GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Science (Level 8)

Code: GA785 Level: 8

Why study Medical Science? Medical Science is the study of investigative laboratory procedures, techniques and instruments that are required for the diagnosis of clinical disease and the monitoring of therapy. In recent years there has been an increasing demand for medical laboratory diagnostic services and for the development of new services. This programme will provide students with a solid foundation in the basic sciences together with the skills and knowledge to practice medical laboratory science. Graduates are specifically qualified to work in modern hospital laboratories and are involved in the investigation and diagnosis of medical conditions and disease. Additional Entry Requirements Standard Level 8 entry requirements, including a laboratory science subject and an O5/H7 in Mathematics.

What are my career opportunities? This programme is one of only three of its type in the Republic of Ireland that are recognised by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine as enabling graduates to practice as medical scientists in hospitals. This course is also accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) in the United Kingdom. Thus, successful completion of the academic programme and attainment of the IBMS ‘Certificate of Competence’ through completion of the IBMS registration training portfolio in an approved laboratory enables the student to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist by the Health Professions Council (HPC) and to then work as a Biomedical Scientist in the United Kingdom. Graduates can also develop careers in medical research and in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors. Follow-on Studies GMIT honours (Level 8) qualifications are recognised worldwide for postgraduate entry.

What will I study? Year 1: • Microbiology • Cell Biology / Genetics • Chemistry • Maths • Physics • Human Physiology • Learning & Innovation Skills Year 2: • Molecular Biology • Medical Microbiology • Human Physiology • Biochemistry • Transfusion Science • Scientific Communications • Cellular Pathology

Year 3: • Human Genetics • DNA Technology / Molecular Diagnostics • Applied Immunotechnology • Quality Management • Clinical Laboratory Placement (27-week placement in a hospital laboratory) Year 4: • Healthcare Structures • Clinical Immunology • Molecular Biology • Pathophysiology & Epidemiology • Research Project And: Students opt for either Option A or Option B: Option A : Blood Chemistry and Infectious Sciences - Medical Microbiology & Clinical Chemistry Option B : Blood and Tissue Sciences – Haematology, Blood Transfusion Science & Cellular Pathology

Student experience

Joanne O’Shaughnessy Joanne is a Medical Scientist working for the HSE. In Year 4 Joanne specialised in Haematology, Blood Transfusion Science and Histopathology. Joanne choose to undertake her research project in the area of Coeliac Disease at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. This was an incredible experience where she had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant with world-renowned

leaders in the Medical field. In 2009, she started working in the Biochemistry Laboratory at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and has recently moved to Mayo University Hospital where she works as a senior Medical Scientist.

• Immunology • Haematology • Clinical Chemistry

Áine Sally During my time studying Medical Science at GMIT, I completed a 26-week clinical work placement in University College Hospital, Galway. It involved a 4-week rotation in each of the hospital laboratories including Microbiology, Biochemistry, Haematology, Immunology, Histology, and Blood Bank. I gained valuable insight into the day-to-day workings of the clinical laboratory on this

Other Essential Information There is a 27-week structured in-service clinical placement as a student medical scientist in third year. This work experience provides the student with an in-depth knowledge of hospital laboratory systems.

placement. I learned how the laboratories work both independently and collaboratively. I worked closely alongside highly skilled medical scientists who trained me in each laboratory. They were very engaging and created an enjoyable work environment with constant encouragement and interesting case studies. Students also get paid a generous allowance from the Health Service Executive during this placement. Clinical laboratory placement also enabled me to put what I learned in lectures into practice. This allowed me to strengthen and build on my previous knowledge. Overall, clinical placement gave me a deeper understanding of the workings of the hospital laboratory environment.

School of Science and Computing

Places 32

Duration 4 years

Campus Galway

Talk to us: Dr Eleanor Rainsford, Programme Chair Tel: +353 91 742447 | E-mail:


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