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Medical ScienceEolaíocht Leighis

Course Title: Higher Diploma in Medical Science

This course is approved by CORU.

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.

Year 1

Semester 1:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Transfusion Science
  • Molecular and Applied Immunology
  • Professional Practice

Semester 2: 

  • Professional placement

Year 2

Semester 1:

  • Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Cellular Pathology and Clinical Cytology

Semester 2: 

  • Professional placement
  • Professional Practice

Year 3

Semester 1:

  • Professional Placement
  • Practice based research
  • Professional practice

Semester 2:

  • Professional Practice

Select two of the following modular options:

  • Cellular Pathology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Haematology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Transfusion and transplant Immunology and Clinical Immunology
  • Transfusion and transplant Immunology and Transfusion Science

You will be required to complete a 30-week placement, Minimum of 1,000 hours as part of this course. It is also mandatory to attend all onsite activities 2 days per week during the academic term.

Applications for this course are now open.

For Expressions of Interest please email

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.

* If required a certified translation must accompany the submission.

TU Code



Level 8


Higher Diploma


3 Years

Course Type


Mode of Study

Part Time

Method of Delivery


Commencement Date

January 2025


City Centre: Grangegorman

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€5,330 per year

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