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Faculty of Science and Health

MSc in Biomedical Diagnostics

Master of Science in Biomedical Diagnostics

This programme is NOT open for applicants for September 2017

  • PAC CodeDC727
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • NFQ Level 9
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Duration 1 Year

Biomedical diagnostics is the study of procedures that provide information to aid the screening, detection, diagnosis and monitoring of disease. This M.Sc. programme delivers structured, module-based training in Diagnostics at postgraduate level for suitably qualified and experienced graduates. You can also attend stand-alone modules or workshops, which will be especially relevant to those in industry wishing to develop skills in new advances in diagnostics.

The Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) ( at Dublin City University is a multidisciplinary research institute focused on the development of next generation biomedical diagnostic devices. As part of the BDI Education and Outreach programme the institute has developed a M.Sc. in Biomedical Diagnostics.


To inspire highly motivated individuals to take a very proactive approach to their learning.

To be fully aware of the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the area of Diagnostics. This will be achieved through the use of innovative problem solving that demands a team approach and the harnessing of skills from a number of subject areas.

To produce high quality graduates/researchers who can combine biomedical and analytical science with production technology, business creativity, economics and ethics.

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You will develop excellent levels of knowledge and associated practical skills in introductory and advanced diagnostic technology.

You will work in a multi- and inter-disciplinary environment. Students will receive important perspectives from clinical and industrial researchers in diagnostics, ensuring all modules are as up to date as possible.

You will develop a number of transferable skills, such as communication and entrepreneurial skills. Students will also achieve an awareness of the ethical and social aspects of diagnostic technology.

A novel aspect of this programme is our direct access to partner industries in the diagnostic arena. Their input ensures the immediate applicability of the programme and its value to national/international diagnostic industries.


The diagnostics sector represents a vibrant growth area within the Irish economy.

It is highlighted as an area in which Ireland can develop a position of competitive strength, differentiation and critical mass. Employment in the medical device and diagnostics industry increased by 70% between 1997 and 2006, and Ireland is the highest per capita employer of medical devices and diagnostic personnel in Europe (Forfas and National Competitiveness Council, 2007; Eucomed, 2007).

Graduates will be highly skilled and adaptable researchers, and you will have gained important perspectives by being exposed to both academic and industrial research attitudes. Your entry to the workforce will address the perceived deficit of highly trained employees in the medical device and diagnostics industry.

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General Entry Requirements

To qualify for the Masters programme students will be expected to have at a minimum a Second Class Honours degree (2.2) or equivalent in a science or engineering discipline.

This programme will NOT have an intake in September 2017

EU Applicants

Applicants may apply online through the Postgraduate Application Centre ( this programme is currently NOT open for applicants for September 2017.

Non-EU Applicants

Applicants may apply online through the Postgraduate Application Centre ( this programme is currently NOT open for applicants for September 2017 . Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible.