Course Description


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.

CollegeGalway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
Course LocationGalway
Course CategoryScience, Science & Technology
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationMasters Degree
Awarding Body DetailsMaster of Science
Course Start Date27th September 2021
Course DurationTwo years
Course Fee€8,000
Entry RequirementsA 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.
Carear PathData 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.
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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)

GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Rd. Galway H91 T8NW, GMIT Mayo Campus Westport Rd. Castlebar Co. Mayo F23 X853, Galway, Republic of Ireland

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Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)
GMIT Galway Campus, Dublin Rd. Galway H91 T8NW
GMIT Mayo Campus Westport Rd. Castlebar Co. Mayo F23 X853, Galway
Republic of Ireland
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