Modules are selected and paid for à la carte, and as few as one or as many as six taught modules can be completed in a given year. Candidates may join the programme at any time throughout the academic year. Students are introduced to interdisciplinary research using technologies and skills from scientific, engineering, and clinical disciplines. Course contributors are active researchers and industry experts in all areas of biomedical science. On completion of six or 12 taught modules, students also have the option to exit with a PG Cert or PG Dip in biomedical science, respectively.
The NUI Galway programme is based within the NCBES, an interdisciplinary centre of research excellence with a primary focus on five research themes, including biomedical engineering, cancer, infectious disease, neuroscience and regenerative medicine (ncbes.nuigalway.ie ).
Participants work in medical device and pharmaceutical companies including Boston Scientific, Abbott, Medtronic, Elan, Stryker, Allergan, Advanced Surgical Concepts, Pfizer, Tyco Healthcare, Creganna, and Trinity Biotech.
The course is delivered using a blended learning format; a mixture of face-to-face contact (nine to 12 hours per module ) plus self-directed study combined with online e-tutorial support. Students attend on-campus lectures/tutorials on a Friday afternoon and/or Saturday, every five weeks.