|Application deadline:||30 July of each year|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||October 2015|
|Credits (ECTS):||90 ECTS|
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
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This advanced taught Masters Programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years and is delivered by a panel of national and international medical and scientific experts in the discipline. The Clinical Biochemistry Unit at TCD is part of the School of Medicine and is Irelands only such facility. It is supported by the largest clinical biochemistry service in the country, with state of the art clinical laboratories at Tallaght Hospital, St. Jamess Hospital, and Naas General Hospital.
Clinical Biochemistry is the discipline of pathology (or laboratory medicine) that is concerned with the detection and measurement of biochemical changes in disease. Clinical Chemistry laboratories carry out a wide range of biochemical investigations in a complex automated working environment. In addition to routine diagnostic work, personnel are also frequently involved in clinical trials, audit and research and so require a detailed knowledge of the effects of disease on biochemical measurements.
The course runs every Friday during term times over two years (5 terms) at the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences complex at Tallaght Hospital, Dubin 24, Ireland. In addition, some selected lecture blocks take place in St. Jamess Hospital, Dublin 8 and in the Childrens University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1.
There are 5 taught modules (Clinical Chemistry I and II, Endocrinology and Metabolism I and II, Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management) and a research dissertation. Six workplace assignments and a Logbook of 10 cases must also be submitted during the course.
Most of our students are medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors who already have some knowledge of laboratory or clinical medicine and wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Chemistry. All students must either have a concurrent appointment in a clinical laboratory or a suitable laboratory placement for the duration of the course. Classes are kept small (usually not more than 12-15 students) so that individual attention is possible.
Whatever their background, our students repeatedly tell us that this course provides in-depth training in the medical, scientific, and research aspects of clinical chemistry and a unique training opportunity not found on any other laboratory medicine course. The course has been running since 2005, and many of our past students have gone on to complete higher specialist medical training in chemical pathology or reach senior scientific positions in laboratory medicine.
This new M.Sc. programme in Clinical Chemistry is offered on a part-time basis over 2 years. Candidates who are employed as medical scientists, clinical biochemists or medical doctors and who wish to develop a special interest in Clinical Chemistry are particularly invited to apply. The course will be administered through the Faculty of Health Sciences and will be co-ordinated by Drs Gerard Boran and Vivion Crowley.
A comprehensive lecture programme will be delivered on Fridays over five terms. This will consist of 6 Modules
* Clinical Chemistry I and II,
* Endocrinology and Metabolism I and II,
* Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management,
* and a Revision Module in the final term.
Each module will include Techniques Workshops: these will focus on developing practical skills through demonstrations and assignments in the candidates´ base laboratory. A series of Clinical Laboratory Interface Workshops will foster clinical reasoning and data presentation skills.
A research dissertation conducted in the candidates´ base laboratory will also form part of the course. Instruction on research methods will be included.
The course is assessed by means of a Final Examination which consists of two written papers, a practical assessment consisting of a series of short cases, and a viva voce. The writing of a dissertation based on a research project is also a requirement for the M.Sc.