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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Science

Four year honours degree in Medical Science, one of only three of its type in Ireland (this degree enables graduates to practice as medical scientists in hospitals)

Discipline: Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

Programme Code: 


Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: Four years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: Standard Level 8 entry requirements, including a laboratory science subject and an O5/H7 or better in Mathematics.

Places: 32

CAO Round 1 Points: 470 (2020)

Why Study?

Medical Science is the study of investigative laboratory procedures, techniques and instruments that are required for the diagnosis of clinical disease and the monitoring of therapy.

In recent years there has been an increasing demand for medical laboratory diagnostic services and for the development of new services.

This degree will provide students with a solid foundation in the basic sciences together with the skills and knowledge to practice medical laboratory science.

Graduates are specifically qualified to work in modern hospital laboratories and are involved in the investigation and diagnosis of medical conditions and disease.


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Programme Modules

  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Physiology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Mathematics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology Haematology and Blood Transfusion
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Quality Management
  • Medical Microbiology

Career Opportunities

This programme is one of only three of its type in the Republic of Ireland that are recognised by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science as enabling graduates to practice as medical scientists in hospitals.

This course is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) in the United Kingdom. Thus, successful completion of the academic programme and attainment of the IBMS ‘Certificate of Competence’ through completion of the IBMS registration training portfolio in an approved laboratory enables the student to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and to then work as a Biomedical Scientist in the United Kingdom.

Graduates can also develop careers in medical research and in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors.

Post-graduate Studies: 

GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

Essential Information: 

There is a 26-week structured in-service clinical placement as a student medical scientist in third year. This work experience provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of hospital laboratory systems. During this placement the student is paid a non-means tested generous allowance by the Health Service Executive. This programme has been accredited by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science.

Materials Fee
Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students.

Annmarie Wrafter - Medical Science Graduate

Studying Medical Science at GMIT in Galway

Studying Medical Science at GMIT

GMIT Graduate, Joanne O'Shaughnessy, Medical Science

Contact Us

Head of Department:

Dr. Eugene Mc Carthy

Phone: 091-742081

eMail: Dr Eugene Mc Carthy