Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science From University of Limerick

Program Overview

This course responds to increasing demands nationally and internationally to produce Science graduates with strong expertise in Biomedical Science for the Health area and the Life Science industry. These areas are extremely important to Ireland’s economy and Ireland’s healthcare system and the future growth of both of these sectors. Graduates of the programme will be well positioned to gain an understanding of the importance of partnerships with healthcare professionals and gain employment in areas that design novel approaches in the diagnosis of disease and treatment of patients. The students will have opportunities to visit hospital laboratories and interact with healthcare professionals through lectures and introductory clinical skills laboratory sessions. 



  Course Duration

48 Months

  Tuition Fee



IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90


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What will you study? 

By entering through LM123, you will study a broad common first semester and will undertake specific modules in the area of chemistry, biology, maths and physics. Subsequently, the second and third year of the Bioscience programme will provide you with a strong foundation in the understanding of biochemical systems and microbial technology (information here). The tailored 4th year will provide students with a fundamental knowledge and practical skills to pursue a successful career in biomedical science. 

Core fourth year modules include: 

  • Mammalian Tissue Architecture, Structure and Function - basic histological  
    Techniques that allow the examination of cell and tissue architecture for the major organs and systems. This module integrates the principles of physiology and anatomy with histological structures while focusing on the participation of the extracellular matrix, tissue, cell and sub-cellular organelle organisation and architecture to health, as well as examining how dysregulation of these features contribute to autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. 
  • Clinical Medicine and Clinical Skills 
    An introduction to a range of clinical skills, clinical examination and basic procedures encountered commonly in clinical medicine. This module is designed to give students an understanding of the basic functions of some of the major systems of the body and understand the assessment, monitoring and clinical relevance of these functions. 
  •  Diagnostic Techniques and Practices
    Presenting an overview of how hospital diagnostic labs impact on diagnosis and disease management. 
  • Drug Delivery
    Linking the science of drug delivery with the treatment of disease and the practical aspects of patient care. This module provides students with an understanding of how drug delivery systems are used in clinical practice and the challenges associated with drug delivery and drug targeting, while examining the impact of emerging technologies on drug delivery systems. 

In the fourth year, Biomedical Science students will also take modules in Cancer Mechanisms, Therapeutics and Molecular Medicine, Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology and Immuno and DNA Techniques. The course also includes significant laboratory based training and an independent research project. In addition, the student will be placed in industry for eight months, giving real world experience and an introduction to the BioPharma/industrial community. 

Semester 7 

  • Pharmacology and Drug Development  
  • Mammalian Tissue Architecture, Structure and Function 
  • Clinical Medicine and Clinical Skills 
  • Diagnostic Techniques and Practices 
  • Biomedical Science Final Year Project Part 1 

Semester 8  

  • Cancer Mechanisms 
  • Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology 
  • Immuno and DNA Techniques 
  • Drug Delivery  
  • Biomedical Science Final Year Project Part 1 

Tuition Fees

These are based on ResidencyCitizenshipCourse requirements.

Review the three groups of criteria to determine your fee status as follows

  1. Residency
    • You must have been living in an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland for at least 3 of the 5 years before starting your course
  2. Citizenship
    • You must be a citizen of an EU/EEA member state or Switzerland or have official refugee status
  3. Course Requirements (all must be met)
    • You must be a first time full-time undergraduate (Exceptions are provided for students who hold a Level 6 or Level 7 qualification and are progressing to a Level 8 course in the same general area of study).
    • You must be undertaking a full-time undergraduate course of at least 2 year’s duration
    • You cannot be undertaking a repeat year of study at the same level unless evidence of exceptional circumstances eg serious illness is provided (in which case this condition may be waived)

The students will graduate with a degree in Biomedical Science from the School of Medicine. It is expected that because of the innovative and collaborative learning experiences that the student will receive, they will be well positioned for careers across Biomedical Science and BioPharma, including areas such as disease diagnosis, disease intervention and treatment monitoring. The graduating students will also be excellent candidates for MSc and PhD programmes in the health sciences area and will be well equipped for application to the graduate entry Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (BMBS) programme at UL and similar programmes nationally and internationally. 


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