open from February 17th February 2022
The closing date for receipt of applications is 27th May 2022.

Offers will be issued to successful candidates on 2 September 2022.

How to Apply
Apply directly to GMIT using GMIT's Online Admissions system, selecting Application Type L9.

Please provide the following documentations to support your application:
1. A CV (max three pages) detailing their qualifications & career to date.
2. A personal motivational statement, which should include an outline of their experience working as a Medical Scientist.


2 years
Mode of Study: Part Time
Method of Delivery: Blended

Post Course Info

Job Opportunities
Data collated from the consultation process expect graduates to fill roles in:
• Chief Medical Scientist
• Laboratory Manager
• Senior Medical Scientist
• Specialist Scientist
• Senior Scientist

Stakeholders have also indicated the proposed MSc in Medical Science would qualify people for leadership roles in R&D outside the medical science profession.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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