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Biomedical Sciences (Ulster award) (Online) (Hons)

48 months
4250 EUR/year
4250 EUR/year
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This Biomedical Sciences (Ulster award) (Online) (Hons) course at the Atlantic Technological University is a part-time course, with a typical duration of four years, over 2 semesters in Years 1 to 3, and 3 semesters in Year 4. Year 1 provides you with a foundation in biological and chemical sciences, applied mathematics and complementary IT and laboratory skills.


At some point in our lives we all benefit from Biomedical Science. For example, through the screening of patients, the diagnosis of disease and evaluation of the effectiveness of a treatment; or research to develop new healthcare technologies, diagnostic tests and treatments for disease; or development and processing of drugs utilising cell culture technologies; or education; or scientific writing.

The overall purpose of this part-time distance learning programme is to provide an academically challenging and vocationally relevant science education for those secondary education qualified scientists and technologists working in a clinical healthcare setting or the medical biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries or other areas of biomedical sciences, producing competent graduates to meet national needs in Ireland and UK.

The Biomedical Sciences (Ulster award) (Online) (Hons) course at the Atlantic Technological University is unique, not only as a collaboration between two leading Higher Education (HE) distance learning providers in the Ireland and UK but also in widening access to HE for healthcare science associate practitioners, and less qualified practitioners within biopharmaceutical manufacturing and research.

  • Our programme meets clinical and/or industrial needs within three carefully designed BSc Honours courses, of which you would enter one for either a clinically focused award from Ulster or an industrially focused award from IT Sligo or a clinical and industrial related joint award from Ulster and ATU Sligo.
  • In addition, the industrially focused courses combine cutting-edge skills in Biopharmaceutical Science and the Biomedical Sciences with an understanding of the legislative and quality control system framework in which this takes place within these industries.

Students are required to attend ATU Sligo once per year for a 2 day lab workshop in years 1-3. They are also required to attend UU Coleraine for workshops in years 3 and 4. 

Career Opportunities

You will enhance your prospects for promotion within your existing work place, and be able to secure professional roles with other employers of clinical and industrial biomedical scientists, and more broadly in the area of analytical science. The industrial focus of the courses aim to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the critical aspects of Biopharmaceutical Processing and Support Services, with specific focus on the product lifecycle of Biological products and associated processes. There is also sufficient flexibility to allow you to move laterally into associated careers including Research and Development opportunities.

If you are a Healthcare Science assistant in the UK, the Ulster award is designed to meet the academic requirements of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS) to facilitate professional registration. Furthermore, if you have the support of your employer to assess you against the required portfolio of IBMS practice competencies, you will then after graduation be in a position to apply for registration as a Biomedical Scientist by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • BioPharmaceutical Quality Systems
  • Enterprise in Biomedical Sciences
  • Physiology & Anatomy of the Human Body
  • Molecular Biology & Genetics
  • Exploitation of Biology
  • Scientific Communication

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


240 ECTS



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

You must:

  • (a) satisfy the University’s general entry requirements;


  • (b) satisfy specific academic subject requirements for admission as detailed below:
  • GCSE: Passes at grade C or above in Mathematics, English Language and Chemistry OR Double Award Science;


  • A Level: A minimum of 260 UCAS Tariff Points to include grades BC (including 2 science subjects – 2 from

Group A OR 1 from Group A and 1 from Group B). Group A – Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Biology or Home

Economics, of which Chemistry is preferred. Group B – Physical Education, Geography, Information Technology.

Applied Science Double Award is acceptable.


  • Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)(: Minimum 300 CAO points/260 UCAS Tariff Points to include BBCCC (to include 2 science subjects as above). Applicants are also required to have ILC Higher level English and Maths grade D or above ORILC Ordinary level at grade C or above

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    4250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4250 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4250 EUR per year during 48 months.


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