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Faculty of Science and Health

MSc in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine

Subject to Approval

  • PAC CodeDC739 (Full Time) / DC740 (Part Time)
  • Course Type Postgraduate
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time, Part-Time
  • Duration Full Time 1 Year, Part Time 2 Years

The MSc in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine is a new blended-learning programme that details how diagnostics and therapeutics are revolutionising healthcare and medicine by providing the right person with the right therapy at the right time.

Recent advances in the understanding of normal and diseased states has led to revolutionary new treatments for conditions such as cancer, inflammatory diseases and inherited diseases. Furthermore, advances in biomedical diagnostics are enabling stratification of patients so that only those who are likely to benefit from these therapies are identified and treated. Tailoring treatments to the individual patient is known as Precision Medicine. As an example, the treatment of several cancers have shifted from a “One-Size-Fits-All” approach of treatment (e.g. chemotherapy) to a more focused and tailored strategy where therapies are matched according to the molecular profile of a patient’s tumour. 

The programme is aimed at:

  • Life scientists (including newly qualified graduates);
  • Professionals from the diagnostics, biopharmaceutical, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries;
  • Medical Practitioners (including General Practitioners and clinicians-in-training).




The programme has been designed with flexibility in mind by enabling students to:

  • Access course material at a time and a place that is convenient to them;
  • Register Full-time or Part-time (Part-time students must complete all modules within a maximum period of four years);
  • Tailor their education and training by offering exit routes at MSc (90 ECTS credits), Diploma (60 ECTS credits) and Certificate (30 ECTS credits).

The programme is delivered through blended learning which is comprised of:

  • Online (recorded) lectures;
  • Face-to- face tutorials at DCU (tutorials will also be recorded for those who would like to attend remotely);
  • A 12-week research project (June – August).

In addition, several modules on the programme will be delivered by our partners at Arizona State University (USA) as part of the International School
of Biomedical Diagnostics.  Assessment is through continuous assessment and primarily consists of submission of online assignments throughout the year. Formal written examinations are not used for assessment of student learning.




Graduates will find employment in industry, clinical, healthcare and academic environments. This includes the diagnostics and biopharmaceutical industries, life science and clinical trials companies, as well as academic research centres.

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General Entry Requirements

Entry to the M.Sc. in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine programme will be considered for candidates who hold a primary degree, with a Second-Class Honours (H2.1), or equivalent in life science, pharmaceutical or chemistry disciplines.

In addition, candidates who hold a primary degree, with a Second-Class grade (H2.2) in a relevant discipline and with industrial experience will be considered. 

Medical graduates must have a MB, BCh, BAO or equivalent from a recognised medical school.


International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language, they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language click here.   Some candidates may be asked to complete an additional English language course prior to being offered a place.  For further information on international applications click here 

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Make an Application

All Applicants must submit:

  • Certified Academic transcripts for each and every year of study with English translation if applicable
  • Copy of CV outlining relevant experience
  • Personal Statement

Non Native English Speakers must submit

Submission of Applications are being considered for September 2018 intake.

EU Applicants Applications must be made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 31st July 2018

Non-EU Applicants Applications will be made online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre ( by 14th July 2018

Applicants who require a study visa for the purposes of gaining entry into Ireland are advised to apply as early as possible. Queries on completed applications can be emailed to