GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

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

Code: GA785 Level: 8

have transport or not. This programme is accredited by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (Ireland) and by the Institute of Biomedical Science (UK). Garda Vetting It is a requirement that all students for this course are Garda vetted by GMIT on commencement of their studies. Health Screening Students are expected to undergo a healthcare screening process on admission to the course. Specific vaccinations may be required prior to practice placement. Fitness to Practice Programmes that lead to a professional qualification and a licence to practice requires students to undertake practical training in a professional environment, may be subject to the Institute’s Fitness to Practice Policy. This Policy can be found on the Policies-&-Regulations.aspx Materials Fee Students will be liable for an additional materials fee of €100 per year for certain full time programmes. This fee is not covered by Granting Authorities. Material Fees are not applicable to either Erasmus, Part-Time or Full time Non-EU students. What are my career opportunities? This course 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 course 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.

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 course 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 will I study? Year 1: • Cell Biology & Genetics • Microbiology • Physics • Chemistry • Mathematics/Statistics • Learning & Innovation Skills • Human Physiology Year 2: • Medical Microbiology • Clinical Chemistry • Haematology • Transfusion Science • Cellular Pathology • Immunology • Human Physiology • Molecular Biology • Statistics • Biochemistry • Scientific & Professional Communications

Year 3: • Quality Management • Analytical Techniques/Instrumentation • Human Genetics • Applied Immunotechnology • DNA Technology/Molecular Diagnostics • Practice Placement (1,000 hours) Year 4: • Pathophysiology & Epidemiology • Clinical Immunology • Healthcare Structures • 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

Other Essential Information In third year, students are required to complete 1000 hours of structured practice placement as student medical scientists. This work experience provides students with an in-depth knowledge of hospital laboratory systems. During this placement students are paid a non-means tested generous allowance by the Health Service Executive. Placement locations are geographically dispersed, therefore students may have to make alternative living arrangements when they are on placement depending on if they

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

School of Science and Computing

DURATION 4 years



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.

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


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