Medical Science - Galway

ATU - Galway Campuses

Medical Science - Galway

External Accrediting Body
The programme has been designed so that it will meet the requirements for approval by the state registration body, Coru. Therefore, graduates of the programme will be eligible to work as medical scientists once approval by Coru has been obtained.

Who should apply?
Suitable for those in employment as medical laboratory assistants in a laboratory working to the ISO15189 standard.

Subjects taught

Professional Practice & Communication in Medical Science
Medical Microbiology 1.1
Clinical Immunology 1.1
Cellular Pathology 1.1
Quality Management in Medical Science 1.1
Clinical Chemistry 1.1
Transfusion Science 1.1
Haematology 1.1
Practice Placement in Medical Science 1.1
Pathology in Practice
Clinical Research Methods in Medical Science

Entry requirements

L8 BSc in Biochemistry or Clinical/Medical Microbiology or Immunology or equivalent including a laboratory-based research project. Applicants must be in employment in a laboratory working to ISO 15189 standard and have a letter from the laboratory management that commits to 1000 hours of multi-disciplinary practice placement. Refer to the website for further entry requirements.


2 years part-time, blended.

Study Hours
The average weekly contact hours are 8 hours per week for each semester. There is also a significant level of selfdirected learning outside these weekly contact hours.

On-Campus Attendance
Approximately 3 days per semester in stage 1 for practical workshops. During stage 2, students will come onsite for post-placement interviews (1 day) during the final semester, along with a practical workshop that will take place over a number of days.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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