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At University of Galway, we believe that the best learning takes place when you apply what you learn in a real world context. That's why many of our courses include work placements or community projects.
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.
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:
- Dr Derek Morris https://www.universityofgalway.ie/our-research/people/natural-sciences/derekmorris/
- Dr Helen Dodson https://www.universityofgalway.ie/our-research/people/medicine/helendodson/
- Dr Lynn O’Connor https://www.universityofgalway.ie/our-research/people/natural-sciences/lynnoconnor/
- Dr Ailish Hynes https://www.universityofgalway.ie/our-research/people/ailishhynes/
Requirements and Assessment
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.
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A Level Grades (2022)
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Mode of study
- Biomedical Science (including science communication, essays, debates)
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)
One major pathway from:
- Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology (including mini research project)
- Biomedical Science (Research Methods and Applications)
- Electives - options include Developmental Biology and Bioinformatics
Continue with one major pathway from:
- Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology
- Major research project
Curriculum InformationCurriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A module you may choose to study.
- 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.
- 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 1 (60 Credits)Required BO101: Biology - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required CH120: Chemistry: Molecular Science - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required BM110: Introduction to Science Communication - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PH101: Physics - 15 Credits - Semester 1
Required BM112: Biomedical Debates - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required BM111: Introduction to Biomedical Research - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Optional AN2101: Cells and Tissues - 10 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PM208: Fundamental Concepts in Pharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional PM209: Applied Concepts in Pharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SI206: Introduction to Physiology and Gastrointestinal - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional SI207: Nerve and Muscle - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required BI208: Protein Structure and Function - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required BO201: Molecular and Cellular Biology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Optional AN223: Embryology & Development - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional PM210: Molecular Pharmacology and Signalling - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BI206: Gene Technologies and Molecular Medicine - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional BI207: Metabolism and Cell Signalling - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SI208: Cardiovascular Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional SI212: Respiratory Physiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Optional AN226: Systems Histology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required BM202: Biomedical Seminars - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required BM204: Community Knowledge Initiative programme - 5 Credits - Semester 4
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?
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
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Fees: Non EU
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.
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What Our Students Say
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.