Biomedical Science (BSc Honours)
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4 Years (8 semesters)
Leaving Certificate in six subjects, including Mathematics, English and Irish, and including at least two C3s at Higher Level, one of which must be a Laboratory Science subject (from Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Physics and Chemistry (joint)).
NB: Agricultural Science is accepted as a subjectand attracts CAO points, but does not meet the requirement for the Laboratory Science Higher C3 subject.
This work placement (or clinical placement) is now offered postgraduately. The BSc honours course is a four year course with the placement after graduation and this placement is optional. In order for graduates to be eligible to work as Medical Scientists in hospitals in the Ireland they must hold a BSc Honours degree qualification and have completed a clinical placement training.
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Helpful subjects are Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and English.
The honours degree course is offered jointly by Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork.
Further Study Courses
The CIT/UCC joint BSc (honours) Degree in Biomedical Science is one of only three Honours degrees in the Republic of Ireland which are recognised by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences (professional body) as enabling graduates to practise in hospitals in the State. However this BSc must be accompanied by a clinical placement training. Graduates of the BSc will be offered the opportunity to complete this placement in a designated hospital laboratory.
What is Biomedical Science?
Biomedical Science is the term for the investigations carried out by Biomedical Scientists on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.
About the Course
This Honours Degree course is offered jointly by Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork. Biomedical scientists work in partnership with doctors and other healthcare professionals to perform many different roles in medical laboratories. Biomedical Science is a continually changing dynamic profession and involves study of the diverse areas of medical science including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology and Transfusion Science. It provides training in state-of-the-art technologies to facilitate investigation of disease and medical research.
This work placement (clinical placement) is offered postgraduately and is optional. However, in order for graduates to be eligible to work as Medical Scientists in hospitals in Ireland, they must have completed a clinical placement training which takes a full academic year.
The honours degree course is offered jointly by Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork. The degree programme is recognised and accredited by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Ireland (www.amls.ie). However in order for graduates to be eligible to work as Medical Scientists in hospitals in the Ireland they must hold a BSc Honours degree qualification and have completed a clinical placement training. This clinical placement will be offered postgraduately.
The CIT/UCC joint BSc (Honours) Degree in Biomedical Science is one of only three honours degrees in the Republic of Ireland which are recognised by the Academy of Medical Laboratory Sciences (professional body) as enabling graduates to practise in hospitals in the State. However, this BSc (Honours) must be accompanied by clinical placement training. Graduates of the BSc (Honours) will be offered the opportunity to complete this placement in a designated hospital laboratory.
- MSc in Biomedical Science (Taught Masters Programme)
- MSc in Computational Biology (Taught)
- MSc (by Research)
What do you need to work as a Biomedical Scientist in Ireland?
Graduates with a BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science from CIT/UCC, GMIT, or DIT, who have completed clinical placement are eligible for membership of the Academy of Medical Laboratory Science, which qualifies the graduate to practice as a Biomedical Scientist.
Is it an advantage to have Chemistry and Physics coming into the course?
It is always an advantage to have Chemistry and Physics coming into a course such as Biomedical Science. However, it is feasible to take up one or both of these subjects on entry to the course, and the first year programme is tailored to support students who enter the programme without prior knowledge of these subjects.
What kind of person should you be?
This profession requires scientists who are mindful of their responsibility when dealing with human health. It also means that they are often privy to information concerning patients that they cannot divulge for ethical reasons other than in the course of their work.
What is the time divide between CIT and UCC?
The programme for the BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science is taught equally by CIT and UCC, so this means that the students will expect to spend some days in one institution or the other. The timetable is arranged to minimise travel between the two colleges.
CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.
Detailed information about the modules for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science
Biomedical Science prepares the student for a career in laboratory medicine and related areas in the health-care industry and biopharmaceutical industry. Biomedical Science graduates work as Medical Scientists in hospitals, and in research, the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health and sales and marketing of medical products.
Potential Areas of Employment
- Medical Scientist in Hospitals
- Biopharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries
- Public Health
- Sales & Marketing of Medical Products
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