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Biomedical and Molecular Diagnostics / Diagnóisic Bhithleighis agus Mhóilíneach

DT206

What is... Biomedical and Molecular Diagnostics?

Biomedical Science is the science related to medical conditions - their causes, diagnosis (identification of disease) and treatment. Molecular diagnostics is the use and development of novel technologies to enable faster and more personalised diagnosis, often using DNA based approaches.
This programme is designed to bring students from the fundamental sciences to advanced diagnostics, product (test) design and development. The aim is to foster the development of technically competent, flexible graduates with practical problem solving abilities, bioentrepreneurship, generic and transferrable skills via a combination of coursework, work placement and research placement. A unique feature of the programme is the integration of diagnostic and analytical sciences with bioproduct design and development. The programme also includes modules in transferrable skills such as communications, basic programming, bioinformatics, bioentrepreneurship and bioindustry skills. In years three and four, semester-long work placements and research projects provide an invaluable opportunity to gain real life skills and experience, and to apply academic knowledge in a real-world setting.

What are my... Career Opportunities?

Molecular Diagnostics is the fastest growing area of the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry sector. Graduates of this programme will be uniquely placed to tap into this rapidly growing market in commercial areas such as the in-vitro diagnostic industry. Graduates will also be ideally placed to pursue additional qualifications and follow a research or academic career path.

This programme will not qualify graduates for membership of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine (ACSLM) Ireland. Membership of the ACSLM is required for practice as a Medical Scientist in Ireland.

What other options do I have after completion?

Graduates may be accepted onto a wide range of taught Masters (MSc) programmes or continue to further research to MPhil or PhD.

Learning Outcomes: What will I Study?

The degree is of four years duration, with the first year covering the core sciences and providing an introduction to Biomedical Science and Molecular Diagnostics. In the second year Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology are developed further, together with modules in Biomedical Science disciplines [Cellular Pathology/Clinical Cytology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, and Medical Microbiology]. In addition, students will undertake Bioinformatics and Biostatistics modules.

In third year the student undertakes a 14-week professional work placement in an industry or research organisation. Students will also study Biosensor and Bioproduct Development, an integrated topic supported by modules in genetic engineering, pharmacology and toxicology and data analytics.

In the final year students will study core modules in Molecular Diagnostic as applied to Microbiology, Oncology (Cancer) and Genetics. Students will take modules in Point of Care Diagnostics and will prepare for their future careers with Bioentrepreneurship and Bioindustry skills.

Finally, in semester two of the final year, students will undertake a 12-week Research Project which may be based in DIT, in Industry Laboratories/Organisation or in National and International Research Centres [under the Erasmus/Socrates EU-funded Programme]. The School of Biological Sciences currently has a number of EU partners for Research Project Placement. 

Module Listing 

Year One

  • Introduction to Biomedical Science & Molecular Diagnostics
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physics for Health Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Introduction to Infection & Immunity
  • Professional & Scientific Skills
  • Introduction to Histology, Anatomy & Physiology

Year Two

  • Biological Basis of Disease
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Control & Integrative Physiology
  • Biochemistry of Metabolism
  • Molecular Immunology
  • Bioinformatics for Biomedical Science
  • Cellular Pathology/ Clinical Cytology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Professional Skills
  • Introduction to Programming for Biology

Year Three

  • Professional Placement (Industry)
  • Bioinformatics and Data Analytics
  • Molecular Immunology
  • Biosensor Development & Bioproduct Development
  • Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Gene Therapy and Genetic Engineering

Year Four

  • Chromosomal Diagnostic Genetics
  • Molecular Diagnostics in Microbiology
  • Research Methods & Data Analysis
  • Point of Care Diagnostics
  • Bioentrepreneurship & Bioindustry skills
  • Molecular Oncology
  • Omics
  • Research Project

Are there study abroad options?

Yes, the 12-week Research Project may be carried out in one of a number of partner Institutions in the EU under the Erasmus programme, including Sweden, Belgium, Portugal and Spain. 

Further Information

School of Biological Sciences

T: 01 402 4562 (School Office)

F: 01 402 4995

E: biolsciences@dit.ie

W: www.dit.ie/biologicalsciences/