Entry Points (2023)
577

Course Overview

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the study of Life Science subjects related to human health and disease. Students will learn about the structure and function of the human body from the level of organs and tissues to the molecular level, as well as how drugs are used to treat disease. You will major in one of the following biomedical science subjects: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology.

Why should I study Biomedical Science?

This degree is dedicated to producing top quality graduates who have achieved academic excellence. The programme promotes small-group learning throughout the course. This informal interaction with academic staff allows students to get to know their lecturers and helps promote a range of skills such as Communication, Leadership, Teamwork and Creativity. This course also offers the unique opportunity to undertake a research project in both third and fourth year.

International Links

Students have the opportunity to apply to spend one semester of third year in the United States (e.g. University of California) or in Asia (e.g. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology).

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

School of Natural Science and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences. Lecturers include:

 

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/police vetting requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Duration

4 years

Next start date

September 2024

A Level Grades (2023)

universityofgalway.ie/alevels

Average intake

45

QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date
NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

Award

CAO

GY303

Course code

Course Outline

See course outline for Biomedical Science here.

YEAR ONE

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biomedical Science (including science communication, essays, debates)

YEAR TWO

Three pathways from:

  • Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology (two subjects for both semesters and one other for Semester I only)
  • Biomedical Science (including seminars and community knowledge initiative projects)

YEAR THREE

One major pathway from:

  • Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology (including mini research project)
  • Biostatistics
  • Biomedical Science (Research Methods and Applications)
  • Electives - options include Developmental Biology and Bioinformatics

YEAR FOUR

 Continue with one major pathway from:

  • Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology
  • Major research project

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Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Subject
Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Required Core Subject
A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.

Year 3 (60 Credits)

Optional AN326: Neuroanatomy - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional PM311: Introduction to Toxicology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional BI309: Cell Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional BI319: Molecular Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SI311: Neurophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SI312: Endocrinology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SI326: Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SI329: Laboratory Methods in Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AN3105: Gross Anatomy I: Upper limb, back, thoracic and anterior abdominal walls - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional BO3101: Developmental Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional PM309: Drugs and Disease I - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MA215: Mathematical Molecular Biology I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SI209: Neurophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SI3102: Endocrinology - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required BM406: Applications of Biomedical Science - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required ST314: Introduction to Biostatistics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required BM3101: Research Methods in Biomedical Science - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional MA211: Calculus I - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SCI901: Erasmus Study Exchange Semester I - 30 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HKU3102: HKUST: Sem Abroad Exchange with Hong Kong University of Science (35) - 35 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HKU3101: HKUST: Sem Abroad Exchange with Hong Kong University of Science - 25 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HKU325: HKUST: Sem I Study Exchange with Hong Kong University of Science - 25 Credits - Semester 5
Optional JCU300: Study Exchange with John Carroll University (USA) - 30 Credits - Semester 5
Optional HKU300: HKUST: Sem I Study Exchange with Hong Kong University of Science - 30 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SCI9101: Science Semester Abroad Exchange - 30 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SCI9102: Science Semester Abroad Exchange (35) - 35 Credits - Semester 5
Optional SCI9103: Science Semester Abroad Exchange (25) - 25 Credits - Semester 5
Optional AN3106: Gross Anatomy II: Thoracic and Abdominal Cavities and Contents - 10 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AN325: Anatomy Research Mini Project - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional BI325: Biochemistry Research Mini Project - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional PM325: Pharmacology Research Mini Project - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional SI325: Physiology Research Mini Project - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional BI313: Cell Signalling - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional BI321: Protein Biochemistry - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional SI328: Exercise Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional SI331: Renal Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional PM3102: Neuropharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional PM3101: Pharmacology in Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional PM3103: Advanced Pharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional AN3109: Human Reproductive Anatomy - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional BI317: Human Molecular Genetics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MA324: Introduction to Bioinformatics (Honours) - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional MA216: Mathematical Molecular Biology II - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Optional SCI902: Erasmus Study Exchange Semester II - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HKU324: HKUST: Spring Study Exchange with Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional UC3002: Study Exchange with University of California Sem II - 30 Credits - Semester 6
Optional HKU335: HKUST: Spring Study Exchange with Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - 35 Credits - Semester 6

Year 4 (60 Credits)

