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CR 320

Key Info

  • Course CodeCR 320
  • Field of StudyBiomedical Sciences
  • Type of CourseHonours Degree
  • Type of QualificationBachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Type of Study Full time
  • Application Closing Date
  • Duration4 Years (8 semesters)
  • Level8
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus and University College Cork
  • CAO 1st RoundEntry 2019: 546

What is Biomedical Science?

Biomedical Science is the term for the investigations carried out by Medical Scientists on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients.


About the Course

This Honours Degree course is offered jointly by Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork. Medical Scientists work in partnership with doctors and other health- care professionals to perform many different roles in medical laboratories. Biomedical Science is a continually changing dynamic profession and involves study of the diverse areas of medical science including Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology and Transfusion Science. It provides training in state-of-the-art technologies to facilitate investigation of disease and medical research.


Work Placement

Work placement is not an integral part of this four year degree programme. Upon completion of the BSc programme the graduates may progress to the Diploma in Clinical Practice. This Diploma is optional and takes one academic year to complete. It is important to note that both the BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science and the Diploma in Clinical Practice are together required to practice as a Medical Scientist in Ireland.



The BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science together with the Diploma in Clinical Practice are fully accredited by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine.


Further Studies

Suitably qualified graduates are eligible to apply for a postgraduate degree at CIT:

Question Time

Are there any specific requirements for students of this programme?
Students on this BSc programme must obtain a course of occupational vaccinations for their safety. These will be coordinated and administered through the CIT Medical Centre but will be at a financial cost to the student. The current vaccination requirements are Hepatitis B (year 1) and both Hepatitis A and REVAXIS in year 2. The approximate combined cost for these vaccinations in the academic year 2019-2020 was €150. The vaccine requirements and costs are reviewed each year and may be subject to change.


Is it an advantage to have Chemistry and Physics coming into the course?
It is always an advantage to have Chemistry and Physics coming into a course such as Biomedical Science. However, it is feasible to take up one or both of these subjects on entry to the course, and the first year programme is tailored to support students who enter the programme without prior knowledge of these subjects.


What kind of person should you be?
Applicants to the programme should have a keen interest in science, laboratory medicine, and health. This profession requires scientists that are mindful of their responsibility when dealing with human health. Confidentiality is of paramount importance as information concerning patients cannot be divulged for ethical reasons other than in the course of their work.


What is the time divide between CIT and UCC?
The programme for the BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science is taught equally by CIT and UCC, so this means that the students will expect to spend some days in one institution or the other. The timetable is arranged to minimise travel between the two colleges.


Graduate Profiles


Shirley Ross
Medical Scientist

Shirley graduated in 2012 and completed her clinical placement in the Cork University Hospital (CUH) and Bantry General Hospital. She then went on to do a research Masters in Microbiology in collaboration with researchers in CIT.


Shirley now works as a Medical Scientist in the Blood Transfusion department, CUH. Her work focuses on the safe provision of blood and blood products to patients, which ranges from routine operations to serious emergency situations. Blood grouping, antibody screening and molecular testing are part of her routine day and she also helps train medical scientists. The work can be demanding and fast paced at times but rewarding on so many levels.



Dr Annmarie Burns

Having completed the BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science, Annmarie began work as a Medical Scientist in the Microbiology Department of St James’s Hospital in Dublin until she embarked on a postgraduate research scholarship at CIT in 2008.


During the intervening period, until her graduation in October 2011 with a PhD in Molecular Biology, Annmarie also undertook short part-time locum positions as a Medical Scientist in the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) in Cork, and in the Microbiology Department of the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork. She is currently employed as a lecturer in the CIT Department of Biological Sciences. 


For admission to a programme, standard applicants must

  • score the necessary CAO points and
  • meet the minimum entry requirements

Leaving Certificate in six subjects i.e. H5 in two subjects, and O6/H7 in four other subjects. The six subjects must include English, Irish*, Mathematics, and a Laboratory Science Subject*.

*A H4 must be obtained in a Laboratory Science Subject (from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, or Physics & Chemistry (joint)).



  1. Please note the H4 grade in a relevant Laboratory Science Subject can also be used to satisfy one of the H5 entry requirements.
  2. Irish is a requirement for this programme unless the applicant is exempt from Irish.
  3. Agricultural Science is accepted as a subject and attracts CAO points, but does not meet the requirement for the Laboratory Science subject.
  4. There is no advanced entry to the BSc (Honours) in Biomedical Science programme.


Info re CIT Mathematics Exam only:
Some students who apply to CIT courses may not achieve the required entry standard in Mathematics through the Leaving Certificate. For such applicants, CIT offers a second chance to reach the required entry standard through a CIT Mathematics Exam. This second chance facility allows applicants (depending on their results in the CIT Mathematics Examination) to gain entry to courses with an Ordinary Leaving Certificate Mathematics entry standard, and (with a higher level of performance) courses with a Higher Leaving Certificate entry standard. Please click here for more information.


Biomedical Science prepares the student for a career in laboratory medicine and related areas in the health-care industry and biopharmaceutical industry. Biomedical Science graduates work as Medical Scientists in hospitals, and in research, the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, public health and sales and marketing of medical products.


Potential Areas of Employment

  • Medical Scientist in Irish Hospitals (BSc and Diploma required)

  • Biopharmaceutical & Biotechnology Industries (BSc only required)

  • Public Health (BSc only required)

  • Sales & Marketing of Medical Products (BSc only required)

CIT has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.

Detailed information about the modules for Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science

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