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Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

MSc in Medical Science

Applications for September 2021 now open.

Discipline: Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Science

Location: Galway - Dublin Road

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: A H2.2 Bachelor degree at level 8 in Medical Science or equivalent, is the minimum entry requirement for this programme. Learners enrolled must be practising medical scientists (CORU registered) in a clinical setting.

Places: 16

Fee: 

€8,000

Why Study?

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.

Programme Modules

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

Semester 1:

Mandatory

  • Design and Analysis of Experiments (5 ECTS)
  • Research Methods (5 ECTS)
  • Advances in Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics (5 ECTS)

Semester 2       

Mandatory

  • Molecular Diagnostics and Bioinformatics (5 ECTS)
  • Research Project in Medical Science (50 ECTS)

Elective:

  • Advanced Practice in Transfusion and Transplantation Science (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Clinical Chemistry (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Clinical Laboratory Haematology (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Infection (10 ECTS)
  • Clinical Immunology, Global Infections, and Therapeutics (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Cellular Pathology (10 ECTS)

Semester 3

Mandatory

  • Research Project in Medical Science (50 ECTS) (Continued)
  • Applied Quality Management for the Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory (5 ECTS)

Elective (Continued):

  • Advanced Practice in Transfusion and Transplantation Science (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Clinical Chemistry (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Clinical Laboratory Haematology (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Clinical Microbiology and Infection (10 ECTS)
  • Clinical Immunology, Global Infections, and Therapeutics (10 ECTS)
  • Advanced Cellular Pathology (10 ECTS)

Semester 4

Mandatory

  • Research Project in Medical Science (50 ECTS) (Continued)
  • Clinical Laboratory and Project Management (5 ECTS)

Career 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.

Follow-on Studies: 

Graduates will be eligible to apply for progression to level 10 awards.

Essential Information: 

Key Dates

  • The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th September 2021.
  • The programme will commence in the week beginning 27th September 2021.

 

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.

 

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.

Contact Us

Contact for more information

Dr Eugene McCarthy

Head of Department of Analytical, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Sciences

School of Science and Computing

Email: eugene.mccarthy@gmit.ie