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Medical Device Science (Specialist Diploma)
Course OverviewThe specialist diploma awards are particularly suitable for students requiring medium-term upskilling for career advancement or for those interested in focused study in this subject area for personal or topical interest. The specialist diplomas are linked to the degree cycle of the modular programme in Science & Technology Studies which allow students to specialise by choosing from a range of electives. These elective modules are also available as independent awards which students may take for the purposes of upskilling or retraining in the area of Environmental Sustainability, Medical Device Science, Lean & Quality Systems or Form & Function of the Human Body.
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Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Assessment is through assignments, written examinations and in some cases practical laboratory sessions. Exams take place at the end of each semester. All modules from the programme will be individually assessed.
The programme is delivered by blended learning on a part-time basis. Candidates will receive learning materials in both online and in hard copy format for each module. Materials will be specifically designed for independent study and will be supplemented by supporting reading material and interactive learning resources where appropriate. The programme requires attendance on campus for approximately 10 hours per module, mainly on Saturdays.
Applicants must have successfully completed the Diploma in Science & Technology Studies or a related Diploma, or otherwise prove that they satisfy the prerequisites of each of the modules as listed in the programme description section.
Entry requirements for part-time students can be found in our FAQs section (i.e. age, english language requirements etc.).
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Mode of study
Each specialist diploma consists of four inter-related taught modules and a project (chosen in consultation with their project supervisor), to allow individuals to up-skill in a particular area or study in a highly focused area of interest.
Medical Device Science: Anatomy, Biocompatibility & Device Design, Mechanics of Solids, Medical Device Design, Project
Download Medical Device Science brochure.
Modules for 2014-15Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
Glossary of Terms
- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.
Year 1 (30 Credits)
Required BST117: Human Anatomy & Physiology
Required BST118: Biocompatibility & Device Design
Required BST119: Mechanics of Solids
Required BST120: Medical Device Science
Required BST005: Project
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Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment. Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following:
- Job-seekers Benefit
- Job-seekers Allowance
- One-parent family allowance
- Disability allowance
- Community Employment Scheme
- Carer’s Allowance
- Signing for social insurance contribution credits
Please download the 2018_19 Fees Scholarship Form for more information.
Find out More
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway, Nuns' Island
T: 091 495845
Medical Device Science PDF (225)
Automation and Control PDF (307)
Environmental Sustainability PDF (254 kb)
Form and Function of the Human Body Specialist Diploma PDF (229 KB)
Lean and Quality PDF (254)
Science and Technology Studies PDF (221 KB)
Adult Learning Prospectus PDF (3.4 MB)
ATES Undergraduate Courses Brochure PDF (300 KB)
Diploma Series Brochure PDF (1.6 MB)
Short Courses Series 2017 PDF (1.4 MB)
Postgraduate Taught Prospectus 2018 PDF (7.2 MB)
Postgraduate Research Prospectus 2018 PDF (4.6 MB)