Optional SI4102: Science Communication Skills - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BI445: Biomolecules - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BI448: Modern Biotechnologies - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SI437: Reproduction Development and Aging - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SI422: Advanced Neurophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SI436: Therapeutics - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional PM431: Research Project - 20 Credits - Semester 7
Optional PM432: Experimental Pharmacology - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SI408: Immunology - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AN4101: Gross Anatomy III: Posterior abdominal wall, Retroperitoneal space, Pelivs, Peri - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BI451: Research Paper Analysis - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BI446: Current Topics in Bioscience - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BI453: Biochemistry Research Project - 15 Credits - Semester 7
Optional SI438: Advanced Gastrointestinal Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AN4103: Microscopy and Imaging - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Optional BI452: Biochemistry Principles and Experimental Design - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AN4107: Anatomy of the Head and Neck - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AN4109: Research and communication skills in Anatomy - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional PM435: Advanced Technologies for Therapeutics - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional PM434: Molecular Pharmacology & Therapeutics - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional PM433: Drug Development & Emerging Therapies - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AN444: Research Project - 20 Credits - Semester 8
Optional PM436: Advanced Toxicology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SI435: Research Project - 20 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SI432: Pathophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional BI447: Literature Review and Presentation - 10 Credits - Semester 8
Optional BI449: Molecular and Cellular Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional SI4101: Case Based Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional BI429: Advanced Chromosome Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 8
Optional AN441: Physical Anthropology - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Optional AN4110: Anatomy for Clinical Needs - 5 Credits - Semester 8

Further Education

A high proportion of graduates pursue higher degrees (MSc or PhD) at universities at home and abroad, in many diverse areas including molecular and cell biology, cancer, genetics, regenerative medicine and neuroscience.  A proportion of graduates go on to study for professional degrees in the Health Sciences (e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy).

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this program will find employment in the pharmaceutical (e.g. Allergan), diagnostics (e.g. Abbott) and medical devices (e.g. Medtronic, Boston Scientific) industries. Other graduates will go on to careers in research, academia and many areas of health sciences and health care.

Focus on research skills and communication

There is an emphasis in the BSc Biomedical Science course on developing research and communication skills. Students will have many opportunities to work in small groups to develop teamworking skills. Students will develop excellent critical thinking skills through project work and will be encouraged to be questioning scientists who will contribute to the ever-expanding knowledge about human biology which underpins our understanding of human health and disease.

 

 

 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Transferable Skills Employers Value

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,268 p.a. (€7,408 p.a. including levy) 2024/25

Fees: Tuition

€4,268 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Student levy

€140 p.a. 2024/25

Fees: Non EU

€26,000 p.a. (€26,140 p.a. including levy) 2024/25


EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy** €140.  **Payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here.

Find out More

Dr Helen Dodson
Programme Director
T: +353 91 492162
E: helen.dodson@universityofgalway.ie
 

To find out more on our open day please click here: Biomedical Science


What Our Students Say

Rebecca

Rebecca Lane |   BSc in Biomedical Science

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my course was my final year research project, which allowed me to put the skills I learned throughout the course to use in a real research context. The projects pushed us all out of our comfort zones, but the supervisors and mentors were very supportive, and I feel much more confident in my research ability now having done it.Throughout the BSc in Biomedical Science, there is a very strong focus on developing research skills, particularly in literature review and science communication. Further to this, regular practicals familiarized us with a diversity of laboratory techniques. This course also struck a nice balance between independent and group work, demanding both the self-motivation and interpersonal skills required of a researcher. As someone who is very passionate about a career in research, I feel that this course was the perfect fit, and has prepared me very well to hit the ground running when I start my PhD.
Caoimhe

Caoimhe Maguire |   BSc in Biomedical Science

This course is great because it’s a small close-knit class – it’s easy to make friends. I learned that Biomedical Science is varied, fascinating and constantly changing with new discoveries, and it is a great degree for me to now pursue a career in the sciences of health and disease.
Aoife

Aoife O’Connell |   BSc in Biomedical Science

A unique aspect of this course is the initial focus on developing a variety of practical skills. Right from the beginning you learn how to design and compete experiments, communicate findings with the public and discuss scientific topics. In later years there are a variety of seminars, research projects and literature reviews - the most notable being the 12-week independent research project in fourth year. There is a focus from the beginning on group work, which helps develop interpersonal and teamwork skills but also offers the opportunity to get to know more people on your course. As you progress more independent work is introduced, requiring self-motivation but offering the freedom to fully show your potential. As I plan to pursue a career in research this course was the perfect fit for me, it helped me develop skills which will aid me as I begin my career.