Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biomedical Science

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Points Required 302*
  • Course Code AU969 (was SG449)
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 4

Course Summary

Did you ever wonder how diseases are diagnosed in hospital labs or where insulin comes from that diabetics use? Did you know that many modern day drugs for the likes of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis are produced using biological systems?  Biomedical Science is principally focused on the diagnosis and therapeutic treatments for detection and prevention of medical disorders. Through study of the science underpinning the origins, diagnosis, and treatment of medical conditions, graduates of this programme are equipped with highly sought after knowledge and skills. 


This 4 year programme gives graduates access to the latest industry innovations and advancements, teaching them skills needed to gain employment in the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device industries in Ireland and abroad.

Innovative teaching methods are used on the programme, including the use of social networking, game-based learning, industrial workshops and visits to target industries and employers. We also recognise the importance of transferable skills such as data presentation, information-sourcing and scientific-technical writing which allows students to broaden their employment possibilities.


The first year focuses on developing student’s core scientific skills and building a foundation of knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Students are also introduced to the basics of Medical Biotechnology and its uses.


Students’ knowledge and technical skills in the biological field are developed as the programme progresses and they are introduced to areas such as Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Medical Devices.


Students study cell culture and the medical device industry. There is also a work placement in either an industrial or a research setting at the end of year three.


In the final year, focus moves to the biopharmaceutical industry and its role today. Students also complete a research project on a specific area of interest.


There is a work placement available in the summer of year 3 in an industrial or research setting.


In year 4, students also gain training experience at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) in Dublin, which gives them key skills and competencies for working in the Biopharmaceutical industry.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for CAO courses at ATU Sligo are available for download below:

A science subject at Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for this course.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme work across many bio-based industries including biopharmaceutical, diagnostics, and medical devices. They gain roles as technologists, instrumentation scientists, process technicians, cell culture scientists,s and protein and drug analysts.

Employability is extremely high from this degree. Graduates get jobs in the Northwest with companies such as Abbott Diagnostics, Allergan, Coca Cola, Charles River Laboratories, Hollister, and Abbvie. While many enter the industry as basic grade scientists, it is noted that many gain promotion within a short time (e.g. 2yr.). 

Many graduates also pursue a Level 9 Masters of Science or Level 10 PhD doctorate in research at ATU Sligo or in other higher education institutions.

Further Study

Students who successfully complete this degree may go on and study and MSc or PhD by research or a full-time MSc in Bioprocessing (ATU Sligo).


"This course helped me develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the Medical Biotechnology field. The content was very relevant and with lots of real-life applications. I really enjoyed the small class size and interactions with my lecturers."

Kevin Colonna


Did you know?

We also offer a Level 7 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science

In year four, students gain training experience at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT). NIBRT is based in Blackrock in Dublin, and is an expert training centre for Biopharmaceutical Companies in Ireland and worldwide. Students undertake a training course that gives hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a BIopharmaceutical facility, enhancing your employability with biopharma companies. 

Sligo is home to some of the world's largest pharma companies which include Abbott & Abbvie. Our students and graduates have a strong track history of securing both work placement and permanent employment. 

Our courses have a strong lab and practical element which allows students to build their competencies and skills from year one. Lab skills students develop include microbiology, molecular biology and DNA analysis, Cell Culturing and Medical Diagnostics.

If topics such as

  • how do you develop and diagnostic kit to diagnose a disease (such as COVID-19)
  • 'How do you develop and build a medical device
  • How do you use somatic cell therapy to treat a disease' interest you 

this could be the course for you!