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Clinical Laboratory Science

What is... Clinical Laboratory Science?

Please note, due to the great demand for this programme early application is essential. Applications for places on this course will be assessed promptly when received. You are thus strongly advised to apply early for this programme.

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 accredited by both the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science (AMLS) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). It part-fulfills the criteria for employment as a senior medical scientist (see for further information).

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 bachelor 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.

Qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the admissions sub-committee and applicants to the programme may be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process.

Note that students enrolled on the MSc programme must complete a laboratory-based research project and it is the responsibility of the student to secure access to suitable facilities, support and academic supervision for the completion of this project.


2 Years Part Time


The part-time programme involves students attending tuition over a two year period. This programme is delivered by using a combination of blended learning, day-release and block-release formats over the course of two academic years. In addition to this formal instruction, students are expected to engage in self-directed learning, course work, assignments, tutor interaction and project work during the remaining time. In total there are about 45 days of college based tuition spread over two years. Students who are in employment will be required to organise release from their employment to attend this course.

Careers or further progression

Graduates have the opportunity to take up senior posts in the clinical pathology service, in the hospital pathology sector, biomedical industry and research institutes.

Further enquiries

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School of Biological Sciences

01-402 4746

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Course Chair - Fabian Mc Grath MSc FAMLS FIBMS

01-402 4746

Subjects taught

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.



College of Sciences and Health, DIT Kevin Street, Dublin 8.

Qualification Awarded:

Graduates of the course are eligible for the award of MSc in Clinical Laboratory Science.

Assessment method

There is a broad range of assessment components across the different modules. Representative assessments may include the following

- Devise a strategy to establish and validate an assay for an emerging biomarker;

- Literature review or dissertation;

- Oral presentation (e.g. clinical workplace case study);

- Practical data analysis and interpretation;

- Preparation of an application to an institutional research ethics committee or funding body, and evaluation of that of a fellow student;

- Preparation of a lay summary of a current scientific article;

- Workplace audit.

Application date

Applications open from Monday, 4th November 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Commencement Date September 2020

Location City Centre: Grangegorman

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