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Biomedical Science / Eolaíocht Bhithleighis


What is... Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the science related to medical conditions, their causes, diagnosis and treatment. Graduates from the DIT Degree in Biomedical Science may work as medical scientists or research scientists all over the world.

“The Degree in Biomedical Science offered here in DIT is accredited by both the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science [Ireland] and the Institute of Biomedical Science [UK].”

This dual accreditation ensures that graduates of the DIT degree are eligible to work as medical/biomedical scientists in Clinical Diagnostic Pathology Laboratories in Ireland, the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

The degree provides multi-disciplinary training and clinical laboratory placement in all Biomedical Science disciplines, so that a graduate may work in any of the following areas in Pathology: Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Cytology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Transfusion Science.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

There are many opportunities for Biomedical Science graduates in both diagnostic Pathology laboratories in the Health Service and in research laboratories. Graduates of this degree have completed both the Clinical Laboratory Placement and honours degree in Biomedical Science, which are required for eligibility to practice as a medical scientist in Clinical Pathology Laboratories in Ireland [Department of Health and Children Regulations]. This degree is also recognised for employment in Private Pathology and Research laboratories, and for Biomedical Science positions worldwide.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The degree is of four years duration, with the first year covering the core sciences and providing an introduction to Biomedical Science. In the second year, Immunology, Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry are covered, together with a module in each of the five major diagnostic Pathology Biomedical disciplines [Cellular Pathology/Clinical Cytology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Medical Microbiology, and Transfusion Science].

In third year the student undertakes a 25 week Clinical Laboratory Placement in a Hospital Pathology Laboratory with a five week rotation through each of the Biomedical Science disciplines [Cellular Pathology/Clinical Cytology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Medical Microbiology, and Transfusion Science].

In the final year the student will study core modules in Diagnostic and Clinical Immunology, Molecular Diagnostics and Research Methods and Data Analysis. Three Biomedical Streams will be offered and the student will select one Stream (A, B or C) as follows:

A. Medical Microbiology & Clinical Chemistry

B. Cell & Tissue Sciences

C. Blood Sciences.

Following completion of these streams, the student will choose a final advanced Biomedical Specialist module associated with their stream. In March of the academic year, the student will undertake a 12-week Research Project which may be based in DIT, in Hospital Pathology Laboratories or in International Research Centres [under the Erasmus/Socrates EU-funded Programme]. The School of Biological Sciences currently has six EU partners for Research Project Placement.

Module Listing

Year One

  • Introduction to Biomedical Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Structural Biochemistry
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Microbiology & Immunology
  • Scientific & Technical Communications

Year Two

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Metabolic Biochemistry
  • Biostatistics & IT
  • Molecular Immunology
  • Research and Development in Biomedical Science
  • Cellular Pathology/ Clinical Cytology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion Science

Year Three

Clinical Laboratory Placement & Professional Practice 25 weeks (Hospital based)
Consolidation of Laboratory Training with:

  • Biological Basis of Disease
  • Molecular Immunology
  • Methods in Biochemistry

Year Four

  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Diagnostic & Clinical Immunology
  • Research Methods & Data Analysis

Stream A: Medical Microbiology & Clinical Chemistry
OR Stream B: Cell & Tissue Sciences
OR Stream C: Blood Sciences Research Project

Are there study abroad options?

Yes, the 12-week Research Project may be carried out in one of six partner Institutions in the EU under the Socrates/Erasmus programme.

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates may be accepted onto a wide range of Masters (MSc) programmes including MSc in Clinical Laboratory Science, MSc in Molecular Medicine [TCD], MSc in Health Services Management, Post-graduate Medicine, MA in Journalism, MBA programmes, or Higher Diploma in Education.

Further Information

School of Biological Sciences

T: 01 402 4562 (School Office)

F: 01 402 4995