student working on laptop in lecture

Medical Science / Ard-Dioplóma, Eolaíocht Leighis

Course Title: Higher Diploma in Medical Science

Advanced entry is not permitted for this course.

Entry to this course is based on competitive selection, and applicants who have a minimum of a 2.2 in a Level 8 degree in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Immunology or other cognate discipline. Applicants must be in current employment in a hospital laboratory working to an ISO15189 standard or equivalent. 

Additional Requirements/Information: Students are required to undergo Garda Vetting and relevant health screening processes before clinical placements can proceed.

Advanced entry is not permitted for this course.

Medical Scientists are key to the delivery of Pathology diagnostic services for patients. Within Clinical and Laboratory Medicine, Medical Scientists lead on diagnostic services in: Cellular Pathology (Histopathology), Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Immunology, Medical Genetics, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Near Patient Testing, Transfusion and Transplantation Science and Virology.

This course provides multi-disciplinary training and clinical laboratory placement in all Medical Science disciplines, so that you may work in any of the following areas in pathology: Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Cytology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Transfusion Science.

This is a part time course that is delivered over 3 years and the academic year runs from January to January.

Students will study all aspects of Medical Science including Cellular Pathology, Clinical Cytology, Clinical Chemistry, Transfusion Science, Medical Microbiology, Haematology and Immunology. Alongside these modules students will take modules in professional practice and undertake 1000 hours of multidisciplinary training in the lab where they are employed.

In year one, students will take modules in Clinical Chemistry, Transfusion Science, Molecular and Applied Immunology and professional practice. They will also undertake 400 hours training in Clinical chemistry and Immunology and Transfusion Science and the IBTS.

In year two, students will undertake 3 modules in Medical Microbiology, Haematology and cellular pathology and Clinical Cytology. Student will undertake 400 hours of training in 2 of the above subjects and a professional practice module.

In year 3, students will complete 200 hours of training in their final module, professional practice and research methods modules. They will also select  two elective subjects from those they have previously studied and gain a deeper knowledge in their chosen specialist areas.

You will be required to complete a 30 week placement, Minimum of 1000 hours as part of this course. It is also mandatory to attend all onsite activities which can be up to 2 days per week during the academic term. 


The following documents are required with all applications:

  1. A copy of your Passport (if you do not hold a passport, a birth certificate and a form of photographic identification is required).
  2. Certified copy of Transcripts* from the awarding body in which you completed your undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree. These transcripts should contain a date and the number of ECTS credits applied to each module.
  3. Certified copy of additional certificates* from the awarding body where you completed your studies.
  4. Certified copies of Parchments* for degree and/or post graduate qualifications.
  5. A signed and stamped letter of support from your current clinical laboratory manager. See Appendix II for sample letter of support.
  6. Proof of employment contract with a clinical laboratory beyond 3 years of the programme.
  7. A fully completed and signed TU088 Application Form.

* If required a certified translation must accompany the submission.

Applications will open on 1st April 2022 and close on 25th November 2022

TU Code



Level 8


Higher Diploma


3 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery

Classroom, Online

Commencement Date

January 2023


City Centre: Grangegorman


€5,330 per year

Contact Us

Kathleen Brosnan